Rhythm Creation - Music Production and Sound Reocording

Monthly Archive

  • Displaying only posts posted within a certain month.
Great little video showing the talented musician SaReGaMa playing a Kalimba Solo from his track Air. The Kalimba is an instrument I don’t see often and this video shows off the instrument very well.

If you are interested in hearing more music from SaReGaMa you can visit his personal site.

You can also find his album Inward Journey available now on both eMusic and also Napster.


Original YouTube Video.

No votes yet
Searching through some videos on YouTube and I came across some videos of some very talented Glass Harp players that I wanted to share.

Here is a selection of my favourite ones I came across.

It must take a while to set up and tune these everytime, but the end result is a very nice sound. I wonder how often the glasses crack whilst being played. enjoy!


Original YouTube Posting by MetricSuperstar.


Original YouTube Posting by adamrcath.


Original YouTube Posting by cooterwillis.


Original YouTube Posting by BSICollision.

If you find any more great glass harp videos post the urls to them in the comments section of this post.

No votes yet
Another site worthy of being on Rhythm Creation. OurStage is a nice site with a great concept in creating charts of submitted music from various genres. It has features for both listeners and musicians that make OurStage a worthwhile visit for both.

OurStage is unique due to the way the charts are worked out. Listeners or Judges as they are known have to choose between two tracks in their chosen genre, voting on a scale which one they prefer the most. All these votes are then worked out and the chart is updated. This system seems to work well because it stops people from being high up the charts just because they’ve got lots of friends who they have asked to become fans and it is more down to the actual music (Although it probably isn’t flawless at preventing this).

There are some great Prizes available too for musicians and bands which are very successful in the charts. I have been using OurStage now for a couple of months and have heard some good tracks and my track Overdrive managed to finished 7th in the electronic category for January. I asked no one to vote for me, so this shows you can get high up in the charts with no sneaky votes, showing their system works reasonably well.

OurStage is definately a place for musicians to get some free and also exciting publicity for their music.

No votes yet
Every now and again on Rhythm Creation I feature a web site which is of great use to us musicians. This time is a great little site which I have personally started to use called Jamendo.

Jamendo is a site which allows visitors to discover, listen to and download Creative Commons licensed music thanks to the large number of extremely generous musicians who place their personally made music on there for you to listen to and download for free.

At the current time of writing there are over 7000 albums waiting to be discovered and over the past few weeks I have been discovering new musicians and have also been impressed with the quality of some of the music I have heard. I have even taken the trouble to upload some of my own tracks. As a musician you will find that they offer some great tools and services to help you get your music out there and get people listening. You will get some honest feedback on your music from the enthusiastic Jamendo community, can see stats on how many people have downloaded or starred your album and listeners can even support your music with a optional donation if they want to.

Jamendo is a breath of fresh air compared to most sites and provides a good service for both listeners and musicians. I’ve enjoyed listening to peoples music knowing it’s legal and that they want me to as well as knowing people might be enjoying my music. It is certainly a site I will be regularly visiting, listening and reviewing other peoples music on as well as uploading my own stuff to.

No votes yet
VSTi instruments (also known as Softsynths or Virtual Instruments) are plugins which are run by a VSTi host. A VSTi host which usually comes in the form of a sequencer and some of the most popular VSTi hosts are Cubase, Ableton Live, FruityLoops Studio and Cakewalk Sonar. The VSTi instruments add a new instrument to the VSTi hosts which allows for more and different sounds to be produced. If you can't get your head round it then the best way to look at it is to imagine the VSTi host acts like an operating system such as Windows which runs programs which are the VSTi instruments.

VSTi instruments come in different forms but are usually in the form of a softsynth, a synthesizer made in software as opposed to the classic way of making a synth in hardware. Some softsynths can be just as good if not better than their similar hardware versions as softsynths allow for unlimited saving space for presets and sounds as well as the ability to run multiple instances of a single synth allowing two sounds to be played simultaneously.

To allow for ultimate control over a softsynth it is best to use a MIDI controller which allows the softsynth to be used with a hardware interface. This allows for ultimate control of both playing and adjusting the sounds. Settings can be controlled on the screen using a standard mouse easily enough but playing the notes you want will be a bit more tricky.

The great thing about VSTi instruments is that they are cheaper than hardware and you won't have to find more room to store them in the place you use for music making. You don't need any extra cables, plugs or stands. The downsides are that they can take up a lot of system resources on your computer so lots of ram and a good processor are needed, especially if you plan on running multiple VSTi instruments at the same time.

VSTis designed for Windows come in the the form of a .DLL file and for the MAC a .VST file. This file needs to be placed or installed into your VSTis plugin directory or into an appropriately named folder within that directory. Your VSTis plugin directory can usually be set in the preferences of your VSTi host which will then be able to be located and load it up into its own channel ready to be sequenced.

If you don't currently own a VSTi host then I would suggest trying a small piece of software called Savihost created by Hermann Seib. This free software enables you to basically run a VSTi in a standalone state. Whilst this is not the most ideal way to run a VSTi host compared to a sequencer, it does allow you the chance to try out VSTi's before investing in a sequencer or to run them in standalone mode without loading up a full sequencer . To use Savihost just rename the Savihost.exe to the name of the .DLL file of the VSTi Instrument you want to use which should be located in the same directory as the Savihost.exe file.

Download Savihost


If you want to try out a brilliant and free (yes free) VSTi Instrument then you can't go wrong with The Claw from ReFx. You can download The Claw for the ReFX links below.

Download Claw For Windows
Download Claw For Mac
Download Claw Manual

You should hopefully now be well on your way that you can start using VSTis in your music, there are some great ones available and it opens up new doors to lots of new sounds.

Tutorial written by Edward Cufaude for Rhythm Creation.

Your rating: None Average: 4 (1 vote)