Music Production / Composition / Audio Engineering

Analog Recording Workflow With Outboard Gear
Music Production

Recording with outboard gear

You might think it would be a waste of time and money to invest in outboard gear while we have access to an unlimited amount of powerful software plugins. The differences between plugins and hardware are getting smaller. But there are more practical uses of outboard gear that I want to talk about in this article. […]

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Using presets and samples
Music Production

Create your own presets and samples

After producing music for a couple of years, you’ll start to develop your own sound. You probably have dozens of tracks laying around filled with custom presets and samples you spent hours creating. It would be a shame to do nothing with these samples, right? […]

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What is mixing music
Mixing

What is mixing music?

Today I want to talk about mixing music. What is the difference between mixing and music production and what exactly is a mix engineer capable of? In this article, I hope to clarify some of the common misconceptions about what mixing music actually is. […]

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Limit yourself
Music Production

Getting rid of writers block

You start a new project and come up with some sick ideas. You seem unstoppable. But after a while, you start to doubt yourself. Perhaps this idea isn’t all that great after all. You suddenly have the tendency to hand the project over to the waste man across the street. Why don’t I just start from scratch again? […]

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Alternative Songwriting
Songwriting

Methods for Alternative Songwriting

Sometimes you want to create something new and different then what you usually make. How do you make something different without getting bogged down by old habits? If you sit down with your instrument, chances are that your muscle memory will take over. […]

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What is a producer-engineer?
Music Production

The producer-engineer

In the golden age of the music industry, different disciplines often worked together on a music recording. When labels saw their income shrink and more artists started to work independently, there was a need for a new kind of producer. One that also needed to be an expert on the technical side of recording music. […]

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Exporting Audio Files
Music Production

9 tips for sharing DAW projects

If you are going to collaborate with a producer for your next album, there’s little chance he or she will be using the same DAW. What if you are satisfied with the sounds you made but the producer doesn’t have access to the same software? […]

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Mix quickly
Mixing

The Importance Of Deadlines

When you start mixing for the first time the process may seem daunting. You have all these powerful plugins and effects at your disposal and you want to make use of every single one of them. You might focus on all the little details and soon you will be working on a mix for days or even months. […]

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Songwriting Focus
Songwriting

How to stay focused when songwriting?

This is something you might not realize at first, but having a place where you can work at ease without any distractions is absolutely necessary to enhance your music making practice. Making music is a very creative process and requires a lot of focus that should be maintained. […]

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Magic plugin that solves all your problems
Mixing

In search for that magic plugin

We all know those popular audio guru forums where people love to talk about their favorite piece of gear. There is, however, one subject that keeps returning time after time and it is often asked by people just starting out. […]

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Reference tracks
Music Production

Using reference tracks

If you are looking for a certain sound, it is easy to refer to a well-known artist or band. If you tell a guitarist to Hendrix’ up his solo or if you tell the drummer to play more like Bonham, they immediately know what to do. Use reference tracks to get your point across. […]

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How to make a guide track
Music Production

How to make a guide track?

When you are preparing for the studio and you want to record one instrument at a time, it is necessary to have a solid guide track. Without it, the drummer, or whatever musician plays first, has a tough time maneuvering through the arrangement. […]

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Pre-Production
Music Production

How important is pre-production?

Finally, you are ready, after weeks of tiresome repetitions, it is time to visit the studio. Studio time isn’t cheap and therefore a good preparation goes a long way. In this article, I will give a brief overview of all important aspects about pre-production. […]

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Show Lighting
Lighting

Creative Technicians

Everybody knows that musicians are creative people. When you think of a technician you picture someone that is carrying heavy electronics and is fighting through dense forests of cables. Someone that knows the laws of physics and who learned to handle a soldering iron at the age of 4. But if you ever take a closer look you can actually compare them really well with musicians. Technicians are just as creative! […]

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Wisseloord Studios Erik
Interview

Interview Erik van der Horst

Recently music producer Erik van der Horst gave us a speech about his musical journey. His story indicates that you can end up in a very different place than you initially deemed possible. […]

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Djuri Boot
Interview

Interview Djuri Boot

At the Utrecht school of arts, I occasionally get lessons from guest lecturers. This is really useful to learn more about the field of work. In this article, I talk about how Djuri Boot landed his first job as a media composer and I will tell something about his daily activities. […]

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Joneski Live Room
Music Production

Job Profile: Musicproducer

We have all heard of the term ‘music producer’, a name you can find on the inside of your cd case. But what exactly is a music producer? Before we can answer that question, we must first determine what kind of music producer we’re talking about. […]

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