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  • Music & Audio
    How to Create a Velocity Layered Instrument with Maize SamplerDjembe
    Maize is a VST sampler that’s really easy to use. All you have to do is drag your samples to match the notes of a keyboard, and then you can play them back from your MIDI interface. Okay, that in itself may seem like no big deal, but what is really interesting about Maize is that you can export your finished patch as a VSTi synth which you can share with others. You can download a free version, and if you chose to purchase the full version registered users can sell their VSTi creations and also customise the background and logo. In this tutorial I will show you how I made a very simple Djembe instrument from scratch using some samples of the African drum that I recorded.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Live Sound 101: Mixing the ShowMixer
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    Last time, I covered everything you need to know to get you through the sound check of a live gig. This time I'm going to explain how to mix the show itself. I can't tell you how to mix (you should have a pretty good idea already, or no one will employ you to mix for them) but I can point out some pitfalls and pass on some tips.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    How to Create Rich Depth with Doubling TechniquesGuitar
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    Depth by doubling. You can hear it in almost any song. Big, booming guitars and wide chorus vocals are just some of the most popular times that double tracking and fake doubling are pulled out of the trick bag and dropped into a mix. If your mixes sound hollow, empty, lifeless and small, you may need a bit more depth. Try one of these techniques and see if they work for you.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Make a Bangin' Woofer Embedded in WoodPreview
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    In this tutorial, we'll illustrate a woofer and make a simple wood texture for the background. We'll place the speaker so that it appears to be inside the wood texture. Also, we'll create screws that appear to hold it in place. Put some good music on and lets get working!Read More…
  • Code
    Leopard Desktop with jQuery using jqDock200x200
    jQuery adds a whole lot of cool functionality to your websites. It can do a range of things, from animation to AJAX. It's usually frowned upon to rely heavily on jQuery to design your sites, but it's fun to go wild every now and then. In this tutorial I'll teach you how to use jQuery to create a completely coded Dashboard, just like Leopard! This can be handy in hiding a whole lot of gadgets or widgets you don't have space for!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    30 Kick-Ass Vector Based T-Shirts from Top DesignersMonsterprev
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    This collection of 30 stunning T-Shirt designs is an inspirational roundup of examples from some of the best names in the apparel world, each with their own unique take on vector illustration and design. Vector based artwork not only looks great, but the nature of vector design makes it a perfect choice for professional design for print: design for products such as T-Shirts require color separations in order to be produced by industrial printers. With the closing date for our Vector T-Shirt design competition fast approaching (September 28th), it's time for some last minute inspiration!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Make an Aurora Borealis Design in IllustratorPreview
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    To recreate the light patterns of the Aurora Borealis you'd probably turn to Photoshop's filters and effects. Use Illustrator however, and you'll not only achieve a stunning end result, but you'll also benefit from the flexibility of working with vectors. This is an intermediate level tutorial rewarding you with an attractive desktop wallpaper for your efforts!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    40+ Creative, Courageous, and Campy ButtonsPreview
    A button (or badge in some places outside the US) can be designed for maximum impact through message, image, and cleverness. They have a capacity to communicate change and are often proudly worn as badges that represent our causes and beliefs. Designers can tap into this capacity to communicate through creative button designs that challenge our conceptual thinking, promote positive change, while stylistically pushing the medium. In this post, we look at over 40 button designs driven from a variety of sources: modern illustrators, campy old cartoons, political badges, close up textures, positive causes, and more. Let's look at some inspiring buttons and see if we can kick our creative engine into gear.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    6 Most Idiotic Publicity Stunts In Rock Music HistoryPubprev
    Imagine if you will, your band is sitting at the very edge of rock greatness. All those years spent in cramped vans touring the sleaziest of clubs have finally paid off. You've signed the big money contract and recorded what, most everyone involved tells you, may be the greatest damn album ever made. But there is one problem. Nobody is paying attention. So what do you do to get yourself some much needed publicity? No idea, but here are six things you may want to avoid, if that helps.Read More…
  • Code
    How to Create a Wordpress Theme from Scratch: Part 2200x200
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    It's time for the good stuff now. We'll be adding the comments system, a sidebar with widgets and an archive for all the old posts. This will cover all that you need for a simple but well functioning WordPress theme, and hopefully you be able to apply this to all sorts of theming projects. Read More…
  • Code
    Learn How to Create a jQuery Plugin200x200
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    You might think to yourself, "What is all the fuss with jQuery? You have to download a bunch of plugins to even make the library worth while.". First, that isn't true. Second, the jQuery library was specifically designed for that very purpose. By keeping the core library as small as possible - about 16 kb - users can then apply additional plugins at their own discretion. Today, I'll teach you how to build your first "Center" plugin from scratch. Let's get started! Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Make an Inspiring Artistic Poster with Drawn ElementsPreview
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    In this tutorial, we'll create drawn elements, use design brushes, bring them into Photoshop, and merge them into a unique poster composition that feels hand-made, stylistically unified, and personalized. The techniques here are focused on creating an original artistic illustration. Let's see how this poster design was created.Read More…