Tips to Learn Chord Progressions

After learning the parts of the guitar, the name of each string, and your first few notes and melodies, the next thing beginners usually learn is their first couple of chords. That is, at least how I first learned to play guitar. If this sounds like you, we are here...
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How to Make Future Bass Chords From Scratch

WHAT IS FUTURE BASS?   Future bass is a music genre that focuses on hard bass lines with detuned synthesizers. The sound waves are often modulated using automation or low-frequency oscillation which controls the cutoff of an audio filter (typically a low pass or...
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How to Make a Chillstep Groove

Today I am going to walk through how I made this Chill Dubstep groove using SoundBridge and a plethora of great 3rd party plugins. I hope this background info and these general tips will allow you to get a good start on a new style. You certainly don't need to use the...
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Add Stunning Sense of Space with Waves Abbey Road Plates

Most professional music producers consider reverb to be an inevitable effect in modern music. Reverb enriches the audio signal by adding a sense of space, depth, and texture to it. Basically, it makes everything sound better. Modern times gave us a sea of choices when...
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Quick Arranging Tips: Song Structure

INTRODUCTION   So you have a verse or a chorus and some introduction to it. Now you need another section. There’s not much time so you can’t start from scratch, but you don’t want it to sound repetitive. Luckily, making variations and arranging musical phrases in...
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Quick Arranging Tips: Intro

TRANSFORM YOUR LOOP INTO AN INTRO SECTION   So you have a nice 16 or 32 bar loop. Moreover, you’ve got a nice mix of instruments blended together. You’ve even got some automation written in and a little processing done. In essence, what sits in front of you is an...
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Make Complex Delay Effects With Replika XT (Part 2)

In the last week's tutorial, I was talking about Replika XT by Native Instruments. Since this is a rather complex piece of audio software I felt like it deserves a sequel because it offers so many possibilities regarding sound manipulation. Five deeply modeled delay...
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Top Production Mistakes: Part 2

In Part 1... I talked about three specific areas of electronic production that are often lacking in demos submitted to myself and EDM labels. It is impossible to fit a comprehensive list of every issue producers encounter into one or even several articles. I will,...
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Top Production Mistakes: Part 1

Stop repeating the same mistakes   In my experience running Berklee’s Electronica Club (soon to be called the Electronic Production Club), I’ve noticed a number of recurring mistakes producers make. In the past, I would often redirect them to the internet for...
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Make Complex Delay Effects With Replika XT (Part 1)

Delay effects were always an inevitable part of music production in general. From the first delay effect that was based on the analog circuitry, all the way up to powerful modern digital delay units which are offering much more options than just the classic delay...
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