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April 16, 2013

Everything You Want To Know About Pro Tools 11

The concept of producing music solely based on a digital computer is actually much older than we like to think.  We give too much credit to modern day DAW’s like Abeton and Logic, but fail to understand that even in the infancy of digitally produced music, it was used in many applications including television and movies.  Don’t forget that early 8-bit video games had to create scores and soundtracks using only a primitive type synthesizer that would be interpreted by a primitive gaming system.  Before Ableton was what it is today, there were others before it – like Fruity Loops and Pro Tools.

The former was more playful and attempted to simulate the use of a hardware machine.  Even today, many producers will use FL Studio to create quick drum beats on the fly, instead of using a hardware sequencer or another more powerful music application.  Pro Tools, however, is …

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Taylor

Taylor
October 19, 2012

In the Studio with Miles Walker

If you have followed the titans of Hip Hop and R&B for the past decade then you have probably heard the name Miles Walker. Miles has recently worked on Grammy award winning and nominated records from Beyonce to Katy Perry, but his past is littered with mega hit makers including Usher, Ginuwine, Young Jeezy, Omarion, and the list goes on. With a degree from Berklee College of Music, Miles considers music to be his ultimate passion. If he is not is actively mixing, engineering, or producing, he is speaking at events and panels where his expertise is highly regarded in the Hip Hop, R&B, and studio production community. Miles has recently been working on mixes for the production/songwriting team Stargate who are responsible for such monster tracks as Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.” With a few Grammies under his belt, Miles has also …

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Taylor

Taylor
August 10, 2012

Summerfest Sessions: Alberta Cross

Hailing from over the pond but calling Brooklyn, NY home, Alberta Cross is the brainchild of Swedish born singer/songwriter Petter Ericson Stakee and London native Terry Wolfers. With a sound all their own, they have worked tirelessly to craft their sophomore LP Songs of Patience which was released on July the 17th here in the US, on the always excellent ATO Records.…

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Taylor

Taylor
June 18, 2012

Music Programming Methods – Part 1

It is probably a funny word choice that keeps the recording field intimidating to the casual observer, or the hopeful novice; but the act of building songs in the world of sequencers and synthesizers has long been stored under the catch all term of “programming.” The word probably becomes more accurate or inaccurate depending on how one chooses to equip one’s studio. The controllerists can easily imagine themselves as device wrangling borgs from outer space as they tie feature after feature to conveniently placed knobs and indulge in wild bursts of inspired creativity after a hard day of device building. On the other hand, the guy sitting with an acoustic guitar and a microphone probably looks at what they do as simply recording.

Programming has always been what I called it, but I also started at a time when a hardware sequencer was tied to hardware synths, drum machines and …

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Taylor

Taylor
May 11, 2012

Ableton Vs Maschine – Which One is Best?

We stumbled upon a bit of a debate while looking into how to deal with some upcoming tutorials. Apparently, a very hot topic of debate out there is being approached as “should I get Ableton or Maschine?”  In other cases it manifests as just, “Ableton vs. Maschine.” I think this is an interesting approach to the topic. I’m not going to say this is the wrong way to approach these kind of decisions. I do, however, want to suggest that this mentality suffers from some critical issues that often make the discussion derail itself early on in a forum context.

Forums

Forums are a blessing and a curse. Some forums are extraordinarily helpful and even have policies in place about not having “flame wars” and generally being polite to one another. Other forums are less worried about this and the admins don’t intervene until the last possible second, if …