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Category : Interesting

01 Apr 2017

Ever have a mix sound like this?

Have you ever finished a mix and though it sounded something like this? Well, unless you’re recording Debussy, it probably isn’t a good thing. Even if you’re recording Debussy, it’s still probably not a good thing. So how do you avoid blurry mixes? Maybe, like in this photo, you’re simply focused on the wrong thing! You’ll see that the plant on the bottom of the screen is completely clear, but the subjects of the photo are not even close to […]

01 Apr 2017

Faking Steel Guitars: The Key to Lifelike Parts

Unless you’re one of the few that actually plays this magnificent instrument (or one of the even fewer with a friend that does), you’re probably going to have to fake it. But if you’ve ever tried it, you know exactly how hard it can be. But if you understand one simple rule about faking any instrument in your home studio, you’ll be able to create lifelike steel guitar parts with whatever tools you have. So what’s the rule of faking […]

01 Apr 2017

Non-Linear Music Making

It may seem odd to some that music can be thought of in a non-linear fashion. Some may not be able to imagine another way. But what about when it comes to recording? Can a recording of music be non-linear? Well, technically, no. Everything is linear (if it happens in the space-time continuum, but that’s a different discussion.) But it can be non-linear in the sense of the specific performance. Certain DAWs (and almost-DAWs like Maschine 2) function in this […]

29 Mar 2017

SurferEQ Introduction – YouTube

An EQ that Tracks the Pitch of the track it’s on, and adjusts accordingly? We’re not sure how well it works, but assure you we’ll be testing it for future Multi-Platinum Videos.

29 Mar 2017

Shut Up and Mix

No one sets out to be an Audio Engineer without goals and dreams they wish to accomplish in mind. ¬†Goals, projects, and doing, are inherent to the term “engineer”. Wikipedia defines “Engineer” as, “a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical, societal and commercial problems.” While we may not be using mathematics to solve societal and commercial problems, we certainly use knowledge of process to creatively (with ingenuity) accomplish a […]

28 Mar 2017

A Lesson In Arrangement – The Piano Guys

Have you ever seen five guys play a single instrument? If you keep up with the viral videos, then your answer is probably yes. Even though its extremely impressive to see these guys play this catchy tune, what’s more impressive is that it never gets boring. From the start to the finish, they keep it interesting. Which is why this is a clinic in arrangement. Check out the video here: Ok – who expected that one of the guys would […]

28 Mar 2017

The 21st Century Musician – Are You With The Times?

I was recently reading an article about Robopop – the dynamic duo behind Lana Del Ray’s early viral success – when I got to thinking about what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Not just about the style of music, popular chord structures, or even types of songs. It’s a much deeper understanding that reaches past the surface-like genres and into the fundamental core of what it means to create music. And believe it or not, […]

27 Mar 2017

Showcasing the Song – The Secret to Incredible Productions

I’d like you to listen to (at least a minute of) each of these songs: Yesterday – The Beatles Lollipop – Lil Wayne Teenage Dream – Katy Perry What do these all have in common? Two things – for one, they all peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard charts. That’s a pretty big deal. The second thing they all have in common is that the production truly showcases the song – it fits just right, making each song […]

26 Mar 2017

Neff-U Building a Beat

Ever wonder what it’s like watching a Grammy winning producer create a beat? Native Instruments let’s us see it here! Neff-U works through a multitude of NI products as he creates this amazing beat. Whenever I see a video like this, I always find it extremely inspiring. I hear a certain rhythm, part, or patch and instantly want to start working on a new track. Hopefully this will inspire you as well!

25 Mar 2017

Up Close and Personal

Bugs are creepy. Why are we (sometimes) so afraid of them? They’re tiny in comparison to us, and many times we don’t even know they are there! They only seem to bother us when we know they’re around. I was just reading through some posts on Bloomberg Businessweek the other day and came across a really cool photo blog – check it out here: http://images.businessweek.com/photos/2013-10-02/in-your-face-the-gorgeous-gruesome-world-of-bug-photography#slide1 While these pics are extremely cool, they’re also a bit frightening – especially if you […]