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How to find your "sound"

Posted by James Cullen on

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

Posted by James Cullen on

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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Top Tips for Musical Inspiration

Posted by James Cullen on

The past 18 months have been life changing for many people around the world. For me personally, I’ve gone from working in an office 5 days a week to being at home 7 days a week. We’ve had three  lockdowns here in the UK, and in between we’ve still been advised to stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to leave. So as you can imagine, this has given me a lot more time to work on my music. But it’s a double edged sword, because the free time can be both a really useful opportunity and an oppressive creativity...

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A Guide to Constructive Feedback

Posted by James Cullen on

Making music is, by its very nature, something that doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Even the most isolated of bedroom producers will still receive feedback on their music, whether they seek it out or not. If you’re lucky enough to have a group of friends who also produce music, or a similar peer group, the resource there of people able and willing to give feedback is an invaluable one.  Feedback is so important when you’re making music because when it comes from a source that you trust, it can help you apply thought processes and ideas to your production that...

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Music Production Mindset Tips

Posted by James Cullen on

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how important your attitude towards your music is. I see post after post on Reddit and other social media in which producers are asking for advice on things like constantly swinging between loving and hating their music, how to break out of the trap of trying to emulate other artists, how to grow their confidence in recording themselves singing. These are just a few examples, in fact I’d say at least half of the posts I see are people asking questions that don’t directly pertain to music production, but lean more towards being...

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