5 Of The Best Ways To Create Techno

If I have to listen to another person saying that their way to create techno is the best, I swear I am going to scream. I read in a magazine the other day that someone bought a bit of software because their artist idol had the same software.

The guy now can not use the $X software. We all knew that was going to be the answer, but so many people fall into that trap. Software demos are there for a reason…also what someone likes is never a good system to buy something else. Personal reviews are just that- personal.

So I am going to list the 5 best ways of creating techno. They may not be ways that you have heard, and they may not be to your liking, but they are the best out there at the present time. I am also going to give my reasons why- rather than say “its great”.

So then, first up:

Ableton Live 5,6,7,(take your pick).

I bought number 5 because I wanted to create mix tracks. Now I think Live 5 is great at that, I don’t believe however that it excels in the area to create techno music. If you want Dj mixes, if you want something that adds great effects and an extra professional quality to your music…then Live is the one to go for.

Many DJs use Ableton because you can throw in two completely different MP3 files and it will beat match those files. All those Mash-Ups on MTV, all those strange tunes that are two tunes mixed together are using Ableton. It has become revolutionary. It completely loves loops- you can keep on adding loops to loops and it will keep on matching them up. Awesome for that, but not to create techno.

If I was to pick, I would go with whatever Live you can, if you can afford Live 7, go for that, if not, Live 5 does exactly the same job and cane be found for cheap money.

Reason 4.

I have bought Reason and I think that it is a leap in the right direction to create techno. I think that all tracks should be made with reason sounds. And unfortunately that is what you find. A Reason track sounds very similar to another Reason track. This is probably the reason for the refills (sound updates and injections which can be bought separately).

I am not really putting down reason, but for over $150 you want something that you can create techno with that sounds like your own work. I mainly use Reason for its sounds and effects (the distortion and echo effects are great, and no-one has got a better drum machine yet). I can create a drum beat and then add the effects. Save off as a WAV file. This can be done within minutes and is quite easy to do.

Reason is a good system if you are new to the whole music making process, but you need to work at it. If you don’t have a keyboard or have any music skills then it can be a bit hard going.

Cubase, Sonar, Logic.

I tend to find that Cubase, Sonar and Logic are the relative that comes out to your house only at special occasions. Cubase has been going on for ages, they invented a whole range of electronic music applications, and were one of the main music making packages out there. The problem that I have with Cubase and the other two when it comes down to create techno is that they are complicated and completely overshadowed by other bits of software. When Reason and Ableton came on the scene Cubase, Sonar and Logic wasn’t in on the game, they never even had a pair of dice.

FL Studio, Reaper

Now this is the part where you won’t particularly hear of. If you created some piece of software that costs over $100 would you want an upstart coming in on your turf? No…neither would I. But this is exactly what Fl Studio have done and more so Reaper.

FL was called Fruity Loops, stupid name and sounded very childish, so they changed it to FL. Now this is where it gets good and bad for FL. They are cheap compared with the others but they are trying just too hard. Their interface is too stylistic and cluttered. They are trying to be Reason…plus some more. However, it is a powerful bit of software.

You will hear some people put it down, but don’t listen to them (they probably bought the expensive titles). It is a little powerhouse, and a cheap one at that that does far more than people give it credit for.

Reaper on the other hand, is a good way to create techno. It is a bargain price that features a lot of bits that rival software have but at ten times the cost. It has a good reputation, but because it is cheap people tend to shy away from it and go for more expensive techno makers (which feature the same stuff).


Now this is my favourite. Do you know what I was saying about cheap and people shying away from the software. Well Trackers really wind those people up. Why? Because trackers are free. Even better is that they feature everything that you need to create techno.

They use loops, they use samples, they use software synths (VSTs), they use ReWire (allowing you to use it with another application, say Ableton). Also they don’t assume that you need any music knowledge to start out creating techno. If you are used to Reasons Drum Machine (ReDrum), then you will be right at home with the main interface.

