Noah Pred is a Canadian record producer, sound designer, technologist, DJ, and Ableton Certified Trainer living in Berlin, Germany. Releasing dozens of records and touring extensively since the '90s, he currently teaches a wide variety of techniques for stage and studio at the BIMM Institute. For more information, please visit: http://noahpred.com
Drums sound best with plenty of punch. We put Surreal Machines' latest Max for Live effects, Crack and Impact, through their paces.
Rob papen's original Predator is a monster synth, so we were very curious to hunt down Predator 2, explore its new sound design tools, and discover how it would improve upon a winning instrument.
Is this a first? A reverb effect to help truly sonically shape harmonics. Fabfilter's Pro-R could be accurately described as a surgical reverb plugin. Noah Pred tests out its repairing abilities.
14 iconic drum machines. One plugin. Wave Alchemy have created an instrument for Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player which offers and promises so much. But does it beat the rest?
If you've got drum hardware machines, synths and sequencers in your studio, Ableton Live can be a great hub. But it can be complicated to get all MIDI and audio in sync, right? Noah Pred shows how.
Whether you're a fan of Celldweller or not, there's no denying the quality and inspiration in the samples from his new Kontakt instrument, Transport. Sounds designers and EDM artist take note.
Since 2009 there have been a wide range of Ableton Live specific MIDI controllers released. In this roundup, Noah Pred explores five of the best controllers available for studio and live use.
Reverbical is an inspiring sounding reverb with some innovative features like morphing between presets. Noah Pred puts it to the test in this shimmering review.
So you've been using Ableton Live's freezing and flattening features when mixing or to save CPU. That's great. But you can also employ these tools for creative sound design as Noah Pred demonstrates.
In an ideal world we'd send mixes to be professionally mastered. If you're looking to master, or pre-master, in Ableton Live this FREE audio effects rack from Manmade Mastering is a must-download.
Designed for rhythmic audio gating, Sinevibes Switch 2.0 also includes a very capable sequencer with control of over 32 gates. Noah Pred discovers whether Switch 2 takes him beyond the gates.
Bengal from Max for Cats is a flexible, polyphonic semi-modular FM synthesizer that's going to get you purring with its delicious pads and growling with its roaring basses. Noah Pred tames the beast.
Do we need more reverb plugins? Wait. Zynaptiq ADAPTIVERB is something special. If the tag line, "harmonic tracking resynthesis" confuses you, don't worry. Think of it as a new frontier for reverbs!
Glass & Steel for Kontakt, has been described by Spitfire Audio as "tuned percussion from another world". Noah Pred finds out how useful its found sounds are for sound designers and producers.
Making music is more accessible than ever due to the low cost of gear. But it's not without its pitfalls. The difficulty is in learning how to use the equipment and be creative and focused with it.
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