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Get Songs Finished In 6 Easy Steps

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I know… Formulas. What a creative killer! Whenever I see or hear this word in the context of music, art, or any creative endeavor I get a little bit edgy. But unfortunately I also accept the fact that there is a lot of formulaic action involved when we create. Sometimes, we’ll get inspired by someone else's work, mimic it, and then make it our own. I know that there are some artists out there who will deny this and claim to be 100% original. But I don't think so. Anyway, in this article I will provide an outline of some steps you can take in order to get stuff done and put your music out there. By being organized I find the creative process to be less cluttered and more effective. And sure, there will be times when things happen naturally and you don't need to follow a plan. I think I've only ever written 2 songs with this “naural” approach- one is Pluto and the other is Painting Ocean Dreams. So I thank the universe for those 2 grandiose moments. However, I am more grateful for being organizing and following a plan in order to craft more than simply 2 songs. So here are the six steps: [Read more]

Cleaning up audio with volume automation

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In this tutorial I’m simply working on an original piece, and wanted to share how I’m cleaning up the click-y noise from the Prophet 08. The result is instantly obvious and very pleasing to my ears. Check it out, and then I challenge you to think about sounds on your own tracks which might benefit from this technique. Enjoy! [Read more]

Superior Sounds with Gate Side-Chaining

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Why can’t I get complex sounds like I hear on my favorite electronic records? I ask myself this all the time, and then I remember that it’s all about coloring your painting. In this tutorial I’ll discuss a layering technique that involves using a gate and some side-chaining action. [Read more]