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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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5 Great Drum Machines for Beatmakers

5 Great Drum Machines for Beatmakers We live in a world where anyone can be a musician. The technology and innovations of the digital age have made music more accessible. It used to be a significant investment, as you would need to purchase an instrument and invest in lessons to learn how to play it. This simply isn’t the case anymore. As we’ve already discussed in our article on getting into music production, you can start making music with just an iPhone. You can even sign up for online lessons to learn how to manipulate digital audio workstation software such as Ableton. Doing all of that should give you enough to cover the basics and start making tracks of your own. However, we know you continually want to improve upon your craft. So how do you go about doing this? Well, try to recall any great song and they’ll have one thing …

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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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Get Hands On! – 5 Tips for Ableton Push

Get Hands On! – 5 Tips for Ableton Push Push has been out for several years now, but it remains a powerhouse for many producers and performers of all backgrounds. The main reason Push has become such a crowd favorite is its versatility. At Beat Lab, we have grown extremely fond of Push ourselves! So much so that we created our own Push course. In this article, we’ll share several of our favorite tips to help ramp up your Push use and increase your production potential! Easily Assign Choke Groups for Drums     Push makes creating drum racks a breeze. One instrumental aspect of creating a drum rack with hits that work together and don’t clash is assigning choke groups to drum hits. For those unfamiliar with choke groups, they are used to keep two drum hits from playing at the same time, to keep a groove from sounding …

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Should I Buy It? – XLN Audio XO Review

Should I Buy It? – XLN Audio XO Review What’s happening, everyone! As COVID-19 (coronavirus) quarantines start to go in effect and keep you indoors, we’re here to keep you entertained. This week Yeuda takes a look at the brand-spanking-new XO from XLN Audio. XO is a drum sampler, sequencer, mixer, and sound designer in one. It’s an incredibly innovative approach to sampling and we’re super stoked to share our review with you. Watch the video below, and read our breakdown below that.       Overview     XO is a beautifully designed plugin, from its interface to its function it is a pure delight. Navigation has a quick learning curve to conquer, but once you do you’ll easily start using the plugin as intended. The first thing you’ll see when opening the plugin is the welcome splash which gives you a short introduction (seen below).       …

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Getting Into Music Production? Here’s What You Should Know

Getting Into Music Production? Here’s What You Should Know Music production is pretty popular nowadays as technology has become more affordable. Your college roommate, your sister’s kid, your coworker even dabbles – everyone knows someone who produces music. But what exactly is music production? Is that whizkid nephew or niece of yours just pushing buttons to make the bleeps? In this article, we’ll demystify the process by telling you all you need to know to get into music production. Do you need formal music training? Do you need the most expensive gear? Do you need to drink Redbull or rip fat blunts to be the best you can be? Read below to find out. What Equipment Do I Need?     Music production is a virtual hobby so you will need some equipment to get started. At the very least, you’ll need a cell phone. You can use an iPhone …

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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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How to Change the Game When Mixing Low-End

How to Change the Game When Mixing Low-End Introducing – Mastering the Mix’s Bassroom Whether you’ve got great studio gear and acoustic treatment or not, getting a well balanced low-end is really hard. It’s a make-or-break part of the production process and getting it wrong will guarantee that your track doesn’t reach it’s fullest potential. The team over at Mastering The Mix recognized that this was a huge problem holding back a vast number of producers. In response, they created BASSROOM – a final mix and mastering EQ that helps music producers get a well balanced low-end in seconds. In this article, we will tell you all about the new plugin and how to use it to shape your low-end to your picture-perfect settings.   Quality Is Essential High-quality EQ filters are essential when adjusting the low-end of your entire mix. The leading school of thought is that linear phase …

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