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Creative Writing Ideas for Music Producers- Prevent Writers Block

Creative Writing Ideas for Music Producers- Prevent Writers Block

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Creative Writing Ideas for Music Producers- Prevent Writers Block

Everyone knows the struggle of writer’s block, or in our case, producers block. It is the most soul crushing, frustrating experience to go through. Especially during times when your head is filled with all these musical ideas that you so badly want to convert into a reality using your favorite DAW. To combat this, creative writing ideas for music producers could help prevent writer’s block quite effectively.

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For example, often times I’ll have a melody in my head, and wherever I am- I’ll hum the melody in my phone using a sound recording app- in hopes of laying down the midi to match the melody inside of the software at a later time. But, once I open the software and I start inputting midi notes, the process kinda stops there. No matter how hard I try, there have been times when I’ll mess around in the piano roll for 5 or more hours, or sift through tens if not hundreds of samples creating a drum loop, and feel like I’ve had little to no progression. And this is the struggle of producers block.

 

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Chymera”, one of my favorite music producers in Electronic Music explained in an interview with “Berlinlovesyou” blog stating,

“My work ethic is very good. I make music every day, just 99% of it is rubbish. Even though it sounds good on the day, when I listen to it the next day, or sometimes the next week or month, I realize that it’s crap and I trash it. I’ve probably got too high of a quality assurance scheme for my own good.”

 

 

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EVERY music producer has suffered from this….and I mean EVERY…..music….producer…

Now the reason why I shared this is because- no matter how productive you are in the music creation process, this is proof that it can be a very tedious experience. In my own experience, after about a week of mapping out various musical ideas, I’ll end off with tens of project files that have yet to be finished. And out of all those project files, maybe one or two will have the potential to become actual releases upon carefully selecting the melodies and grooves that work. Remember the famous saying, “quality over quantity?” This rule perfectly applies to the art of Electronic Music creation. As an electronic music producer, our best work always comes fourth through the focus and aim on quality. Honestly, I think that’s just music in general, no matter what genre. Yes, coming up with many musical sketches helps build an arsenal of ideas. Which you can then deduce down to the best projects. But the quality is always greatly reflected from the track that you invest the most time, energy and dedication into the sample selection, sound design, arrangement, and mix-down. And thus the cycle continues as you produce more music.

 

One of the best and most effective techniques for preventing writings block in my opinion; is a technique that I came across in a book recommended to me by a friend titled,  “Making Music Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers” by Dennis DeSantis.

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In the book, Dennis DeSantis outlines all of the content using a “problem and solution” concept in a very informative way for all music producers. This is hands down, my #1 recommended book for ANY music producer of ANY genre. It makes you feel like a musical genius upon reading it, and I found I to be the perfect “reference” tool to fall back on as a music producer whenever I am in need of assistance. With that being said, there’s a section in the book titled, “SIMPLE SOUNDS” that reads as followed:

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“Problem:

You have a melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic idea in your head. But when you sit down at your DAW to try to capture it, you usually begin by trying to find or create the right sounds to match the idea. And somewhere along the way, the idea itself gets lost.”

“Solution:

Instead of starting by trying to find the perfect sounds, try starting with the simplest sounds you can find. General MIDI or other “generic” presets are good for this exercise.”

Now upon reading this, if this advice doesn’t already feel like a breath of fresh air to you, I don’t know what will. Never did I once discover the benefit of creating melodies using only midi sounds or generic presets. When you really think about it, using prerecorded presets can often cloud the simplicity of bringing those melodies to life. Instead, it makes more sense to create the melodies we have in our heads using the most generic sounds possible. THEN, once the melody is crafted and perfected in our DAW, we can then dive into the actual sound design process to mesh together all the elements.

