NOVEMBER 10th, 2017 He thinks his time would’ve been better spent only reading 1,000 books, but knowing them like the back of his hand. PDF: Download the Ultimate Plugin Guide After all, what plugins do you really need? How many synths do you really need to produce commercially viable music? So, I did my best to answer the question based …
OCTOBER 13th, 2017 How many times have you sat down at your computer with the intention of producing a track – only to be intimidated and hindered by the blank DAW staring back at your face? Creative road blocks in the beginning stages of the production process are a very real hurdle – something I consider super close to my …
So, why is the loudness war over?
Well, all the streaming platforms have individually decided to match the loudness of the music on their platform to one singular loudness level. So, whether you make super loud dubstep or very light orchestral music, the average loudness our listeners will be listening at will always be the same.
Hey, Hyperbits here. Guess what? It’s story time, kids. But I’m not writing to you… I’m writing to myself. Well, the old me. I’m writing to that insecure but ambitious 22-year-old who had never made music on a computer, almost 9 years ago…
“The older I get the more I like plugging directly into an amp. I’m tired of trying to impress myself with weird sounds. It’s about the notes and the amp.” – Steve Vai. Famous guitarists from the likes of Steve Vai to Kirk Hammett to Eric Clapton to Jimmy Page, were well known for their obsession with tone & timber.
“It’s easy to get sidetracked with technology, and that is the danger, but ultimately you have to see what works with the music and what doesn’t. In a lot of cases, less is more. In most cases, less is more.” – Herbie Hancock
“The piano keys are black and white, but they sound like a million colors in your mind.” – Maria Cristina Mena. In the world of modern electronic music production, it is critical to introduce more organic and timeless sounds into your music.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci The purpose of this video isn’t to show off the bells and whistles of Pro-Q2, but rather to show what you are capable of as a producer when you get to know a plugin really well.
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 begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. ” – Pablo Picasso. Using reverse techniques in your music is a great way to add details, to add intricacies, to add energy and movement, or even just a splash of creativity.
“Our art is never truly finished. We just get to stop at our deadline.” – Brad Bird. 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.
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.
“Wow. What a great trick. I would definitely buy a book filled with things like this.“ – Some dude on Reddit. I’m not gonna lie, this is one of my favorite tips to share.
There’s just something about manipulating the perceived width of a drop that gets my engineer mind all sorts of amped up. And no, I don’t care how nerdy that sounded.
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.