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Some of the best Free Plugins available right now.

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Times are tough across the globe right now. We have a cost of living crisis, energy and fuel prices are insanely high, and if you're anything like me, this crazy time we live in can make you want to be more creative, whether it's a form of expression or escapism. But it's never been more evident how expensive some of the tools of the music production trade can actually be, now that everyone is having to tighten their purse strings and really look at their spending habits. If this sounds like a familiar predicament to you, and you're looking to...

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Beginner Tips for New Music Producers

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So you want to get into music production? Maybe you've had no formal music education whatsoever, or maybe you've been a guitarist for years but decided to pick up a DAW and get making some beats. There's no right or wrong path into music production, the origins of individual music producers are as varied as the genres of music they make. But when it comes to starting, there can be so much overwhelming information that it can be difficult to know where to begin.  No matter what your story, you've come to the right place! In this article I am...

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Best Free DAW Softwares

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If you're new to music production, it can be an overwhelming arena to get into. When it comes to making music on a computer, the options for software to do this seem endless. Because it's not just a one tool solution. This can be daunting for both the newcomer and seasoned producer! Music software comes in all shapes and sizes. We have Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), Virtual Studio Technology (VSTs) and more. But it's the former that we are going to focus on today. When you're staring up your journey as a music producer, one of the biggest decisions you...

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How to find your "sound"

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I recently saw a post on the r/WeAretheMusicMakers subreddit (which if you haven’t checked out, you should because it’s a great community of producers and musicians!) in which the user was asking for advice on getting more intentional with their sound. They said that any idea they try and work on sounds either derivative or they just aren’t feeling it, so they scrap it and move on. This is a vicious cycle, and it can be a real pain to try and get out of. It is an all too common problem that we face as producers and songwriters, right?...

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Vocal Production Tips

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With the launch of Ableton Live 11, and its inclusion of Comping, I’ve been thinking a lot about vocal production techniques recently. It’s been a long time coming, but now that comping is actually available in Live, the possibilities for recording audio and especially vocals have opened up a lot more.  I used to think of Logic as the program I used if I wanted to do some recording, and Ableton as the program I used if I wanted to produce some electronic music, often recording my vocals and instruments in Logic and then moving that audio into Ableton to...

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