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Libra Rising Monthly Sound Design Workshops

Libra Rising Music would like to invite you to our FREE monthly sound design workshop, which we’ll be doing on the 1st Sunday of every month. We will be talking about electronic music sound design concepts (synthesis, sampling techniques, creative use of effects, etc.) as well as any tips or tricks that anyone wants to share which go beyond sound design alone.

We don’t follow any particular structure or syllabus, but please bring any songs or ideas you’re working on, or sessions in Ableton/Logic/ProTools that you’d like to talk about. This is a free and open discussion, and everyone is encouraged to share something. If you’d like to share any tips and tricks, please come prepared!

ALL STYLES OF MUSIC ARE WELCOME!!!

If you are in the Portland Metro area, please send an email to jscottg@librarisingmusic.com along with your name and a little bit about what you do, to check about available slots. If you are remote, you can join us by Zoom Chat by registering at the following link:

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Now Offering Private Audio Production Lessons

Not everyone can sit through hours and hours of online video tutorials. In fact, it’s been proven that most people learn best through real-world, hands-on experience with teachers who are not only sensitive to the delicate nuances of individual personalities, but can also tailor their approach according to their student’s specific needs and goals.

Jesse Scott is a twenty five year veteran music producer/sound designer/composer who has released countless original albums and singles, and has done official major label remixes for A-list talent such as Madonna, Seal, David Bowie, Adam Lambert, Deadmau5, Shiny Toy Guns, Celldweller, Paul Oakenfold, Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra (just to name a few). He’s written music that has appeared in major motion pictures such as Bad Boys II, Tomb Raider, and The Art Of War; television shows like CSI, Arrow, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NFL, NBA & MBA games, as well as numerous video games. He’s also an accomplished author/teacher on lynda.com.


“I would not recommend Jesse Scott to the faint of heart, the lazy, or the uncommitted. He is the best teacher I have ever learned from, bar-none, and has taught me everything I know about sound design, mixing, and music production. He is thorough, professional, doesn’t waste time with remedial filler lessons, and is worth every penny. The most important thing he has done for me as a teacher, is empowering me with the knowledge to figure out how to answer my own questions. ~ Connor Barron

See Jesse’s other reviews on Google.

See Jesse’s professional resume on Linkedin.


After two decades of creating *literally* hundreds of tunes for the dance floor, Jesse has moved on to other areas of music production, and now spends most of his time doing sound design and making music for film and TV. He’s now offering private lessons in the Portland Metro area (and even over Skype if you live elsewhere) to a limited number of students. No matter what style of music you’re into or the level you’re currently at, if you want to take your productions even further, then this might be for you.


Subjects Include:

DAWs (Ableton Live, Logic, ProTools)
Sound Design
Synthesis (Basic/Advanced)
Sampling Techniques
Programming & Arrangement
Creative Use Of Effects
Drum Programming
Vocal Recording
Vocal Editing With Melodyne
Recording Real Instruments (Mic Techniques)
MIDI
Mixing (EQ, Compression, Gain Staging, Etc.)
Mastering
DJing w/Ableton Live
Software Synths (Omnisphere, Native Instruments, Uhe, Arturia, etc)
Proper Studio Setup (Acoustics, Room Tuning)
Building Your Own Acoustic Sound Panels


One 2 hour session for $100 OR a one month package deal of 4 sessions for $300. (Non-refundable).

SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY, PLEASE!

Ilio Releases “Revolve” For Omnisphere 2

ILIO introduces a new patch library for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2™ consisting of inspiring, arpeggiated sounds.

Movement is the visceral essence of music. It’s the proverbial carrot on a string that keeps our minds engaged and ears yearning for more. Jesse Scott of Summer Channel and MIDIhead are back again to present a new patch library for Omnisphere 2 called “Revolve.” Inside, you’ll find a cornucopia of arpeggiated synths, heavenly bells, twisted bass lines, and phantasmagorical plucks that will add intrigue and movement to your music. And since Revolve is genre-agnostic, you’ll find plenty of inspiration whether you’re working on the next soundtrack for a suspense-thriller, chilling down with ambient, going pop with a vocal melody on top, or creating heat for the dance floor.

