Is sampling wrong?

Sampling in electronic music involves two main types: using another person's idea (e.g. using a harpist's melody for your deep techno song, or sampling electronic music that isn't yours) and using prefabricated samples for making your song. As time goes on, I read and hear about more and more debates regarding...

Tips to add movement and life to your songs

One of the most popular topics in music production is with regards to making music feel "alive" by creating movement in music. While I already covered this topic in a past article, I'll focus today on tools you can use and some techniques you can also apply to create movement. First, let's...

Saturation Tips and Hacks

After presenting some of my favorite EQs and compressors, it would be silly not to also talk about audio saturation which is complementary tool. There's not a single project I've done in the last 10 years where I haven't used saturation in one way or another; same with mastering. I...

The EQ and compression combo (Pt. 3)

After going into details with regards to EQ and compression, in this post I'll cover some practical tips on how they work well together. I'll try to also clarify why many engineers will tell you that all you need is these two tools to accomplish most of the work in...

Tips for compression: The Multi-band compressor (Pt. 2)

Continuing with more compression tips, I'd like to discuss of my all time favorite tool for anything and everything: the multi-band compressor. For many, this beast is a bit of a difficult tool to tame, but I'd like to break it down for you so you can include it in...

Tips and recommendations for compression (Pt. 1)

After two important posts on EQs, it's time to start discussing how to use compression, as these two work so well hand-in-hand, and I'll offer my own recommendations on some of the best compression VST plugins. Your own selection of VSTs should always start with a few of these two...

My Electronic Music Production Methodology (Pt. I)

I' had been thinking about recently how I should consolidate the many values, observations and principles I share regularly on this blog into a summary of music production methods and methodology. I regularly give feedback in our Facebook group and I find that I'm often repeating myself with regards to...

The rule of thirds in arrangements and mixing

One of my favorite aspects of music making is to use proportional ratios regularly. While this seems perhaps counter-productive when compared with the artistic side of producing music, I use it to eliminate a bunch of technical roadblocks that emerge in the process of decision making. Because making decisions can...

Basic tips for writing melodies

In our Facebook group, I was asked to share some tips about writing melodies and how to approach this process while arranging. In electronic music, many artists are self-taught and the concept of music from a melodic and harmonic perspective is often built over intuitive understandings and reading online tutorials,...

Alternative music arranging techniques

Music arranging techniques are a topic I've been asked about most in the last few weeks. For many people, this is the part of music-making that causes issues. And rightfully so; arranging is all about storytelling. In past posts, I've said that even though your sound and production might be...

How To Reinvent Your Sound

If you're finding that all your tracks are starting to sound too similar, there are a number of ways you can reinvent your sound. A while back, I wrote an article about how sometimes we feel that our music always ends up sounding the same. I did a test with...

Important Music Production Principles

As a label manager or as a teacher who regularly gives feedback (join our facebook group if you're interested to participate!), I've realized I don't listen to music like the average person; I listen for certain music production principles. There are a number of things that will get my attention...

Storytelling through arrangements and song arrangement techniques

When it comes to mixing and mastering, my work involves to listening to many, many songs. Some are great, while others need more love, but from the numerous songs I hear daily I can pinpoint one important thing that makes a song stand out the most: arrangements. I believe your...

Transient Shaping

In this blog, I've already discussed many ways of playing with your track to create new textures and variations and how to keep your sounds interesting. I'd like to discuss another way of colouring your music: transient shaping; something that can completely change the way a track sounds and feels,...

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