Music Production

Time and energy are valuable resources in the studio. Learn how to utilize tools such as the Renaissance plugins to stay efficient and arrive at your creative vision more quickly.

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What dictates the genre of a production? In this mixing masterclass Grammy-winning producer Scott Jacoby (John Legend) tests genre extremes by approaching the same song twice: first a vintage-sounding rock mix and then a radio-friendly pop/hip hop mix, giving each production a distinctive feel.

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Technology in the 1980s changed the game for record making, as synthesizers, drum machines, automation, sampling and other studio trickery entered the market. Draw inspiration from the era’s sounds for your mixes.

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The breadth of sounds you have access to with virtual instruments is enormous. Learn how to make your MIDI sounds “real” using velocity automation, articulations, modulation, re-amping and FX.

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Producer/mixer Shawn Everett opens up his Grammy-winning mix of "Don’t Wanna Fight” by Alabama Shakes, showing how his “Mixing with Your Eyes” approach helps him give a rock song the low end of a hip hop track.

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Samples have become so ubiquitous in music production, it’s rare to be mixing a track without at least one sampled element: a one-shot, beat, loop or recorded ambience. We go through the essential mix steps.

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1970s recordings saw a rapid improvement in technology from the previous decade, which resulted in some signature sonic tones. Get inspired using the authentic sounds of the era when mixing in the box.

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When making a record, integrating music theory concepts can bring your productions to the next level. Learn how to make use of instrument tuning, optimal vocal ranges, chord voicings and timbre to create better recordings.

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It’s time to explore Waves Instruments. Check out the video by Kutiman which features an array of virtual instruments in the Inspire collection, boasting production-ready sounds and the tweakability that allows you to get the most out of any instrument.

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What is “destructive” sound design? We find out with Graham Reznick, director and sound designer of the Shudder/AMC horror series Deadwax, as he takes us through his intricate plugin chain for one of the series’ deadliest sound effects.

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