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Friday, May 20, 2011

Music Update! Soundcloud Audio

Hey everyone! I'm back with a music update. 

All these songs are works in progress and it showcases alot of the plug-ins and editing software within FL Studio 9. I hope you enjoy and make sure to critique. Post some of your music and I'll check it out.

A Vida é Morte

A very dark sound scape. This is inspired by 80's and 90's horror films. I have been very found of horror ambient music in the past years. THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. This has received very little mastering and editing. Most of this is improve.

A Vida é Morte by GhostxNote

Goobers Waltz 

 A Hip-hop/dubbystep type song I started a couple days ago.

Goobers Waltz by GhostxNote

Guerilla in the Sandbox 

 Fun little tune I made up. Very rough idea, hopefully I can make this into something a little serious yet playful 

Guerilla in the Sandbox by GhostxNote

Dark Beat

Bored at 3AM and i'm in a dark mood. This is the result of that.

Dark Beat by GhostxNote

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dubstep: A Giant Step in Electronic Music

Hello Everyone,

Over the following weeks I have been introduced to an interesting sub genre of Dubstep. I think soon enough it wont be considered a sub genre since its inspiring thousands of bedroom producers to create computer music.

  My friends have introduced me to Skrillex, Breakage, Skream, Break Science (You all should check these guys out.)

I am all for a genre of music that inspires people to create and innovate. I believe that is what everyone needs in there life. So please check these guys out.

brb, installing Ableton Live and mixing my field samples :)


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Away on Business. Expect update soon.

Boards of Canada: Music Has The Right To Children (personal fav)
Aphex Twin

Sorry guys, I've been away for business and haven't found time to update!

I will update very soon when I get back home :)

In the meantime, Enjoy this list of electronic music.


Brian Eno

Aphex Twin

Boards of Canada


Thursday, April 7, 2011

My Project! Ambient/Electronic

Hey Ladies and Gents! 

I thought that the MIDI section would transition into this fairly nicely. Its always good to take a small break from the heavy learning. At the end all you want to do is hear music and that is the whole point of this blog (to make music!). Here is a URL to a music project I started a while I was in high school.

At the time I used an M-Audio KeyRig 49 and created the beats using FL Studio and Reason. 

Please feel free to post your music into the comments if you have any! Hopefully this blog and your comments will inspire a new generation of electronic composers!

Thank you, and just enjoy the music ;)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Introduction to Computer Music: MIDI Controllers

Hello Audiophiles!!!

Welcome to my Computer Music blog! In this section I will discuss how MIDI Controllers work, different types of MIDI Controllers and some tips on what to look for in purchasing a MIDI Controller.

Note: MIDI Controllers are not necessary to create computer music! However, if you want more leverage and control over your music, I would highly recommend purchasing one.

What is MIDI?

Excellent question, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a protocol that gives software (Virtual instruments, commands) the ability to access and communicate with your MIDI controller. Basically, MIDI allows your plug-ins to be emulated onto your MIDI interface. The strange thing about MIDI sound is that its not actually an audio signal like naturally created sound. The computer is sent commands that would enable your computer to recognize the pitch, dynamics, volume, and tempo of the chosen note.

Digital sound has become extremely advanced over the years. Everything you hear on the radio these days are created from a computer using digital hardware and software (Pro-Tools, Logic, etc). Digital recording has become extreamely popular for many reasons. Here are three reasons that I call the Triple C reason. (Un-original i know ;P )

- Cheap

- Control
- Convenience

However there is another form of recording called Analog, which records actual audio signals and records to physical tape. I will go over this in a later section.

Buying a MIDI Controller

This part of your journey will require you to invest a little cash, but trust me, its well worth it. There are a couple things you should consider when your buying a MIDI controller. The main question you should ask is...

-What am I going to use it FOR?

This is very important in deciding which controller your going to settle with. There are many types of Controllers out there but the main 2 you should worry about right now is a MIDI Keyboard and MIDI Pads.

MIDI Keyboards will give you more options to create melodies while MIDI Pads will give you a lot of variety with creating beats. All can be done WITHOUT a MIDI controller. Many professionals have both of these types of MIDI devices.

MIDI Keyboard Size is something you should also consider. Smaller Keyboards are convenient, cheap, and could be all you need if you are not interested in creating complex melodies. Larger keyboards (Usually 49-88 keys) offer a full sized keyboard to work with. So whether your learning how to play piano, or creating full creative melodies, a full sized keyboard is a standard choice.

Note: Avoid keyboards with built in MIDI Pads. They are usually not very sensitive and cant handle complex rhythms. This will intern not register everything you are trying to play, thus limiting you. We certainly don't want that. If you want MIDI Pads, you should invest in buying a dedicated interface.

Here is what I suggest for MIDI Controllers


CME M-Key 49-Key

M-Audio Keystation 88es

Avid KeyStudio Keyboard



 Akai MPD26 Performance Pad Controller


Akai MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller






Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Introduction to Computer Music: Plug-Ins

      In this 2nd blog post, I will discuss the ever expanding world of DAW plug-ins!

     There are so many out there, ranging from just a couple megabytes to a 500GB library of pinpoint accurate and dynamic samples. I will discuss VST plug-ins and Mastering/EQing plug-ins in this article.

Plug-ins are little pieces of software that attach to the DAW. You can access and open software within the DAW to use it with your MIDI Controller ( A external hardware device that controls plug-ins/MIDI software) or Sampling Pad (An Electronic Percussive Device used the same was as a MIDI Controller).

Of course there are many uses for plug-ins and there are thousands of them out there. A lot of them are free to download and they are relatively easy to install.

*You can even pick up a disc of plug-in software at your local music store if they have a Pro-Audio section.*

VST Plug ins:

VST (Virtual Instrument) is a plug in that try's to mimic and simulate a real instrument. With the way technology

is growing, these virtual instruments are beginning to sound like the real deal!

Here is a short list of VST plug-ins that I have used and can recommend to you.


Addictive Drums



Guitar Rig 4

Steinbergs Virtual Guitarist

Refx´s Slayer


Synthology's Ivory

Labordance stage piano

Mda piano


EastWest EW-178 Quantum Leap

East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs

Other Plug-ins:

Not all DAW plug-ins are VST. There are plug ins out there that can add effects and more mastering/EQing options, which will in tern effect the overall end product of your song. All these plug-ins are just waiting to be downloaded so go ahead and try as many as your hard-drive can handle!!!

Introduction to Computer Music: DAWs

Hello Everyone!

This is my new Blog and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for taking an interest in this topic. Creating music is becoming easier and easier to make with all the software coming out.

You don't even need to dish out thousands of dollars on high end recording equipment or instruments! 

Everything can be done with a piece of software and a computer. In this blog i will inform you in all the things you will need to get started on making music from your computer! 

Without further ado, lets get started!

What are DAWs?

Daws (Digital Audio Workstation) is going to be your epicenter of musical creations. This software is going to be the mother ship for all your plug-ins
(extension software).

Daws also give you create space to work and organize your library of tracks and samples. Daw software is essential in your path to create music on your computer

Here are some Free and/or Payed Daws that you can use.

NOTE!: Free DAWs have excellent support from open-sources coders around the world! However payed DAWs offer best results in creating computer music and I encourage buying a good solid DAW, suggestions below.




Garage Band (MAC only)

Reaper (trial)


Fruity Loops Studio



Pro Tools