My latest single, an upbeat and fun vibes track featuring the home Tactix. This track was produced, mixed and mastered by myself.
How We Met
Jeremy and I met at a songwriter feedback meet up where I heard him play his song. Immediately I loved the tone and message of the song but also heard room for improvement. I approached him offering my help to work on the song and the rest is history.
In this song I tried to add a lot more warmth, by adding low end in the music, drums and the vocals. Additionally, I helped with the overall production by finding spots to bring the drums in and out to draw the listener in. As well, I composed the bass line for the song.
The following is simply the audio comparison of the two on both SoundCloud or YouTube (both for your convenience).
I’ve been working on a solo project and wanted to share some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way. In this vlog I’m discussing how I went about creating a song from scratch in reverse of my normal process and how I found that beneficial.
Check out Splice here.
Don’t let your circumstances, time constraints, location stop you from making music. Beat on a table and record it on a flip phone if you have to. Make music … anywhere.
The majority of these beats were made with the Auxy app (http://auxy.co) on an iPhone 6s and then finished off in Logic Pro X.
Recently I’ve been using this new iPhone app for music production called Auxy. It’s a really awesome app that really enabled you to jot down your ideas on the go. My favourite feature is that it allows you to customize the sound of the instructions, so you don’t just have a bunch of stock sounds.
Check out Auxy here: http://auxy.co
Decided to challenge myself to create a beat with a cup full of coins and other items I grabbed or thought to use. This was a really fun experience and I plan to do it again soon. It’s been a very long time since I used live instrumentation to create a beat. I found this an exciting and surprisingly quick way to create a beat.
Today I wanted to break down how you can use Apple Loops within Logic Pro to make quality hip hop beats. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions in the comments section below.
Recently I’ve been working with a free, easy to use compressor from Klanghelm called MJUCjr (no idea how to pronounce it). It’s a great plugin I think you should have in your arsenal. It has a warm sound and goes from a transparent to more heavily compressed sound. Other than it’s nice looks, one thing I found significant is how simple it is to use. There are only 3 settings, how Compress, Make-Up (gain), and Time Constants (predefined attack and release).
How it essentially works is that you turn up the Compress knob until it starts to well, compress the signal. Depending on the Time Constants, it will start compressing at a different threshold set by your Compress knob. Once you find the right combination of Compress + Time Constants, you then turn up your Make-Up gain to match the amount compressed shown in the VU meter.
I think this is a nice plugin, especially for those in their beginning stages of mixing because it has less settings to focus on; making it an easier way to learn compression. I find it works best for 3-5 db gain reduction as I found it starts to pump heavy after that point. However, I’ve only used it for vocals and melodic instruments (I haven’t tried it on drums yet).
Give it a try and let me know what you think with a comment below.
After a year of producing, recording and personal projects I’ve learned a lot and grown a lot as a mixing engineer. In this time I’ve found many good free plugins I’ve come to rely on. I’ve put together this top 10 free VST plugins list that will help give everything you would need to complete a solid mix.
Below are links to each of the plugins to download:
- Compressor (start with your stock compressor)
- TDR Nova (download here)
- TDR VOST Slick EQ (download here)
- A1StereoControl (download here)
- Defacer (download here)
- Transient (download from KVR – vendor no longer provides)
- Saturation Knob (download here)
- iZotope Neutrino (download here)
- TBProAudio mvMeter (download here)
- SPAN (download here)