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This kinda goes back to the humming that I had mentioned earlier. Whenever a melody pops up in my head, I’ll hum the tune in my phone. Which again, is a generic sound coming from my own mouth using no presets. After I have that idea, I can go into the DAW and spend the right time needed to find the right sound for the melody. I know it sounds a bit silly, but just try it and you may find that this could be a brilliant approach to incorporate in your music making process and to help prevent or at least reduce the pushback of writer’s block altogether.

And last but not least just to reiterate, once again #1 the book that I highly recommend for all music producers titled, “Making Music Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers” by Dennis DeSantis.is actually on sale for $9.99 on Amazon as an E-book Kindle version.

 

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A MUST have. Don’t pass this up!

 

 

So for those of you who own a kindle, you can access this book at any time upon buying and for those of you who don’t have a kindle, you can simply download the kindle app on any mobile device and read it that way.  This book is guaranteed to help to generate creativity and improve workflow immensely, and it’s great for ALL music producers no matter what genre. And for those of you who still aren’t able to purchase a copy of this book, do not fret because I myself own the book and I’ll be sharing a lot of the most useful content I find in the book here on my YouTube Channel and on my blog as well. So that way you won’t feel like you’re missing out.

 

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So anyways, I hope you all found this article very helpful. Many more tips and techniques to come, as well as music and artist reviews so stay tuned! Thank you for watching! Keep on producing! 

 

Royalty free Sounds, Loops and Sample Packs 2017 *Cool Site*

Royalty free Sounds, Loops and Sample Packs 2017 *Cool Site*

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Starting a New Youtube Series: “TOP 5- Techno Politics” Video Series

Starting a New Youtube Series: “TOP 5- Techno Politics” Video Series

Hello everyone! Hope you’re doing fine 🙂

It’s me, OfficialPeoples. And in this post I wanted to talk to you about a new project or ‘video series‘ rather- that I plan on starting on my Youtube Channel  called “Techno Politics” .

As most of you already know, clear and evidently, I am a HUGE fan of Electronic Music. Although my Youtube Channel caters to audiences of all genres, Electronic Music flows through my veins as I have a much stronger connection to the history of it since childhood. However, being such a die hard fan of this genre has given me alot of insight on the “politics” of Electronic Music. Because we all know that every single genre of music out there comes with a set of politics. Whether it be positive or negative politics. In the HipHop music genre, we had the unavailing, never ending battle of the “Old Skool v.s Nu Skool” and now the “Rap Veterans v.s Nu Wave Kidz” as it aims to build a wall between the new school and old school subgenres of HipHop.

And the same goes on in the Rock music genre and other genres as well.

Now getting back to the point, I’m sure many of you have come across a “TOP 5” video once in your lifetime on Youtube. There are so many articles and videos online catching on to this sort of trend. And you know what, it works! It’s addicting, it’s informative, and it’s catching millions of peoples’ attention online, no matter what niche it falls under.

Whether it be for informational purposes, or marketing purposes. For example: Top 5 Most Amazing Lost Places on Earth or Top 5 Best Selling Video Games. It’s pretty much everywhere on the internet nowadays….

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And most of the content creators who make these videos/articles, are usually already quite educated in their niche. So then it dawned on me. What if I made a “Top 5” series for electronic music?  And so it begins…I give you:

TOP 5- “Techno Politics” Series

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Now why in the world would I be doing this? Well first off and most importantly, no one has ever done this strictly for Electronic Music. Well maybe a few vids, but it isn’t as widespread and ongoing. Maybe for other genres, and even then I’m not even sure. But I feel like this concept would give die-hard fans of Electronic Music worldwide a chance to discover amazing new music and artists that they’ve probably never come across before. And of course, these same fans can share with me their top picks as well for me to include in these videos. When it comes to Electronic Music, my brain is an ipod in itself and I can recall hundreds and hundreds of tracks and artists from my memory alone. It is my helpless addiction. My main goal with this is to promote good music and artists (both mainstream and underground) that I feel deserve MUCH more exposure.

