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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 18, 2013

Daft Presets? Reason 7 Effect is Instagram for Music

In the world of hip-hop rappers there exists such a thing called a ghostwriter.  Like the name suggests, these people write out the lyrics and rhymes for a rapper, while never revealing where the words actually came from.  These ghostwriters get paid for their work and paid under the pretenses that they do not even exist.  The rappers use the lyrics and take all of the credit.  While this sounds ludicrous, it is actually common.  The same phenomenon also happens with music makers, except they don’t hire writers to make their music; they simply listen to what others have done before them.

The disposability of rap music sort of lends itself to be created and destroyed in the blink of an eye.  Rap beats aren’t produced because they are unique and original; they are produced so they can sound like another song that is getting a lot of air time.  …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 11, 2013

Sonic Faction Intros Whoosh Machine v2.0

I think that one of the qualities that make a good music producer is the ability to gather the right types of instruments together.  When this is done properly no instrument feels out of place and they all seem to complement each other in the process.  The song should create an overall feeling of emotion that contrasts with the instruments being used.  This is also one of the most difficult aspects of music making the work on, since you don’t really know what the product will feel like until it is finished.  Bits like the melody and chorus can be created tonally, but their ultimate effect cannot be known until pieced together.

Ambient music artists have a good idea of the right types of instruments to use.  Some of these instruments aren’t even playable by a musician, rather, they are sound effects created from non-existent machines.  While these sounds …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 7, 2013

STEINBERG CUBASE 7

There is all this talk of Ableton this, Ableton that, which seems to get more attention due its fringe relationship with DJ producers or producer DJs.  Ableton has its own nest of users who have found that the production environment doesn’t need to be as rigid as other applications.  In fact, Ableton users that have come from a ProTools background may have found that the choice of working in either mode helps them think creativity rather than decisively.  But there are also issues inherent with Ableton that have frustrated many.  Simple automation and tasks are difficult to learn how to do without putting in some YouTube research.

Ableton can sometimes make a program like FL Studio look like a piece of cake to use, and in many ways that is also correct.  Ableton has to find a balance between being plug and play, and being a deep rooted program with …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 5, 2013

Singing Tips – How to Sing Better Right Now

DJs and producers get a lot of credit for what they are able to achieve with their hands and their minds.  They have to take an idea that only exists in an intangible form, and then somehow transcribe that so it can be heard by other.  It sounds easy in theory but it is much more difficult to do in practice.  Few producers are ever happy with the final result on their first try.  We forgot about a second group of producers, the ones who actually play an instrument along with their production tools.  These could be guitarists, drummer, and even vocalists.  The real magic happens when a vocalist is able to back his or her tracks with a properly produced track.

Since singers don’t get very much credit these days, there are a few good tips to get you started if you want to make that career path change.  …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 12, 2013

What is Music Publishing?

One serious flaw I find with DJing in general is that there is no way of transcribing what it is that you’ve done behind the decks in a mix.  There are only a few ways to replicate something that has been done before, and in this case, it involves recording a mix and train spotting each aspect of it.  The issue I have is that it cannot be transcribed with paper in pen in a way that can be replicated without some sort of digital medium.  This explains why there are hardly any instructions for a mix, but rather, a track list and a list of ways to transition between each song.

Publishing is quite a ways different from DJing, but it pertains more to music production and producing than it does to mixing in general.  Publishing is all about making sure that any hard work or credit is getting …