The problem with the Drum Dial, and how to fix it.

Clickbait...but not on Youtube. Clever, right?
Clickbait...but not on Youtube. Clever, right?

The Drum Dial is a “drum tuning tool”, or more accurately just a dial indicator on a base.

It’s one of the better devices for tuning drums, given that torque wrenches don’t work very well and tuners are an abysmal failure (which I’ve yet to cover).

The Drum Dial has some problems that get in the way of good results, and the official documentation does a poor job of discussing these issues. I’ve not seen any third-party attempts at covering these problems either.

So… Here I am. Allow me some of your time to better understand drum tuning in the context of using a Drum Dial.

Read more →

Question and Answer with Adrian Pflugshaupt of apulSoft

One of my absolute favorite plugin developers(!) joined us on discord to have an in depth live Q&A segment.

apulSoft makes my favorite digital EQ: apQualizr2 and a brilliant new transient/saturation plugin: apShaper. Let’s not forget the incredibly accurate apTrigger either, and how easy it is to create realistic triggered parts with its modulation system.

NOTE: I was late to the start of the interview due to a silly error of my own. Adrian was kind enough to postpone for 7 hours.

Read more →

The Great Flood

Those panels shouldn't be curling like that...
Those panels shouldn't be curling like that... (Click for larger image)
Halfway there!
Halfway there! (Click for larger image)

If you want to know why there wasn’t a post last week, and won’t be one this week… More info after the break.

Read more →

Cubase Resources

I don’t like duplicating existing content. If there’s something out there on the internet with sufficiently similar content and presentation to what I want to do, then I don’t do it.

This 4th and final article in the Cubase Series has me ramming into a barricade of mental spewage.

Every idea I’ve thought of for Cubase falls into one of 3 categories:

  1. I don’t feel sufficiently knowledgeable to write about it e.g. persnickety notation moaning. (I can sight read 3 clefs, but I’m not that particular about notation)
  2. I’ve written about it before e.g. Things I hate about Cubase.
  3. Someone else has done it.

Since I’ve done some research on the “Someone else has done it” front, here’s the resources I found that ‘blocked’ me from writing a proper article this week.

Read more →

New Feature Favourites

I get a lot of e-mails and messages asking me “What’s your favourite…”. I don’t think anyone should really care, but my wife has been pushing me to put together a page about it for years now. I have capitulated.

So now in the features section you can go to the “Favourites” page


I average a couple dozen “What’s your favourite…” or “What do you use for…” a week. Sometimes I get a few dozen per day. This ranges from studio equipment, to health products, to woodworking, to electronics equipment, to clothing (seriously, I don’t understand.) and more.

My wife has been urging me to do this and to use affiliate links. Affiliate links being links that take you to a site with a special code and I get some kickback for it. I won’t be doing this.

Everything that can be reasonably linked is linked with bare links. I get nothing from you looking at the items. If you want to support the site than you can subscribe on Patreon or donate directly.

I will be trying to keep the list up to date if/when these things changes.

I would also like if you read the header on the favourites page.

Read more →

More Health

Tomorrow I’ll be releasing a new site feature! I was going to bundle that and this post in to the same thing, but I figured I would put this in it’s own little weekday post.

After the break I’ll update you with my health situation, as I’ve had a whole battery of tests in August with some of the first objective results in 10 years.

Read more →

Program Drums in Cubase using guitar, voice and more

Spoiler alert
Spoiler alert

Programming drums using ‘just’ MIDI is difficult if you don’t have a lot of transcription practice. Transferring ideas from your mind to little graphical blocks representing some ancient underlying language (MIDI) can be difficult for even the best musicians.

Luckily with Cubase (and some other DAWs), you can use your main non-MIDI instrument to put together drum parts with minimal effort.

At this point you may think you know what I’m going to suggest, but indulge me and read on.

Read more →

MPE in Cubase 10

MPE Parameters
MPE Parameters

Cubase 10 has MPE support…

sorta… well, somewhat. I guess.

Let me walk you through the muck and wishiwashiness by explaining how MPE in Cubase 10 works.

Make sure you read the previous article about what MPE is!

IMPORTANT - This information is for Cubase 10.0. Future versions may improve this functionality. If you are running a newer version then please check the release notes and documentation to verify that this information is still relevant.

Read more →

Design Update again

I screwed up this week’s content. MPE in Cubase is the next topic, but I wrote an entire article based on a misunderstanding of the functionality. Nearly everything that I wrote is inaccurate because of a base assumption caused by poor documentation.

Hopefully I can provide content that will help future people from not walking away with a poor view of Cubase’s MPE capabilities.

In the meantime! I’ve realized that the font change did not propagate correctly. With this update the font change should be correct, and if you hate it please let me know in the comments or email me: audiolabs, gmail.

I’ve also made some more changes to improve readability and retention. I’ve been on a big kick reading studies and pedagogic material related to reading comprehension and retention. It’s always been my goal to make this site as readable and navigable as possible. That means not going with some trends, but hopefully my readers appreciate the effort.

I’m still working on supporting accessibility standards. ARIA support is on my list.

Read more →

What is MPE

What is MPE?
What is MPE?

In the next Article I will be covering MPE in Cubase 10 (article 2/4 in the ongoing Cubase 10 series). Naturally, I need to first explain what MPE is and why you should care.

I will be avoiding discussing MPE capable instruments or synthesizers. This is just about MPE.

Read more →

Design Update

I’ve recently taken time to do research on font design for impaired readers. Specifically those with dyslexia.

I’ve also updated the DAW Chart, and FreeBees list.

I’ve also changed the general site design to be a bit more responsive, and slightly asymmetrical. Overall readability and navigability should be improved.

Read more →