Out of my 20+ years of making music, I’ve done mastering work for about 10 now. I still don’t like mastering my own music, but there are times I do it anyway. If and when you do decide to do your own mastering, this blog post should help you understand what potential pitfalls to look out for.[Read more…] about Mastering Your Own Music: 5 Reasons Why You Should Not (And Why I Sometimes Do It Anyway)
Last year marked my 20th year releasing electronic music as an artist.
I started dabbling with electronic music and made my first tracks already back in 1996. But I started releasing music to the public in the following year. Back then I was using tracker software to make music and I ran a tracker scene label called Rebound. We released more than 100 tracks as free downloads within a timespan of about 4 years.
There’s a request I keep getting regularly. It comes in different shapes and forms but the gist is always the same. Here’s an example of an email I received:
“I began with the program Logic pro X. But i have a problem: I want to get some plug ins for this program, i’d like to get it for free, because buying it is too expensive for me at the moment,
so i like to download it, but it’s so hard to find it…
I need the following plug ins:
[followed by a list of paid plugins]”
Now, ethics aside, there is something quite big at play here that I want to address. Something that is especially difficult to understand when you’re first starting out in music. [Read more…] about Piracy – Why Shouldn’t You?
If you were to ask 100 producers whether they use presets or create their own original sounds, you would probably find the results to be pretty evenly split. While some producers use presets as they are, or tweak them a little, others refuse to use any sound they didn’t create themselves. This is a fiercely debated topic. In this article, we’ll examine the merits of both sides, and then go over one way you can use presets to your advantage when it comes to learning and doing sound design.[Read more…] about Why You Should Be Using Presets to Learn Sound Design
I’ve used many different DAWs in my 20 years of making electronic music.
These days I mainly use two different ones: Ableton Live and Pro Tools. It often confuses people to hear I am actually using both DAWs to work on the same piece of music.
I get asked about why and how I do that sometimes, so here’s a few words about the process (thanks to Matt for bringing it up last week).
In the Smart Productivity for Musicians course I have created (update 6th Jan 2018: course not available anymore) there is a full lesson about dissolving procrastination. Here are some further thoughts on the topic.
Before you can deal with procrastination, you must identify procrastination. And it’s not as simple as it may seem!