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 on how to pick your EQs and use them (Pt. I)

People often ask me about my opinions on what the best audio plugins are, and there are no doubts that investing in quality EQs and compressors is one of the most important things you can do for both sound design or mixing. You can do pretty amazing things just with...

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...

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,...

Music production techniques: Non-Linear Production

It's been a while since I promised a post about one of a number of music production techniques I use: non linear music production. The very first album I did using this technique and really sticking to rules of it was Intra; and then I recently went deep in to...

Good quality microphones for iPhone

One of my favorite things about making music is to combine recordings of random things I find or field recordings to include in my music - a great, simple way to do that is with an iPhone microphone. Since this is a topic I often cover in this blog, I...

Checklist to see if my song is finished

Lately I've been working on a live set, and I realized that I have a personal checklist I use to see if I covered everything to help me decide if a particular song is finished; from little details to bigger things, sometimes it's easy to overlook important factors. Just like...

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...

Background vs forefront to create dimension

Nearly every week I have a similar conversation with my clients. In good faith, and to save both my clients and myself time I'm writing this post to help answer the questions many producers keep wondering. The question of background vs. forefront to create dimension. My clients often send me projects...

Templates As Seeds

As a producer, you're likely trying to balance several tasks all at once while working on your music. If you're spending time to look through four or five reverbs in search of the perfect sound, setting up buses and groups to pre-mix your tracks while you arrange it, or just...

Making beats with Maschine MKII

Beats and Melodies

One aspect of using the Non-Linear Music Production technique that I want to share with you involves two simple, and easy to follow tips with big benefits - we're going to focus on just beats or melodies - this going to upgrade your productivity in the studio and it’s extremely effective in reducing writer's...

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