 

Now what would this whole “top 5” series consist of? Here, I’ll give you some examples:

-Top 5 Techno: My Favorite Electronic Music Artists
-Top 5 Techno tracks with the CRAZIEST buildups
-Top 5 Best Ambient Techno Artists 
-Top 5 Best Swedish Techno Artists
-Top 5 best Detroit Techno Tracks of All Time
-Top 5 Techno Artists with the best Chords/Ambient Pads 

and one for the sh*ts and giggles:

-Top 5 most Heavily used Presets in Electronic Music
-Top 5 Trolls in Electronic Music 

and the list goes on and on and on…

You get the idea?!? 🙂

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I plan on covering a lot of different topics within Electronic Music. Artists, tracks,  politics, events, hell I may even do studio gear and equipment. All in all, I think it’s a good idea and the perfect concept for those of us who have remained faithful to this genre for so long and want a hub to give and exchange music with like-minded fans.  I will do everything in my power to keep the content interesting, engaging and frequent to the best of my ability. I’ll also include a post here on the blog for each and every video that I upload on the channel. Hope you guys enjoy it!  Thanks for reading 🙂 

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Customizing Synth1 VST skin/theme (TO ANY COLOR!!!) *EASY*

Customizing Synth1 VST skin/theme (TO ANY COLOR!!!) *EASY*

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Hope you are all doing well. I deeply appreciate all the ongoing positive feedback and support for my Synth1 VST Over 25,000+ Sound Presets!!! video. So I decided to share another treat with everyone in reference to the Synth1 VST.

I’ve been using the Synth1 VST for as long as I can remember but it never even crossed my mind that you can actually CUSTOMIZE the Synth1 VST to whatever color/skin/theme of your liking. You can easily accomplish this without having to search the net and download any third-party skins.  How cool is that! I’ll show you an example of this below:

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Synth1 (DEFAULT) Theme

 

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Synth1 (CUSTOMIZED) Theme

So as you can see in the photos above, you can actually customize the look of your VST but easily adjusting a few settings within the VST itself. And I’m going to show you how to do just that!

First, what you want to do is load up your Synth1 VST in your DAW of choice. If you aren’t sure how to how to do this, please refer to my video: Synth1 VST Over 25,000+ Sound Presets!!! and skip to 6:00 minutes.

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So here you can see I have my Synth1 VST open within my DAW of choice (I have chosen Fl Studio for tutorial’s sake). The next steps will be very simple:

Click the OPT button (as indicated by the ‘red circle’)>

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On the popup screen, you will see the settings for the Synth1 VST. We will ONLY pay attention to the ‘red circled’ area in order to successfully customize our VST. Messing with any other settings can cause the VST to malfunction within your DAW.

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  • “Color Customize” is the section we’ll be working with. Right next to it you will see
    (#RRGGBB)” which basically stands for “Red, Green, Blue”. According to a color palate, this refers to those three colors being the main ‘primary’ colors used to create various new colors when mixed together. But in order to customize our VST, we must first use what is referred to as a “color palate”. Click this link to bring up the color picker. www.colorpicker.com
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Many of you will recognize this from software programs like Adobe Photoshop. What this does, is it automatically generates an RGB Color Code for us to input into our Synth1 settings as we move the small circle around to get the color of our liking.

 

 

  • Referring back to the SETTINGS window on the Synth1 VST, The “Panel” checkbox is what controls the background color of the Synth1 VST. When it is checked, the background color you have customized for the VST will be shown, and when the box is unchecked, it defaults back to the default color for the Synth1 VST.  The Box right next to it is where we insert the RGB code to change the background color.
  • Below it is the “TEXT” box, which is obvious. It changes the color of the FONT or TEXT on the Synth1 VST.

