Saturday, January 27, 2007

TIPS: Edit Tempo Track in Nuendo 3

Today, I am explaining how you can edit tempo in NUENDO 3 with ease.
  • First of all you should check that "Tempo" is highlighted in the Transport bar as shown below in Step 1. The Tempo initially is set to 120 BPM.

  • After that go to Project menu and select "Tempo Track" ( Ctrl + T ) to open the Tempo track window as shown below in Step 2.
  • Then in the Tempo Track window select the Draw tool as shown below in step 3.

  • You should not forget to select the Snap (otherwise you will be wasting time in placing the exact position of your tempo change) so that the Draw tool plots exactly on the bar and not here and there as shown below in step 4.


  • Now insert the tempo using the draw tool and set the required BPM. Here it is set to 140 as shown below in step 5.


  • If you cannot draw / plot at the correct value using mouse you need not worry, since you can always change the value by highlighting the plot and inputting the number in the box to rectify as shown below in step 6.


So now you see that it is very easy to insert tempo changes where ever required without much hassle.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Hardware Vs. Software Synth / Sampler

As we all know that for past so many years we have been using hardware synthesizers and Samplers in creating music. But now the time have changed, we all mostly opt for software synth / Samplers ( better know as VSTi, DXi, RTAS and REWIRE Modules etc. ).

  1. The advantage of a software plugin is that it can be upgraded or modified over the period of time to keep pace with the technology, whereas hardware synth / sampler gets out dated over time and there is no resale value also.
  2. If your system ( Computer ) is giving trouble or not working, you can install the plugin on a different system and keep working while your first system gets repaired; whereas if your hardware synth / Sampler is not working you become helpless and have to wait till you get it repaired ( its difficult to obtain specific parts also ).
  3. It is a difficult job to carry all your rigs ( Samplers, Synthesizer, sound modules, mixer & cables etc.) to studio or any other place and make all cable connections to start working on the project. Whereas you can carry all your plugins ( VSTi, Dxi, RTAS & Rewire Modules etc. ) within your laptop or computer itself.
  4. FREE Hardware synth / Samplers are not available, whereas you get many FREE Vsti and Dxi plugins for download. Hence your number of virtual instruments can increase without increasing your cost.
  5. Quality of your software synth / samplers depend on you audio interface, So you can always upgrade to a higher quality sound card for better results. Whereas Hardware quality is dependent on its native circuitry and components used which cannot be upgraded.
If you are planning to buy any sampler or module then think thrice about the soft synth before you invest into it. Keep pace with time. These days computer has become the backbone of music production.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Windows Live Writer

Today I have downloaded Windows Live Writer. I think this will help to post my blogs faster.

It has lots of editing features - let me just try and see.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

TIPS: Calculate Delay time to synchronize with Beat

I know that most of the musicians and recordists are always confused about how to set delay time in Delay effects. It is very simple, but only if you remember the equation.

  • Delay time in ms (Milli-seconds) = 60000/BPM (Beat Per Minute)

The above equation gives you the timing for every beat (i.e. the delay repeats will be synchronized with your beats).

The same thing in a musicians term will be as under :

  • Delay time for crotchet in ms = 60000/BPM (Beat Per Minute)
  • Delay time for Quaver in ms = 60000/BPM/2 (Beat Per Minute)
  • Delay time for Semi-Quaver in ms = 60000/BPM/4 (Beat Per Minute)

Example :

Suppose your song tempo is 120 BPM, then the delay calculation is as follows:

  • Crotchet timing in ms (Milli-seconds) = 60000/120 (BPM) = 500 ms
  • Value for Quaver is = 500 ms / 2 = 250 ms
  • Value for Semi-Quaver is = 500 ms / 4 = 125 ms

For recordists who are not familiar with the musical terms:

  • Value of Crotchet is for synchronizing with 1 beat.
  • Value of Quaver is for synchronizing with 1/2 beat.
  • Value of Semi-Quaver is for synchronizing with 1/4rth beat.

Explanation :

BPM means beats per minute. So a tempo of 120 BPM means that the song is playing 120 beats per minute. Therefore 120 beats / 60 seconds = 2 beats per second. Since 1 second = 1000 Milli-seconds, hence if we divide 1 second (1000 Milli-seconds) by 2 Beats, we get 1/2 seconds ( 500 Milli-seconds) for every beat.

So, now no one should get confused while deciding the delay time in a delay plugin.

Monday, January 1, 2007

"Happy New Year"


" 2007 "

!! ENJOY !!


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