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How to Contribute to the Black Lives Matter Movement as an Artist

How to Contribute to the Black Lives Matter Movement as an Artist A powerful, collective voice is echoing across the world. Civil, Social, and Racial injustices must end and it is our job to aid in this battle. Since the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement has gained more traction than ever, built on the blood, sweat, and tears of individuals acting in solidarity. The BLM movement, thus, requires consistent support, and you can get involved in many ways. Politics is not our concern in this article – instead, we want to tell you how to support your peers, fellow musicians, and neighbors. We cannot stand silent. Today’s post will cover different ways that you can get involved in the cause. Use Your Voice (IRL and on Social Media)     Humans are social creatures by nature. Whether our friend group consists of thousands, hundreds, dozens, or …

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Doing It Live Again! More Tips to Improve Your Live Streams

Doing It Live Again! More Tips to Improve Your Live Streams A few weeks ago, we posted an article with 5 tips to step up the quality of your live streams. Well, we’re back with more pointers to further improve your streams. Today’s post covers techniques to increase your audience size, and keep people watching longer! Read below for some more tips to improve your live streams. Get Weird With Visuals     Life is stimulating. Very stimulating. Consider the last time you went to a relatively big concert (when was the last time one of those happened?). Were there lights and visuals? My guess is that there were. Visuals have become a major part of live music experiences. Although the industry has temporarily shifted to streaming platforms, fans are still used to having visuals complement the performance. Read below to see a couple of ways to get some cool …

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How To String a Guitar From Start To Finish

How To String a Guitar From Start To Finish As COVID closures and lockdown come to a slow end, we’re seeing plenty of optimistic returns to public spaces. People are going to the beach, protesting in solidarity with BLM and seeing a lot more of each other. At the end of the day, we all need a little relief. What better way than to pick up your guitar, and sing a tune with friends? In this article, we’ll show you how to give your axe some attention and replace the strings. We may be compensated for purchases made using the links to products below. Materials You’ll Need You’ll need a few things before re-stringing your guitar, first and foremost: a guitar! We’re assuming you already have one but if you don’t we’ll give you a few good options below. After that, you’ll need to settle on strings. Various options have …

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Stepping It Up: From Amateur to Pro

Stepping It Up: From Amateur to Pro You’ve been working hard, but there’s just something about your music that is missing. What could it be? After spending countless hours whittling away at a song, you feel like all the blood, sweat, and tears have gone to waste. Let’s not get caught up in the artist’s struggle. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some ways to give your music a more polished and professional sound. Learn Music Theory     It is super important to have a basic understanding of music theory if you want to produce music that sounds good. Sure, having a strong intuition is helpful, but rarely can a producer get far without knowing their scales and basic triads. Learning music theory will help you understand why certain notes sound good together and provide a foundation for your songwriting. It will also help you …

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Doing it Live! 5 Tips to Improve Your Live Streams

Doing it Live! 5 Tips to Improve Your Live Streams With the insurgence of COVID-19 and the widespread practice of social distancing, conventional concerts have been erased from our near future. The live-music industry has been turned upside down; however, many artists have found alternatives. One of the most popular alternatives is live streaming. Live streaming is so widely accessible by performers that you can do it with just your cell phone or laptop. If you have experience with live streaming, or you are interested in getting your feet wet, below are five tips on how to provide quality live streams to keep your fans engaged and coming back. We’ve placed some Amazon links throughout this article if you are interested in purchasing gear. We aren’t explicitly promoting the products we selected, we just trust their decent ratings, so please do your own research when comparing products. We will make …

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Performing with Limitations: How to Perform Using Live and a Computer Keyboard

Performing with Limitations: How to Perform Using Live and a Computer Keyboard During these wild times, it’s been a delight to see musicians worldwide adapt and overcome. We’ve been ushered in a new era of live streaming with artists’ courses, live performances, and even music festivals. This being the new state of things, not all of us have elaborate performance rigs to showcase our music. This article will show you how to set up your Live session to perform music using only your laptop keyboard. This article is borrowed from a class developed by Yeuda Ben-Atar for Moorpark College and Calarts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Special thanks goes to Nathan Bowen(Moorpark College), Jordan Hochenbaum(Calarts) and Javad Butha(Ableton) for making this happen. Ableton Keyboard Layout Your computer Keyboard can be used as a MIDI controller in Ableton. First, turn on the Computer MIDI Keyboard.     Up to Live 9, it’s …

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We’ve Got Your Back! Creating a More Ergonomic Studio

We’ve Got Your Back! – Creating an Ergonomic Studio Since the invention of the office, all desk jobs have involved sitting, lots and lots of sitting. However, plenty of research studies have demonstrated that sitting for long periods of time is linked to deadly health conditions (if you are looking for a shock, go look up “sitting health risks”). Sitting takes a toll on the body, as well as your workflow. On the other hand, studies have shown that standing while working has been found to increase productivity. As a producer, it can be easy to sit for hours during your sessions. If you work in the box, that further increases the likelihood of sitting, since everything you need is in one spot! In this article, we’ll give you the how and what. We’ll show you some tools you can utilize to make your perfectly ergonomic studio (as an Amazon …