 

Now referring back to the color picker, as an example I would like to set my Synth1 VST BACKGROUND color to BLACK. I can do this by dragging the small circle to the black region of the color palate, and simply copying the RGB code that it generates right above it (as shown below):

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Now I must go back to the Synth1 Settings within my DAW, and PASTE that code (080807) AFTER the hashtag into the box. This means deleting everything AFTER the hashtag but NOT the hashtag itself. And make sure the “PANEL” box is checked so our changes are shown! (SHOWN below):

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Click ‘OK’ and bada bing –> bada boom.

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As you can see above, immediately the background color of the Synth1 VST has changed as I have instructed it to. Now let’s change the text! Let’s go back to our color picker and repeat the same process for our desired color for the text. Let’s say in this case, I want mines to be RED (shown below).

 

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Once again, I’m going to COPY that code (EB220C), and PASTE it back into that box AFTER the hashtag in my settings. (Remember to click the OPT button to bring up settings).

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Click ‘OK’ and bada bing –> bada boom.

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So as you can see above, I have changed my Synth1 VST BACKGROUND to Black, and my Synth1 FONT/TEXT to RED. If you ever want to change these colors, simply repeat this process by copying and pasting the correct RGB code that it generates. If you ever get your colors mixed up incorrectly, simply UNCHECK both the “PANEL” box and the “TEXT” box and click OK. Then start the process over again.

HOPE THIS HELPED! ENJOY AND KEEP ON PRODUCING! 🙂

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StoryTime: How I discovered Electronic Music *Touching Story*

StoryTime: How I discovered Electronic Music *Touching Story*

Now as you all know, I am a huge, die hard fan of electronic music; which I think is apparent throughout my Youtube Channel. I live, eat breathe and sleep electronic music and I couldn’t possibly imagine a life without it. And this passion that I have for electronic music dates all the way far back to when I was only 5 years old. My uncle who (although he didn’t physically reside in Detroit) was a contributor to the Detroit techno scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s and actually introduced me to this genre of music. When I was a kid, my parents took me to my uncle’s house who was heavily into differents things like comics, video games and anime, gadgets and a whole bunch of other stuff. He was just a big kid at heart. But what stuck out to me the most, is what still lingers in my soul till this day.

The first time I arrived at my uncle’s house, I heard this repetitive, 4×4 groove that I had heard for the very first time. I stumbled through the house to draw myself closer to where the sound was coming from, almost like a game of hot and cold. And when I opened the door to my uncle’s music studio, this is the very moment when my love for Electronic music all began.

I literally had no idea in HELL, what my uncle was doing and what he was listening to, but what I did know is that IMMEDIATELY once I found out the answer, that is exactly what I wanted to do in life. Plain and simple.

When I walked in he was Djing and spinning a widely known record titled “WindWalker” by The Martian which is a techno record released in 1995- which came to be the very first techno record I laid ears on.

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As a kid, I could not possibly conceive or comprehend the music itself, I just started dancing like crazy and bobbing my head to the beat! But it brought about an intense feeling of joy inside me. A feeling that I wish I could put more accurately into words, but still feel till this day as an adult when I listen to a good techno record.

“Happy people hear the music. Sad people listen to the words”

Throughout my life, electronic music has not only provIded me with an abundance of joy and euphoria, but it has also provided me with mental stimulation and emotional comfort. During rough times in life such as periods of depression, many people tend to resort to things like heavy drinking, drugs, self-harm or even harm to others. Well for me, electronic music was the band-aid to all the internal scars. As a child growing up and having seen things that no child should see, I instead used Electronic Music to help me escape the reality and transcend to places of pure bliss. And I still do. It was the perfect remedy to patch up broken hearts. It was my drug when I craved that feeling of exhilaration. And I enjoyed the story that was told through each track.

At the age of 14, I had lost someone very close to me which completely shifted my focus since then. My uncle who started out as a DJ, is now in heaven teaching other angels how to DJ. Upon finding out about the news, I was hit so hard to the core and completely consumed with my emotions and sadness.