Click here to buy Revolve!

From super-resonant, detuned synths, to intense and suspenseful movements, to growling pulsations, to plucked and airy sounds, Revolve will provide you with plenty of inspiration for any mood you wish to create.

Included are over 100 inspiring new arpeggiated patches, and as a bonus we’ve also included 10 Multis to show you the layering capabilities of Revolve!

BONUS for Keyscape Users: We included Darkness and Light, a collection of 25 patches as a bonus that you can install into Omnisphere if you own (and have installed the full version of) Keyscape. These patches consist of ethereal pianos, searing keys, and emotive dreamscapes we think you’ll love to play inside Omnisphere.

About The Sound Designers:
Jesse Scott of Summer Channel is a twenty-one year veteran music producer/sound designer/composer who has released countless original albums and singles, and has also remixed A-list talent such as Madonna, Seal, David Bowie, Adam Lambert, Deadmau5, Shiny Toy Guns, Celldweller, Paul Oakenfold, Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra (just to name a few). He’s written music that has appeared in major motion pictures such as Bad Boys II, Tomb Raider, and The Art Of War; television shows like CSI, Arrow, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NFL game broadcasts; and numerous video games.

Michael (MIDIhead) Babbitt is an electronic music producer and songwriter who’s released an award-winning synthpop album and remixed songs from Kaskade and Late Night Alumni, has had original scores in movie trailers for The Matrix Reloaded, Silent Hill, and Mad Max-Fury Road, as well as a variety of television shows such as Dexter, CSI, Prison Break, MythBusters, Miami Ink, America’s Next Top Model (to name a few) and many remixes and original songs appearing in Konami’s Dance, Dance, Revolution video game series. He’s also produced all of ILIO’s Omnisphere patch libraries.

Requires Omnisphere version 2.1 or higher. Please read the System Requirements tab for more information.

Ilio Releases “Hardwired” For Omnisphere 2

ILIO introduces an amazing new patch library by Summer Channel & Kris Northern for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.1™ transporting you into the cutting edge vortex of modular synthesis.

Modular synthesis. A vast frontier of new and unusual sonic possibilities (as well as a endless drain on your bank account — for those simply trying to keep up with regular advancements in technology). If you’ve ever wanted to experiment with the sound of modular synths but haven’t quite dipped your toes in yet, then we’ve got something that you’ll absolutely LOVE.

Jesse Scott of Summer Channel and Kris Northern (Magpie Modular) proudly present a new patch library for Omnisphere 2 called “Hardwired.” In it, you’ll find 100 never before heard patches made up of the *best* of both the analog and digital world. Encapsulated within this unique library are foreboding cinematic drones, lush and perpetually evolving, as well as texturally intriguing sound beds, quirky effects, gnashing leads, twisted and utterly *mangled* aural soundscapes, crazy one shot hits, as well as BPM-locked rhythmic effects and arpeggiations.

BUY IT NOW AT ILIO.COM

‘Hardwired’ is a modern producer’s nuclear arsenal of 21st century sounds that will help you construct your next award winning soundtrack, or add dazzle and sophistication to any kind of music you make. If you’ve ever wanted to have access to the kind of elite sonic weaponry that makes your peers (jealously) ask you, “How did you get those &*$%# sounds?” then this library is DEFINITELY for you.

Centric to ‘Hardwired’ is over 370 MB of brand new, never released source material derived from some of the most cutting edge modular synth technology available on the market. Every sample was meticulously recorded at 48/24 and processed for maximum sound quality. And much like the source material, many of these Omnisphere patches were programmed using multiple, random timing sources so that you never get the same exact sound twice. This ensures that you’ll always come up with new and unique ideas for your compositions, and that ‘Hardwired’ doesn’t become stale and obsolete over time.

“It’s funny, every time I do one of these Omnisphere 2 libraries, the one I just finished becomes my new personal favorite. This time though, I’m absolutely *floored* at some of the sounds we came up with. I don’t think I can ever go back to NOT using modular synthesis for the basis of all my sound design. I can see what the magical allure is.” says Jesse Scott.

‘Hardwired’ loads quickly and easily into Omnisphere 2.1 or higher. Each sound is optimized for use with your modulation wheel for real time control on stage or in the studio.

