Author: Gus

  • Ghosts

    Ghosts

    I just released the last of my “monsters” series of singles, Ghosts. It’s a tribute to one of my largest musical inspirations and is a continuation of themes touched on in my track G.A.N. – exploring the oncoming tidal wave of artificial intelligence and spiritual machines. Listen in the usual places:

  • Vampire

    Vampire

    I’ve been processing an alarming number of deaths in my social circles recently. In the past 2 years, 9 people, all younger than I am, died really abruptly. The experience has left me thinking a lot about my own mortality and feeling uncomfortable having outlived these people I have known. In a certain way, I…

  • Werewolf

    Werewolf

    My new track Werewolf is out in all the places: There’s an easy-to-play game called werewolf where people put their heads down (the “villagers” go to “sleep”) and are tapped by people who furtively sneak about,  the “werewolves”. The werewolves know who the other werewolves are because they’re tapping the villagers while they sleep and…

  • Rolling Sampler tricks

    Rolling Sampler tricks

    Rolling Sampler is an inexpensive plug-in from Birdthings that is the gift that keeps giving for me. The existence of this amazing little utility was brought to my attention by Mr. Bill and I find myself filling a lot of little workflow gaps with it over time. There are plenty of alternatives to using Rolling…

  • A reflection on my musical journey so far

    It’s now been over five years since I started seriously producing music. When I say seriously producing music, I’m referring to working on music on a daily basis and not just thinking of it as a hobby. I had done some hobby level music production for most of my life, had formal music training as…

  • Pitch Bends

    I wrote a blog post about Glide in various software synths but would be remiss if I also didn’t cover pitch bends. Pitch bends are pretty much exactly the same as glide except you control them differently. This is because the Pitch bend control in VSTs has history with traditional synthesizer keyboards. Synthesizers oftentimes have…

  • Insights from Making Quick Beats

    It’s useful to spend some time making little beats (Li’l beats) and getting your core music production skills locked in. I recently spent a week or so and made 51 quick beats to explore different BPMs and work on finding nice grooves that I like. I created beats in every BPM between 90 and 140…

  • Glide in Various Software Synths

    Introduction Glide is a great way to add some movement to a bass or sub that isn’t already there. Glide is also a great way to ensure that your bass / sub-bass notes hit the sweet spot on speaker targets by covering a broad range of frequencies at once. For glide, you will need to…

  • Wooting Analog Keyboard and MIDI Velocity

    The Wooting Analog keyboard is unique in that instead of plain old on/off switches it has analog switches on the keys that capture a range of input. The keyboard (typing not midi) also has some sick lights if you’re into that sort of thing. In the following video you can see me using it to…

  • Performance tuning for Ableton in Windows

    Performance tuning for Ableton in Windows

    Background I wrote about finding fast computers for music production but what if you have a fast computer that still doesn’t feel very fast? In this post, I’ll cover some tools and strategies that are useful for performance tuning when you have a fast computer but are experiencing less-than-expected performance. Initial sanity checks on your…