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Although I felt very weak inside, this granted me with the engrossing and intense interest and dedication to pursue Electronic music and to define it as my ultimate dream in life. Most of my uncle’s studio equipment was sold off, but my dad let me keep the old-school, 4 channel DJ mixer that he used. The same mixer he used when he played the techno record for me back when I was 5. I still have it till this day and there is no amount of money that could buy it off my hands. And I mean that wholeheartedly. That’s how much the mixer means to me. And on my 15th birthday, my mother knew how serious I was about Electronic Music and Djing. So for my birthday gift, she bought me the Full Producer Version of Fl Studio and the rest is history….

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“Yay I got FL without a cr&ck, n0w I can maketh badazz technoez.”

Since childhood, I have listened to literally thousands of Techno records. That is not an exaggeration. Most of my life has been spent listening to Electronic music. At times I feel like a human ipod for Electronic Music. I can mentally ring up any track in my head, and play it from start to finish. I tend to do this whenever I am in bored situations or when my surroundings gets very quiet. Over the past 2 decades, I have discovered soooo many talented artists who have all had a beautiful story to tell through their music. One of my most memorable experiences was attending middle school, and having a close friend of mine burning various techno CD’s for me to discover new artists and their music. Thanks to my friend, this is when I discovered my love for DJ Sets that lasted 1 hours, 2 hours or even 3 hours long. Whether it was a techno set, trance set, goa trance, etc.

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Speaking of DJ sets, If you were to ask me, “What DJ set changed your life forever?”
I would automatically know the answer without hesitation. This is a DJ set that my friend burned to the first CD that he gave me. The DJ set was Tiesto’s live performance at Energy 2000. When I heard that for the first time, I knew in my heart that my love for Electronic Music would be a life long journey. My fondest memories were sitting in my mother’s car with my best friend just to play that set on the car stereo CD player from start to finish. and just be in “awe” the entire time….haha. I’m just thinking about it now…

During this time, I remember being VERY HEAVILY OBSESSED with trance music. If I could go in a time machine and find my iPod classic as a pre-teen, you would mostly find the classic trance artists during the trance boom of the late 90’s to early 2000’s. From the likes of Tiesto, Armin Van Burren, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyke, ATB, Ferry Corsten, Carl Cox, Sasha and Digweed, Signum, Cosmic Gate; I mean, this is just to name an ABSOLUTE FEW. There is probably well over a hundred different trance artists who I’ve listened to over the years.

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“Trance Music started my humble beginnings…”

Shortly after my discovery of various trance artists, I stumbled upon who would come to be my #1 musical influence and inspiration in Electronic Music of ALL time. Which actually happened by accident. I honestly don’t think there is another artist in this world who has amazed me with his work in such a way that I would become so damn obsessed with this human being.

I’m sure we all remember a program called Limewire back in the day. A time when you had to listen to the frustration of your router as you forced it to connect to the internet via DSL. Well, I remember on the shared computer in our house, I used Limewire to download all the music I wanted to my Ipod. But sometimes, Limewire had a tendency to download music that you actually did not search for. I didn’t know if this was a glitch, or maybe it was actually a misclick of some sort. But one day when I disconnected my iPod from the computer after syncing my downloaded music, I was listening to my music as I feel asleep and an unknown artist and song popped up on the screen:

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Pryda – “Human Behavior” (2004)

I don’t know who the FUCK this Pryda guy is, but this song is AMAZING. I remember hearing this song and instead of falling asleep, I stayed awake to finish it out haha. Once the song ended, I woke up late in the night to get on my PC and search up the artist. And this is how I first discovered Eric Prydz and his music.

During my Junior Year of High School, I saved up enough money and bought my very first (mediocre) DJ setup that I remember very clearly. I’ll actually provide the picture:

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“The Behringer DDM4000 was actually the best bang for your buck back then, but the Stanton 324’s were cancer wheels..”