Hardwired contains 103 meticulously crafted patches including:

  • 12 Cinematic Drones
  • 27 Transformative Soundscapes
  • 18 Evolving Textures and Sound Effects
  • 14 BPM-Locked Leads, Synths, Arpeggios, and SFX
  • 10 Hits and Bits including impacts, plucks, synths and SFX
  • 10 Leads
  • 5 Synth Basses
  • 2 Vocal based effects
  • 2 Pads

Hardwired is an Omnisphere 2 patch library like no other you’ve ever heard. If you’re sick of getting lost amongst the noise, and instead you’d like to BE THE NOISE, then download this inspiring new set of sounds now from your favorite music retailer or online from ILIO.

About The Sound Designers:

Jesse Scott / Summer Channel is a producer and composer who has released countless original albums and singles, and has written original music with Adam Lambert, Saffron of Republica and many others. He’s also remixed artists such as Madonna, Seal, David Bowie, Paul Oakenfold, Curve, Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra (just to name a few). He’s written music that has appeared in major motion pictures such as Bad Boys II, Tomb Raider, and The Art Of War; television shows like CSI and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and numerous video games. He’s also an accomplished music teacher on lynda.com.

As founder of Magpie Modular, Kris Northern has found the perfect blend of his favorite pursuits in the wide world of modular synthesis; hand building synths made available from the Open Hardware & DIY communities, applying his skills as a graphic designer to make aesthetically pleasing panels, and of course, the generation of weird fascinating sounds. With a pre-existing passion for fractals, non-linear mathematics, and generative & iterative structures, Kris uses that interest to guide his sound design as well as the modules he includes in his custom built modular. When not engrossed in the world of modular he can often be found on bike treks, back country hikes or at hippie festivals poking the wildlife and writing about it in his ongoing series “Hippie Watching in North America”

Ilio Releases “Robotica” For Omnisphere 2

ILIO introduces a diverse new patch library for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.1™ that brings the sound of the A.I. future to your DAW, today.

Cinematic Sci-Fi is bigger than ever, and so we’re answering the call to provide fresh new sounds to producers, sound designers and composers from around the world. Jesse Scott of Summer Channel and MIDIhead proudly present a new patch library for Omnisphere 2 called “Robotica.” In it, you’ll find ominous drones, atmospheric pads, spaced-out sound effects, ethereal and epic synths, interesting robotic effects and textures, vocoder sound bites, and BPM-locked movers.

Robotica is a professional producer’s toolbox of sounds that will help you construct your next sci-fi soundtrack, or add futuristic flare to any type of electronic music. Robotica will transport you from low earth orbit to voracious black holes in distant luminous galaxies in a mere instant, and provide you with endless options for blending atmospheric textures in new and unusual ways.

At the heart of Robotica is over 400 MB of brand new, never released source material derived from popular modern analog synths, vocoders, guitars, time-stretched vocals and sound fx, as well as a few other boutique digital sources. Every sample was meticulously recorded at 48/24 (with some at 96/24) and processed for maximum sound quality.

“This is definitely my favorite library that I’eve worked on to date. This library is the culmination of everything I love about Sci-fi flicks. Even if you’re not using this library for soundtracks, there’s still something in it for everyone,” says Jesse Scott.

MIDIhead adds, “I’ve long been fond of recording original sounds and turning them into something completely different and useful. From ear candy, to unexpected surprises I think you’ll enjoy toying around with Robotica and have a lot of ‘Favorite’ star-clicks in your patch browser.”

Robotica loads quickly and easily into Omnisphere 2.1 or higher. Each sound is optimized for use with your modulation wheel for real time control on stage or in the studio.

Robotica contains 107 meticulously crafted patches including:

  • 22 BPM-Locked Leads, Synths, Arpeggios, and SFX
  • 9 Drones
  • 23 SFX
  • 15 Hits and Bits including vocal shots, impacts, arpeggios, and SFX
  • 2 Noisescapes
  • 1 Synth Bass (created with a vacuum tube)
  • 16 Mono Synths
  • 4 Plucks
  • 5 Polyphonic Synths
  • 7 Textures
  • 3 Transition Effects

Robotica is an Omnisphere 2 patch library like no other. Download this inspiring new set of sounds now from your favorite music retailer or online from ILIO.

