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Music Production – Groove tutorial, 808 Emulation, Stardust Deconstruction Music production can be somewhat of a minefield at times, one false step and your fragile confidence is blown to kingdom come in a maelstrom of flimsy kicks, rigid groove and uninspiring samples. But like anything creative, i.e. creating something from nothing, you've got to press on despite the demoralising carnage surrounding you. Admittedly finding the determination to pick up the pieces and try again is often much easier said than done. So what keeps us going after 5 years of writing and not a single discography credit to our name? Simple, finding inspiration. Finding inspiration is in ... Read more / Preview track
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Booming Sub-Bass – Logic / Massive / Ableton [Tutorial] Hot on the heels of our hugely popular and perhaps overly obviously titled 'How To - Create The Perfect Kick Drum', apologies, it won't happen again, is the equally demanded query how to create a heavy sub-bass sound that's thick, clean and also able to cut through the mix on smaller less capable speakers? Such tutorials are so eagerly sought after that you'll find many a frustrated forum moderator frequently scolding those that constantly post such a question. Yet as annoying as this repeating question maybe, complaining about those that ask is a bit like adults who complain about kids who ... Read more / Preview track
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Effectively Mixing Vocals | Tech Do your vocals lack presence, body, impact, sparkle, depth and clarity? Are the instruments in your mix dominating whilst your vocal whimpers in the background? Or is the notion of even considering a vocal track so uncomfortable that a tight woolen jumper against your bear skin in 40°c has greater appeal? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then the following article is for you. As producers and label owners we know only too well the fraught world of vocal processing and therefore the following three video's and related reading are all tutorials that have greatly helped us ... Read more / Preview track
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How To – Achieve that award winning Arrangement | Tech As electronic producers we all tend to get overly obsessed with perfecting the individual parts and sounds of our tracks. We read numerous articles on compression, eq, how to create the perfect kick, whats the latest synth etc etc, and whilst all of these subjects are admirable in their own right, what none of them do is tell us how to transform our killer 8 bar loop into a finished composition. In fact we spend so little time studying arrangement that often times our loops either dont make it past their 8th bar birthday, or they end up loosing their magic entirely when stretched across a ... Read more / Preview track
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FREE Plugins – Vinyl Emulation, Electric Guitar Synth, Juno 60 Nothing is ever FREE, as the age old adage goes, and if it is free there is usually a catch, or its about as good as a screen door on a battleship. In regards to free plugins there are many options out there, many of which dont actually fall into the 'whats the catch' category but often times lack the quality to become a staple of your production work flow. Having said this, there is the odd exception and like an unexpected first class upgrade iZotope's Vinyl Simulator, AfroDJMac's Electric Guitar Synth and TAL's U-NO-62 mean we can live the high life without breaking the bank. iZotope - ... Read more / Preview track
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How To – Create the Perfect Kick Drum | Tech If Resident Advisor did an end of year Top 100 production questions asked, its a fairly safe bet that, How to Create the Perfect Kick Drum, would probably clinch the number 1 spot. To some readers this question maybe as frustrating as hearing a professional footballer describe their teams performance with the same monosyllabic cliches week after week. However whilst a footballer can get away with a limited range of adjectives, a producer cannot get away with a flimsy kick drum. So how to make you kick thump harder than a disgruntled english football fan? As producers ourselves we have ... Read more / Preview track
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Matthew Dear Production Masterclass [Point Blank] Often as electronic producers we find ourselves bogged down in the science of it all, like a rabbit caught in the headlights the shear weight of what we dont know freezes our ability to freely express ourselves. Unfortunately much of what we hear today reinforces this rigid approach with its car production line mentality, track after track is built from the same plan, because we know that works, with the odd go faster strip here and there to give the illusion of creativity. The problem with this type of mass production rigidity is that eventually the ideas get stale and the process ... Read more / Preview track
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How To Sample… | Tech Tutorial For any budding producer there are many elements that need to develop into the roots of your production process, skills that you often understand the principles of, have heard executed with seismic results, but have yet to fully embrace, either through fear of failure or ignorance of its value. Often you're left wondering why your peers and those you aspire to emulate always seem to have the upper hand creatively, what is it they are doing differently? Could it be a Sample? Chances are the answer is yes, however try not to get fixated on the holy grail of samples, The Vocal Hook from an ... Read more / Preview track