Video Tutorial – 10 Tips for Better Mixing w/ iZotope [Part 1 of 5]
Jan09

Video Tutorial – 10 Tips for Better Mixing w/ iZotope [Part 1 of 5]

Start the year off with some new skills using our free 5-part mixing tutorial series, Mix Resolutions: 10 Tips for Creating Better Mixes in 2017. You’ll learn about topics like: Week 1: Developing good mix habits Week 2: Balancing like a music lover, not like an engineer Week 3: Tackling gain staging and using reference recordings Week 4: Frequency distribution and preserving the musical balance Week 5: Defending the craft and...

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First Look – Ozone 7 Elements by iZoptope
Dec28

First Look – Ozone 7 Elements by iZoptope

This is a show & reveal, as well as tips & tricks, for iZotope’s Ozone 7 Elements mastering plugin. Get Ozone 7 Elements – PIB/Ozone7Elements Mastering Made Easy Effortlessly get your mixes radio and streaming-ready with Ozone 7 Elements. With industry standard processing from Ozone 7, this new mastering plug-in enables you to achieve a full, rich, and loud final mix with professionally-crafted presets and simple...

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Tutorial: Removing Background Noise with ADX SVC
Dec28

Tutorial: Removing Background Noise with ADX SVC

In this tutorial I will show you how easy it is to remove background noise from a vocal or dialogue take using the ADX Speech Volume Control Plugin By Audionamix Get the ADX SVC – PIB/Audionamix The ADX Speech Volume Control (SVC) plug-in allows independent volume level control over both speech and background elements within a mono or stereo mix. Lower the level of background noise within troublesome production audio, or easily...

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Ableton Tutorial: External Sidechain for Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor
Dec16

Ableton Tutorial: External Sidechain for Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor

In this tutorial I will show you how to set up external side chaining for Softube’s Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor, but this will also work for the Tube-Tech Classic Channel Strip as well. Get the Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor – PIB/SoftubeCL1B Get the Tube-Tech CL Channel Strip – PIB/SoftubeChannel Get the Tube-Tech ME 1B Mid-Range EQ – PIB/SoftubeME1B Get the Tube-Tech PE 1C EQ – PIB/SoftubePE1C This method...

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Tutorial: Triggering Different Articulations in OC Strings
Dec15

Tutorial: Triggering Different Articulations in OC Strings

In this video tutorial I show you how to trigger different articulations in Orchestral Companion Strings by Sonivox. Get the Orchestral Companion Strings (for $1 right now) – PIB/OCStrings The Orchestral Companion Strings by Sonivox come with up to 5 different articulations for each instrument. Those are sustain, staccato, spiccato, pizzicato, and tremelo. One of my favorite features about the VSTi is the ability to change...

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U73b Compressor V2 – Walk-Through & Feature Preview
Dec14

U73b Compressor V2 – Walk-Through & Feature Preview

A Close Look at the U73b Compressor V2 Plugin By Audified. Faithful and unique emulation of an old German broadcast compressor/limiter unit U73b. Second generation of the famous plug-in. The device was often used for mastering between 1960 and 1980. It is an all tube vary-mu compressor/limiter with adjustable release time option. We kept the circuit exactly as it was originally designed and only added input and output gain (before and...

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Tutorial: Stacking Synth Anthology II Patches in the UVI Workstation
Dec08

Tutorial: Stacking Synth Anthology II Patches in the UVI Workstation

In this short tutorial I show you how to stack Synth Anthology 2 patches in the UVI Workstation to get more bang for your buck! An incredible collection of hardware synthesizer sounds, expertly programmed, individually sculpted with outboard processors, multisampled and mastered to perfection. Synth Anthology 2 delivers the pure and powerful sounds of 77 hardware synthesizers gently massaged and accentuated to taste with the best...

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Tutorial: The Orb Formant Filter for Character & Movement
Dec08

Tutorial: The Orb Formant Filter for Character & Movement

In this video tutorial I show you how to add character and movement to your audio using The Orb by Audio Thing! Get The Orb – PIB/TheOrb The Orb is a formant filter plugin which simulates the characteristics of the human voice. Featuring a set of three band pass filters, The Orb can transform any sound into a vowel-like formant-filtered sound. With the three LFOs you can modulate the Vowel, the Emphasis/Resonance of the...

