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7 Money Moves to Make as Soon as You Conquer Debt

Congratulations — you're debt free! Now what?The road to debt elimination was long and treacherous, but just because the black cloud of lingering …

Personal Finance

FLESH - Inspired by sound | Native Instruments

How to layer multiple effects with reverb

<b>When it comes to using reverb creatively, the key is to utilise it in ways it may not originally have been designed for.</b><p>Although reverb has made a …

How to control mix elements with mid/side compression

<b>Mid/side compression is a technique used by many pro engineers for increased flexibility when processing stereo material. By encoding a stereo signal</b> …

Music Production

10 overrated beliefs about life that might be hurting your success

Here's my take on a few common beliefs that I think we often get wrong.<p>Being in motion is not the same thing as taking action. As a society, we've fallen into a trap of busyness and overwork.<p>More critically, we have mistaken all this activity as an indicator of living an important life. The …

Vince Lombardi

How to Create a Ducking Delay

A ducking delay is a technique that is a very widely used in almost all areas of music and audio production. Essentially, it is a delay effect that …

Top 5 Tips For Getting The Most Out of Reaktor

Many keyboardists and producers wind up with a copy of Reaktor after purchasing a version of Native Instruments Komplete. They know you need it to …

100+ Awesome FREE Online Resources For Music Producers!

Over the years, I’ve bookmarked hundreds of <b>free online resources</b> which can be incredibly useful if you’re away from your main music workstation. …

Pro Tools: Sound Design with Pro Tools: Bass Sound Design with Vacuum

Whenever we go hunting for Virtual Instrument sounds—looking to breathe some new life into our favorite synths and samplers—it’s always tempting to …

Twenty Vocal Production Tips

<b>Achieving the perfect vocal recording is a complex business. Hollin Jones explains how to get the best out of your recording and your kit…</b> <b><br>1: Keep It</b> …

Music Production

Music Theory: Building Chords Chromatically Instead of Diatonically

In Classical music theory, chords are built and analyzed diatonically, or as to how each note that the chord is built on relates to a scale or key.<p>In …

Gain Staging In Your DAW Software

If you don't understand gain structure, you may be undermining your recordings and mixes without even realising it.<p>Despite the immense power and …

Music Production

9 ways to use drones to enhance your music

<b>Drone is an odd word and has a number of different definitions. Setting aside its applicability to both beekeepers and warmongers, when it comes to</b> …

MIDI - The Bluffer's Guide

<b>Get your head round MIDI and you’ve got your head round music production. Rob Boffard explains the ins and outs…</b><p>MIDI can be one of the most …

Music Production Techniques Part 3: Distortion

If you like your audio edgy, gritty and full of attitude, then you simply can’t live without distortion. But what is distortion and when is the right …

5 Reasons to Put a Microphone in Front of Your Monitors

An article on sounds you can get by putting a microphone in front of your monitors.

Microphones

The Best Ear Training Apps for Producers, Engineers & Recording Musicians

For most engineers, the ultimate goal is to be able to “feel” their way through a mix, and to do their work in a completely natural and intuitive …

Consciousness

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Recording Vocals

1. Don’t use a stage mic in the studio<p>Now, recording lore is full of stories of how this-or-that famous singer always records with his trusty SM58 …

Music Theory Tips : Using the First Two Minor Modes

Welcome to part three of this series on utilizing modes for improvisation. So far, I’ve given you an overview of what the modes are, and last month I …

Finding Your Unique Sound w/ Daniel Salvaggio

<b>In this music production article, Dubspot’s Daniel Salvaggio shares his insight into finding your own unique sound and explores several methods to</b> …

Music Production

72 Music Production Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started

Dear Past Zac,<p>The year is 2015. I … well you, are older.<p>In time, you’ll release two original EP’s on iTunes. You’ll get a remix and an original …

Music Production

10 easy music theory tricks that every producer should know

Theory queries<p><b>Music theory has always had a slight whiff of the uncool about it, conjuring up images of dry, dusty, bewigged baroque musicians from</b> …

Electric Guitar

10 creative ways to arrange your tracks when you've run out of ideas

<b>It's relatively easy to lay down a few decent ideas, but turning them into fully-fledged arrangements is, arguably, the hardest part of music</b> …

Music Production

Music Theory: Odd and Compound Time Signatures

Every time you load up a new session, regardless of DAW, the time signature defaults to 4/4, the most common time signature used in music …

Making Better Beats w/ Curlup: Hi-Hats

<b>Over the last several years, busy hi-hats have rolled their way into ubiquity, becoming commonplace in songs throughout many popular genres beyond</b> …

Music Production

The Importance and Benefits of a Mastering DAW

An article on the benefits of using a dedicated mastering DAW.

9 Sound Design Tricks To Hack Your Listeners Ears

[BLOG-BY-OUTPUT]<p>We trick our own brains to hear what we want to hear. It can be deceptively easy to mix & master a track, but what happens to the …

Music Production

5 Sound Design Tips for Ableton Live's Sampler

Waveform Context Menu<p>Right- or Control-click on the waveform in Sampler to get quick access to some handy commands: you can locate the file in the …

iOS Roundup: 5 iPad Music Apps for Music Production, Live Performance, and Audio Mastering

<b>In this iOS Roundup, Dubspot’s Rory PQ shares five impressive iPad music apps for music production, live performance, effects processing, and audio</b> …

Music Production

The Cosmic Soundscape of Nova-111

<b>The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.<br>The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of</b> …