We’ve all heard stories of insanely talented artists getting accidentally “discovered” – but, that only happens to an incredibly small number of people, and it’s nothing you can count on when it comes to your career in music. More likely than not, the next Adele is singing in a cover band in Des Moines, Iowa, and her music will never get heard by the right people that could help launch her career. There are probably hundreds of her all over the world.
Instead of aimlessly tweaking and adjusting knobs and parameters because it’s fun to touch (and I admit, it is), let’s demystify multiband compression. In fact, we’re giving you 8 of our favorite multiband compression strategies and techniques, complete with video examples for each. Plus, this article contains a little list of our top 5 favorite multiband compression plugins.
In music production, however, there are some common poor practices that many producers do not even realize are part of their workflow and music creation process. The good part here, is that these are fixable items that, once addressed, will immediately improve the quality of your productions.
In reality, music production is a grind. It’s a true struggle – a beautiful pursuit that pairs a musical art-form with the technicalities of science. And I’m not going to lie, I love it. When things are clicking, sitting down and creating or engineering music is one of the most rewarding thrills I get to experience on a daily basis.
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. And it is through our influencers that we borrow, chisel, mooch and acquire the necessary inspiration to create an original piece of art. Dare I say…it is through our influencers, that we steal our creativity.
Ahhh. That elusive kick-bass relationship… There are few things better than perfectly nailing the low end of a track. For me, it’s up there with a warm cup of coffee on a brisk morning, jumping in the ocean on a hot summer day, putting on fresh, brand new socks for the first time, reading ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ by a fire after playing in the snow, or cuddling with 17 puppies at once.
Rules are meant to be broken. And the professionals break them every day. They just do it with a sense of purpose and reason. There’s nothing more wrong than telling you that one plugin is the best for all situations because frankly, in music production that type of ‘one size fits all solution’ doesn’t exist.
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?
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.
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…
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. Here are 8 creative ways to use popular guitar amp plugins to give sounds a lively, vintage, and distinct feel which will insert an analog warmth or crunch into your music.
The stock synthesizers in Logic provide a unique suite of tools to create some high-quality sounds. While often written off as inferior to third-party plugins, let’s explore exactly why that simply isn’t true.
Electronic music, by nature, is digital. And when things get overly digital, productions sound flat, predictable, even boring. But that doesn’t mean we have to limit our productions to only digital sounds. In fact, using organic instruments (or at the very least, emulations of organic instruments) is one of the best ways to generate some much needed analog warmth and timbre in your music. In this post, we are going to demystify exactly that – how to get a professional piano sound through proper layering, processing chains, and humanization.
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. It’s very easy to get caught up in every new plugin under the sun, but in reality, knowing just a few plugins inside and out is drastically more effective for you when it comes to making strides with your music.
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. 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 the build that precedes it.
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. Personally, I am a HUGE fan of using reverse sounds in my music. Again, I just see it as a cool way to put a personal spin on a melody, and on top of that, reverses just sound cool.
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. Nothing – and I mean nothing – is more detrimental to your growth as a music producer than getting in the habit of NOT finishing your music.
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.
In short, saturation is THE most effective way to add analog edge and warmth to your music – often meaning the difference between sounding digital, flat, & dead, versus analogue, warm & alive.