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Photoshop Tutorial: How I Make My Thumbnails Sexy AF
Dec05

Photoshop Tutorial: How I Make My Thumbnails Sexy AF

This is a quick Photoshop tutorial about how I make my youtube and blog post thumbnails. This was made to show a friend that was asking, but I made the video public… cuz, why not?? This is newby material, so if you consider yourself above a beginner by any stretch of the imagination, you don’t need to waste your time here! Watch the Video...

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Ableton Live Performance Tip: Dummy Clips for Quantized FX
Nov25

Ableton Live Performance Tip: Dummy Clips for Quantized FX

Dummy clips, despite their name, can be intelligently used in Ableton Live. Let me show you how to use them to add variation to drum & synth loops by syncing them to tempo and quantize parameters. In this tutorial, I will show you how to set up a set of dummy clips that, when triggered, will affect whatever audio is being routed to it and will shut off on beat when you want it to—synced to your project’s tempo and global quantize...

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Ableton Tutorial: Multiband Mid/Side Compressor Mastering Rack
Nov25

Ableton Tutorial: Multiband Mid/Side Compressor Mastering Rack

A free Ableton Live rack that features a multiband mid/side compressor ideal for mastering. Here’s how to use it, build it… and you can download it for free! In this tutorial I will show you how to set up your own multiband mid/side compressor mastering racks. The one we will make will have full control over 3 frequency bands for the middle audio and 3 frequency bands for the side audio—though you can easily add more or...

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Ableton Tutorial: Multi Midi In & Audio Out of the UVI Workstation
Nov20

Ableton Tutorial: Multi Midi In & Audio Out of the UVI Workstation

In this video tutorial I will show you how to get multiple midi ins to and audio outs from the UVI Workstation in Ableton Live. Get UVI Instuments — PIB/UVI The UVI Workstation works a lot like the Kontakt Instrument player. You can have a number of instruments in one instance of the workstation. You can have all those instruments play together from one midi source, or route multiple midi sources to each of them, and, if you...

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Destructor Tutorial: Shape Dynamics Triggered by External Source
Nov18

Destructor Tutorial: Shape Dynamics Triggered by External Source

Blue Cat’s Destructor is a massive Distortion and Amp simulator. One of my favorite features is the Shape Dynamics module. Let me show you how to get things started!! Get the Destructor Here — PIB/Destructor Destructor is quite an impressive piece of kit. The distortion is crispy or warm. The amp emulations are spot on. The user interface has an incredible amount of detail and customization options. But, one of my favorite...

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Punish Tutorial: Routing Parameters to the Macro Knob
Nov18

Punish Tutorial: Routing Parameters to the Macro Knob

Punish is Heavyocity’s first venture into plugin territory and it doesn’t disappoint! Let me show you how easy it is to route any of the parameters to the the Punish macro knob! Get Punish Here — PIB/Punish I love all of Heavyocity’s kontakt instruments that I have used. First it was Damage and the more recent, and more epic, Gravity. One of their trade mark features in both of those instruments is a macro...

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Review: Pro Ableton Live Mastering Racks v.3 by Singomakers
Nov11

Review: Pro Ableton Live Mastering Racks v.3 by Singomakers

Singomakers have just released a new version of their awesome Ableton Live mastering rack packs! This one is awesome! Get the Ableton Live Master Racks – LM/LiveMasteringRacks I just got the new set of Ableton Live mastering racks by Singomakers. I had done reviews for v.1 & v.2 so I was excited going in to these new ones! After all, I was impressed with those early racks. In this review video I take a look at each of the...

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[Fixed] Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017 “Media Offline” Error
Nov04

[Fixed] Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017 “Media Offline” Error

This is how to fix the Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017 “Media Offline” Error when Queuing from Premiere Pro CC 2017. Though, this probably works with the earlier versions too. I just updated to CC 2017 and everything looked really great. Loving the quicker start times. 🙂 However, when I finished up my first project in Premiere Pro and queued my sequences for rendering in Adobe Media Encoder things took a turn for the worse....

