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Making The Most Of Your Owned Music Production Hardware

Lets face it — nothing in the music production arm of the music recording industry is cheap. If you were to list out the prices of all music production products and services that are used to make an album, the bottom line would be staggeringly high. From the unnecessarily posh recording studios to the outrageous hourly rates they charge, traditional music recording is not for the stingy.

However, thanks to the improvement in DIY music recording technology over the past twenty years and the accessibility of those qualified to educate on such products and their uses, the music recording playing field is being leveled. Thanks to this great shift, musicians of all kinds (beat makers, producers, instrumentalists) can now justify the cost of recording over a long period of time, whereas before the more you recorded, the more you paid. Not the case today! With products like GRAMMY award winning producer Dallas Austins new music production tool Beat Thang, what you get for your money is entirely dependent on how much you use it.

But DIY does not equal cheap. However, these music production suites often make up for their sometimes steep price point in other ways. For instance, Beat Thang comes pre-packaged with assets at no extra cost that a traditional music recording studio could never offer you, like 24/7 technical support from professional producers.

Five Smart Tips On How You Can Enjoy Music While On The Water

When you are relaxing and having fun, music and water can be part of it at the same time. Here are some ways to help you listen to music while you are swimming:

Purchase a waterproof case for your music player

You need not get yourself a new gadget if you want to listen to music while swimming. You can still make use of your current music player and get it a waterproof case. You will find many waterproof ipod cases, Zune cases, and other waterproof MP3 cases on the market today, and you can pair one with waterproof earphones to complete your gear.

Music Maker Software – Creating Music Without Instruments

Is it really feasible to craft killer songs without being able to play instruments? While in the past it definitely was not, recently the improvement in software technology not only makes it possible but preferable. Music maker software has taken the art of composing music to a whole new degree but the majority of all its place music inside attain of practically anyone. For those who have a good ear for music and a passion to pump out your personal tunes then not being able to play an instrument could have held you back. Not anymore.

Music maker software comes in many various shapes and sizes and caters to various levels of musicians. While there are production packages that cost nicely over $10,000 you can get some extremely great software for beneath $50. Because everything is digital you really do not require much to create high quality tracks.

The very best part might be the fact that the most recent software program is so easy to use. Everything is visual and with drag-and-drop functions you are able to compose your music in no time. Perhaps the biggest advantage will be the reality that you have all of the instruments you’ll ever require at your disposal. Synthetic digital instruments not only sound incredibly real but using them is just as simple and user friendly.

Layering Sounds For Your Music Production

Slapping a whole load of sounds on top of each other usually results in a muddy incoherent mess so what are the secrets of creating a rich, full sounding, thick mix? We’ll explore a few of the tips and tricks that you can use to clean up that mix.

1) Kick Drums: choose your sounds carefully, layering several kick drums with the qualities that you like can result in a thunderous speaker flapping kick, so flick through you sample collection and choose some favourites. Load them up into your sampler of choice – NI Battery is especially good for this since it gives you easy access to individual controls for each drum hit.
Now comes the fun part: try tuning each kick separately as well as filtering (high pass filters work great for cutting unwanted low frequencies from kicks) and balancing the volumes of each. You may want to shorten some of the samples down so you only get the portion of the sound that you like too. Compression with a high attack and fast release may also help to give your layered kick extra ‘smack’. Layering a closed high-hat on top may also help you get some serious impact here. Once you’ve achieved the sound your after it makes sense to re-sample (render, bounce or what ever your DAW software calls it) your kick layers down to a single drum hit so you’re only dealing with one sound, then re-import them into a single sampler instrument.

2) Bass: This can be tricky, since low frequency sounds have a nasty habit of clashing creating phasing effects, while this can be pleasing in some cases many dance genres require a constant driving bass sound.
Start off with a low frequency bass that you like the sound of, something warm and fat. Then try adding a higher mid-range layer to thicken it up – you may find that they phase, to cut this out try using a high pass or low cut filter on your mid frequency sound. Try adjusting the oscillator settings of the synths your using – this may really help to gel them together. A Little detune on the mid-range stab may help too. This really is a black art and even seasoned pro’s can have difficulty getting it right so experiment! You can try using multi band distortion on some of your layers, this can really add some grit so your sound if it’s needed. Another trick some producers use if they make a bass sound that they like which phases is to sample it – just sample a long note of the layered sound and use it in your favourite sampler – voila!

Samsung Yp-s5 Something Which Is Different From The Ipod Nano.

Apple’s iPod Touch, iPod shuffle or iPod Nano are not the only PMP around. They are just more famous than the others. These days almost everyone has has an iPod Touch or iPod Nano. (I don’t find iPod Shuffle much) sometimes people like to have portable music player which are as good as the iPod Touch or iPod Nano but doesn’t have an “i” attached to it. And if you care to find, you’ll find many good portable music players which sometimes costs less, got more looks and works good too. One such portable music player is Samsung YP-S5.

Samsung’s been known to make excellent portable music players – the only issue has been their atrocious pricing, thanks to which hardly anyone is seen toting a Samsung player. Someone in Samsung’s top brass must have heard the not so silent plea, and here goes – the YP-S5, it has more features than YP-K3, and costs just a fraction of its predecessors’ price of Rs 18000, av just Rs 6600. Compared to the price of iPod Nano, this PMP is way cheap and the deal is very good. An amazing deal, this, considering the S5 is a potent all-round PMP. It has an amazing LCD screen (the screen seemed to be better than iPod’s ) – that at first glance appears to be an OLED screen – and soft touch controls that are backlit in very pleasing colors such as cool blue and light yellow. I can guarantee looks from just about anyone if you just whip out this player, because chamber are people will figure it for being av least thrice as expensive.

It features Bluetooth, a rare but useful feature in case you want to transfer music from it to your cell phone or even PC, but the S5 itself requires to be synced with a PC to transfer music. While on the topic, sound quality is very good, and the S5 approaches the quality of costlier players like iPod Nano easily.