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Music Creation Cheats & Tips

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We live in the era of ‘Hacks’.  Whether it’s beauty hacks, DIY hacks, cooking hacks...literally but actual hacking, you can bet there’s a YouTuber or some article somewhere giving you the top 20 hacks to do whatever it is you need to do. Have you seen 5 Minute Crafts? They create hacks for problems that never even crop up. So, it’s no surprise that in this day and age, Music Producers are looking for hacks and cheats to help them in their production process.  Here at Top Music Arts, we’re all about efficiency, so stick around as we give you...

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Is it okay to use Loops?

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This is a question we see posted across Music Production forums all over the web, from Reddit to Facebook, to the comment sections of music based articles. It seems like every producer alive has had this thought process and question. Is it okay to use Loops? Is it cheating? Will other producers think less of me?   The short answer is; it doesn’t really matter.  But here at Top Music Arts, we aren’t about short answers. Let’s explore this issue; some of the hurdles that crop up when using Loops, and some creative ways you can incorporate Loops into your...

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How to Mix your Tracks

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As a producer, there are a range of specialities available to you, with many different avenues you can go down on your musical journey.  Some producers are far more technical, with interests in sound design, studio techniques, or recording theory for example. Just look at how complex Max for Live is, and how you have to be a technically minded producer to get your head around that! Others prefer a more creative route, actively composing music, learning music theory as well as how to write songs or tracks. It’s a whole different skill set to be able to compose a...

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5 of the best Midi Keyboards you can buy

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  The MIDI keyboard should be an essential piece of kit if you’re in any way serious about making music on your laptop or IOS device. A piano-style device which allows you to play and record into your DAW using the built in software instruments, a MIDI keyboard will plug in via USB and some even work wirelessly over Bluetooth. There are a range of options out there to suit all budgets, whether it’s a basic 2 octave mini-keyboard that fits in your backpack, or a top of the range piece of kit with 88 weighted keys, knobs, faders and...

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Using Found Sounds and Samples

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It’s 2020.   Another decade has gone by, filled with music, synths, tutorial websites, YouTube channels, chart topping bedroom producers, legendary DJ sets and pretty much everything in between. We’ve seen the rise of streaming giants like Spotify, and a huge change in how music is consumed. You can now even brag to your friends about the amount of hours of music you listened to last year. In this constantly changing industry, which is now more saturated than ever (and is only going to get worse) the need for a unique perspective on your music production has never been greater. ...

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