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Quadravox Tutorial: Creating Vocal Harmonies
Oct20

Quadravox Tutorial: Creating Vocal Harmonies

In this video tutorial I show you how easy it is to add great sounding vocal harmonies to a vocal track using Eventide’s Quadravox! Get Quadravox -> PIB/Quadravox Watch the Video Tutorial *full release notes below Intuitive Compositions Quadravox is a unique composition tool designed to inspire songwriting, stack harmonies, widen instruments and offers creative innovative rhythmic sequences. With Quadravox, you can take any...

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Ableton Tutorial: FET Compressor External Side Chain Set Up
Oct17

Ableton Tutorial: FET Compressor External Side Chain Set Up

This is a short tutorial on how to set up external side chain compression for Softube’s FET Compressor! I am doing it in Ableton Live, but these techniques can be applied to any other DAW. Get the FET Compressor — PIB/FETCompressor Watch the Video Tutorial *full written tutorial & release notes below Written Tutorial Drop the FET Compressor onto which ever track you would like it to compress. Then add a second track...

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Resolved: Softube Modular Presets Location in Ableton Live??!!
Oct14

Resolved: Softube Modular Presets Location in Ableton Live??!!

This is where the presets are located when using Softube’s Modular in Ableton Live. *This is how to find all presets for Softube Plugs in Ableton Live! I just got started with Softtube’s Modolar. Which is a cross-platform modular synthesizer plug-in. Featuring authorized emulations of modules from well known hardware Eurorack brands. Check out Modular — PIB/Modular As you might imagine it isn’t exactly newbee...

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iZotope Neutron Tutorial: Track Assistant Dialogue Test
Oct05

iZotope Neutron Tutorial: Track Assistant Dialogue Test

This plug-in is insane! The track assistant is a glimpse of the future! Buy Now -> PIB/Neutron In this video tutorial I am going to run some already good dialogue through the iZotope’s Neutron Advanced to see what the Track Assistant can do for it. The dialogue has already been cleaned with iZoptope’s RX. I removed some background noise and gave it a gentle gain boost. Nothing serious; as nothing serious was needed....

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StereoSavage Tutorial: Adding Width to Claps
Sep29

StereoSavage Tutorial: Adding Width to Claps

I have teamed up with Plugin Boutique to Deliver Tutorials on the Best VST & VSTi. Here is the first one. Many more to come! Producer and clinician Joshua Casper shows us a quick method for adding width and character to a clap track using StereoSavage from Plugin Boutique. StereoSavage  provides an innovative stereo toolbox, combining tried and tested studio techniques with emulations of modern and classic tools that will bring...

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The Strangers – Trailer Remix
Aug20

The Strangers – Trailer Remix

I am going to start tutorials on SFX, Sound Design, Scoring and Editing Movie Trailers. This is what we will be making first. I just got a copy of Gravity by Heavyocity and I was pumped to get in and start making something epic. I figured the best way to get start was to make another “trailer remix” – as I call them. I also was thinking of tutorial ideas and how I could tie the two together. I decided I wanted to...

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[FIXED] Fatal error: Allowed memory size of … exhausted WordPress
Jun29

[FIXED] Fatal error: Allowed memory size of … exhausted WordPress

I finally fixed the memory error I was getting on my wordpress site. This is what the problem was. I searched and searched for the answer to why this was happening to me and my site. Allowed memory size of 268435456 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 81 bytes) in /home1/MYSITE/public_html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1775 It was always the same “answer”. 1. set memory limit to 256MB into the php5.ini 2. set...

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Norton Tutorial: Exclude Files & Folders from Auto Protect & Scans
Apr25

Norton Tutorial: Exclude Files & Folders from Auto Protect & Scans

This is a short easy video tutorial on how to exclude files and folders from Norton Anti-Virus Auto Protection and Manual Scans. I recently downloaded a .zip file containing a large number of obscure file extensions and Norton lost its mind! IT quickly began auto removing everything. They were all “low-level” risks, but I had to manually undue each file… and there were over 100. Needless to say that wasn’t fun....