I have created all my music with Trackers, and so have a few others. Calvin Harris made music with Octamed. The James Bond Game music maker created all the game music tunes using a Tracker.

What you have to realise that this type of application that allows you to create techno is a threat to a lot of people who have spent a lot of money of applications (research, wages etc). So when a cool upstart comes in, they try and rubbish it.

Look at them, and then look past them. this is the future of creating your own techno. With free tools that is available to everyone.

Source by Dominic Hough

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A Tested Strategy for Getting Published

Interested in writing, yet are not sure how or where to begin?

1. Make a list of everything that you know and/are interested in, including hobbies and work experience. Then review your list and choose an item that you are particularly interested in.

2. Next, brainstorm possible audiences, or people who would be interested in learning more about the subject, along with people who already have some expertise in it.

3. Visit a bookstore and look for   magazines  that cater to your subject and its readers. If the  magazine’s  articles are mostly written by freelancers, then chances are good that you can contribute one or more articles. Write for the  magazine’s  writers guidelines.

4. Brainstorm your subject into a list of related aspects. For example, if you are interested in bicycling, you will have likely included items as Lance Armstrong, racing, triathalons, helmets, endurance, training, etc. Who in your targeted audience would be most interested in one or more of those items? What main point (not a fact) can you make as a result of your own interest and background in cycling? What reasons or items will support your main point? Make a list of them. Having completed that list, you will have a blueprint of an article.

5. Review  magazines  as well as book publishers that cater to that subject and send a letter to each one’s editor describing your proposed article or book.

Having followed these steps, you are on your way to becoming a published writer. You will have something to say about a subject that interests you and therefore stand a better chance of seeing your words in print eventually.

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

Source by Dorothy Zjawin

The 12 Most Important Things to Consider when Starting an Online Magazine

If you are planning on starting an online magazine, this checklist of features will help you ensure that it is built on strong foundations. Simple feature omissions at the beginning can lead to time-consuming and costly updates later on.

Feature #1 – Excellent Content Management

As a publisher of an online magazine, you must have complete control over adding, editing and removing your content, preferably without having to know any HTML or other technical skills.

Feature #2 – Enable Multiple Revenue Streams

Like offline magazines, you should ensure that implementing multiple revenue streams is simple, including placing adverts, adding affiliate links, charging for subscriptions and selling stuff via your own online shop.

Feature #3 – Member Database

Every online magazine, whether free or paid subscription, needs to have a way of collecting visitor’s names and other personal details. The database should be searchable, exportable and simple to customise.

Feature #4 – Integrated Payment Processing

Payment processing is often added as an afterthought. It shouldn’t be. It is essential to have the capability of processing credit cards tightly integrated into your website so you can use this feature to charge for subscriptions and product sales and generate income from other services.

Feature #5 – Flexible Functionality

When you start an online magazine, you can never be sure of how it will develop. Therefore, you should start with a website that can easily be upgraded and have new functionality added.

Feature #6 – Search Engine Optimization

A lot is said about search engine optimization, but the truth is very simple. You must have a website that is very easy for the search engines to index. If it is easy to find and you keep adding great quality content, the search engines will include you on their results pages. Make sure that the search engines can index every page, including the pages in the password-protected member areas.

Feature #7 – Multimedia Content

Specialist information websites today should have content in multiple formats, including text, images, audio and video. Even if you don’t plan on using these formats today, make sure your website is enabled to use them in the future.

Feature #8 – Relationship Building Applications

Once you get visitors coming to your online magazine, you need to start building a relationship with them to encourage them to return. Applications that enable relationship-building include email newsletters, forums and comment fields under articles.

Feature #9 – Integrated Login and Password Access

Most publishers who launch an online magazine build the website first and then try to add login and password protection later. This is a recipe for disaster. Password protection, which gives members access to premium content, needs to be seamlessly integrated with the member database and content management service from the outset.

