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Thoughts in the studio… » 2005 » August

August 2005



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Nate Harrison has done a documentary on the amen break that it is pretty much required viewing for any aspiring d&b producer:

Can I get and amen?

Homework assignment #1:

Write a track using nothing but amen & an 808 kick drum sample

amen

808 kick drum

No cheating!!! The only source sounds you can use are those 2 samples, but you can use whatever effects you want to…


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When it comes to music production now a days, the amount of options is unbelievable. There’s so many softsynths & pluggins n’ crap that all these options actually start to get in the way of things. Every producer or musician has that one friend who has tons n’ tons of “stuff”. They’re studio is filled wall to wall with gear but they’re still looking for that one magic box that will make their sound better.

There is no magic box.

The trick is to pick just a few boxes or a few pluggins and learn them inside out.

Pick 1 synth, 1 sampler, 1 multi-fx, 1 eq, 1 compressor & learn how to do backflips with them.

Don’t worry too much about having the “right” tools when your starting out. The first 20 tracks you write are gonna suck pretty bad weither you write them on a cracked copy of fruity loops or $50,000 pro-tools HD system.

Constraints are good, they challenge you to be creative.


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I have nothing to say on the subject. Why? A producer named Hipnotic has already written a 6 part tutorial that explains all the principles of EQ about 100% more eloquently then I ever could

Hipnotic’s EQ tutorial

Read it and weep. Oh, n’ check out the rest of the site. There’s some really good articles on there.


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So I got the idea for starting this blog from reading the book, “Zen & the art of Jeet Kune Do” by Bruce Lee. This blog isn’t meant to be a straight forward, “Music production for dummies” although I will be posting some tutorials. The idea is to document some of my thoughts on music and making music. Not just to try to educate, but crystalize some theories of mine by writing them down.

This is my “philosophy of music” if you will…

So don’t take everything I write here as gospel. What works for me may not work for you.