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Photoshop Tutorial: Make Animated GIFs from Video
Nov25

Photoshop Tutorial: Make Animated GIFs from Video

This is how to quickly and easily make animated GIFs from Videos using photoshop CC! Now that facebook is allowing animated GIFs from anywhere I figure it is a good time to make a tutorial demonstrating how you can quickly and easily make them. Video Tutorial at the Bottom of the Post Here is the GIF we will be making. The process First you need to find something worth making into a GIF. I like music, so this one seemed like a good...

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Windows 10 Tutorial: Shrink, Partition, Extend Disk Volumes
Sep27

Windows 10 Tutorial: Shrink, Partition, Extend Disk Volumes

This is how to Shrink a volume, split off a partition, delete volumes, and combine or extend volumes in Windows 10. In this video tutorial I will be showing you how to first free up space to allocate to a new drive partition. Then I will walk you through formatting the free space to make it into a usable drive. After which I will show you how to delete the drive, delete the partition, and recombine the free space with one of the...

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How to Download Max Resolution Youtube Thumbs
Aug14

How to Download Max Resolution Youtube Thumbs

This is how to download Youtube thumbs at there max resolution quickly and easily! Just today Facebook updated their video uploading system so that you can include a thumbnail for the video. I happen to have a few videos sitting around waiting to be uploaded, but without their thumbnails, because I thought I didn’t need them. This lead me to want to know how to download the thumbnails from Youtube, so I didn’t have to...

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Digital Audio: Bit Rate vs. Bit Depth & File Size
Aug13

Digital Audio: Bit Rate vs. Bit Depth & File Size

How are Bit Rate & Bit Depth Different? Hopefully you have already read my earlier post on digital audio vocabulary. There Bit Depth is covered in more detail as well as sample rate and interpolation. However, here I want to clear up the difference between Bit Depth and Bit Rate. Bit Depth Each sample is stored as digital data, which has a binary value of a 0 or a 1, so it has two possible outcomes. However, if we were trying to...

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Fix | Max 7 Update – Fatal Error During Installation
Jul01

Fix | Max 7 Update – Fatal Error During Installation

Fixing the Problem with Shortcut – “Fatal Error During Installation” when updated to Max for Live 7! I just went through a heck of a time trying to update to Max 7! I am not sure why these issues happened, but they did and they persisted for quite a lot of installing and uninstalling! What I am to do here is tell you what I personally had to do to get passed the error and have a successful installation of Max for...

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After Effects Template | Modern Audio React
Apr29

After Effects Template | Modern Audio React

Download this Free Modern Audio React Template for Your Music Promo Videos! **UPDATE** The new download has fixed the music cutting at 3:55 issues. I suggest downloading that, but if you would rather fix the problems yourself below is how! You will need to right click on the “Music Comp” and choose Composition Settings. At the bottom you will see the time length.. it will say 3:55.. change it to suit your needs. You will...

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Video Tutorial – Hide an Image in Your Music + Examples
Mar20

Video Tutorial – Hide an Image in Your Music + Examples

Turns out you can embed secret images into your music… Here’s how! **IMPORTANT** an UPDATED VERSION: GO NOW A long time ago I taught you all how to embed text into your music, now I am going to teach you how to embed an image in there as well! I didn’t know about this until yesterday when I read this post about a code in one of my favorite shows Archer. In the second episode of season 6 there is a computer screen...

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Windows 7 | CPU 100% Problem | Fixed
Mar16

Windows 7 | CPU 100% Problem | Fixed

How to fix the CPU 100% Problem for Windows 7! This post assumes you have exhausted the obvious steps, like quitting CPU intensive programs. If you have quite everything and opened your task manager ( cntrl + alt + delete ) and the CPU counters for the individual processes are not adding to 100, but the total at the bottom says 100% and your machine is slow this might be for you! STEP 1 Go to the start menu and type...

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Film Trailer Tutorial | Setting up the Trailer
Mar12

Film Trailer Tutorial | Setting up the Trailer

This is for getting the feel of sound design & music placement for film trailers. Download the Ableton Live Pack for the Nightcrawler JC Trailer below. I am just getting started on the road to making movie trailers. It has been something I have been interested in doing for a long time. Crazy enough, I think a lot of trailers are better than the movies themselves. I now know enough about sound design, music composition, and basic...

