At the completion of last year, I had been producing, mixing and mastering a fresh, new 4 track EP called In the Wild, released on Westwood Recordings and available now […]
As many of you know, for the past year I’ve been blessed to be working with Ray Harmony on music theory and composition. Ray has a totally unique approach to […]
Last month our sister site, Warp Academy, launched a brand new sample pack, Slammin’ Future House created by veteran sound designer Dan Larsson, featuring 109 synth patches and presets for […]
Throughout my journey as a teacher I have had the distinct pleasure of coaching hundreds of students through my personal coaching and mentorship program. Each student has a unique set […]
Intro to Cableguys VolumeShaper 4 A while back I was perusing a Reddit where people were discussing the the sidechain compression effect heard in The Chainsmokers tunes Roses (ft. Rozes). […]
Aside from monitor speakers, acoustic treatment is one of the best investments you can make in your home studio, regardless of size. I get the low down from world […]
Getting Serum’s advanced LFOs to work like an arpeggiator is a bit convoluted, because Serum – like Massive – doesn’t have a dedicated arp. But you don’t need one! In […]
In my last chords tutorial, I covered some basic music theory tips to help you write better chord progressions for electronic music. The things we covered were voice leading and […]
In this tutorial I cover simple, but powerful techniques, using triads, the most basic of all the chords. Using voice leading and then inversions, I show how to choose the […]
In this serum tutorial video we look at the track “Secrets” by KSHMR & Tiesto. It was recently posted on Splice so it was possible to look at the project […]
In this advanced percussion sound design tutorial, we cover how to make the super fat, extremely processed snares like those found in the Vengeance Essential Dubstep sample pack. Techniques we […]
The Glitch Bitch is an Audio Effect Rack I originally designed for DJing. It was first released back in 2012 with the DJ templates included in several of my packs […]
Hey everyone, I’m comin’ atcha today with some news on a highly innovative, emerging technology that I think you all should know about, especially if you’re making any kind of […]
For the novice and pro alike, choosing a set of studio reference monitors is no small task. I mean, your entire career and the sound of your music rides on […]
I wrote this post for anyone looking at buying or upgrading to new studio monitors. As a mix engineer and avid reviewer of products in this field, I get a […]
In a recent video we covered the new Max 4 Live Bass Synth with the new Ableton Live 9.5 update. If you didn’t get a chance to catch the first […]
Hey guys and gals! In this video we’re going to be covering some of the updates to Auto Filter that came out when Ableton updated Live to version 9.5. There […]
What’s up guys! Got some fresh news for ya! Ableton just released a killer bundle of new synths with their latest Max 4 Live Essentials Collection. This bundle is free […]
Hey everyone! I’m comin’ atcha today with some juicy new Serum Pro Tips highlighting a couple new features inside of xFer’s Serum synth. These new features are render and resample, […]
A few weeks back I teamed up with one of the premier creators of high-end studio monitors, Dynaudio, to do a shootout of two of their top end pairs of […]
Hey champions! I teamed up with vocalist Angus Wilson to deliver a seriously soulful, mid tempo, glitch hop oriented bass jam, called “Lift Your Head”. Angus is is a singer/songwriter, […]
You don’t have to be good at math to be a good producer, however, you’re probably aware that behind all these pretty knobs and dials there’s some seriously complicated math […]
Hey all, AK here! Today I want to talk about using dynamic effects that react to other instruments in your track using an envelope follower. I can’t take credit for […]
Hey champions! I’m super stoked to bring you my brand new In the Wild EP, coming to you hot off the press from Westwood Recordings! This release combines an expansive […]
Hey champions! AK here. I’ve teamed up with Vespers to bring all of you some free new tutorials and free production tools! If we haven’t connected before, I’m a music […]
Hey everyone. Vespers here comin atcha with a tech review today. Because of my work, I’m pretty much on a lifelong search for the perfect monitors, so I’d like to […]
Whether you are designing experimental sounds, producing music in a future-leaning genre or looking for a modern digital synthesizer to complement your existing setup, the Circle2 synth enables you to […]
Part 3 of my Percussion Pro-tips series completes my 12 insights to designing Epic Face Punching drums! If you have yet to check out the Blitz Beats Ultra Class and […]
Hey champions, welcome to Part 2 of my Percussion Pro-tips series. These are PACKED with juicy knowledge, key concepts and insider secrets in the world of percussion sound design. These […]
Want to learn how to make epic face punching drums? In this Pro-tips series, I am going to share with you 12 of my Percussion Pro-tips. These tips will be […]
This information is from my most in-demand, top-rated course, Creative Mastery. Creative Mastery is a cutting edge online course that will powerfully transform the relationship between you and your music. […]
