Hooktheory Updates – Finding Cool Chord Progressions just got way Simpler

Hooktheory Updates – Finding Cool Chord Progressions just got way Simpler You may be familiar with Hooktheory already, but recent upgrades to their software have us checking out this cool software program in depth. Hooktheory is one of the best song analysis, creation, and education tools out there. It lets you choose from thousands of songs, then takes you behind the scenes to show you exactly how they “work” music theory wise. Then, you can open up Hookpad, a musical sketching pad that guides you to creating your own theory-savvy songs. So what’s new? Transposition Features Hooktheory now lets you transpose any song from its original key to any minor/major key or mode you want. This is a seriously cool feature that will get your songwriting gears spinning. In the examples on their website, you can see how songs like Hey Jude and Blank Space are thrown into an instantly eerie mood, …

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5 Music Producers Killing the Game | Who Happen to be Female

5 Music Producers Killing the Game* *Who happen to be female. Whose your favorite male vocalist female producer duo? How about just your favorite female producer? No one comes to mind? This may not be surprising, as the beat making scene has historically been a boys club. The pairing of female vocalists and male producers is as prevalent as hi-hat rolls in a Drake song. The most up to date stats read that only 5-10% of music producer are female. And in fact, no woman has ever won the Gammy’s Producer of the Year award in a non-classical section (grr). This is not a reflection of the quality of work that women are producing, but the inclination of women to lean into (or be pushed into) performance roles instead of the technical ones. It’s a chicken and egg situation: women stay out of production roles because it’s a man’s world, …

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Pairing Music with Visuals – 7 Ideas to Get You Started

Pairing Music with Visuals – 7 Ideas to Get You Started Okay, so you’ve finally finished the dopest new song. It’s out on soundcloud, bandcamp, itunes, or what have you now. But you just don’t have a visual. As producers, we wear a lot of hats: instrumentalist, engineer, promoter, songwriter, manager… etc. And now? Tack videographer to the list. The importance of a visual accompaniment to any song cannot be understated. With youtube accounting for nearly 1/5th of all internet traffic, the importance of that video upload is indisputable. How much more likely is someone to share your song if it has a dope music video to accompany it? Yeah. Video is a powerful tool. But, while the idea of putting a video together can be overwhelming, there’s one thing certain: anything is better than nothing. So if the idea of a storyboard, film crew, budget, blah blah blah, isn’t …

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New Platforms for Ableton Link – Getting in Sync

New Platforms for Ableton Link – Getting in Sync Here at Beat Lab we’ve always encouraged our students to use the computer as an instrument, to be played solo or with others—but sometimes playing with others is easier said than done. Good news: a new age is among us. Forget the MIDI cables and technological trickery, with Live’s Link feature all you need to sync up with friends is *drumroll please* WIFI! Link makes it possible to connect Ableton Live with dozens of iOS applications, and the list is ever expanding. Just this week apeSoft’s Stria, MoMinstruments’ fluXpad and Lumber’s Brazilian Drum Machine got added to the list. All three of these new additions are tight apps, but the one that really stands out (unless you’re making Brazilian trip-hop) is the MoM’s fluXpad. It’s a sample sequencer that has you drawing in the sounds (welcome to art class… it’s gettin’ funky). With …

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Turn your old Game Boy into an Analogue Synth

Turn your old Game Boy into an Analogue Synth This is more on the fun side of music production but who knows, maybe you’ll find that perfect analogue computer sound your production has been missing. Nanoloop Mono is a cartridge designed so the analog components of the PIC microcontroller are connected in such a way that they form a hybrid soundchip with three analogue filters and a true random noise generator. Oliver Wittchow from Nanoloop explains, “On the original Game Boy models, one pin of the cartridge connector functions as an audio input, connected to the built-in amplifier. This unique feature allows you to generate sound on the cart and play it through the headphone output on a completely analogue signal path.” Pretty damn cool. Check out this video of the Nanoloop Mono in action:   Nanoloop Mono features a step sequencer with per-step control for all parameters, and there …

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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Compressing Vocals

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Compressing Vocals   I recently came across a great article by Rob Mayzes at The Pro Audio Files about vocal compression, and the common mistakes people make. The article simplified concepts that can often feel overwhelming. Since vocal compression is something I’m sure most of us could at least use a refresher on, I’d like to go over the concepts brought to light by Mr. Mayzes and include some of my personal experience as well. The vocal sound you are trying to achieve will vary by genre, but a cornerstone of modern vocals is consistency in level and clarity. Most of us recognize a compressor as the solution to this problem, but attempting to achieve a modern, punchy sound with a single compressor can often lead to over-compression. This leads us to our first common mistake:   1. Relying on Compression Alone Naturally, the human voice …

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Freeware 2017: The Best Freeware Real Instruments

Freeware 2017: The Best Freeware Real Instruments Below is a list of the best free plug-ins for 2017 for creating real or acoustic instruments. Most of these are connected with a more comprehensive plug-in or instrument that will cost something, but all of these are a fantastic base for your sound library and depending on your needs, you might find the exact sound you need in here. All are high quality for what they offer.   UVI Workstation – Multitimbral Instrument Host UVI is known for making great sound libraries and this free instrument host is compatible with their large catalog of quality instruments and samples. Included is a sound library that lives up to the UVI standard, as well as quality demo instruments like electric piano, strings, drums, guitar and bass. Also included are built-in effects and the option to run in standalone mode. Download HERE   Kontakt Player Free – …

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Native Instruments Traktor 2.11.0 with Ableton Link Update

Native Instruments Traktor 2.11.0 with Ableton Link Update Last week, Native Instruments released TRAKTOR PRO 2.11.0 – a free update that brings new features, more third-party hardware support, and fixes. TRAKTOR’S last update added more stability, this update brings more new tools for creativity. The major update is Ableton Link integration, which truly does open up new doors for TRAKTOR users. Now syncing TRAKTOR with supported audio apps from an iOS app to a desktop DAW, like Ableton or other DJ-software, is as easy as the click of a button. Users will now be able to keep everything in time from a single computer or from multiple computers over WIFI or Ethernet cable. TRAKTOR has also introduced a new Step Sequencer for Remix Decks, allowing users access to 4 rows of one-shot samples to create rhythms in a live setting. The samples are customizable and users can add effects/swing/filters to allow more …

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