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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]

Build Custom Swell Effects and Swoosh Sounds

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In this tutorial I will be crafting a white noise based swell which will help a tune transition from one section to the next. By using an EQ, panning, delay and automatic you can come up with endless flavors that will enhance your transitions. This technique of using heavy automation right before new sections can be also used with other instruments, not just the swell. This video will give an idea of how to implement this technique. Enjoy!

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