50 Must-Read Pro Audio Articles from 2013

50 Must-Read Pro Audio Articles from 2013.


Song of the Week: February 21 – ”Samba de Sexta a Noite” – Strawser Music Studio

Song of the Week: February 21 – ”Samba de Sexta a Noite” – Strawser Music Studio.

Now for something a little different.


Inspired by a commission for a video game project I received the other day, I decided to go for a real campy type of sound this week. In fact, I wanted to post the tune I’d written for the game, but I’ve decided to hold off until the game goes to market. Instead, I wrote another tune based very much on the same feel and sound as the original tune. The premise of the game is quite silly, and I thought that a goofy samba-with-drum-machine type of vibe, a la Burt Kaemfert or Herb Alpert, would fit the bill. This tune is not quite as light-hearted, but you’ll see what I’m talking about when I post it in the next couple of weeks. Check back regularly.


As you can see, the tune is not completely finished, but I really didn’t want to drag it out any longer than it already was.


A special mention today for the Datsounds Obxd, a freeware AU/VST Oberheim OBX emulator plugin, used to double the Rhodes melody throughout the piece.


Plugin instruments used in this piece include:


  • Arturia Spark (drums)
  • Arturia Prophet V (bass synth)
  • Scarbee Mark I (Rhodes Piano, melody)
  • Datsounds Obxd (Synth melody)
  • EVB3 (samba organ)
  • Martinic Combo Model V (combo organ solo)
  • SampleMoog (synth pad)
  • Arturia Jupiter 8 V (resonant synth pad/stabs)
  • SampleTron (mellotron flutes, brass)
  • Arturia ARP 2600 V (synth solo)

Song of the Week: February 17 – “To The Nines” – Strawser Music Studio

I have a completely legitimate excuse for being a full week behind schedule on the posting of this week’s song…..namely, that my harddrive crashed

I’d started on this one about two weeks ago and even had a mix ready last Tuesday, but I was planning on tweaking it during our two-day snow-in. Then, it happened. Fortunately I was able to move all of the important stuff off of the drive before it totally went kaput, but it still put me behind by a couple of days.

Not a lot of notes here on this one. The main little riffs came to me as I was playing tag with my son at the park (and I’m very thankful for the voice memo app on my iPhone). I was feeling a set of odd-metered set rock riffs, which I just strung together here. I’m still trying to figure out how to program a convincing drum track with the Abbey Road library. I’ve been using the Rough Rider compressor plugin from Audio Damage (another freebie, of course) to thicken the drums up a bit, as well as NI’s Superchargercompressor. There’s still a lot of work to be done on the mix, but overall I’m enjoying the groove to this one!

I already have a tune or two in the hopper for this week, and should have something posted in the next couple of days. Feel free to drop me a line with your thoughts or suggestions! Thanks, and enjoy!

Other plugins used:

  • Native Instruments Abbey Road (drums)
  • Synapse Audio Dune (bass synth)
  • Sonic Charge Cyclone (bass synth)
  • Futurcraft Kairatune (synth ostinato)
  • Arturia Minimoog (synth riff and ostinato)
  • Alphakanal Automat (bass synth, brass synth hits)
  • Arturia Jupiter 8V (string synth pad)
  • Arturia ARP 2600 V (synth solo)
  • IK Multimedia Sampletron (mellotron choir and strings)