About The Sound Designers:

Jesse Scott / Summer Channel is an electronic music producer who has released countless original albums and singles, and has written original music with Adam Lambert, Jes and many others. He’s also remixed artists such as Madonna, Seal, David Bowie, Paul Oakenfold, Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra (just to name a few). He’s written music that has appeared in major motion pictures such as Bad Boys II, Tomb Raider, and The Art Of War; television shows like CSI and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and numerous video games. He’s also an accomplished music teacher on lynda.com.

Michael (MIDIhead) Babbitt is an electronic music producer and songwriter who’s released an award-winning synthpop album and remixed songs from Kaskade and Late Night Alumni, has had original scores in movie trailers for The Matrix Reloaded, Silent Hill, and Mad Max-Fury Road, as well as television shows such as Dexter, CSI, Prison Break, Myth Busters, Miami Ink, America’s Next Top Model (to name a few) and many remixes and original songs appeared in Konami’s Dance, Dance, Revolution video game series. He’s also produced all of ILIO’s Omnisphere patch libraries.

Requires Omnisphere version 2.1 or higher. Please read the System Requirements tab for more information.

Click here to purchase your copy today!

EDM Production Techniques – Extreme Sound Mangling

Make your EDM tracks stand out. Ditch the canned sounds and learn how to add texture, sheen, and movement to your productions with these extreme sound-mangling techniques, which are based on J. Scott G’s production and remix experience with artists like Adam Lambert, Shiny Toy Guns, Madonna, and David Bowie. He’ll show you how to create and tweak sounds with vocoders; faders, flangers, and chorus effects; reverb and delay; EQ and filters; distortion; time stretching; and glitches and granular synthesis. The final bonus chapter digs into the loops included with J. Scott’s Twisted System sample pack, which comes free with the exercise files for this course. These techniques are both practical and inspirational, providing tools for creating new sounds and ideas for making electronic dance music that sounds even more creative and unique.

Note: This course was recorded in Ableton Live, but the tutorials can be used with any digital audio workstation.

Topics include:

  • Working with vocoders
  • Shifting pitch and frequency
  • Creating drama with EQ and filters
  • Time stretching
  • Enhancing harmonic content with distortion
  • Adding movement with flange effects
  • Applying reverb and delay
  • Creating rhythmic effects with glitches and stutters

Ilio Releases “Fire Water” For Omnisphere 2!

ILIO introduces a diverse new patch library for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.1™ that is sure to bring out your inner synth dragon-master.

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Every virtue has its vice, and every yin its yang. Music production should reflect this universal truth, according to J. Scott G. (formerly of Deepsky) and MIDIhead. Together they’ve produced a new patch library for Omnisphere 2 called “Fire Water.” In it you’ll find ripping synth basses, powerful and funky leads, lush pads, ethereal and epic poly synths, interesting fx and textures, vocoder sound bites, and BPM-locked movers.

As the name suggests, every patch ranges from overtly aggressive to warm and serene. Fire Water is a professional producer’s toolbox of sounds that will help you construct any type of modern electronic music, such as Drum and Bass, Trap, Hip-Hop, Pop, EDM and even Film Score. Fire Water will take you from dark to light moods in a split second, and yield infinite options for blending them in new and unusual ways.

“There is a yin-yang balance and contrast with the sounds I use in composing electronic music. It’s a painting that requires a diverse palette of sounds. For example, I may want to begin my piece with a serene intro and build to an intense climax, or I may layer a dirty bass line with a soft poly synth and lush pad. Fire Water gives you that palette. It allows you to achieve that ebb and flow in a feng shui kind of way,” says MIDIhead.

J. Scott G. adds, “I love sounds that have a specific, but unconventional playability. For example, many of the distorted bass sounds I created are mono synths with massive amounts of portamento time. That allows me to bypass the pitch wheel and play bending notes with one hand while controlling the sonic texture via the modulation wheel with my other hand, all in real time.”

