Joel Falconer
Joel Falconer is the co-founder of public relations company Methodic Studios, publishes the gaming blog StartFrag, and is an editor at leading technology news site The Next Web. You can follow him on Twitter.
  • Music & Audio
    How to Create Rhythmic Synthesizers with Reason 4's VocoderThumb
    We often think of the vocoder as a device for effecting voices, but it’s a device that’s regularly used for a myriad of other purposes. In this tutorial, we teach you to use Reason’s BV512 Vocoder to create a rhythmic synthesizer.Read More…
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    Automating Tempo & Time Signature Data in Reason 4Thumb
    There’s a long road of learning ahead of beginning computer musicians and home studio engineers as they begin to merge what they’ve been taught about music and song structure with the way digital audio workstations handle those same things. When you’re playing music with yourself or even other musicians, you can change the tempo or time signature as you go, but it’s a little more complicated to get your computer to follow along. Here’s how to make sure it does in Reason 4.Read More…
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    How to Use Propellerhead Reason 4′s Spider CV Merger & SplitterThumb
    The ability to split and merge different sources of audio using the Spider Audio unit is useful indeed, but it’s the Spider CV unit that really allows users to explore new ideas and ways of manipulating sound. Let’s take a look at using this device to totally change the sound of our instrument devices.Read More…
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    5 Forms & Contracts Every Musician NeedsLegal
    Being a musician seems glamorous to the outsider. The truth is, there is paperwork to be done and legal precautions to take, just like in any other business—whether you're selling millions of tracks on iTunes every week, or you're losing money. Here are five forms and contracts that every musician needs; some you should have ready and printed, on hand around the office (or studio or bedroom...) and others aren't used so frequently but you should have a document ready to be printed and put into use.Read More…
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    In-Depth with Reason 4’s Matrix Pattern SequencerMusic and audio
    The Matrix Pattern Sequencer is a valuable tool in Reason 4’s plethora of rack devices. It makes no sound of its own—its power lies in its ability to control other devices. If your sound device can receive CV data, the Matrix can make it do all sorts of cool things from the obvious choice of note sequencing, to controlling oscillators and filters.Read More…
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    How to Use Propellerhead Reason 4′s Spider Audio Merger & SplitterThumb
    Tucked away in the Reason device list is the Spider Audio Merger & Splitter, a small utility device that is infinitely useful to any Reason user. But it often lies dormant even when it could be useful, because very few users of the software actually know what the Spider Audio device does. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use this simple but powerful device.Read More…
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    Getting to Know Propellerhead Reason 4′s Mixer DeviceThumb
    Reason’s Mixer is one of the most important devices in the software, but most home musicians don’t pay much attention to it. It’s simple enough to get your head around the basics of leveling devices with a bit of experimentation, but in this tutorial we’re going to go further into the breadth of features this essential and under-appreciated device offers.Read More…
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    In-Depth with Reason’s RackMusic and audio
    Recently, we published a two-part Plus tutorial on Reason’s sequencer. It’s only fitting that we devote one to the rack. The rack is something that many Reason users are comfortable with but haven’t fully explored, while others are confused by it. We’re going to look at the rack itself, devices, patches, and the least understood of rack topics, rack routing.Read More…
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    How to Set Up Send/Return Effects in Logic Pro 9Thumb
    For many audio writers, the basics of production sometimes seem so trivial that they’re overlooked as topics for sites like Audiotuts+. A piece on setting up send/return effects has been a request of readers for a while now, and today I’ll teach you how to create — and use — this handy method of routing audio through effects processors.Read More…
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    Boot Camp for Your Ear: Detecting Intervals with Song AssociationsThumb
    As a rocker at heart, I was never much interested in music theory. I picked it up as a matter of requirement throughout my education in bits and dribbles, though it seemed at the end of the day all I could do was read notes off a staff—a musical technology that’s not even really used in my genre.Read More…
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    How to Turn Audio into Sampler Instrument LoopsThumb
    When you're working with loops, particularly drum loops, to form the rhythmic basis of a composition, you often find yourself wishing you could do more to customize the track. Logic Pro 9 has a few tools that allow us to work with audio as if it were MIDI--such as the flex time features--but what about turning the audio into a MIDI-controlled sampler instrument track?Read More…
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    The Role of the Manager in the StudioManager
    When it comes to the role of the manager in the studio, the first question to ask is: should managers be in the studio at all? At the end of the day, it depends on whether the artist is comfortable with their presence. Forgetting the manager’s professional role for a moment, an artist’s good performance in the studio depends on many factors and that includes whether they feel comfortable expressing their creativity in front of those certain individuals they’re with at the time. This is a personal matter, not a professional one.Read More…