Programming Midi Strings

String parts are used incredibly frequently in electronic music, yet they can prove infuriatingly difficult to get right. Often, even when using high quality samples, they can sound sterile and unrealistic. There are, thankfully, a number of techniques you can use that will increase the realism of your string parts [...]

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Vocal Recording and Processing: Part 3

In the first two parts of this guide (Pt 1 & Pt 2), we showed you how to capture a great vocal sound and a fantastic vocal performance. Now that you have the vocal recorded, how do you process it to ensure that it can compete with the very best [...]

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Vocal Recording and Processing: Part 2

In the first part of this guide we looked at how to set up a ‘dead’ sounding space in your studio and discussed microphone choice. Here, in part two, we will look at how you capture a great vocal performance. The Role Of The Producer The role of the producer [...]

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Vocal Recording and Processing: Part 1

Early in their careers, many producers of electronic music have little or no experience of recording live vocals. This is obviously due to the fact that we are able to achieve often excellent results through the use of samples. Eventually however, many of us will want to start using vocalists [...]

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Analog Summing Vs. In The Box Mixing

Much has been written on the benefits of analog summing vs. ‘in the box’ mixing and in many contexts, the benefits are undoubtedly there. However, the importance of analog can often be overstated, particularly if you are just starting out as a producer. What is Summing? During your mix, you [...]

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“It IS Real Music After All!”

A Crash Course in Electronic Music Theory + Maintaining Melodic Cohesion in "Noisy" EDM Genres As a producer of electronic dance music, especially some of the “harsher” genres, I am known for my ability to deliver some of the most noisy, and downright ungodly computer noises, often evoking a sarcastic [...]

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Creative Use Of Noise Gates

Noise gates are often somewhat underused by producers of electronic music. Noise gates (or just simply, ‘gates’) were initially developed, as the name suggests, to stop unwanted noise from creeping into a mix. Imagine for example, that you are recording a drum kit live; the kick drum mic will pick [...]

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