Tips to get more out of your time making music. Anything production related.

Gain Staging in Ableton Live Done Right

By | September 7th, 2016|Music Production Tips|

Have you ever noticed that a sound is different when you run it through effects at a high or low level? That’s one of the reasons why gain staging is so crucial. However, 80% of the time I’m mixing someone else’s work,

63 In-Depth Synthesis Tutorials by Sound on Sound

By | August 31st, 2016|Music Production Tips|

Synthesisers are as popular as ever and possibly getting more so every year. If you're new to synthesis and things still seem a bit daunting, don't worry. The music magazine Sound on Sound has an amazing long running tutorial series on

Your Track Imagined as a Story or Character

By | June 15th, 2016|Music Production Tips|

This music production tip is going to be a bit different from what you'd expect. This is less about how to make something sound good, but more about looking at a piece of music from a different perspective. And using this newfound perspective constructively to take your productions further.

Limit Yourself

By | November 12th, 2015|Music Production Tips|

While it may sound contradictory, limiting yourself when producing music can give you the creative freedom you need. How? Here are three tips to illustrate how restricting your choices can be very productive.

6 Tricks to Help You Get Out of a Creative Rut

By | September 9th, 2015|Music Production Tips|

We all have experienced this before. We finally have time to sit down to make music and nothing comes. The creative spark is simply not there. This article tells you different approaches to overcome this creative drought.

Volume & Panning as a Representation of a Sound in Physical Space

By | July 2nd, 2015|Music Production Tips|

One typical rookie mistake of aspiring music producers is that they try to make everything sound equally loud and on top of it forget to use the panning to their advantage. This will ultimately mean that their productions will sound flat and uninspiring, even if the musical ideas themselves are good.

Your Discarded Ideas Are a Treasure Trove

By | June 10th, 2015|Music Production Tips|

One of the things that is vitally important in music production is the ability to edit. To discard anything that doesn't improve the song or track, regardless of how long you've spent on the part. The sounds or ideas might be great in themselves, but they just won't fit. If you find it hard to let go of them, here are some tips that might make it a whole lot easier for you next time.

Edit, Edit, Edit or The Importance Of Determining What’s Really Necessary

By | May 22nd, 2015|Music Production Tips|

Most of the time, when we're talking about editing in music production, what we mean is to arrange audio or MIDI clips to make them sound a certain way. However, this is not the only meaning that editing has.

Using Extremes for Better Mixing

By | April 22nd, 2015|Music Production Tips|

Sometimes, especially when we've been working on a song or track for a long time, it can be hard to tell if a sound is too loud or too quiet in the mix. Or if an effect is too intense or too low in the settings. We've become deaf to the details.

Convolution Reverb: How Does It Work and What Is It Good For?

By | March 18th, 2015|Music Production Tips|

With the Live 9 Suite you get Max for Live and with it, the Convolution Reverb. I think it's a great addition, although personally I would love to see the Reverb improved to achieve better results when used on vocals etc. Every effect has its purpose, but it's important to know how it works and what it's good for.

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