Feature #10 – Management Information

You should be able to easily access all the information about how your website is performing in a single web statistics management report. This should include the number of visitors and pageviews; the time spent on the website and the most popular pages; where your traffic is coming from and much more. Only when you have this information at your fingertips will you be able to understand the needs of your customers.

Feature #11 – Monitoring, Security and Backup

Publishers often overlook the importance of having secure flexible hosting with automated backup. Most websites, including the leaders like eBay and Amazon, have downtime. You need to minimise the risk of failure by regularly backing up all your content.

Feature #12 – Simple Control Panel

As you will see from the above list of features, a good online magazine is made up of lots of different applications. If possible, the service you choose should have all (or most) of the applications run from a single, easy-to-use control panel.

Source by Miles Galliford

Why Low Calorie Is Not A Successful Weight Loss Method

In countries which experience famine obesity is not an issue, in many developing countries where poverty is the norm it is common to see overweight mothers bringing malnourished children to NGO medical clinics.

Studies have shown this to be true in South America, the Pacific Islands and The Caribbean. It is not that the mothers are greedy but the high carb diet they eat makes them fat and their children sick.

In the developed world the broken record dietary message has been to eat less and exercise more. Sure you can lose weight if you starve yourself and walk around hungry while dreaming about food, but how long will that last.

If you eat a 2000 calorie a day diet and you drop to 1500 in the very short term you will lose weight but soon your metabolism will gear down to 1500 and your weight loss will stop. Studies have shown that this can happen on a diet as low as 800 calories.

All the corporate weight loss systems rely on the short term loss to keep customers paying for programs or food. Then they hang on longer hoping to keep the loss going and believing that it is their problem for not sticking to the programme properly.

The biggest low calorie business in the world, weight watchers, according to choice magazine has a 2% success rate over two years, which is less than can be expected if people join no group at all.

The low success rate happens for several reasons.

  1. The low fat programme means that extra carbohydrates are used in place, which in turn are converted to fat by insulin.
  2. Artificial sweeteners are used in some products in place of sugar, but as modern research shows, these sweeteners cause food cravings, weight gain and type 2 diabetes.
  3. They assume that all calories are created equal. So you can use your points to eat vegetables or chocolate brownies, which may make their clients feel better, but is nutritional insanity!

Of course there are many such companies and the delivered food model is no different. I know of many people who have a freezer full of such low calorie meals. It is well known that most people are slow to cancel any membership.

As long as you persist with the low calorie model you will be hungry and disappointed, you will lose some weight and gain it all back over and over again.

Source by Ian Newton

Amazon Kindle Review

What is an Amazon Kindle? It is a wireless reading device created by Amazon that allows you to read newspapers, books, ebooks,   magazines , blogs and more from a handheld device. The kindle is about the size of your regular size paperback book. It connects to the Amazon Kindle Store, so you don’t need to get online to download your media. You can read and buy books 24 hours a day. It even let’s you surf the web, but the view you get is not as good as you would see from a regular computer. The Amazon store even has lots of FREE samples to download. All your books you purchase through the Amazon Kindle store will also be backed up on Amazon. If you lose your Kindle, you will still have your books you have purchased.

This device is very lightweight and can be taken anywhere you go. This is something that is great for the frequent traveler. No more packing and toting around heavy books. With the Amazon Kindle, you can download over 90,000 books and growing. These include most the New York Times Best Sellers. The Amazon Kindle can store up to 200 books and downloads the books within minutes. Can you pack around 200 books with you at all times? Another cool feature of the Amazon Kindle is it has a built in dictionary. You also have buttons to turn the page and when you are done, it will remember where you left off.

The Amazon Kindle automatically delivers your favorite  magazines  or newspaper to you each day. You can have your favorite  magazines  or newspapers, like The Wall Street Journal or Forbes, delivered to you each day before it hits the news stands. The kindle also automatically updates blog and feeds all day long.

There are only a few downsides to the Amazon Kindle. There is no place to rest your hands. There is no built in light, so you will have to in the light to view it. It also can be a bit on the high price end.

