Archive for the ‘Music Creation’ Category

Synth 1 Free VSTi Is Damn Good

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

synth1I downloaded a free VSTi last night and I’ve just about fell in love with it. I found a post on The Music Producers Blog and listened to the demo and had to download it.

It’s so easy to use and I can get something extremely good going in half the time it takes me with other analog type VSTi’s.

It’s actually better than most of the ones I’ve had to buy. It’s that good.

It’s called Synth 1, and it’s a free VSTi. On this site, you can also download banks to expand it. Those are free too.

Here’s a couple of youtube videos that can give you a demo.

Presonus Studio One

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

presonus-studio-onePresonus is about to release a music creation-editing-production software called Studio One. It isn’t available yet but you can download a free demo from their website.

It has some stipulations to it though. It only works for 30 days, you can’t save, and you can’t import mp3 files.

But theyย  say it’s good though. ๐Ÿ™‚

Is anyone else getting tired of companies joining the “We’ve got a music creation-editing-production software available”?ย  So how many is this now. Is anybody keeping count?

It has to be something revolutionary for people to change the software they’re comfortable with. My only question to the new software packages is “What are you doing different?” If your answer is “nothing”, you shouldn’t be wasting your time and money.

Propellerhead Record Download

August 24, 2009 Leave a comment

propellerhead-recordPropellerhead has something good going with their Record software. If you’re at all familiar with Reason, it won’t take you long to get the hang of it. Honestly I really liked the software. I really liked it. Until I went to bounce.

Seriously Propellerhead, did you really have to disable that? What’s the logic? Because I sure can’t see it. It’s a boneheaded move on your part.

Here’s what you should have done:

1. Limited the beta testers instead of limiting what you can save and what you can’t.

2. You should’ve given your die hard fans (the very people who signed up for an invite) with something more since they actually are helping you with your own bottom line.

These people are doing something completely useful for you for absolutely no money whatsoever. You should’ve at least given them a way to test the whole thing.

You have good software. No denying that. But you guys need to start thinking long term.

Songwriting Structure – This Is Extremely Important

August 20, 2009 Leave a comment

treble-clefI don’t want this post to end up with me ranting about people not paying attention to what they’re writing when they’re writing songs. I really don’t. But I’ve noticed the same things come up with band after band, songwriter after songwriter. And I’m sure you have too.

It runs rampant on the internet. It’s only because people don’t let these songwriters know what they’re doing so they keep doing it. That one thing is structure.

Song structure is very important. It can make or break a good song and it can do the same with a finished mix. You can’t make a song with a bad structure good.

We as a culture expect structure in a song. We expect there to be a verse, a chorus, another verse. And it wouldn’t surprise us in the least if we heard a bridge to break things up. We expect that. If you don’t have structure, you’re giving us less than what we expect.

We expect melody. We expect there to be the same number of syllables in the verse so the melody doesn’t go astray.

We expect the chorus to be something we can remember, something original, something only you can come up with. It isn’t all the songwriter’s fault, it’s our fault too, by not telling them.

Who knows the heights some of these songwriters would go if they knew about structure.They could very well be the next superstars or award winning writers if they had someone to show them.

They aren’t being encouraged enough, they’re not being criticed enough.

Not only is structure important for them to know, it’s important for us to know.

I guess what I’m saying is this is what I believe:

Good structure = Good mixes

Good mixes = More people that want to work with you

Categories: Music Creation

Native Instruments Kontakt Player

August 12, 2009 Leave a comment

kontakt playerNative Instruments released the new version of Kontakt Player this week. It includes over 600 MB of samples taken from their archives.

You can use it as a stand alone or a plugin. It is also fully compatible with all other Kontakt libraries.

They did leave one thing out of the free version, it doesn’t have the full editing ability as the full version. But it does come with a library if you haven’t tried Kontakt before.

Of course, by giving it away for free, they’re wanting you to get addicted to it so you’ll buy more libraries from them. This is still worth the download. You might find Kontakt to be just what you’re looking for.

And since it’s free, you won’t be out much if you don’t like it. I believe more companies should be doing the same thing.

I Got The Spectrasonics Stylus RMX Last Weekend

August 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Spectrasonics Stylus RMXI mentioned that I was going to get the Stylus RMX the other day in a previous blog post. I got it, and I played with it all weekend.

One of the cool things about it is you can have a professional drum mix in a matter of seconds. I like it because you don’t have to start from nothing.

I don’t know it well enough to write up a review on it yet, but I will say one thing. It is fast and easy to work with.

I really like the look and feel of it’s interface too. I’m having fun with it:)

After I’ve played with it a week, and then recorded something with it, I’ll tell you more about it. If you have it, I’m sure you can give us all some tips about how to use it more effectively. I just got it and need a few tips.

