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How Pros Make Hits: Sicko Mode – Travis Scott

How Pros Make Hits: Sicko Mode – Travis Scott This blog post is a chapter from How Pros Make Hits by Tom Frampton, posted with permission. Most critics and fans consider SICKO MODE to be the highlight of Scott’s 2018 album ‘Astroworld.’ Astroworld was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019, with ‘Sicko Mode’ receiving nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. The song was Travis Scott’s first number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. 32 songwriters and 6 producers are credited as being part of the production process of this track. With guest vocals from superstars Drake, Swae Lee and Big Hawk posthumously. The phrase ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ clearly doesn’t apply in this circumstance. Let’s unravel the components of the track and see what can be used as inspiration in our next production.   Unfriendly Structure …

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Sugar – The Ultimate Audio Sweetener

Sugar – The Ultimate Audio Sweetener This week we are covering an incredible multiband plugin called Sugar. Sugar is made by Process.Audio where they are all about the music. They are a collection of artists and music makers who got together to shift the focus of modern production back onto the music-making and less on the minutia of music editing. Sugar is the result of this mission, and is appropriately dubbed the ‘ultimate audio sweetener’. Sugar is a one-stop-shop, a plugin that is meant to put mastering-level processing in an easy to use package. In this article, we will run through the plugin’s features and tell you what we love and think could improve (if anything). Continue below! Workflow The workflow with Sugar is simple, it is made to enhance audio. There are limited controls so you only need to face a limited amount of parameters to shape your sound. …

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Accusonus ERA Bundle UPDATED – Repair Audio Like a Pro

Accusonus ERA Bundle UPDATED – Repair Audio Like a Pro Accusonus has brought to you the ERA Bundle Pro 4, an UPDATED version of their audio repair bundle. The bundle includes six plugins made for simple yet professional audio repair. Each plugin has a simple design and streamlined interface. The standard ERA Bundle comes with one-knob plugins, and with Pro, you get ERA D. This is an update to a previous article covering the Era D Pro Bundle. In this article, we’ll go over the features of each plugin and describe its workflow. Most of the plugins have received a facelift for their interfaces and improved software. We will cover the newest addition – De-Esser Pro – more in-depth. Continue below to learn more! The Plugins The one-knob plugins are designed to resemble each other so you can work seamlessly. Below is a short list of the features that they …

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iZotope Neutron 3 – Mixing in the 31st Century

iZotope Neutron 3 – Mixing in the 31st Century We’ve covered various products from iZotope over the years and are excited to cover their updated version of the insanely powerful plugin Neutron 3. This marks the third iteration of the plugin, which we wrote about the first version back in 2017. The most significant changes to the plugin come with the Module Interface, the Masking Meter, the Assistant Feature, and the brand new module called Sculptor. iZotope also made changes to the technology under the hood to improve performance and processing, these changes are tangible as you can now throw more instances of Neutron 3 in your project than before. In this article, we’ll take you through the new features found in Neutron 3 and show you how to get the most out of the plugin. General User Interface First thing’s first – the GUI (general user interface). There are …

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Type Beats

Selling beats online has become easier and easier over the last decade, thanks to a number of reasons. The first and foremost is how the internet has expanded into every facet of our lives – no one could have predicted the outcome and influence for producers. The second is how music technology has improved. Access, ease, and versatility with these programs is the best its ever been. Producers can create beats on their phones, and rappers can record lyrics as well. When left to the devices of internet savvy individuals, Type Beats where an inevitability. Type Beats began because someone decided to throw the name of a more famous artist onto their own beat. “Jason Derulo Type Beat,” would garner far more attention than a song named with personal meaning from an unknown producer. It’s simple marketing. Attach yourself to a trend, or something with more reach than yourself. In …

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Beat Lab Deconstruction – New Order’s Blue Monday

This week we’ll be starting our step-by-step guides for breaking down famous songs from history. We’re extremely excited to start with this instant hit – Blue Monday by New Order. Blue Monday is the best-selling 12″ single of all time so we figured it would be a good song to start this series with. For this and likely all future constructions we will be using Ableton Live 10 Suite. If you do not have Ableton Live or the same version, do your best to follow along. Drums Blue Monday’s drums are really quite simple, they follow four main drum patterns with the same break inserted multiple times throughout the song. Fortunately for us, they were also sequenced on a drum machine which makes recreating them a breeze. Find your DAW’s version of the Oberheim DMX and place it on your drum track, then get started on the patterns below. The …

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Digital VS Analog Modeled EQ’s

As a producer, you will eventually find your most powerful tool to be Equalization. EQ’s are a fundamental part of your effects chain. With an EQ you can clarify sound-fields, remove problem frequencies, highlight musical ones, and achieve the mix you want. In this article we will discuss the difference between Digital EQ’s and Analog-modeled EQ’s. What they are, why they are different, and why you would want to use one versus the other. Continue below. Types of EQs There are many variations of equalizer type, each with a specific function and purpose. The most common types are parametric, semi-parametric, graphic, and shelving. When talking about digital plugins, there are going to be equalizers designed to sound digital and some designed to emulate analog hardware. It can often be difficult to know which direction to head in with so many options available, keep reading to learn more about Digital EQ’s. …

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How To Use The New Features In Ableton Live 10.1

Live’s new free update to version 10.1 adds many new upgrades and improvements. This update is free for all users. It always amazes us how many free updates Ableton gives their customers between every major release. This update (only 10.1!) features custom wavetables, new Delay and EQ devices, VST3 support and much more! Custom Wavetable It is now possible to load your own custom audio files to use as wavetables. Simply drag any audio file to the wavetable view and Live will convert that file to be used inside Wavetable. Once you drop an audio file into Wavetable you will get a new button titled RAW… Under the wavetable categories we can now find the User folder. New Devices We got two new devices but we also lost two to avoid redundacy. Let’s check them out. Delay The new Delay audio effect is combination of Ableton’s Simple Delay and Ping …

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