Free Ableton Live Mixing Template

I've put together a free Ableton template after receiving feedback that it was very helpful for many people I've worked with. The template available on this page is aimed specifically at mixing. I've noticed that many aspects of mixing are often misunderstood; I've assembled a starting template that has bundled...

My tracks always have the same song structure

(Cover Photo by Luca Bravo) One of the common things I often see and also struggle with myself is that sometimes I feel like my songs are always arranged in the same way; my song structure is often the same. While there's nothing inherently wrong with following a regular song structure,...

Sound design: create the sounds you imagine inside your head

You might never really be able to make the sounds that you envision in your mind 100% accurately using sound design, but I can offer you some advice to build on a good starting point to make something close to it. Just like in painting and cinema, often our imagination...

Dynamic Sound Layering and Design

Sound layering can be a very complex or very simple technique in music creation and production depending on your goals. In a past post, I gave some really basic sound design tips; I have a lot of readers who are just starting out with mixing and producing, so it made...

Are online communities replacing labels?

I've recently been wondering what will be the future for labels. Are streaming services replacing labels? Or are other communities? I've been running my label Archipel since 2004 and I've never really made money from it, if you discount using it as a business card for gigs and contacts. The...

Intuition for decisions in music production

In a sense, musical intuition is what defines someone who can bring a bit of creative magic into something, in comparison to someone who sticks to truly technical application of software. I've often had the chance to watch experienced producers make music, either while I was visiting one's studio or on...

Pointers To Define Your Sound

The majority of artists I work with during mastering and finishing your tracks, talk about their desire to define their own sound. It's important to them because as a music lover many times you'll hear a just a few seconds of a song and think that's got to be _____...

The next big thing?

During a conference I was recently invited to talk at, I was speaking with a group of people @ College Du Montreal and was asked a question I couldn’t answer quickly. The question that came up was what I’d consider “next level”, which I responded by saying “chances are, you're...

When The DIY Becomes An Obstacle

I want to talk about DIY - that is, the do-it-yourself approach to making music. Some people have the desire to begin massive projects where they create everything themselves, from scratch. They hunt for samples, they record bits of this and that, they spend days writing and re-writing melodies, they...

What Izotope’s Ozone Series Doesn’t Consider

It was a great surprise to see the release of Izotope's new Ozone and Neutron update last week. Since I use both products, often I immediately got started looking for whats new. There will undoubtedly be a ton of new tutorial and youtube review videos posted of these tools, but I...

The Modular Trap

The modular synthesis game is a big one right now, and for good reason. Sound designers and synth heads that want to take their sound design to the next level will find no shortage of fantastic modules to collect, and nothing is stopping you from patching together the tweaked out...

Music Making Is Problem Solving

Every once and a while the excitement to launch into a session fully inspired, fully motivated, literally can’t-get-into-it-soon-enough hits me, and it’s amazing. Seriously, in my experience there really isn’t anything that gets me pumped like that because when you know your idea is that good, and everything seems to...

Self-Imposed Rules For Arrangements

When you're up against the wall, pushing forward to break through and get things down can be taxing. It's a mental game of will and strength against creative effort. What you need to know is this - waiting around for that very brief moment of inspiration and creativity will always...

How to filter your best ideas

I’m always looking for ways to improve upon what I do, and how I can better serve my clients. I’m not taking any breaks on becoming better and better every day. I read a lot and especially enjoy reading words from entrepreneurs to learn from, and help build upon the...

Creating Timeless Music

Recently my Facebook page was flooded in a fantastic way. This thread became overwhelmed with comments I was happy to read because it reminded me of how much music can drive and affect our emotions. We're talking about timeless music. I asked my FB followers to name some music that hadn't...

Goals You Set For Yourself

As many of you already know, I've been offering personal coaching services since 2016, and seen some amazing breakthroughs with my clients. In every case, it's best to get a conversation going to learn about what goals you set for yourself. In many cases, I help them to see the...