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Friday, December 5, 2014

Music Production and Experimentation - Part 2


I've recently been working on music as an alternative hobby/career as has been indicated by the contents of this blog.

For an idea of some of the stuff that I'm interested in, please checkout my YouTube profile. There may be some remixes and some original stuff coming out in the near future via this avenue (some of the lower quality productions/samples are likely to go out via YouTube while the higher quality stuff is likely to go out via other outlets).


Compression as opposed limiting to reduce impact of increasing volume and limiting effect.
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/dynamic-processors-compressorslimiters.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_range_compression
http://www.audio-production-tips.com/limiter.html
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun99/articles/mixcomp.htm

Some interesting information on creating Vinyl effects in Ableton.
http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/blog/how-to-create-a-vinyl-effect-in-ableton/
https://forum.ableton.com/viewtopic.php?t=2463
http://www.afrodjmac.com/blog/2013/09/21/free-ableton-live-pack-91-vinyl-scratcher-effect-plus-delay-modes-tutorial
http://www.afrodjmac.com/blog/2012/05/09/ableton-live-pack-56-vinyl-crackler
http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2012/05/11/ableton-live-vinyl-crackler-rack/

If you've ever heard electronic music you'll have heard strange electronic, vocal sounds before.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocoder/
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/electronic-music-instruments-electronic-music-production/567980-what-best-sounding-software-vocoder-if-such-thing-exists.html
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/tutorial_vocal_removal_and_isolation.html
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Vocal_Removal_Plug-ins
http://audionamix.com/

Listen closely to a lot of modern music and you'll realise that a lot of it contains multiple drum machine synthesisers with often clever overlapping and layering.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_machine
http://www.attackmagazine.com/features/top-ten-classic-drum-machines/
http://www.sweetwater.com/c643--Drum_Machines_Modules
http://electronicmusic.wikia.com/wiki/Drum_synthesizer

Despite what I had previously thought about building modern electronic music it's not that easy.
http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-House-Track
http://news.beatport.com/how-to-write-a-hit-house-track-10-top-tips/
http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/26-house-production-tips-486841/
http://www.edmproducer.com/writing-melodies/
https://www.samplemagic.com/details/72/the-secrets-of-house-music-production
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_structure_%28popular_music%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-two-bar_form
http://www.wikihow.com/Produce-and-Write-Dance-Music
http://emusictips.com/2008/08/top-10-signs-your-electronic-music-is-amateur/
http://www.howmusicworks.org/910/Writing-Songs/Song-Structure
http://www.sommercamp.at/workshop2010/Songwriter/Writing_files/craftofSongwriting.pdf
http://dougashdown.com/An%20Introduction%20To%20Songwriting.pdf
http://www.songwritingfever.com/books/getstarted.pdf
https://garyewer.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/8-tips-for-writing-a-song-bridge/
http://homerecording.com/bbs/general-discussions/singing-vocals/how-do-you-write-bridge-song-structure-general-152631/
http://www.learneverythingabout.com/lyrics/song-structure-bridges.html
http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Bridge-for-a-Song
http://www.satoshitomiie.com/?p=766
http://www.learneverythingabout.com/lyrics/song-structure-bridges.html
http://www.soundstosample.com/blog/pro-tips/progressive-house-production-tips

Building software synthesisers for profit using Reaktor and other software.
http://basicsynth.com/
https://www.dubstepforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=63293
https://www.udemy.com/build-a-synth-in-reaktor/
http://software-tips.wonderhowto.com/how-to/build-basic-modular-synth-reaktor-5-1-295767/
http://www.sonicacademy.com/Training+Videos/Course+Overview/Learn-How-To-Make-a-Synth-using-Native-Intruments-Reaktor.cid2095
http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2009/02/26/very-basic-modular-synth-made-in-reaktor/
http://www.nireaktor.com/reaktor-tutorials/building-a-basic-reaktor-synth/
http://www.synthedit.com/

Some notes that should keep your stuff from sounding amateurish.
http://www.nonalignmentpact.com/2008/09/telltale-signs-that-youre-amateur.html
http://www.hometracked.com/2008/02/05/auto-tune-abuse-in-pop-music-10-examples/

Sound effects feature heavily in modern music. Keep up with your reading.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phasing_%28music%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaser_%28effect%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcrusher
http://electronicmusic.wikia.com/wiki/Bit_crushing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dither
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorus_effect
http://www.sae.edu/reference_material/audio/pages/fullindex.htm

Some interesting software synthesisers/VST's out there.
http://boscomac.free.fr/
http://www.phuturetone.com/
http://www.vintagesynth.com/
http://freesoftsynth.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_synthesizer
http://www.musictech.net/2013/09/software-synths/

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