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Soundcloud App Hack – Upload from a Mobile Phone
Mar11

Soundcloud App Hack – Upload from a Mobile Phone

No, Soundcloud.. Bad, Soundcloud. You CAN upload from a cell phone! Here is how! I ran into a strange situation last night, where I needed to upload a track ASAP, but I only had my cell phone. Luckily, I had the master copy on my phone, so I opened up the Soundcloud app to get to it. Much to my dismay I couldn’t find the upload button. I hoped on google to see what I was missing and came across the soundcloud help page. Things...

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Tutorial: Working with .MOGG files | Extracting
Jan27

Tutorial: Working with .MOGG files | Extracting

Extracting the Stems from an .mogg file for use in a DAW. I have been pointed to an enormous caché of .mogg files of classic tunes. What is that? Why should I care? Well, the short of it is that an .mogg file of, let’s say, King of Rock by Run DMC has all the original stem recordings ( multi tracked recordings ) encased inside it. Like a tasty little Cadbury Egg filled with pristine recordings of classic music! This tutorial is...

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Beatport Top Tracker for Artists & Labels!
Jan01

Beatport Top Tracker for Artists & Labels!

See how well you have been doing on Beatport.com! This site is a pretty cool: bptoptracker.com. It shows you how well you, and anyone else, has been doing on beaport.com. For instance, check out my stats on the side there. That seems fairly accurate, although I know I have had many more releases in the top 100 for glitch hop, but this is definitely better than nothing and I am sure it is going to get better as more people start to use...

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One Engine : Contact Form Placeholder Color
Nov24

One Engine : Contact Form Placeholder Color

How to change the PlaceHolder text color for Contact 7 form in One Engine! Just when I thought I had covered everything for setting up a great Contact Form 7 … haha This is a quick tutorial on how to change the place holder text color. You want to go to theme options -> custom css and add the following code. These four lines will set up the pseudo-classes for the major browsers. ::-webkit-input-placeholder { color: red; }...

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OneEngine | Contact Form Validation / Design Issues Fixed
Nov24

OneEngine | Contact Form Validation / Design Issues Fixed

Finally, Contact Form 7 Validation and Design Issues are Fixed! Sorry, for the delay. I have been busy and thought this issue would be harder to solve than it actually was. Now all the required fields are validated before the mail is able to be sent, but we keep the slick layout design. Also, the error, sent and other messages do not show up over the send button. The process is documented in the video below.  You can see the code txt...

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One Engine: Non English Main Menu / Portfolio Items
Nov18

One Engine: Non English Main Menu / Portfolio Items

Not everyone reads / speaks English! This is a very quick tutorial on how you can use any language for the main menu and portfolio filter in Engine Themes’ One Engine. It is quite easy. Essentially you just need to make sure you are only using special characters on the labels for the website itself, or what your visitors see and non-special characters on the back end. Watch the video tutorial to see how to do this quickly and...

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One Engine Tutorial : Very First Steps
Nov13

One Engine Tutorial : Very First Steps

Derp, this probably should have been the first tutorial! I have made a few One Engine tutorials over the past couple of months and people have been appreciative… and, oh yeah, on a side note, the One Engine community is awesome saying thanks!! 😀 One question that has been asked a lot is stemming from the initial set up. People saying the theme doesn’t look or work right. I addressed the main issue in an earlier text post,...

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OneEngine : Change Portfolio Get in Touch & Hover Icon
Nov12

OneEngine : Change Portfolio Get in Touch & Hover Icon

How to Change the Portfolio Block’s “Get in touch” text & Hover Icon! First up we will change the hover icon for the portfolio section. The One Engine theme uses Font Awesome Icons so it is super easy to change them. All we need to do is change one line of code in the et-portfolio-block.php file. You can use any of the icons found here! In this short video tutorial we are changing the magnifying glass icon to a...

