Big Guitar

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First of all, there’s nothing wrong with thin guitars in a mix. In fact, there are thousands of hits that have thin, weak guitars. Now, do not think that that was unintentional. Not at all, everything is well planned usually, … Continue reading

Lone Wolf

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Ever seen a one-man-band? Well, check out Lone Wolf! We had the honor to have him at Critical Recording Studio to record his first album back in 2010 and he came back for his third 13-song album “Mine Us 13″. The … Continue reading

More Fattening

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On a previous article I described what fattening was and I also explained some of its applications. However, after reading it a few more time I felt that I could expand on the topic and go deeper. Just to review … Continue reading

True (Extended Play) Column Review

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True is the first extended play (EP) by American recording artist Solange Knowles. It was released on November 27, 2012 digitally through Terrible Records. It is Knowles’ first release under the label after leaving her contract with Interscope in 2009. The entire EP is produced by longtime collaborator, Dev … Continue reading

Branding: Network Marketing

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Having a good online presence is the main component to have a successful business or career nowadays. Artists, corporations and small businesses invest thousands of dollars to create a following in their social networks. Many of them use it to … Continue reading

Channel Orange(LP) Column Review

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  R&B newcomer and 2013 Grammy award winning artist Frank Ocean’s debut LP ‘channel ORANGE’ (2012)  is one of the best cohesive and original male R&B albums since Usher’s ‘Confessions’ (2004). Ocean delivers a stellar seventeen-track full-length album that alternates through channels … Continue reading

Fattening

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Sometimes depending on the style of music you are recording, there’s a need for achieving a really big sound in the mix for some instruments; if not all of them. The process of making an instrument sound bigger is called … Continue reading

Komplete 9 Ultimate

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The Komplete 9 bundle could be the only thing you need for your music production. It includes a total of 65 plugins and the size of the sample library is a whopping 370 Gb! It has all of the essentials … Continue reading

Trusted Tunes

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Do You Know What Your Kids Are Listening To? In today’s super Connected Intelligence environment where everyone can access information at blinding speeds, responsible parents need a device that will help protect their children from some of the negatives that … Continue reading

Lyrical Impressionism

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Many say it’s a no brainer, just splash words in a paper, put some music and “the hell with it…”. From Lennon to Sheryll Crow or Coldplay, and a bunch of others in between, Lyrical Impressionism has touched not only … Continue reading

Lynda.com

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Have you ever wanted to learn more about a certain subject? Or learn how to use the latest software? Or even learn photography or Logic Pro without having to take expensive college courses and having to be in class on … Continue reading

Seasons of Wither

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Let the old die so the new can live. That’s what’s going on right now in the music industry. The old guard is dying and new ideas are taking over. There are no rules, just guidelines. You can also make … Continue reading

The “Good Rule”

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    Want to have a good sound? Let me give you an equation for that. Good musician+good instrument+good performance+good acoustics+good mic+good placement=good sound Good musician: Practice, practice, and practice. Do not just repeat an exercise, and a lick, a … Continue reading

Equalization Part 1 (Application)

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Equalizer’s in today’s use is not used to make one sound equal to the other, but manipulate the frequency content for various mix elements.  The frequency virtue of each individual instrument and how it appears in the overall frequency spectrum … Continue reading

Componer es fluir, pero…

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    Componer un tema es más que inspiración. Con la inspiración logramos reunir la idea y los componentes básicos en cuanto a melodía, progresión armónica de los acordes, frases y el tema principal de la composición. Pero para lograr completar … Continue reading

Dynamic Processing

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There are many dynamic processes that are used to manipulate audio. Some of these processes include compression, expansion, limiting, gating, and de- essing. Compression is used to decrease the dynamic range of a signal. It can be used to control … Continue reading

Numark NS7 II

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  Numark has decided they will not stay behind in the Dj controller market. They have recently released information about their newest controller; an upgrade to the previous NS7 is the NS7 II. They have kept the previous layout from … Continue reading

Ableton Live

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Ableton Live is one of the top used DAW’s (digital audio workstation) in the hip-hop and EDM industry. The capability of setting up your automation in a matter of 1click towards any parameter you choose. It’s far by one of … Continue reading

Using Delay

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When mixing in Pro Tools, delay can be used in a variety of different ways. I will briefly go over some of the different types of delay that can be accomplished.  When actually going to use the delay, these numbers … Continue reading

Entourage

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Muchos artistas y gente que empieza en la industria de la música confunde un poco los roles de las diferentes personas encargadas de llevara cabo ciertas funciones en la carrera de dicho artista. Hay que tener claro quién es quién, … Continue reading

Song Chemistry

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Song Chemistry Discover the tips that make the HITS! This is a website that provides in-depth information about your favorite music: genre, lyrics, vocalists, arrangements, etc. They provide a broad analysis of all types of music from elemental to complex … Continue reading

Audio Automation in Pro Tools.

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Automation is an important tool for creating polished mixes.  It is often used to fix problems, introduce and enhance effects, and to vary the mix levels throughout different sections of a song. Automation is a very vital function that needs … Continue reading

Logic Pro Es Mi Elección

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Realmente, de todos los programas de grabación y producción que he usado durante los últimos cinco años aproximadamente, ninguno me ha desilusionado. Todos han sido efectivos, versátiles, y poderosos. Entre los programas que he tenido acceso se encuentran, Sonar (edición para … Continue reading

Babel

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I just got home after 16 hours of working non-stop. I’m tired, totally worn out. Yet I’m alert and anxious. I don’t want to go to sleep yet. Why? What is it? Simple, it’s Babel, Mumford & Sons latest album. … Continue reading

Tu nombre

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Puede que la tecnología hoy en día esté a favor de los músicos independientes y de esta nuevo onda de artistas, productores y músicos que hacen una carrera sin el apoyo de una gran disquera y que con tiempo, trabajo … Continue reading

TRAKTOR DJ

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Native Instruments, a leader in music production and DJ software/hardware has released their newest product called “Traktor DJ” for the iPad. The ability to mix using a touch screen is something very new and innovative which Native Instruments in taking … Continue reading

“Hay Que Variar”

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En cuanto a técnicas de posicionamiento de micrófonos se trata, hay muchas. Pero no todas son siempre las más adecuadas. Todo depende no solo del género musical que se está trabajando sino tambien del acondicionamiento acústico del cuarto donde se … Continue reading

The Social Factor

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Abstract A research led by Professor Matthew Salganik, a sociologist of Columbia University, reveals the effects of social influence in a market and how decision is made based on someone else’s taste and choice. The authors of the study created … Continue reading

Mastering From Stems

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  Last week I was reading up on some mastering techniques and ran into a mastering technique called stems. Which is a special kind of submix, and the best way to produce stems is to make multiple passes of the … Continue reading

Music Video Games

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Do you have the games “Rock Band” or “Guitar Hero”? Here is a neat activity you can play if you have a synth/keyboard, a bass/keyboard amp, and a mic for either of the games: 1) Connect and place the synth/keyboard … Continue reading

New Jet City Mixtape Review

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Currency’s highly anticipated mixtape, “New Jet City”; features a diverse collective of artists.  Freshmens of the game like, Trinidad James; to the greats of Juvenile, Styles P, and Jadakiss. ‘New Jet City’ is riding from beginning to end! I’m talking … Continue reading

Pro Tools 10

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Cada vez que obtenemos una nueva versión de un software viene con sus buenas y malas. Pro Tools 10 nos trajo más de 50 formas nuevas de ejecutar nuestro trabajo y del mismo modo, facilitarlo. No hay nada de malo con … Continue reading