Caustic Update

Cool news for us newbie mobile producers and experienced mobile producers alike! It loos like Caustic 2 is being upgraded to Caustic 3.0! Having a look at the coming updates there are going to be some very major changes. Extra machines for us to learn and utilize, new effects and what I am most excited about, additional machine slots.

Hopefully I will be able to get my hands on an early alpha release so I can learn how to use these new features before launch! Stay tuned in coming weeks for new information. In the meantime visit and keep in mind that all the content is subject to change, as this is still far from release.

In other news I am going to work on getting some more Casio samples up today. I figure it’s about time to get the drums going as I would like to use some of the sounds.

Also here is a sample of an experimental kind of ambient dance track I am working on. I don’t really have any structure for it and like the piano track I posted last week I still don’t have too much vision for it yet.

I am interested in how people that read my blog figure out how to build there music past an intro and verse? It’s like writing a paper and running out of material.




Always seeing Oscillator dials in Virtual Machines I think it’s important to understand just what Oscillation is. This video gives you the big picture. Also I started another track, so I am bouncing between them when I can find the time. I’ll try to have some progress posted within the week.

Putting Samples in Caustic 2

Hey all. So my ventures into chopping and sampling have been thus far… Sub par at best. But I figured it would be worth showing everyone a trick I learned from the Caustic forums that enables you to step sequence samples you may have or may have chopped.

Utilizing PCMsynth I have provided a 6 step tutorial below

1) Open a new PCMsynth. Long click the “Sample” button



2) Select the sample you want to use. Here I Selected a Kick drum



3) Long press the root key button, then press the keyboard key you want to use.

– If this is your only sample match it to the root note of the sample and you are done

– If this is one of multiple samples you want to insert, choose a root key and continue following the tutorial (C4 is a good key to start with)



4) Long press Lowkey and match it to the root key



5) Long press Highkey and match it to the root key

– The sample will now be stuck to the root key and not work with any other



6) Short press sample and turn the dial to select the next sample

– Follow the tutorial again for however many samples you would like to insert, just utilize another root key



In other news I have figured out how to sample my Casio and as I mentioned before it has some interesting percussion samples. I think while I am figuring out this chopping nonsense I am going to take some very LowFi .wav samples for people to have fun with. Who knows maybe there will be a PCMsynth preset with them.

There are also some fun sounds so I will most likely sample some of those over time as well.

Making it Easier

As time has progressed over the past three weeks I have come to realize that even regarding basic hip hop production, it is very difficult to produce anything without some sort of musical training. So while I continue to experiment and post stuff on here I will also be learning to play piano (pretty sure I mentioned that earlier).

Since I don’t really know what I am doing I have decided that teaching myself out of a book or off of youtube might be a little difficult. So after a little research I found an interesting computer product called “Piano Marvel.”

Piano Marvel is an online music teaching program set up with a subscription fee and requiring a Midi enabled keyboard controller. From what I have read online it is a fairly viable way to learn the basics. The Midi component allows the program to track errors you are making and provide you with dependable feedback. It costs about $12 or $15 a month and allows you to take unlimited lessons while subscribed. I have the link to the website below as well as a nice review I found on it. Have a look, I’m going to at least try out the free demo month to see how it works.

The following link is the review website. Note it also includes how it stacks up to other computer based music learning programs.


The New (but really old) Casio

So I did it! I went out and got myself a keyboard and oh man is it nice to be able to sound things out without having click triggers in a step sequencer. I ended up getting the Casio CTK-700 model from 2005 that I used as an example in the previous post. It works well and I have a Midi to USB converter on the way.

I read online that it is a solid keyboard, but doesn’t have touch sensitive keys. What this means is that it always outputs the same volume no matter how far you press the keys. But what can I say, I got it for $20 and I’m loving it. I’ll have a pic of it up soon, with the super cheap setup I will be using for future non-android based work.

Jealous much?

Chopping Samples

I’m on to my next project. Despite the awful Audio Latency on my Kindle Fire, I’m going to give Su-preme MPA a shot.

This time I am going to try chopping and sampling an already made track using Niko Twenty’s Sonic Chop. I’ve already had a go messing around with it, and the app is VERY user friendly. It looks like the easiest genres to chop and use in hip hop tend to be classical, jazz etc. I think for my first track I am going to use “300 m.p.h Torrential Outpour Blues” by the White Stripes.

I did some research on how to get clean chops, but I ultimately learned you just need to experiment yourself. On the other hand the following video has some very helpful tips. One of the biggest recommendations I read online is to make sure when you play your sample that you can loop it and it sounds natural. Also try to start each chop on a beat. Yeah. Watch the video and have fun.

Just so everyone knows I will not always be focusing on hip hop. I just thought it would be a fun genre to start producing in.

First Track is Done

Well I finally finished that track. It’s kind of boring in the beginning, but I don’t think it is too shabby for a first go. Unfortunately I can’t upload it… There appears to be something wrong with my soundcloud account. I’ll have up as soon as the problem clears.

Until then, does anyone have a suggestion of a track to chop?