Category: BASICS

  • Arranger Keyboard vs Synthesizer Workstation – Review & Demo

    I get a regular stream of questions from people asking me if they should buy Synth Workstation X or Arranger Keyboard Y. This always puzzles me because this is an “apple to orange” comparison, or more literally a “Synth to Arranger Keyboard” comparison. They are completely different instrument categories! Therefore, there is no easy answer […]

  • ABLETON LIVE – The Innovative Performance DAW

    Ableton Live is one of the most popular DAWs or Digital Audio Workstations and has some quite unique workflow features that set it apart from the competition. It is developed by Berlin based Ableton, and the first version was released over 20 years ago in 2001. Ableton Live, I’ll call it just Live from here […]

  • NATIVE INSTRUMENTS KONTAKT – Mighty Software Sampler

    Maybe you’ve heard people talking about KONTANT but are unsure exactly what it is? Well, Kontakt is one of the flagship, most iconic and widely used products from Berlin based Native Instruments. The very first version was released 20 years ago in 2002 and quickly established itself as an industry standard. So what is it […]

  • What Is a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) And Why You Need One

    We’ve all heard the term DAW, not DOOR as in open. I prefer to say D.A.W. for that reason. It stands for Digital Audio Workstation if you didn’t know. A DAW is a software application that you run on your computer. It’s primary purpose is to allow you to record, edit, mix and playback multi-track […]

  • The BEST way to CONVERT WAV to MP3

    You have a high-definition uncompressed WAV audio file and need to convert it to MP3 to reduce the file size for storage or sharing on the internet. I’m going to tell you what the best tool for the job is, and it’s completely free and open-source. Head over to The LAME Project and download the […]

  • Introduction to MIDI – The 1981 Music Revolution

    Who can remember what MIDI actually stands for? The answer is Musical Instrument Digital Interface and yes, I had also forgotten. The simplest way to describe it is that it is a standard communication protocol, or without using technical jargon, a language that electronic music instruments use to communicate with each other in order to […]