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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...

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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...

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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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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 _____...

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Creating Beauty Out of Ugly Sounds

This post is inspired by one of the most useful experiences I've ever had for my personal development as a producer. I've made it into an exercise that you can try. Back in the early 2000s, when Montreal's MUTEK festival was just getting started, our community of electronic music producers was blooming....

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Create Your Own Concept Album

I was recently discussing a concept album I did in 2015 entitled Tones Of Void, and I was asked about my views on what makes an album unified. It's an important question if you want to create a concept album: how does one come up with a theme, or create their own style? Let's start with a...

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Simple Sound Design Tips

I've been giving some classes since the beginning of the year, and I noticed certain questions around sound design that kept coming up while I'd be sharing other tips. I thought I'd share them with everyone so it can benefit more than one person out there. Recently I was in a...

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