Guides & Tutorials

PC Troubleshooting
So many Win 10 users might have recently encounter the KB4054517 error which prevents Windows from installing it's 2017 Cumulative Update. Downloading and installing the update through "Update & Security" often results in the update being stuck at 99% on installation or  just fail to install. When restarting your system you may be greeted with the "Preparing to configure Windows. Do not turn off computer." blue screen, which seemingly takes forever. You sit and wait it out, thirty minuets go by,...
  • Dec 29
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  • Marcus Dellicompagni
Monitor Speakers
 Today we'll be covering the basics of desk positioning, speaker placement and learn how to calibrate monitor speakers correctly using your DAW and SPL metering devices. We won't be focusing on acoustic treatment because most of you reading this blog will no doubt have little to no acoustic treatment, but don't let that put you off. Setting up and calibrating your speakers correctly is half the battle to achieving a better sound. Buying big expensive speakers is completely pointless unless...
Audio Editing
So you've made a film. Maybe a TV program, a short, or a feature length film. Maybe a cut scene for a game or something for a webisode. You've planned, shot, and edited your way to perfection. Well, almost, because now all it needs is to be mixed. That can't be too hard, can it? Lingo Communication is paramount when collaborating with someone, which means you knowing the same key words as your dubbing mixer. Here's a few for you:...
Audio Software
Imagine having a whole Orchestra at your fingertips, having the power to creating your own movie scores using nothing but a VSTi Sample Library and your MIDI Keyboard. Imagine mixing an album on world-class audio equipment worth hundreds of thousands of pounds without ever going to a studio. Well, you can. We live in an exciting time where VST Plugins and VST Instruments sound so convincing that it's extremely hard to distinguish between what's real and what's "fake". Audio Developers dedicate thousands of...
Sample Library
Sometimes composers need an easy way to get ideas down or churn out scores quickly if they're strapped for time. Sketching or "quick scoring" libraries offer a great solution, empowering composers with unique, stripped-down versions of flagship products. But don't let that fool you, often these libraries are recorded from scratch as developers like to offer useful instruments and textures suited for a specific style of music. They're often not as system intensive, don't use as many samples per patch (compared to...
PC Builds
So, you've been working hard to save up enough cash to purchase your first audio workstation. However, you can't decide which platform to commit to or what hardware and software to buy. In this blogs, I will be sharing my knowledge and experience to help you in the right direction. So, let's get started! Which platform should I choose? Mac or PC?  Apple computers are well-built, beautifully designed robust products. They're also very pricey and notoriously difficult to upgrade. For...
PC Optomisation
In this Video, we'll be covering the quintessential basics of ensuring your system is running at peak performance for audio production.  It's extremely important to keep all your devices and drivers up-to-date to ensure there are minimal compatibility issues between your hardware and software. I'll be showing you a couple basic tips on improving performance using a couple tweaks which are easily done.   
Audio Editing
As the saying goes "A poor workman always blames his tools". When it comes to editing and mixing your sessions, understand how to use your audio tools is very important, but what's even more important is knowing when to use them. In this YouTube video series, I'll be covering all the good stuff teaching you useful tips on; setting up sessions, editing audio, prepping a mix, learn about Gating, EQ, Compression, Limiting and more. All you'll need is a DAW,...
Sample Library
Kontakt is a powerful sample engine created by Native Instruments which many companies create high-end sample libraries for. Most of us tend to skip reading the manual and easily overlook some Kontakt's most powerful features. These features can drastically speed up your workflow and reduce RAM usage when working with sample content.  In this series of YouTube videos, I'll be sharing some useful tips and tricks on getting the most out of Kontakt.  From Importing Libraries and Creating Custom Graphics to...
Sound Effects Guide
Ever wanted to create laser sounds similar to that of Ben Burtt's iconic Star Wars blasters?  Well, look no further! Using nothing more than a microphone and a few household items you'll be creating your own iconic sounds. Unlike the Stormtroopers, our blasters won't be created by recording the sound of a hammer hitting the guy wires of an antenna tower, we'll be using a much simpler method. Here's what you'll need for this tutorial; a Microphone,  audio editing &...