This information is from Vespers’ most in-demand, top-rated course, Creative Mastery. Creative Mastery is a cutting edge online course that will powerfully transform the relationship between you and your music. […]
Have you ever opened a new Live Set, pondering the blank slate of an empty Session View window, wondering how to begin? Or, not knowing how to get from […]
Whether you are designing experimental sounds, producing music in a future-leaning genre or looking for a modern digital synthesizer to complement your existing setup, the Circle2 synth enables you to […]
This is a free interview with Ryan Anderson from Love and Light, hosted by Vespers. This Love and Light interview is from Vespers Creative Mastery course. In this interview Vespers […]
Many of you in our growing community of aspiring producers and students have had a chance to play around in the new and improved Vespers.ca. Upgrading and migrating to the […]
Check out this free Funk Hunters interview with Nick Middleton, hosted by Vespers. This interview is from Vespers Creative Mastery course. In this interview Vespers investigates what incremental steps that allowed […]
Here’s some video footage from my set at The Grove Stage at Shambhala Music Festival last summer. Video by Syd Woodward and Jim Vanderhorst. The track playing in the background […]
I recently reviewed the new Tannoy Reveal 402 ultra-compact studio monitors. They’re great for small rooms and tight spaces. Now we’re going to take a look at their big brothers. […]
Check out the T4 at Resident Audio: https://bit.ly/1C8NzVQ Buy the T4 here: https://bhpho.to/1yFS1uD I recently picked up a Thunderbolt audio interface. The one I picked is the Resident Audio T4. […]
I want to start you all off on the right foot in 2015. Together we can make 2015 an extraordinary year for your music and I’m stoked to be able […]
Check out this free ill.Gates interview from Vespers Creative Mastery course as they discuss some juicy topics including: Creative blockages that stop you in your tracks and how to get past […]
This is a full length preview of one of the Serum bass tutorial episodes from Vespers new Blitz Bass Online Course on bass sound design. In this tutorial video, Vespers […]
More info from Tannoy: Click here In this tech review, Vespers evaluates the new Tannoy Reveal 402 ultra-compact nearfields. These are entry level, reference monitors designed for home studio applications. […]
100 bpm, neuro-style, blissy glitch hop mayhem. Lots of tasty edits, hard hitting bass, and delicious vocal chops. This tune was an honor to remix. The original is beautiful. Hope […]
In this tutorial video, Vespers shows you 3 bass patches in the new XFer Records Serum synth by Steve Duda. Each patch is explored step by step, and includes detailed […]
In this tutorial video, Vespers does a review of the new XFer Records Serum Synth by Steve Duda, including many of it’s highlights and pro tips for sound design. You’ll […]
Creativity is a wonderful thing, but it can be a fickle beast! If you’ve ever wondered why some days you “have it” and other days you don’t, you need to […]
In this video from the Ableton Live 9 Jumpstart course, Certified Trainer goes through the manage files to save hard drive space and collaboration easier. A must-see for anyone getting […]
In this full length preview video from the Ableton Live 9 Jumpstart Course, Ableton Certified Trainer Jake Perrine shows you the ins and outs of recording audio in Live […]
David Starfire has announced official “House of Bhangra” remix contest which features vocals by Afrika Bambaataa, the “Godfather of Hip Hop”. Three winners will receive prizes such as the SubPac, […]
A while back I started a little series of daily Facebook posts with some percussion sound design tips. I had tons of requests to consolidate them into one place, so […]
Protip 1 Okay, until I can do a full tutorial on advanced percussion snare design, I’m going to post a few tips here. Percussion pro tip #1: Choose the best […]
In this tutorial video, Myagi, our resident sound design expert, reveals how he uses multiple instances of synth leads in an Instrument Rack to really help fill out huge sounds. […]
In this tutorial video, Myagi, our resident sound design expert, shows us how to create a huge lead patch in Native Instruments Massive. He uses multiple oscillators, envelopes and the […]
In this tutorial video, Myagi, our resident sound design expert demonstrates how you can make a filter act like an oscillator by making it self-oscillate. Then he demonstrates how this […]
In this tutorial video, Myagi, our resident sound design expert, walks us through how you can use series and parallel routings to wildly alter your sounds. He demonstrates this technique […]
I’ve been publishing random daily tips on my Facebook page lately, then aggregating them into a blog post at the end of the week. There’s no rhyme or reason to […]
Ableton compressor tip: Try out Opto mode. It simulates the reaction of an optical compressor circuit. It’ll be a bit more sluggish, and can be nice on basses or vocals. […]
In this tutorial video, guest instructor Myagi shows us how to create a rising transition effect using Ableton’s Analog subtractive synth and a chain of..