If you have the money to spend, I would recommend buying one of these gadgets. You will save space in your home, instead of filling your bookcase full of books. You will have your books at your fingertips. The Amazon Kindle uses electronic ink, which makes it look like you are reading an actual book too! If you are a book lover, this definitely should be on your wish list!

Source by Stefani Partin

Home Remedies For Cold Sores – How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore

Not again, it starts with a faint tingle, barely noticeable, but you know exactly what’s coming.  You’re on the verge of another outbreak and you want nothing more than to never have to deal with this again.  This is reality for approximately 25% of the population.  Due to the masses of people who have been afflicted with this virus, many individuals while looking for how to get rid of a cold sore turn to home remedies for cold sores.  We’re going to take some time to discuss what options are available so you can choose which is best for you.

First understand that there is no herpes cure, this virus once acquired lays dormant in the system for the majority of the time.  However those who have contracted the herpes virus may periodically suffer from outbreaks of cold sores.  Even though no cure exist that doesn’t mean that we can treat the symptoms to make outbreaks more bearable.  Most  cold sores retreat on their own overtime but medicine can lessen the discomfort and duration of the outbreak.  There are also home remedies for cold sores that can help reduce the frequency of the outbreaks.

There are two avenues that can be taken when deciding how to get rid of a cold sore.  The first is the oral antiviral medication which can be effective during your first outbreak and if taken during the onset of following outbreaks.  These oral medications are only available by prescription and should be used when symptoms initially develop.  The symptoms often include burning and itching.  Once in a outbreak is fully developed an oral antiviral medications has little effect.  Oral antivirals may be taking daily in some instances to prevent recurrence especially in cases where outbreaks are frequent and painful.

The second type of remedy which is more often used as a home remedy for cold sores is a topical cream or ointment.  These are often available without a doctor’s prescription and can be effective in reducing pain, itching and duration of the outbreak.There are other treatments which are also utilized in some cases.  If the first episode of cold sores is painful enough to cause difficulty eating, sleeping or drinking is sometimes children have to be made to drink water in order to stop dehydration.  Other complimentary medicines have been proven to be effective treatments for cold sores.  However, it is recommended that you find treatments that work best for you.  Vitamin C, lysine supplements, and lemon balm has been shown to provide relief for some cold sore sufferers.

Source by Raymond A. Hill

How to Heal Canker Sores

Most canker sores go away on their own within one-to-two weeks.  In the meantime, there are things that you can do to alleviate the pain and promote healing.

If you already have a canker sore then stop using toothpaste that contains sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  Studies have shown that toothpaste contains SLS.  SLS dries out the mucus lining in your mouth that protects against canker sores.

Over-the-counter and prescriptions medications can also be utilized to promote the healing of this dental condition.  Many oral gels contain a numbing agent that when applied directly to the irritated sores helps numb the area and alleviates the pain. A dentist or a doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory gel or mouthwash.  These steroid anti-inflammatory medications reduce the inflammation of the sores. 

In the meantime, you can take care of your dental mouth sores by avoiding acidic, spicy, and hard foods. These types of foods aggravate the canker sore and delay the healing time.  Eat your food in smaller bites and eat soft foods.  This alleviates additional irritation to the sores.  Use a straw when drinking cold beverages to avoid making contact with a canker sore.  When cold liquids touch a canker sore it produces a stinging sensation.  Drinking through a straw helps you control the flow of liquids and prevent additional irritation. 

Lastly, be gentle when brushing your teeth.  Brushing your teeth hard and quickly can cause you to stab your cheeks and gums. This damages the mucus lining in your mouth.  If you already have a dental mouth sore that pain will be immense when your toothbrush touches it.  Brushing your teeth too hard will prolong the healing process.

Source by Allison Clarke

What Are Gallbladder Attacks?

There are many symptoms that are associated with a gallbladder attack. The only problem is that they are hard to differentiate from other conditions and symptoms. The symptoms of such as an attack can either be slow and uncomfortable for years or they can be acute which means they attack all of a sudden and with a severity that can cause a lot of pain.

