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Taking breaks from music-making

It's strange how some topics seem to pop up in the music world again and again, both online and in person—taking breaks from music being one of them. During the summer in Canada most people—including musicians—don't want stay indoors as much. Many musicians seem to get FOMO this time...

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Using MIDI controllers in the studio

People often say that MIDI controllers are mostly for performing live, but they can also be your studio's most useful tool. My advice to people who want to invest in gear—especially those who aren't happy working only on a computer and dream of having tons of synths (modular and such)—is...

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Workflow Suggestions for Music Collaborations

One of the most underestimated approaches to electronic music is collaboration. It seems to me that because of electronic music's DIY approach people believe they need to do absolutely everything themselves. However, almost every time I've collaborated with others I hear them say "wow, I can't believe I haven't done...

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Using Quad Chaos

I'm proud to announce the release of our first patch - Quad Chaos. I met Armando, the programmer, on the Max/MSP group on Facebook and his background was exactly what I was looking for and we got along very well. Quad Chaos is basically a patch version of what this...

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Synthesizer Basics

I've realized that using synths is a bit of an esoteric process for many (for me it definitely was for a while), so I'd like to share with you some synth basics. I used to read things online in-depth about synths, but didn't feel like it was really helping me...

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More tips about working with samples in Ableton

Recently I was doing some mixing and I came across multiple projects in a row that had some major issues with regards to working with samples in Ableton. One of them is a personal issue: taking a loop from a sample bank and using it as is, but there's no...

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Creating organic sounding music with mixing

I'm always a bit reluctant to discuss mixing on this blog. The biggest mistake people make in mixing is to apply all the advice they can find online to their own work. This approach might not work, mostly because there are so many factors that can change how you approach...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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