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Common Mistakes When You Build a Song Arrangement

“Arrangement” refers to which instruments are used in a recording or performance of a song and what and where they play. The instruments chosen provide the colors, the textures, the atmosphere and the visual backdrop for the song that help paint the picture that the song lyric and melody is trying to communicate. How you…

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What is Record Production?

So what exactly is record production? Record production is a skilled craft that ideally should include a working knowledge of music, engineering, writing, diplomacy, organizing, budgeting, and sometimes marketing. THE MAIN TYPES OF RECORD PRODUCER There are basically two types of record producer. One strives to capture on tape or hard drive the energy, the…

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The Visual Mix

  When mixing a song it can help to visualize the mix as a 3D cube. EQ (bass, middle and treble) is the front face of the cube going from the bottom (bass) to the top (treble). Panning places the instruments in the space between the left front wall and the rght front wall. Volume…

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Treble Trouble and Marilu Henner’s Mixing Tip

One of the problems with long mixing sessions is that the ear very quickly becomes acclimatised to the amount of treble (high frequencies) and it is easy to succumb to the temptation to add more and more as the mixing continues. Then you listen to it later or the next day and go, “What was…

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How Many Here Want to Get a Record Deal or to "Get Signed"?

My question to you is, “Why on earth would you want that?”

As someone who spent decades in the old and dying music business, I can attest to the soul-destroying horrors that most artists experience there. Only a tiny percentage of those signed actually make any money and they subsidize the thousands who only end up owing the record company money and selling their souls in the process.

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Free Virtual Drum Kit!

Virtual Drums is a free Virtual Drum Kit that you can download and play with your mouse either by itself or while listening to music. You can even do drum fills and rolls by using both mouse buttons. It’s fun 🙂 You can download Virtual Drums PC version here and the Mac version here.  Enjoy…

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