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All posts by Joseph Prestine

3 Important Tips for the Novice Producer

Three Important Tips for the Novice Producer   Never has the world of music production been more readily accessible. As music production software and technology continues to evolve and transform across multiple media platforms, this is the perfect time for anyone interested in production to jump right in. With so many powerful and affordable Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), plug-ins and third party content available just a few clicks away, its never been easier to get started making beats. But just as easy as it is to dive right in, it’s even easier to feel very overwhelmed very quickly. For those of you just starting to navigate the world of production, here are three important tips to keep in mind to help you steadily progress as you begin to develop your sound. Tip One – Get to know your DAW When first starting out, it’s incredibly easy to fall into the …

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HOLY SCALE! Chord Progressions Made Easy (Free Download)

HOLY SCALE! Chord Progressions Made Easy (Free Download) No matter what genre of music you produce, knowledge of music theory is a must. It’s unavoidable. From uptempo EDM to a chill Hip-Hop groove, the way the music flows and comes together is all tied in some way to theory. Music theory has always been considered a type of pre-requisite before attempting to venture into production and composition, and for good reason. It’s crucial to understand the relationship between all the many moving parts that makes up a well-rounded piece of music. But as music production has steadily evolved and grown more reliant on digital technology, so too has the framework for understanding theory. Now, countless producers are capable of creating incredibly engaging hits with a very basic understanding of music theory. Seemingly gone are the days of sheet music and intensive training. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Music theory …

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Removing Breath Sounds Using Ableton Live Effects

Removing Breath Sounds Using Live Effects The amount of hardware equipment, software programs and plug-ins designed for the current-day music producer is mind-boggling. There are tools and technology that can help you better forge through every aspect of production. With the seemingly endless array of tools available designed to enhance workflow and improve audio quality, it is important to know when it’s time to make that investment, and when it’s time to troubleshoot and problem solve on the fly. Maybe you’ve got your track well underway, but it feels like it’s slightly off. Or maybe you’ve just laid down your vocal track but wish it were a bit more crisp and clean. The take is great, but some breathing can be heard and some of the frequencies just seem to clash when you try to mix. Either way, there are ways around these issues that you can tackle right in …

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Led Zeppelin Copyright Infringement Trial

Led Zeppelin Copyright Infringement Trial For those of you who may or may not know, Led Zeppelin, one of the most influential and trend-setting rock bands in the history of music is currently on trial for copyright infringement. More specifically, they are being accused of lifting the opening of “Stairway to Heaven,” arguably their most iconic track of all-time from “Taurus” by Spirit, a late 60’s psychedelic rock group based out of Los Angeles. For all the die-hard rock fans that have been waiting for a Led Zeppelin reunion, I’m certain that this was not what they were hoping for or envisioned, myself included. Because the trial, “Michael Skidmore vs. Led Zeppelin et al.” is still currently ongoing, I feel I must reserve judgement. And considering my love for Led Zeppelin’s music and the sheer talent of the guitar prodigy known as Jimmy Page, it is personally hard for me …

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Euclidian Rhythms – Polyrhythms in Ableton Live (Free Download)

Euclidian Rhythms – Polyrhythms in Ableton Live Have you ever found yourself endlessly tapping away on the Drum Rack loaded in your MIDI controller, staring at your DAW for hours in an attempt to spark the inspiration for a new sound? Most of us have been there before, wishing for a quick solution to keep us in the flow of composition. Today I’m going to give you exactly that- a quick and easy way to create new, interesting and complex beats using what’s known as the Euclidean Algorithm. Euclid was a Greek mathematician and one of the most instrumental figures in creating the branch of mathematics known as geometry. He formulated a way to calculate the greatest common denominator (divisor) of two numbers. This means of calculating even distributions, now known as the Euclidean Algorithm, doesn’t just apply to mathematics. It’s a universal law that has been able to transcend …

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Progremming Beats
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Sequence drums in any style using Ableton Live's Drum Racks. Learn tricks and techniques to take your beats to the next level.
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Master the warp engine for syncronizing audio and sound design
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Styling
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Remixing
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Max for Live
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Finger Drumming
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Live Looping
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