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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Adding life to sounds: movement in electronic music

Creating movement in electronic music One of the most misunderstood concepts in electronic music is movement. By movement, I am referring to the way that each sound constantly evolves throughout a song. I was once talking with someone who is very into modular synthesizers and he was saying that he cannot...

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...

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 _____...

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...

My Music Doesn’t Sound Like Me

Does this happen to you? You start a project with an idea and a direction, “I’m going to make a techno track”, you fire up a drum machine, get a baseline going, start jamming, looking for sounds, creating a groove, and an hour later you listen back to an 8...

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...

How To Quickly Audition New Plugins

Plugins - it seems every week there is a wave of new and exciting plugins released to producers. It’s true that using the right tools can make producing music more enjoyable, and help you make better sounding music. This post is very technical, but by the end of this you’ll know how to...

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Bonsai Method

Are you having a hard time writing music? Are you confused what DAW to begin using, what plugins to download, what samples to get started with? Never before have producers had so many questions to answer, and to be honest, if you are struggling to make music with such a wealth...