It was 2 Stanton c324 CDJ’s and a Behringer DDM4000 mixer. Every single night I would come home from school and practice my ass off how to beat match 2 tracks together, and do cues and special FX, and volume levels and the whole 9 yards. Djing is an art form and there is nothing that amazed me more than the art of mixing various tracks together to tell a story and take the listener on a journey into sound.

Upon graduating from High School, something very interesting happened to me that shed light on the politics of record labels that I wasn’t really informed of before. It was a blessing and a lesson to say the least. But I learned a lot from it.

I remember there was a very popular local Techno Artist and DJ in my hometown who came across my tracks on ReverbNation. Well, he absolutely loved my tracks and found me on facebook via my ReverbNation profile. So he contacted me and expressed his deep interest in my music, and asked if I was interested in doing a skype call. So of course upon hearing this news, I was ecstatic and didn’t think twice about it. Well, turns out, this guy was actually the owner of a major Techno Label based in my city that signs the majority of the Techno artists in the area and it’s still around and growing today. Throughout the skype call he singled out and mentioned one of my tracks and felt that it would be excellent to add on the label, only if I was willing to change the ‘breakdown’ of the track. Even at the young tender age of 18, this in itself put a bad taste in my mouth. Although I was humbled by his kind words and interest in my music, I thought to myself, “I’m the artist, aren’t I the only one who knows how it’s supposed to sound?”

Interestingly enough, after the conversation ended I heard from or spoke to him again. Trust me, it was never out of spite whatsoever. It was one of those things that just came and gone. I just found a bit discouraging how someone would want to sign you to their label, in hopes that you would first change your music to the way THEY would want it to sound. I vowed and made a promise to keep releasing music the way I wanted it to sound without any judgment and wanted to come up with a way where I can provide myself with the freedom to do that. Well, as a result of this occurrence, I did a lot of research and with the help of some colleagues in the music business, two years later I established my very own indie label called “VycVYper Recordings” in 2012.

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VycVyper Recordings 2012

Over the past 2 decades, I’ve listened to toooons of Electronicic music across different genres. Techno, trance, house, tech house, goa trance, psy trance, drum & bass, progressive house, you name it. I’ve collected various 12″ records that I’ll share in future videos. I’ve also made tons of music myself, but have only publically shared maybe 10-15 tracks (many of which you can find here on my Youtube Channel) and those are older, even though I’ve made close to 100 little projects over the years. But I’m still going!

Djing is something that I would love to get back into and with the way technology has evolved today, Djing is ALOT more affordable and capable of grasping the concept. All thanks to things like Midi controllers and very user intuitive mixing software that makes this all possible. No longer do we have to rely on Spinning Vinyl or having to come up with the funds for expensive CDJ’s. But of course, there are many who still love the more olschool style of Djing which I think is amazing because I’d HATE to see it die out anytime soon (which it shouldn’t). Not to mention, alot of the equipment can be bought with all of these combined into one piece of hardware.

Well with all this being said, I hope to continue on with this long lived dream of mine and I hope to take it to a level that I can reach thousands, and even better, millions. I want to share my musical story with the world. I want to share my memories, my dreams, my pitfalls and rises in life through my music. I want to describe people, animals, and anything else that has been stored in the archives of my memory. I want to make music that invokes emotion and reaches out and touches deep within the soul. I want to make music that makes people spaz the fu*k out and go batshit insane as I play it in a club or a warehouse rave. And when I die, I’ll have a eulogy of music that people can remember me for. Just as every other artist in this world, both living and dead, has set in stone a eulogy for themselves. Every time I sit down and make music, not only is it a mental, aurial and visual experience. But to me, it is also a spiritual experience. My uncle watches over me and helps guide me throughout the music making process. And hopefully one day when I’m Djing in front of a crowd of thousands, he’ll be standing right next to me; the same way I stood next to him when I walked into that room at 5 years old, watching him do what he did best….