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Beat Lab Health Series: How to Create a Solid (and Healthy!) Workflow

Beat Lab Health Series: How to Create a Solid (and Healthy!) Workflow With the morphing of the music industry, the position of the music producer has become multi-faceted and ever-growing in responsibilities. Today’s music producer needs to understand music production, business, and marketing in order to survive in the scene. Many producers on a tight budget have to do the work of a manager, promoter, label, and PR agent; some tasks include creating album artwork, designing merch, distributing music to streaming services, and getting in touch with playlist curators and venues. These are all tasks that can take up a lot of time and energy. Until you have the money and circle to delegate these tasks, it is up to you to handle them. To keep up with all this work, it is imperative that you utilize your time as efficiently as possible. Doing it all yourself can become overwhelming …

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Foundation of Music Theory
  • Rhythm Theory
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  • Diatonic composition
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Learn the language of music to help you make the music you want to make, To communicate with other musicians and reveal the magic behind your favorie songs.
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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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Ableton Live 101
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Sampling
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Explore the endless world of sampling.
Add organic texture or make it into an instrument
Everything is possible with sampling
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Using MIDI Controllers
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Choose the right MIDI controller for your production/live needs.
Use MIDI remote scritps to enahce your workflow
Learn tricks and tips to customize your controller
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Recording & Warping
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Learn how to setup and record mics and instruments in Ableton Live.
Master the warp engine for syncronizing audio and sound design
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Class Jams
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Develop collaboration skills, performance focus and improvisation techniques.
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Structure & Styling
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  • BPM Ranges
  • Song Segments and how to use them
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Get your own sound from analyzing and deconstrucing modern song structures.
Learn different musical genres to help you achive your own unique sound.
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Music Theory 202
  • Parallel Harmony
  • Relative Scales
  • Pentatonic & Blues Scales
  • Jazz in Modern Music
  • Voicing Techniques
  • Borrowed Chords
Progress your composition skills by learning advanced music theory methods.
You will get a deeper understanding of how to produce strong harmonies, melodies and arrangements.
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Ableton Live 202
  • The Launchbox
  • Modulation Vs. Automation
  • Session View Production Techniques
  • Advance Audio & MIDI Editing
  • Clip Envelopes
Learn advance Ableton techniques to take your production to the next level.
Everything is possible with Ableton Live let your imagination be your guide.
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Styling
  • Analyzing Electronic vs. Acoustic music
  • Odd Time Signatures
  • Arrangment Styling
  • Sound Selection
  • Deconstructing Methods.
Learn the key characteristic of all popular music styles.
You have a specific style in mind you want to produce? We'll show you all the secrets.
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Synthesis
  • Analog vs. Digital
  • Synth Signal Path
  • Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes and LFOs
  • Advance Modulators
  • Reverse Engineering
Take the sounds in your head and create them in the computer using synthesizers.
Demystify the vast world of virtual synths.
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Sound Design
  • Advanced Time Stretching
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Fractal Soundscapes
  • Experiments in Sound
  • Field Recordings
  • The Art of Layering
Develop creative thinking by using multiple techniques to create unique and complex sounds.
Become a sonic master.
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Collaboration
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Collaborate with class mates with in-class synchronization.
Develope the skills needed to productevlly work with other musicians.
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Remixing
  • Choosing The Right Song to Remix
  • Flipping a Sample
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Learn the art of remixing from top remixers in the industry.
Take your favorite songs and filp them with your own style.
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Live Performance
  • DJing in Ableton Live
  • Preparing your Songs for Live Performance
  • Playing with a Band
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Use the computer as a live musical performance tool.
DJ or play your own orgianls in any way you can imagine.
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Max for Live
  • Max for Live Essentials
  • Modifying Exciting Devices
  • Creating your own Devices
  • Ableton as a Modular Environment
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Explore the infinite potenital of Cycling 74's and Ableton's Max for Live.
Control Live in ways that weren't possible before.
Anything is possible with Max for Live
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Mastering
  • Win the Loudness Wars
  • Mastering Song vs. Album
  • Prepering Your Music for Distribution
  • Understanding the importance of Dynamic Range
Master your songs to sound as good as possible on as many playback systems as possible.
Learn the secrets on how to make your songs loud and punchy.
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Finger Drumming
  • Choosing the Right Controller
  • Sound Design for Live Performance
  • Building Custom Racks
  • Using DIY Controllers
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Humanize your production or impress your audience on stage.
Build your own sound packs and develope your live performace skill with finger drumming.
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Live Looping
  • Hardware Looping
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  • Live Looping in the Session View
  • Automatic Loop Recording using MIDI Scripts
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Master the art of live looping with virtual instruments, conventional instruments and mics.
Come up with quick musical ideas, build your songs live on stage.
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Online Presence
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Develop your artist brand and get your music heard by the right people.
Book shows, tours and festivals.
Find the right label and make music your career.
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Entertainment Law
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Get the most out of your shows and releases. Maximize income streams.
Distribute your music the right way.
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Mixing
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Master the art of sound mixing.
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