In this sound design tutorial video we learn how to create a pad sound using Ableton Live’s Analog subtractive synthesizer. The basic patch is then processed with effects and given […]
13 Free tracks from Vespers, Enjoy! Vespers & Moontricks – Snake In A Bottle Baby Bash – Suga Suga (Vespers Supafly Remix) Odesza – Say My Name (Vespers & BuLGi […]
Hey there champion! We want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Vespers community. We are honoured to have you with us on this epic journey of […]
Here’s a lil preview of one of my new tunes. Upcoming on Adapted Records. Release date December 31, 2012. Last release of the year!
In this video we cover how to mix our main neuro bass using Universal Audio plugins from the UAD card. We use the Fatso Sr., Little Labs VOG (voice of God), LA2A optical compressor, Precision Maximizer, and EMT250 reverb.
In this video we cover how to mix a snare drum with Universal Audio plugins. We use the Fatso Sr, Pultec Pro EQ, Neve 1073 EQ, 1176 compressor, and Precision Limiter.
In this video we cover how to mix an acoustic bass using Universal Audio plugins from the UAD card. We use the Fatso Sr., Pultec Pro EQ, and DBX 160 compressor.
Recently Ableton announced that Live 9 will be launching in Q1 of 2013. In anticipation of the launch, they’ve begun a beta testing program. This beta program was rolled out […]
In the final tutorial video of this series, we cover how to bring the bass to live using modulation. Many of the effects parameters we set up in previous videos […]
In this tutorial video we get deeper into the use of effects. Things kick off by using the resonators device to add pitched delays that accentuate the sound of the […]
This video is all about sub bass. Our main bass patch from the last video is going to be heavily processed with effects, so we want to create a separate […]
In this tutorial video we start processing the main bass we created in Massive. To do this we use a series of effects in Ableton Live. The instrument rack allows […]
In this video tutorial we use Native Instruments Massive to make the first part of our neurofunk / neuro-hop reece bass. We use 3 oscillators: the melofant, dirty throat, and […]
In this video, Jake Perrine walks us through how to set up parallel, or New York, style compression using an Audio Effect Rack, rather than the usual Send/Return configuration. Then […]
Today, in tandem with the announcement of Live 9, Ableton also introduced a brand new controller called Push. Upon first glance, Push looks a lot like a hybrid of ideas […]
Last week we saw a flurry of activity on Youtube, as a Live 9 preview video was released. This sneak-peak was followed up today by the highly anticipated official release […]
In this video, Jake Perrine walks us through each module of Izotope Ozone 5, the infamous mastering plugin. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the core steps […]
In this video we talk about the brain and what each of the hemispheres do. The left side of the brain is for logical reasoning, analytical skills, mathematics etc. The […]
As we write electronic music, I think there’s massive value in seeking out teachers you can meet with in person. One of the ways I do that with music is..
Zen as it applies to the process of music production. I’ve found many parallels between the book Zen and the Art of Archery, and the art of music production
Download my free Ableton e-book & sample pack. In this video I show you inside one of my work in progress tunes and discuss how to get realistic hi hats […]
A few months ago I had the pleasure of catching up with one of my favorite producers of all time; Ott. His music is beautifully organic, pristinely mixed, psychedelic midtempo. […]
Some things all artists struggle with, at one time or another, are focus, productivity and completion of projects they are satisfied with. In this blog post, I would like to […]
In this tutorial video I do a full review and tutorial on the main features of the new Sugar-Bytes monophonic bass synth, Cyclop. Cyclop is a modulation monster, with the […]
In this bass tutorial video from our audio weapons online course, I show you how to create a sub bass patch in Operator, Ableton’s FM synth.
In this tutorial video from our audio weapons online course, we’ll create a multi-band effects rack for bass by using an Audio Effect Rack.
In this bass tutorial video from our Audio Weapons Online Course, I show you how to create a bassline in Native Instruments Razor synth.
In this tutorial video, I show you how to use Ableton’s Autopan device to create gate style stutter effects, synced to the project tempo, on a bass patch. Then I […]
In this video, Jake Perrine, veteran mix engineer, teaches us how to analyze our mixing room using a microphone to detect resonant peaks and dips. He uses 3 techniques using […]
In this mixing/mixdown tutorial in Ableton Live, Jake Perrine, Certified Ableton Trainer shows us how to use sidechain compression on a delay on a return track. This technique is useful […]
Over the last month I’ve been setting up a new studio. After I upgraded all my acoustic treatment to some top notch Primacoustic kits, I turned my attention to upgrading […]
Important Notice(s) 1) Listen on proper monitors or headphones. 2) You will likely piss off your neighbors while watching this tutorial. Vespers, and his affiliates, agents, successors and assigns assume […]
So, an update from Vespers labs. I’m in the process of moving from Salt Spring Island, where I’ve been hibernating in my ghetto cottage studio for 5 months, to Victoria […]
Bubbles in the Jungle is a high-energy, tribal, glitch hop tune I wrote and released for an EP called Put Down the Gun, released on Pop & Lock Records. I […]
I’ve always been looking for ways to improve my mixes and recently my attention has turned to acoustic treatment of my studio. For years I was buying all kinds of […]
A video review of the Primacoustic Vox Guard reflection filter, used for providing acoustic isolation and treatment around a microphone for vocal recording. We discuss how they vent it to […]
Vespers, Ableton Live Certified Trainer, discusses the best things to upgrade on your audio production computer. We discuss hardware such as RAM, solid state hard drives, SATA drives, data doublers, DSP cards like the UAD-2, and sound cards like the Apogee Duet.
