5 basic DJ transitions to keep your music in the flow
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by Sara Simms
1w ago
DJ transitions are the art of moving from one track to the next and keeping the flow of the music going. If you reflect on the best DJ sets you’ve seen or listened to, the DJ was likely able to move fluidly from one track to the next while maintaining a steady rhythm. Professional DJs use DJ transitions so the dancers on the dancefloor can keep moving to the beat, without feeling like their rhythm is off when the track changes. In this blog, you’ll learn five basic transitions that you can use in your sets. When you combine together great tracks, strong music programming skills and the best ..read more
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What is pitch in music? How to use it to create melodies, effects, and more
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by Dean Salant
2w ago
One of the most distinguishing elements of music that a beat maker or producer should have a good understanding of is pitch. A huge proportion of Western music theory focuses on pitch. If you want to be able to sample in key, use the correct chords in certain situations, tune vocals, and utilize many more production techniques, you should have a solid comprehension of pitch in music. This article will help you wrap your head around the basics. Jump to these sections: What is pitch in music? Musical notes and relation to pitch Create melodies and harmonies Frequencies and their roles in det ..read more
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What is time stretching? When to use it in music production
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by Sara Simms
2w ago
Time stretching is the process of manipulating audio files to play more slowly or quickly without changing their pitch. Time stretching is used in music production to make tempo adjustments to loops or samples, or to fit vocals or samples into a project with a different tempo. Additionally, time-stretching can be used to create new textures and sounds from samples for unique and creative effects. In this tutorial, you’ll learn techniques for time stretching in Kontakt 7 and iZotope RX 10, as well as how to time stretch in Ableton Live and Logic. Learn more about Kontakt Jump to these section ..read more
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9 music trends that you can expect to see in 2024
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by Arthur Kody
2w ago
As we tune into 2024, the music industry continues to resonate with plenty of innovation and transformation. But, what exactly does the next iteration of this bustling industry look like? What lies ahead of us? Where the future is always a bit of a mystery, there are some strong indicators on music industry trends we can expect to see over the next year. Let’s look at nine music predictions – from genre evolution to tech revolutions. Jump to these sections: The rise of genre fluidity A renaissance of physical music formats The AI revolution in music creation Personalized music consumption A ..read more
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How to add depth to your music with textures and patterns
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by Tim Cant
3w ago
Patterns are an essential part of music, be they rhythmic, melodic, or harmonic. Without patterns, music is just noise! When different rhythms, melodies and harmonies are combined they give us different textures, and it’s this variety of texture that helps make music so evocative and captivating. In this tutorial we’ll use the new Schema: Light sequencer plugin to create enticing patterns and textures that will enhance a relatively simplistic piece of ambient music and imbue it with emotion, atmosphere, and depth to sound like this: NativeInstruments · 10 Mastered song Jump to these sec ..read more
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Exploring reverse reverb effect: how to get a dreamlike sound
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by Arthur Kody
3w ago
Reverse reverb effect is one of my favorites to play with. This technique is highly versatile and can be used in just about any genre you can think of. Whether you want to build tension, create a “dreamlike” quality, or simply add some interesting sonic character to your music, using reverse reverb can really bring a bit of otherworldly texture to your productions. In this piece, explore what reverse reverb is and how it’s been creatively shaping music across genres and decades. Then, learn how to craft this effect yourself step-by-step. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re an experie ..read more
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New to mixing? How to mix your own music
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by Charles Hoffman
3w ago
Learning how to mix your own music is a critical skill for all music producers. It provides an additional layer of creative control and helps listeners experience your music more deeply. To mix songs, you must understand pitch correction, saturation, compression, EQ, reverb, and delay. In this blog post, you’ll learn which music mixing software and techniques to use when mixing your own music. Learn how to mix your own music: Set rough track levels Tune your audio samples Thicken and enrich your recordings Control the dynamic range of your audio Enhance and reduce tonal characteristics Posi ..read more
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How to make an immersive chillstep track with atmospheric vibes
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by Tim Cant
1M ago
Chillstep is an electronic music subgenre that combines ambient melodies and hypnotic beats with serene sonic landscapes to create a laid-back, immersive listening experience. In this blog, we’ll discover what makes chillstep music so mesmerizing and learn how to create a chillstep track using the new Electric Keys – Tines Duo from Native Instruments. From understanding the fundamental elements of chillstep to harnessing modern production techniques, you’ll be able to bring depth and atmosphere to your compositions that can sound like this: NativeInstruments · 17 Mastered chillstep song ..read more
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The 10 best hip hop beats (and how to make them)
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by Tim Cant
1M ago
Hip hop is one of the most important musical genres on the planet, and its influence on genres such as trap, drill, phonk and jungle is hard to overstate. A big part of hip hop’s appeal is its infectious, funky beats, that take the essence of funk, soul and jazz music and reinterpret them in exciting new forms. Hip hop beats can be sampled, programmed on drum machines, created with turntablism, played by a live band, or combine multiple approaches. In this guide to the top ten hip hop beats and how to make a hip hop beat, we’ll show you what makes some of the biggest beats in the world tick ..read more
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How to make electro swing music that blends retro vibes with modern production
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by Arthur Kody
1M ago
Electro swing is the genre where the raucous revelry of the Roaring Twenties meets modern electronic music production. With plenty of filtered horn stabs, ragtime piano riffs, and infectious rhythms, electro swing music has seen quite the boom in popularity over recent years. In this tutorial, explore a brief history of the genre and the characteristics that define it. Then, we’ll Charleston our way into a step-by-step tutorial on how to make electro swing music of your own. Whether you’re a seasoned producer or a musical newbie, you’ll be well on your way to creating electro swing tunes tha ..read more
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