4 Legendary Music Producers

Dr Dre – Hip Hop This legend of the rap scene began his journey in the mid 80s as he learned the skills it would take to be a hip-hop producer. As a founding member of the gangsta rap outfit NWA, Dre was on the front lines of ground-breaking hip-hop as the era welcomed the new sounds. From here Dre took a more backstage role and became renowned for touching up the sounds created by others in the studio. From his throne here he has helped several acts skyrocket to fame including none other than Eminem. The name Dr Dre was passed around so frequently that he is now synonymous...

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Making Yourself More Memorable

How to Increase the Recognition of Your Name and Music? You may have learned how to play an instrument from a very early age, you may have learned the fundamentals of digital recording, you may even be able to master and finalise your music all by yourself, yet despite all of this the biggest struggle is yet to come – recognition. Being recognised as a musician is the difference between making and breaking it on the scene and it is a huge struggle that causes most people with their eyes set on stardom to pack up for good. Today it’s just as tough to stand out from the crowd, just...

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How to Spice Up Your Performance

When you are starting out as a new act there are lots of obstacles you have to overcome, but once you get into the swing of things you can feel like your set has hit a plateau. Playing the same tracks nightly in the same order may get a little tedious for you but to audiences it is still new, however your deteriorating lack of enthusiasm can affect your performance. (more…)

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Affordable Gadgets for Music Making

New Additions for Your Home Studio or Performance If you have been using the same equipment for a long time you might find that the monotony has caused you to hit a bit of a creative wall. Don’t get too troubled by this, it makes complete sense, especially when you see the studios of high ranking musicians packed to the rafters with all sorts of tools ready to keep them inspired and experimenting with different sounds. However, you probably don’t have the budget to buy an additional thousand pound guitar, or probably can’t splash out on a retro analog synth from a dedicated 80’s collection. This doesn’t mean you are...

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Sound Check: Tips so Everything Goes Well

The sound test is, for those who still don’t know, the mandatory process by which every musician or group must go before a concert. The objective here is to find the best sound mix for that live presentation, depending on the equipment and instruments used, the voices and the dimensions and characteristics of the room. It can be analyzed under two points of view: in front of or on the stage. The cooperation between the two parties, musicians and technician, will guarantee optimal results. But, for that to happen is important to stick to these simple "rules”. Here are some pro tips for the sound test to go perfectly: Anticipate...

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How to Choose the Ideal Music Producer?

There are some characteristics that a good music producer should have. Why? Because being a music producer is more than having contacts, a university degree or conducting a recording studio. Not to dismiss academics, but over time it has been proven that a truly competent music producer must go beyond books and equipment. Let's talk about the highlights (without an order of relevance) that a musician with a desire to succeed should look for in a music producer: Musical Culture One of the main characteristics that every music producer should have is musical culture. A good producer has as a habit of always trying to find and listen to new...

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Golden Rules for Dealing with a Sound Technician

What a thrill! Your band finally gets a call to perform at the hippest bar in town and the sound engineer is included in the deal. This means less stress and only worrying about one thing: Playing. The technician can be the architect of the success of the show or ruin the party for everyone. But this isn't always the technician's fault, some bands are really hard to tame to work with the man behind the mixer. Respect the Technician’s Time Try to consider the set time to assemble and disassemble the equipment. The technician doesn't have to wait for 20 minutes behind the mixer while the band is pulling...

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4 Reasons Bedroom Producing Is Better

The classic music studio is becoming a thing of the past and has been dying out for decades. Once upon a time this was the only way bands could record their music for later listening, but today with a microphone on every smartphone and music equipment becoming way more affordable the rise in bedroom producers is seemingly infinite. Though the old school ways have their uses, like large rooms for live group sessions, here are several reasons why the new way of producing is superior to the ways of the past. No Lugging Equipment About With a bedroom set up you don’t need to carry heavy instruments and amps anywhere....

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Sound Check 101 for Singers

The sound test for a live performance is fundamental for both the performers of the world of classical music and those of modern music. The latter, when amplified (voices and instruments) must have a minimum knowledge of what happens when the sounds and particularly the voices are amplified. Professional bands usually have a sound technician with them who will be a key person when it comes to understanding the basic terminology of doing a sound check. That will help his work and will help the singer know what he is asking of the technician. In the case of amateur bands, the adjustment between the voices and the instruments should be...

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