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Captain Chords 2.0 – Composition Simplified

Captain Chords 2.0 – Composition Simplified Mixed In Key recently launched the most recent update to their Captain Chords plugin, Captain Chords 2.0. We’ve had our eyes on the whole Captain suite of plugins for a while now and with the update thought it’d be a perfect time to finally try it out and give it a proper review. Captain Chords 2.0 is just one of many in the Captain suite of plugins, so we’ll touch on the other plugins that come with the bundle later on in the review!     Captain Chords 2.0 has a clean interface that can be navigated easily and quickly, the very first screen you’ll see when opening the plugin is where you decide which key you’ll be composing your chords in (you have an option to not see this screen at the bottom). There are a number of different scales to choose from ranging from …

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How Side Gigs Can Work for Artists

How Side Gigs Can Work for Artists Being an artist is often stereotyped as a struggle between earning a living and staying true to your dreams. It’s easy to become discouraged and find yourself on paths that diverge from your artistry. However, side gigs can offer a perfect balance between profit and artistry. Working from Home Home can be a sanctuary from the outside world. For an artist, it can be the ideal environment to spark creativity and imagination, plus it can boost productivity. Of course, home can also be full of distractions, whether that’s interruptions or television. Given that, it’s a good idea to set up a home office. Choose a location away from noisy areas and distractions that has enough space for a desk and equipment like a printer and computer. Depending on your particular focus, you will also need a dedicated table. Be sure to minimize clutter …

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How To Be Prepared When Performing

How To Be Prepared When Performing Playing a live show can be a really stressful situation depending on the type of person you are. The sound is deafening, there’s a crowd screaming expecting a certain level of entertainment from you, plus there are bright lights everywhere and unless you have the zen qualities of monk levitating on Mount Kailash, you might have a hiccup in your performance here and there. With that being said, the skill of performing can be honed the same way producing can be. Here are 5 things to keep in mind to help your next performance go as smoothly as possible. 1: Know Your Crowd/Venue and Figure Them Out. Don’t even start preparing your set until you’ve got this figured out. It seems simple but sometimes you need to really think about it. When you first start DJing or playing shows with your band, you need …

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Wheel Method – A Different Way to Visualize Rhythm from John Varney

Wheel Method – A Different Way to Visualize Rhythm from John Varney How many of you have ever practiced your rhythm before? Drummers may be nodding but if you aren’t a drummer then you most likely haven’t practiced rhythm or looked at a rhythm sheet with the notation on bar lines. Typical rhythm notation doesn’t stray far from the classical method of notes on staff lines, there are pros and cons to this method. Pros include generalization from sight reading musical notation and familiarity but the format doesn’t often account for polyrhythms in a meaningful or clear way. This can be frustrating. The ‘Wheel Method’ described by John Varney in a recent TEDEd video attempts to mediate that issue with a layered visual approach to rhythm notation. The Wheel Method involves using concentric circles to represent multiple instruments and their respective timing. Like a clock, imagine a hand or needle spinning …

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All About Ableton’s Wavetable – Global Section & Unison (Part 7)

All About Ableton’s Wavetable – Global Section & Unison (Part 7) We continue our series of All About Ableton’s new Wavetable synthesizer. Today we cover the global section and unison controls! As always we included all the previous videos so scroll down for the latest video. Part 1 – Oscillators Part 2 – Filters Part 3 – Envelopes Part 4 – The Matrix Part 5 – LFOs Part 6 – MIDI Expression Part 7 – Global & Unison

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All About Ableton’s Wavetable – MIDI Expression (Part 6)

All About Ableton’s Wavetable – MIDI Expression (Part 6) We continue our series of All About Ableton’s new Wavetable synthesizer. Today we’re covering the MIDI Expression! As always we included all the previous videos so scroll down for the latest video. Come back thursday for part 7! Part 1 – Oscillators Part 2 – Filters Part 3 – Envelopes Part 4 – The Matrix Part 5 – LFOs Part 6 – MIDI Expression

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All About Ableton’s Wavetable – LFOs (Part 5)

All About Ableton’s Wavetable – LFOs (Part 5) We continue our series of All About Ableton’s new Wavetable synthesizer. Today we’re covering the LFOs! As always we included all the previous videos so scroll down for the latest video. Come back next week for part 6! Part 1 – Oscillators Part 2 – Filters Part 3 – Envelopes Part 4 – The Matrix Part 5 – LFOs

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All About Ableton’s Wavetable – The Matrix (Part 4)

All About Ableton’s Wavetable – The Matrix (Part 4) We continue our series of All About Ableton’s new Wavetable synthesizer. Today we’re covering the the Matrix! Come back Thursday for part 5! Part 1 – Oscillators Part 2 – Filters Part 3 – Envelopes Part 4 – The Matrix

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