Ultimate Guide to Layering & Humanizing Pianos in Electronic Music

Ultimate Guide to Layering & Humanizing Pianos in Electronic Music

JUNE 7, 2017 Organic Pianos Free Video: Piano Workshop covering Advanced Layering Techniques [35-min] Synthetic Pianos Sometimes, though – it’s all about tone. If you’re reading this and thinking – hey, this is great and all, but how do we do this in practice? How do I know which 2-3 pianos I should layer together? When do I need to …

6 Tips for Effective Build Ups

6 Tips for Effective Build Ups

APRIL 3, 2017 Don’t skimp on the details in your buildups. Your drop is only as good as the anticipation you create before it. Build ups are an opportunity to create tension, emotion, and much-needed energy in your music – because of this, they deserve your utmost attention. I’m a firm believer that your drop is only as good as …

8-Step Finishing Checklist

8-Step Finishing Checklist

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 Finishing music is hard. In fact, I would argue it’s the most difficult aspect of the creative process. It’s just a lot easier to endlessly tweak your music than it is to confidently put the finishing touches on a song and release it out into the world. I get that. Not only in my own music, but …

Top 12 All Time Most Influential Music Production Videos

Top 12 All Time Most Influential Music Production Videos

JUNE 15, 2016 These are the music production videos that changed my life as a producer. Not the hundreds, if not thousands of little tutorials and production techniques I’ve consumed over the years. I’m talking about game changers. These are the videos that I would almost feel required to credit for the music I’ve made and the production work I’ve …

The Mono-Build Trick

The Mono-Build Trick

MAY 15, 2016 “Wow. What a great trick. I would definitely buy a book filled with things like this.“ – Some dude on Reddit At its core, the mono build trick is simply the automation of the stereo image towards mono, so that a later element of the song (usually a drop) will appear wider and bigger. At the end …

Top 20 Saturation & Distortion Plugins for Electronic Music

Top 20 Saturation & Distortion Plugins for Electronic Music

APRIL 22, 2016 In short, saturation is THE most effective way to add analogue edge and warmth to your music – often meaning the difference between sounding digital, flat, & dead, versus analogue, warm & alive. In mid 2011, Audien tweeted “Why have I never used distortion?” This tweet might be more significant than we realize, since his next release …