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Allow Contributors to Add Media / Images
Nov06

Allow Contributors to Add Media / Images

Adjust permissions for the different Roles in WordPress! This is super easy. You will be happy you found this tutorial. I was looking around the internets searching for a way to allow my contributors to add images and use the Advanced Responsive Video Embedder plug-in and all I could find seemed either too complicated or required me to ge into the functions php file.. and I was feeling lazy. I found a simple solution though. A free...

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Contributor | Feature Images, Soundcloud, Youtube, Media
Nov06

Contributor | Feature Images, Soundcloud, Youtube, Media

Adding & Working with Media as a WordPress Contributor. The topics covered in this video adding responsive soundcloud players (SoundCloud Shortcode) adding responsive youtube videos (Advanced Responsive Video Embedder) adding responsive vimeo videos (Advanced Responsive Video Embedder) adding feature images adding banner images adding images to a post If you are a wordpress administrator and you are looking to get these plug ins...

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WordPress Tutorial: First Steps as a Contributor
Oct24

WordPress Tutorial: First Steps as a Contributor

How to start making content on a wordpress blog as a contributor! In this quick video tutorial I walk you through the fist steps of being a contributor to my website or any other wordpress site. From setting up your author profile to making your first...

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Add WordPress Subdomain | HostGator | Namecheap
Oct22

Add WordPress Subdomain | HostGator | Namecheap

How to add a wordpress subdomain with Hostgator FTP and Namecheap Domain (2014) ! This is a quick and simple tutorial on how you go about adding a sub domain to one of your main domains. My files are hosted on Hostgator and my Domains through Namecheap. These methods should more or less be the same for other servers and domain hosts. First I set up a sub domain on Hostgator. Then I jump to Namecheap to make and point the new sub...

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One Engine Tutorial: Pricing Link (Internal / External)
Oct16

One Engine Tutorial: Pricing Link (Internal / External)

Get people excited about your prices, and then link them to the top of the page!! whoops, that’s not where that link should take people! This is a quick tutorial on changing where the “sign up” button  takes your website’s visitors on the One Engine theme form Engine Themes. It is fairly easy to do. You just need to get to the et-pricing.php which can be found down this file path on your ftp server — File...

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After Effects | GoPro | Remove Fish Eye | Motion Tracking
Oct16

After Effects | GoPro | Remove Fish Eye | Motion Tracking

How to Remove GoPro’s Fisheye in After Effects to Properly Motion Track Footage! I have been playing around with motion tracking and my new GoPro for a little bit now. It didn’t take me long to figure out that the fish eye effect in all GoPros was messing up the result. The thing is I kind of liked the fish eye effect. Luckily I found a very formative tutorial on how to remove the fish eye, export for motion tracking in...

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OneEngine Tutorial: Video in Feature Slider
Oct09

OneEngine Tutorial: Video in Feature Slider

Put a clip from Youtube or Vimeo in the main Slider in the One Engine Theme! First, you need to install the wordpress plugin called “Featured Video Plus“. Just do a quick search for that exact title. Then go into the settings and set it up. Some of you might want the autoplay function, but use this at your own risk. Many web visitors don’t like the auto playing of sound when going to a page. Also, it should already...

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OneEngine Tutorial: Portfolio Hover Color & Opacity
Oct09

OneEngine Tutorial: Portfolio Hover Color & Opacity

Change the Portfolio block’s hover color and opacity! It is quite easy to change the hover color and opacity for the portfolio block. We don’t even have to go into the main files. All that is needed is a few lines of custom CSS. Go to Theme Options -> Custom CSS Add these lines, but using the color and opacity that best suits your needs. *Opacity is how translucent or not the color appears. #portfolio_list div.item a...

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One Engine Tutorial: Slider AutoPlay / Transition Speed
Oct01

One Engine Tutorial: Slider AutoPlay / Transition Speed

Get that Slider Sliding them Slides! In this short video tutorial we will look at making the slider auto rotate through the slides. We will also set the time, or transition speed, it takes before auto rotating to the next slide. While inside the main.js file we will also find where to turn of the navigation arrows on the left and right, if you wanted to do that. The main.js file can be found in:: OneEngine -> JS -> main.js Find...

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