How to Sample Software Instruments with Auto Sampler

Auto Sampler is a new sampling plugin in MainStage 3.1. In a previous tutorial, you learned how to sample hardware synths with Auto Sampler. In this tutorial, I'm going to teach you how to easily sample software instruments with the Auto Sampler plugin in MainStage 3. Configuring the Channel Strip In order to sample a software instrument, you'll need to set up an instrument channel strip loaded up with the instrument you want to sample. In the example screenshot, I've loaded up an instance of … [Read more...]

CME XKey37 Mobile USB MIDI Keyboard Review

The Xkey37 is CME's followup to the hugely popular Xkey25 mobile MIDI keyboard. The original model was highly regarded for its rock-solid build quality and beautiful design. The Xkey37 adds twelve extra keys, and includes a breakout Xcable which adds a 5-pin MIDI Out port and two pedal inputs for sustain and expression. In this review, you'll get an in-depth look at the new Xkey37 mobile MIDI keyboard from CME. The design of the Xkey37 is very similar to the original model. The ultra-thin … [Read more...]

Force Disqus to Load on the Last Page of a WordPress Post

Splitting long posts into multiple pages is a great way to speed up load times and reduce bounce rate. If you're using the Disqus commenting system on your site, it loads on every page of a multi-page post by default. This isn't ideal because you always want your visitors to finish reading a post before commenting. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to force Disqus comments to load only on the last page of a paginated WordPress post. The first thing you need to do is install Disqus … [Read more...]

Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset Review

The Audio-Technica BPHS1 is a professional-level stereo headset geared towards broadcast and voice-related work. The BPHS1 also happens to be a great choice for podcasters and screencasters. In this review, I'll take you through the features of the BPHS1, and discuss the pros and cons of this headset. Have you ever tried recording a screencast with a giant condenser microphone in front of your computer? It's not fun. A few months ago, I recorded audio for a few tutorial videos with an Audio … [Read more...]

Why Auto Sampler Isn’t Included in Logic Pro X

Last week, Apple released updated versions of Logic Pro X and MainStage 3. Auto Sampler, the amazing sampling app originally created by Redmatica, has been integrated into MainStage 3.1 as an Audio FX plugin. While I was writing my Auto Sampler tutorial, I discovered the plugin is mysteriously missing from Logic Pro X. After going through the Logic Pro X 10.1's release notes, I realized there was no mention of Auto Sampler. So, it seems like the plugin is a MainStage exclusive for now, or maybe … [Read more...]