Ableton has just announced a groundbreaking partnership with SoundCloud, “THE” wide-spanning, live streaming, social media platform for musicians. SoundCloud has risen to fame amongst musicians who use it to upload […]
Jake Perrine, Ableton Live Certified Trainer, and author of Sound Design, Mixing and Mastering in Ableton Live, speaks about Mastering your music. He’s been teaching musicians like you for over 10 years and is an incredibly talented individual.
In this video tutorial, Jake covers: compression settings, using EQ Eight to add top end “air” to the vocal while removing unwanted frequencies, gating, and the use of reverb and filtered delays on return channels. Loads of great tips here, enjoy!
Here’s a tutorial video on how to set up and use Native Instruments Massive synth with Ableton Live. When I was exploring sound design and synthesis possibilities with Native Instruments […]
Interview with Random Rab where we discuss how he produces his music, the gear he uses, musical theory, production secrets, and the music business.
Stop comparing yourself and your productions to releases by well established successful artists. Always do your best. Accept where you’re at. Focus your mind on what you’re grateful for (in general and about your music). Take stock of what you did well in the tune and where you learned or gained ground as a producer. Stop comparing so much. Acknowledge that you are expressing your own unique sound. Enjoy the journey :)
Nothing I am about to say is new. I simply seek to remind you of that which you already know ;) Signs you are not on the path of your […]
I recently traveled down to Orcas Island in the US to interview Jake Perrine, author of the book Producing Music with Ableton Live. Jake is a Certified Ableton Trainer who […]
Free tunes for download: CLICK HERE Here’s a video of the live performance by myself & Kelsey Grant, with Parker at the Red Room in Vancouver for Regrooved, hosted by […]
Many of you have been asking for a tutorial on how to mix with / use Universal Audio plugins in your mix down process after my review of the Universal […]
How to make delicious, home made chai tea. The perfect alternative to coffee! Chai Tea Recipe 2 litres of almond milk 1.5 tbps corriander 2 tbsp allspice 25 cardamom pods […]
This video is about focus in the studio and how to deal with distractions. Enjoy! Here’s an awesome blog post from a neuroscientist about this topic as well. Click […]
Here’s the update on my new Open Source album concept. Get ready for it! Love and light.
How to make turntable effects sounds in Ableton Live using clip transpose envelopes, Simpler pitch envelopes and Sampler pitch envelopes and attack slope.
Part 1 Part 2 An exclusive video interview with Opiuo where he speaks about the launch of his career, playing at festivals such as Burning Man and Shambhala, and how […]
Check out the Satellite. Review of the Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Quad, firewire DSP accelerator card for mixing and mastering with powered plugins.
Opiuo & Russ Liquid live at Red Room Nightclub in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Oct 1st, 2011. Presented by Bass Without Borders. Cameo by Kyrian from the Funginears on the mic. […]
Click here for more info on the VRM box. Full review of the Focusrite VRM box and “virtual reference monitoring” technology that makes is possible to mix and monitor in […]
A lil thank-you vid for this wonderful community of music makers and lovers as we cross the 10,000 subscriber threshold. More awesomeness to come!
Part 1: Mid / side processing technique with EQ Eight Device Part 2: Downward expansion processing with Multiband Dynamics Device
How to fix phase problems to get punchy percussion using the sample start point for kick drum samples in Simplers in Drum Racks. Ableton tutorial from Vespers, Certified Trainer in […]
Bass Coast Festival with: EPROM, Mat the Alien, Salva, Dub FX, Flower Fairy, Erica Dee, Kyrian, The Funginears, The Funk Hunters, Blondtron, Dave Nada, Mud Wrestling, Burlesque, Belly Fit, Yoga. […]
Do you want to have more confidence in your music? Are being true to your own unique artistic style? Does judgement by others of your music ever affect you? Let’s […]
Here’s a lil introduction to my rockstar friend, and life coach, Kelsey Grant, who’ll be joining me on the channel and speaking to the mindset of a successful, empowered musician. […]
Learn how to use the collect all and save function, freeze tracks, and use the Dropbox service to send your set to a collaboration partner. Vespers, Certified Ableton Trainer, Vancouver, […]
Ableton Live Performance Video from Vespers, Ableton Live Certified Trainer, Vancouver, BC, Canada