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Loop | New Horizons in Music: Polyrhythms

A Crazy Simple (and genius) Approach To Mixing

<b>What if mixing music is a whole lot simpler than we think?</b>At the end of the day, all we’re trying to do with EQ, compression, reverbs, delays, …

Neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explain how creativity works

‘Bend, blend, break’<p>What makes humans special? Some credit should go to the opposable thumb and the larynx, says neuroscientist David Eagleman, but a lot of it has to do with our ability to be creative and constantly think up new ideas.<p>Eagleman, a professor at Stanford University and writer, …

How To Make Your Mixes Standout From The Crowd

<i>The following is a guest post from my friend Stephen Kelly, a London-based musician, mixer and educator.</i> <i>His mission is to help you take giant steps</i> …

Mixing Electronic Music (2 Crucial Steps)

<b>When it comes to mixing electronic music, to me there are two steps that standout as powerful tools to making your tracks come to life.</b>These steps …

Mastering In The Home Studio: Robots Vs Humans

<b>Quick story today about how I beat up a robot. Well, not a real robot, but a music robot.</b> OK, this is sounding weird.Literally as I type this I’m …

The Most Forgotten Items When Building A Studio

It’s inevitable. No matter how many times you’ve built a studio, you have that “Oops, I forgot,” moment at the end. If you’re lucky, it’s something …

Creative Passion or Just Doing What You Really Want

<b>Passion</b> can be a deep motivator for creative people, but being too concerned with “finding our passion” can be self-limiting.<i>“The presence of talent</i> …

Creativity

Creative People Are Willing to Cross Boundaries

Creative people often have personalities and inner experiences that are intense and beyond ordinary in multiple ways.<i>“I’ve been accused of being ‘too</i> …

For Nolan, Zimmer, creating suspense in time with sound design

From timbre to form and even pitch, everything we do in sound and music is about time. And hit movie <i>Dunkirk</i> offers some accessible examples of …

The Best Way To Record Acoustic Guitar And Vocals (At The Same Time)

<b>If you want to capture your vocals and guitar performance at the same time there are a couple different ways to pull this off.</b>Last time we looked at …

This Video Explains Why Singers Need To Learn Harmony

They may not really talk about it, but most of the singers in your favourite bands will have had vocal training at some point. You can have natural …

5 Reasons You Should Finish That Song... Even If You Don't Want To

Reason 1 - Practice Makes Perfect<p>A lot of people forget that songwriting is technically a skill apart from the instrument that they may play, or the …

How To Mix Background Vocals

When it comes to mixing background vocals, there are two simple truths that can help us place them perfectly in the mix.<b>Truth #1 – Not every track</b> …

5 ways type can define brands

Choosing the right typeface is a crucial part of the logo design process, but when it comes to defining the unique characteristics of a brand, it can …

What Every Producer Should Understand About Meters

While most decisions in the studio are, naturally, made by ear, audio meters are useful tools at every stage of production. Besides the ubiquitous …

How Parents and Teachers Can Be More Fulfilled

Did you know that parents and teachers are creative professionals? Todd Henry's awesome work can help you leverage this role and do your own best …

World's Top New Testament Scholar - Christians Need To Read The Gospels Through Ancient Jewish Eyes

I’ve written here about New Testament scholar N.T. Wright and his most recent book, <i>The Day the Revolution Began</i>. The book was published recently and is now being made available in an online course format. The book (and the course) will bring insights to even the most seasoned student of the …

Theology

Making Your PA System Volunteer-friendly

From houses of worship to educational facilities and community theater, working with volunteers is a real challenge for any technician/engineer. Over …

When Russell Moore Truly Understood “Abba, Father!” for the Very First Time

Written by: Justin Taylor<br>Russell Moore, <i>Adopted for Life</i>:The creepiest sound I have ever heard was nothing at all. My wife, Maria, and I stood in the …

What I Learned From Breaking Out Of My Comfort Zone

When you stretch your horizons, you not only gain new experiences, but also learn that you are capable of going even bit further the next time.

What Variety of Creative Person Are You?

The emphasis in media (and most of my sites) when talking about creative people is on those who are identified as artists, people often labeled by …

We Are Wired To Be Creative

Keira Knightley in “Begin Again”“A highly creative individual is in constant self-actualization. . . Creativity makes life worth living.”That is from …

Watch: 10 Golden Rules Of Typography To Improve Your Design Skills

Video screenshot via The Futur<p><b>How can you</b> put your message across without making your overall design look too messy? Your work isn’t perceived just …

The power of perceptions: Imagining the reality you want

Viktor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist who spent three years during World War II living under unspeakable circumstances in several of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps.<p>While imprisoned, Frankl realized he had one single freedom left: He had the power to determine his response to the …

Is there a bias against creativity?

Creativity has taken center stage in recent years, with a slew of books, articles and TED talks extolling the virtues of imagination and exhorting young and old to go out and exercise their creative muscle.<p>In a 2010 IBM poll of CEOs worldwide, creativity was identified as the single most important …

Manage Tracks in Cubase with Project Logical Editor

When working in any project it’s very easy for the project to get bogged down with loads of unwanted tracks and regions. One way to sort this out is …