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Best free VSTs

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Best free VSTs

If you’re producing on a budget, and let’s be honest most of us are, then you’re always on the lookout for new exciting free VSTs. There’s always room in your library for a cool new instrument or an effect, and keeping your ear to the ground for the best recommendations is always important. There is a lot of controversy around paying for music software, especially given that plug ins have historically been quite easy to obtain illicitly, as well as some of them having extremely steep price tags which are out of the price range for all but the most...

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Massive X - what's new?

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Massive X - what's new?

If you’re like many producers, Native Instruments’ Massive has been a staple part of your synth collection. Since 2007, Massive has been gracing many a track with its extensive library of diverse sounds, and even spawning entire genres of music. I myself have, throughout the years, used and tinkered with Massive on many of my own productions, and taken the occasional deep dive into the many sections and menus. I always felt that -as powerful as Massive is- I wasn’t getting the most out of it, purely due to a lack of knowledge on how the different sections worked. There...

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Top Tips for beating Writer's Block

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Top Tips for beating Writer's Block

Almost all producers suffer from a form of musical writer’s block from time to time. Whether you’re a hobbyist bedroom producer, or a seasoned pro making music for a living, there will always be days when you just can’t seem to create anything you’re happy with despite how hard you may try. There are countless resources out there about how to get over writer’s block, and it’s one of the most often posted questions in music production related forums, which is why I’ve decided to tackle the issue today.  This kind of hurdle to your creativity can come in many...

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What is a DAW? The Definition and complete list

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What is a DAW? The Definition and complete list

If you´ve been reading some of our articles or you are into Music Production, you must´ve seen the word DAW everywhere! That´s because it´s one of the most important things to have in mind if you are starting your journey and the one thing that can impact your workflow positively or negative if you don´t use the best for you. The word DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation, and this kind of software is what modern composition and audio processing revolves around.   Today with Top Music Arts we bring you a list of the ones we consider the most efficient and most...

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Learning Synths with Ableton

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Learning Synths with Ableton

Synthesis is a crucial part of modern music production. Gone are the days where the DAW was just an audio recorder, and a synth was an analog keyboard or piece of gear that plugged into the desk like every other instrument. Nowadays, synths are built into all DAWs, giving you hands on control over sound creation from the moment you open your computer. I acknowledge the privilege I’ve had in that I have a degree in Music Production, so synthesis was a topic we covered extensively during my studies. However, not everyone has this luxury available to them, and many...

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