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Lockdown Tips: How to Keep Your Momentum

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If you’re living in the UK, you’ll be absolutely ecstatic that we are in another lockdown due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. If you’re elsewhere in the world, circumstances may be different for you, but it’s fair to say that the pandemic has thrown everyone’s world into disarray, and this is likely to have implications in every aspect of your life.  This can become increasingly apparent in your music making process. Perhaps you can’t get access to your usual resources, maybe you go to a studio, or in your University’s facilities, and they aren’t available. Or maybe your mental health...

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Simplicity vs Complexity

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When you’re producing music, especially in the early stages of a track, it can often be a daunting and difficult process to sort out your ideas. If your process is anything like mine, you will throw loads of ideas down into your DAW as quickly as possible. I always find that I will make a 8 bar loop of a really complex arrangement, putting down any idea I think works and sounds good. This is by no means a bad thing, because complexity has its place in electronic music, but it’s knowing the difference between complexity for complexity’s sake and...

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Tips for Finishing

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I’ve been including in a lot of my recent articles tips about throwing as many ideas onto your DAW as possible. It’s a great way of creating music; sticking as many cool ideas as you can get down and then see where you go from there. Beginning a track is obviously a massively important part of your process, but so is finishing one!  This has really got me thinking about the opposite end of the spectrum. Finishing tracks can be daunting, challenging and frustrating. Sometimes you can get stuck with how to progress your ideas once you reach a certain...

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Non-Musical Concepts

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I recently had some discussions on Reddit with several people on what they wanted to learn most out of music production resources. I figured, there are millions of videos and articles out there covering all sorts of topics, so I wanted to get some direct interactions with fellow producers and to find out exactly what they wanted to learn. I’m going to give a shout out to one Redditor by the username of Doggy_Blue (I hope you actually have a dog, if you do, hello!) as they said they’d be really interested in learning the important stuff that goes around...

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Thinking Outside the DAW

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There are so many things you need to remember when you’re a music producer, that it can be super easy to forget a crucial piece of information, or some really good advice, or some best practices for your workflow. We’re all guilty of forgetting the basics at some point in our lives, whether it’s in our music production or otherwise, but sometimes an event comes around where you realise what you’ve forgotten, and in the worst cases there can be a significant cost!  If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, then it may help you to understand if I tell...

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