I am very happy to announce the launch of my new tutorial series (and special last minute xmas gift voucher below)
Tom Cosm's Bullshit Free Dubstep and Glitch Hop Power Course. Extreme!
20 High Def videos covering the creation of a tune from start to finish, with a huge focus on 16 full power bassline patches, as well as 20 Ableton live project files to match each video.
I begin by laying down a drum beat, adding some fills, giving it some groove, then jump straight into the synthesis of heavy basslines. I start basic, explaining how things work, why things do what they do, the tools you have available, and end up with some of the most advanced and unique tricks and techniques my mind can come up with. Including:
- Subtractive synthesis
- Exploring the harmonic series
- Frequency modulated (FM) synthesis
- LFOs, Envelopes and Filters
- Racks, Chains and Macros
- Audio and Midi effects (including the vocoder)
- EQing, Levels and Compression
- Many other outside the square techniques to get unique sounds
Even if Dubstep/Glitch hop isn't your flavor, the straight to the point "no f#@ing around" pace should get your brain juiced up and ready to smash out your own style.
I've put up one of the videos on youtube so you can get a vibe as to how the series flows :
If you are a pro member and logged in, click here to be taken to the download page
I really hope you enjoy this new series and learn a lot from it! I've really enjoyed creating it.
If you've been following me on Facebook or Twitter (or stalking me in real life), you'll know that over the last few weeks I have been developing a new tutorial series titled "The Bullshit Free Dubstep and Glitch Hop Power Course, Extreme" that covers writing a tune from start to finish, with a particular focus on powerful basslines.
There's 20 High Def videos all up, and 20 Ableton Live sets. It's almost completed uploading (a lot of data!), so I thought while I wait I would ask the community what they thought would be a reasonable price to charge for the DVD.
I'm using my Facebook fan page for this for ease of use, so please head over there and give me your two cents! And if you are keen on keeping up with my micro updates (upcoming gigs, helpful links, funny cats etc) go ahead and like me.
After 2 years of rain, dust, heat, cold, spillage, abuse and traveling around the world multiple times my lovely and hard working Macbook has decided to retire. At 7.23pm last night she passed away calmly and painlessly with the final words "I don't mind if you use other computers".
This falls at an unfortunate time for me as I have a lot of bookings and music/tutorials to make over the next few months... and the recent 6 month tour has left my reserves too low to go out and get a new one straight away.
Last time this happened I did a call out to people who follow the project to help me raise funds for a new one - and it blew me away that within 24 hours I had all the cash needed to grab a new machine and get back on track straight away.
The concept was this ... there were certain "slots" that people could pitch in for. Some of them were small some of them were big, and people who contributed to these slots got their name printed on the back of my new laptop for everyone to see.
It was so much fun going from country to country with people coming up and going "That's me!".
So, just like before I am going to repeat the process and call out for help from the amazing power of the internet.
I need a new 15" Macbook Pro.. and for this I need to raise $2000 us dollars.
Delicious Music have very very generously chipped in the first $500 to kick things off... so the remaining $1500 will be split up into slots.
20 x $10 slots
15 x $20 slots
10 x $50 slots
5 x $100 slots
Depending on the slot you snap up - your name will be perminantly fixed onto the back of the new machine, with bigger font sizes for the larger contributors.
$100 contributors also get a Ultimate Ableton DVD tutorial pack sent to them, a life time pro membership, and quote/website url of their choice under their name.
$50 contributors will get a 6 month pro membership
$20 and $10 contributors will get a 1 month pro membership.
Also, everyone who grabs a slot will receive a free special addition copy of my new double CD (out December), which will have a unique extra track written especially for the donors that will not be given to anyone else.
So there's my pitch, If you've ever watched a tutorial/downloaded a free track and wanted to give something back, now is the time. Help me out so I can keep on giving.
If you don't have the funds but still want to help me get back on track as fast as possible, please post this blog post out to spread the world. Retweet... update Facebook.... post it on a forum... anything you can do to spead the word out there to people who do have a few bucks to spare would be a huge help!
Below are the slots that are currently available. Last time most of them we're gone within a few hours, and all within 24. I'll keep this updated as they get snatched up.
All payments are safe and secure, and use Paypal (or credit card).
Thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou :)
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Wow what a bloody few months I've had! You might have noticed the updates on the website have been a bit slow (I've been keeping my facebook/twitter updated however - links up the top right) because i been buzzing around meeting people...teaching...playing...partying...being a tourist... you name it.
Now I am back in Melbourne I can finally spend some time to get all the things i was supposed to have done by now finished... and that feels pretty good :)
I've got so many new videos in my head that need to be made so stay tune over the next few months for those.
The album is so close to completion it hurts. I'll update more about that soon.
In the meantime here's my live set from the ArtOfficial Afterparty that happened last weekend.
Due to many many multiple / automated votes in the album design competition poll we have decided to use a different method (using Facebook) to ensure that people only vote once!
Apologies that this has to be done - it's due to my own slackness in using a system that allowed people to really over vote and thus making the competition unfair to others.
The other mistake i made was accidentally leaving out one of the entries who had submitted on time - but the entry got lost in the system.. so now this has been added.
Please visit http://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/tomcosm to cast your vote using Facebook.
Again - apologies for the mix up... this time we can make it as fair as possible!
Are you interested in Producing or Live Performance? Most people who are, don't do anything about it. And that hurts.
You've got the ideas, you just need the theory. Pull your finger out and let me teach you.
No bullshit, no condescending tone... just quick, straight to the point tools for you to get making blips and bleeps as soon as possible.
The Pro Member archive has many gigabytes of HD Videos and Ableton Live packs. Like this one