Composing in 7/8

Composing in 7/8

INTRODUCTION   The majority of popular music is in 4/4 time and does not modulate time signature. This means that most of the rhythmic ideas repeat or “turn around” (cadence) in some multiple/factor of 4 – so, a grid system made of up segments that are 4...
Making Hip Step

Making Hip Step

INTRODUCTION   Here we are, walking through another hip-hop production process. This time, we are diving into a more synthetic, darker type of hip hop, hip step. This is an increasingly popular style that features many cliche techniques such as fast hi-hats and...
Ambient House FX

Ambient House FX

  House is an increasingly popular style of electronic music, especially Minimalist House. It is usually built upon a “4 on the floor” kick pattern and features a lot of effect-heavy ambient sounds. I like to call these “Ambient FX”. You have probably heard many...
Earthly Pads

Earthly Pads

INTRODUCTION   Today I’ve made a pad synth in FM8 that might remind you of something from an ambient Squarepusher track like Tundra or Tommib. It consists of 3 carriers, enveloping, frequency modulation, low-pass filtering, and reverb. The patch is easy to...