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    Default How To Program A Synth/How To Add A "Delay" For DAW Recording

    i need some help programming a synth from scratch. so far, i am using reason 4.0 and trying to stay away from the stock sounds. i also have alot of vst that i can play around with too. so, far i found these tutorials
    http://www.tweakheadz.com/programmer.html
    Hands on: Subtractive synthesis - Personal Computer World
    How to program great synthesized bass sounds | Learn how to make a killer bass track starting with a convincing bass sound.
    How to program a digital synthisizer/soft synth
    but i haven't been able to come up with any good sounds right. arg, sound design is not easy. i've been thinking about "layering" stock sounds in order to get a unique sound until i figure this out.

    also, how can i add a "delay" for recording my beats in sony acid, reason, ableton live or cubase (if i can ever figure out how to make cubase quit freezing whenever it tries to load a certain vst).

    for example, on my friend's korg triton le, i can press the record button and then play button. but the factory setting doesn't include "immediate record". the metronome comes on and the workstation counts down for 4 counts before it starts to record (you can watch the countdown on the screen too). so, i'm used to having 4 beats/counts before i have to play whatever it is that i came up with.

    but with my software DAWs, this is no delay. it starts to record right when i hit record. i can never hit record with my mouse and start playing immediately on my m-audio axiom. i'm only able to start playing on my keyboard in the middle of the measure/bar. is there any way to add a "delay" for the recording process???

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    Default Re: How To Program A Synth/How To Add A "Delay" For DAW Recording

    I make my own sounds alot. Reverbs, delays, and phasers I stick to. Its rare that I would use a chorus or flange. The best thing is don't start with dramatic settings. Work your way up from less present to more present. LFO is a good thing especially when you attach it to the pitch of a sound.

    Its called a precount, pre click. I know its in Reason Cubase & FL. In reason just look for Pre in the transport panel its right under click, and for Cubase just look for II/* in the transport bar it says Pre/Click when you highlight it. FL you look for 321 at the top. Ableton you go into prefrences and go to the "Record Warp Launch" section and go to count-in. I don't think Acid has a precount option. You don't really need it in most daws. What you do is turn the metronome on, and start recording at 1 or 2 bars after you hit record. Maybe a punch in might be useful but the precount you can get by without.

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    Default Re: How To Program A Synth/How To Add A "Delay" For DAW Recording

    ^aight, thanks alot. i was doing the 1 or 2 bar method. does protools have a precount?
    edit:, nvm i just googled it and it seems that protools does have a precount on its transport.
    Last edited by djloekee27; 12-06-2009 at 4:33 AM.

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