Fire Water loads quickly and easily into Omnisphere 2.1 or higher. Each sound is optimized for use with your modulation wheel for real time control on stage or in the studio. Use The Orb for unexpected surprises!

Fire Water contains 121 meticulously crafted patches, including:

30 BPM Synths, Bass, Leads, FX, and Vocoder Phrases
8 Bell
1 Tuned, Sub Kick
2 Vocoder Phrases
1 Organ
9 Pads
2 SFX
23 Synth Bass
20 Lead Synths
5 Synth Plucks
20 Polyphonic Synths
Fire Water is an Omnisphere 2 patch library like no other. Download this inspiring new set of sounds now from your favorite music retailer or online from ILIO.

About The Sound Designers:

J. Scott G. (formerly of Deepsky) is an electronic music producer who has released countless original albums and singles, and has written original music with Adam Lambert, Jes and many others. He’s also remixed artists such as Madonna, Seal, David Bowie, Paul Oakenfold, Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra (just to name a few). He’s written music that has appeared in major motion pictures such as Bad Boys II, Tomb Raider, and The Art Of War; television shows like CSI and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and numerous video games. He’s also an accomplished music teacher on lynda.com.

Michael (MIDIhead) Babbitt is an electronic music producer and songwriter who’s released an award-winning synthpop album and remixed songs from Kaskade and Late Night Alumni, has had original scores in movie trailers for The Matrix Reloaded, Silent Hill, and Mad Max-Fury Road, as well as television shows such as Dexter, CSI, Prison Break, Myth Busters, Miami Ink, America’s Next Top Model (to name a few) and many remixes and original songs appeared in Konami’s Dance, Dance, Revolution video game series. He’s also produced all of ILIO’s Omnisphere patch libraries.

Requires Omnisphere version 2.1 or higher. Please read the System Requirements tab for more information.

Up And Running With Omnisphere 2

Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere is a synthesizer of enormous power, with a library of over 12,000 sounds. Its versatility makes it valuable for any kind of music production, including film scoring. In this Omnisphere training course, J. Scott Giaquinta explains what makes this amazing synth work, including the concepts behind headers, multis, parts, and layers, and shows how to find sounds in its extensive libraries. He also demonstrates how to use the Orb, a unique circular controller, and the granular engine to modify sounds, and build your own sounds with features such as the Modulation Matrix and FX modules. In the final chapters, J. Scott G. shows how to create two completely new sounds (a bass sound and pad) from scratch with Omnisphere.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the Omnisphere header and multis
  • Setting up automation
  • Managing presets and patches
  • Using the Orb to manipulate sounds
  • Exploring the Synth and Sample modes
  • Using filters, envelopes, and LFOs
  • Using granular to mangle sounds
  • Understanding the Arpeggiator
  • Using Stack and Live mode
  • Creating sounds from scratch

EDM Production Techniques – Basslines


Check out “EDM Production Techniques – Basslines” with J. ScottG. on lynda.com!

Electronic dance music has exploded in popularity the last couple years. Knowing how to create dynamic EDM bass lines can make your tracks stand out. In this course, author J. Scott Giaquinta showcases his techniques for EDM basslines—the same techniques he’s used on productions and remixes with such artists as Madonna, Seal, David Bowie, Paul Oakenfold, and Johnny Cash. The course focuses on creating bass lines for four different genres: dubstep, electro house, progressive/trance, and drum and bass. Scott also touches on layering, automation, and sub-basses, and finishing techniques like bussing, tape saturation, and limiters that can give your EDM tracks a distinctive sound. Note: this course features Ableton Live and Native Instruments MASSIVE, but you can follow along with these tutorials in the DAW of your choice.

EDM Production Techniques – Drums

In this course, author J. Scott Giaquinta showcases his techniques for electronic dance music production that he’s used on productions and remixes with such artists as Madonna, Seal, David Bowie, Paul Oakenfold, and Johnny Cash. He’ll focus on drum sounds, demonstrating his techniques for layering kick and snare samples, compressing the sounds, using drum loops, adding a human feel and groove, creating drum transitions, using FX and automation, and other drum mixing techniques.

This course features Ableton Live and Native Instruments’ Battery drum sampler, but you can use these techniques in any DAW of your choice.