Categories: Editing, Music Creation, VSTi

What Was The Hardest Thing You Learned To Do?

August 9, 2009 Leave a comment

hd_boardSo, what was the hardest thing you eventually learned to do? Mine, was mixing. Mixing was so hard for me. Some people that I know, came in as a pure novice, and got the “perfect mix” the first time around. And it kept happening for them.

I was a completely different story. I basically mixed stereo-mono. Or at least that’s what I called it at the time. I didn’t pan much. And if I did, I just panned hard left or right.

Yeah, I would ride faders on everything. And a few weeks later, I’d decide the mix was crap and re-mix it, only to re-re-mix it a week later.

I didn’t have that thing that good engineers had.

All my mixes were muddy. Every one of them. If there were instruments that were fighting for frequency, I’d move the fader up on one of them and after a few weeks, move the fader up on the other one.

It was a complete mess.

When I EQ’d, I over EQ’d. Every time. All the time.

With the friends that did actually record with me, I made sure not to charge them anything because I basically sucked.

I couldn’t mix worth shit. So I gave them a ballpark figure of what a good mix might sound like until I could learn to actually mix.

Then I realized, that’s how you learn. You either learn by watching a good engineer do it. Or you learn the hard way. Which is the way I learned and the way most people learn it.

I believe it does take a good engineer to teach someone how to do it in the end. It’s extremely hard to learn how to do it all by yourself. My advice is to get a subscription to Recording Magazine and EQ Magazine. Then start going to the library or to a book store and get you something by an engineer who’s actually IN the field and read it. A few times.

Going on the internet to see how to do it via Youtube is an awesome start, You can learn a lot by typing in what you want to know about in youtube, but a beginner needs a good engineer to point them into the right direction.

One weekend, I’m going to build a page on this blog that has everybody I recommend and why. I hope you look to it as an honest page of what a producer recommends. BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY TRIED EVERYTHING ON THE PAGE!!! I know there are a lot of shyster’s that recommend things on the internet that have personally never tride anything they recommend. Who know’s why, maybe because the pakage “looks good”.

But looking good and actually SOUNDING good is the real question you have to answer to yourself. I know Pro Tools is good because I’ve used that for the last 10 years. I know FL Studio is good, because I’ve been using it to created music for the last 5 to 6 years. I know there are specific microphones that are good. Some, you’ve already heard of, like the SM 57 and 58 and the Audio Technica 4040 or the Audio Technica 4041. Yeah, I think they’re good because, I’VE USED ALL OF THEM. And I like them.

I’ve went on a tangent again. What were we talking about?

Spectrasonics Stylus: My Mind Is Formally Made Up

August 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Spectrasonics Stylus RMXI’ve been thinking seriously about geting the Stylus for around 2 months. It’s been a hard decision for me, because I can’t always buy new stuff. But now my mind is completely made up. The new editions to Stylus have made it completely stupid for me to consider ANYTHING else.

Their new feature lets you change time signiture “on the fly”. How many times have you created something in a different time signiture and found that most if not all you’re loops are in 4/4?

It won’t chop the loop to fit, it actually restructures it? What? I’ve never heard of it, but I love the idea. I took a clip from youtube to show you what it does. Prepare to be amazed if you haven’t seen it already ๐Ÿ™‚

FL Studio For Music Creation

August 4, 2009 Leave a comment

fl-studioLike Reason, it’s hard for me to pick my favorite thing about FL Studio. I guess if I had to do it, it would probably be their piano roll feature. Sometimes I’m at a place where I can’t bring along a midi controller. One obvious place for me would be when I have to work.

Another place is the doctor’s office. I hate waiting. I mean I really hate waiting. The only thing good about it is I can bring in a laptop and a set of headphones and write while I’m waiting.

FL Studio is really good about that because they have an extensive piano roll setup. There’s nothing I can do on my keyboard that I can’t do in the piano roll. Or at least, I haven’t found anything yet.

Reason has this feature too, but it’s not as well developed as FL Studio’s. Which is the reason why I don’t write in Reason.

They’ve came a long way in 10 years and I hope they don’t stop improving. The only thing I’d really like to see improved is their mixer. It’s great, yes. It’s fairly easy, yes. But I believe it could be a little more streamlined.

FL Studio’s mixer isn’t like other mixers, you have to assign it things where as with other editing systems, like Pro Tools or Cubase, you don’t have to worry with it as it automatically assigns files to a track on the board.

Having said all of that, as I’m writing this, FL Studio just locked up on me and I hadn’t saved my work for around 10 minutes. Maybe I’d like an autosave fuction in the next version.

Always save your work after you do anything important to you. As good as a program is, it’s only as good as the operating system that it runs on top of. The one I’m working on right now is Windows Vista, so always save your stuff every minute or so. ๐Ÿ™‚