When you are suffering a gallbladder attack, you will most likely not even know that the gallstones or the gallbladder is the cause of the discomfort. This is because the most common complaints and symptoms include pretty commonplace things like burping, nausea, gas, indigestion or abdominal pain. These are usually not very severe, but can last for hours and over a long period of time. In cases where the attack is not very painful or severe, it is because the gallstones are small.

However, a gallbladder attack is not always so mild. In such cases you will have to seek out medical attention. A severe attack is always very painful and many are not even able to handle the pain. There is especially good reason to worry if the symptoms have a fever to go along with it. The symptoms that indicate an attack include severe pain under the rib cage on the right side of the body, pain which radiates through the areas on the back and right shoulder, severe upper abdominal pain and vomiting. Breathing may become difficult during a severe attack, especially if you try inhaling deeply. Such an attack can also last up to fifteen hours which is a long time for this kind of pain. How bad it is will mostly depend in the size and number of gallstones that have escaped the organ.

An attack may happen only infrequently, but if the gallbladder attack is severe or frequent then a doctor needs to be seen. They will then decide after examining you what the best way of treating the problem will be and how severe the problem even is. Severe or gallstone-filled gallbladders are usually removed, whereas others are just recommended a special diet or can take painkillers if an attack arises.

Source by Lewis Freeman

Tips About Cold Sores

It’s crusty. It’s sore. It’s the only thing you see on your face. All the people that ever had a cold sore understand what you feel: You want to hide. Here’s what do to if you are affected by this condition.

Don’ to this!

Don’t rub it. This can create an opening for bacteria and might make the healing process last even longer than the one to two weeks it should takes. If a bacterial infection occurs, look for professional advice.

Don’t run directly to prescription treatments. A medical professional can prescribe antiviral creams and oral medications that knock out the herpes virus. But, like any other medication, they can produce side effects. The most popular cold sore treatments can cause affections such as diarrhea and nausea, and can make your cold sore even worse. Make sure you’re aware of all your treatment options before deciding on prescription removal methods.

Don’t ignore the blister. This won’t help you to eliminate the cold sore, but it surely help in the contention of the affection. Cold sores are contagious and you could end up passing it on to someone else-whether it’s by making out with a hot date or pecking your toddler on the lips. If you do have one, be careful of physical contact with others. Also avoid sharing utensils and drinking cups while you have an active infection. If you baby suffers from a cold sore, then try to hide toys and things that the baby can touch.

Things to do

Learn the basics of cold sores so you can combat them effectively. Cold sores are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Some people might get as many as twelve outbreaks each year. Found most frequently on the lips, just one blister can multiply and spread to other parts of the lips as well. These blisters can become burning, itching and even, in some cases, inflamed lymph nodes.

Start treating cold sores as soon as you have the tingling sensation telling you that a cold sore is coming. Some blister remedies are only effective if you start them early enough. So even if the cold sore hasn’t actually erupted yet, start your preferred treatment right away. It might be a good idea to keep a treatment tucked away in the medicine cabinet so you’re ready for action at first tingle.

Wash your hands frequently when you have a blister. Cold sores can spread to other parts of your mouth. Frequent handwashing can prevent this from happening.

When you are in the sun, protect the blistered area by using a lip balm that contains sunscreen. Remember, don’t share that tube of lip balm with your family or friends! If your cold sores appear in other areas, like around your nose, use a sunscreen to protect that area of your face.

Look for a treatment program that uses all-natural methods designed to combat the virus as well as the sores it produces. You can stay clear of harsh chemical treatments and the side effects they cause by using a scientifically-based program, thought up by skin care experts. This will assist you to discover realistic cold sore cures which would need very little of your time daily.

Now that you know some of the do’s and don’ts of how to get rid of a cold sore, you can stop living with the embarrassment and start living with the shame-free skin you deserve.

Source by Francisco Lastra