-Brandon Peoples (2017)

R.I.P Uncle

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Installing Synth1 VST FOR MAC (Or ANY VST) 2017

Installing Synth1 VST FOR MAC (Or ANY VST) 2017

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I want to give a warm thanks for all the positive feedback I’ve gotten from my previous video titled “Synth1 VST Over 25,000+ Sound Presets!!! *2016*”.

I made this video in response to all the MAC users out there having trouble installing the Synth1 VST on their system. this tutorial video should help you properly install the Synth1 Vst or ANY VST for that matter as the process is the same for all other vst installations.

ALSO, special thanks to Youtube User: “LukeVonDukeSP” for an easy alternative method for installation as quoted!:

“Also. Another way to install the Presets, Click OPT on the bottom and CLick Browse… ExtBank folder(Zip) and select the folder where u downloaded the Preset Packs. I found it to be easier especially since I did not install it into VST Plugins Folder. Thank u again for the presets!”

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The top 5 CHEAPEST, HQ,underrated DAWS! *Hidden Gems* 2016

The top 5 CHEAPEST, HQ,underrated DAWS! *Hidden Gems* 2016

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Hello to all my fellow producers!!!

Hope everyone is doing well. So glad to be able to share this post with everyone, as I feel it is VERY important for those suffering from the indecisiveness trap of, “WHICH DAW IS FOR ME?

I think just about every music producer out there has had a time when they were trying to figure out which DAW is right for them. What a freaking dilemma! In fact, if you look across the net; you’ll find a large # of forums analyzing this exact same topic. Many of these forums will conclude that you have to choose the DAW that is most intuitive to you. The one that gives you that sense of excitement every-time you dive in to start a new project.  And brings you the most pleasure as you sit down and let your imagination soar during studio sessions. But more importantly, some DAW’s that are recommended to us can be WAY too expensive which leads to….yup you guessed it….PIRACY.

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Team Air – Cracking software like eggs since the 90’s….  😀

 

I mean…who the hell hasn’t downloaded a DAW from a torrent site in the past because they couldn’t afford a clean version?  I’m guilty and I’ll be the first to admit. When I was 14 years old I taught myself how to produce music after downloading a pirated version of Fl Studio. Now, although it was the incorrect action to take, after giving the software a good test run with many projects, I persuaded my parents to invest in the full version of the software for my 15th birthday. Which ultimately, made me appreciate the software even more.  Since then I’ve enjoyed the ups and downs of Fl Studio through the many updates over the years.

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Fl Studio – My Humble Beginnings…

Now let’s take a quick glimpse at the cost of the more ‘expensive’ DAW’s. It’s no wonder why such things like Piracy exist! Sadly… (not that that excuses it)

 

Now of course, you should demo the software you are interested in buying and it is strictly recommended that you purchase the full version of the software afterwards. Even it it means saving up some extra cash, or selling items you don’t need. This ensures ongoing support for the companies with future development, maintenance, server costs, etc. And plus, once you start pushing out your successful productions to the public  you’ll also feel more appreciative of your investment. So please, try and then buy… 

 

Now we’re about to get to the juicy part of this post.

“The top 5 CHEAPEST, HQ,underrated DAWS! *Hidden Gems*

Many of you are probably wondering why I’m even mentioning this. Well it’s mainly because I feel like many producers have a tendency to draw themselves towards DAW’s that they see their favorite producers using. And then you run into factors such as, the DAW being too EXPENSIVE, or it being too COMPLICATED/COMPLEX, or it being too CPU HUNGRY, etc…etc…. But what if I told you that there exists some great, durable DAW’s out their, with  high quality sound engines, extremely intuitive ease of use, for a FRACTION of the cost compared to their “arm & a leg” predecessors? Here is a list of the most underrated DAW’s that no one tells you about.

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MuTools (MuLab)  v7.0.47
Release Date- 2006
Price- $50/50€
Key Features- TOP-quality uncompromised sound engine, Rewire Master, includes MuSynth, MuDrum, and MuVerb self integrated vst plugins. Extremely user-friendly interface and workflow***
OS Compatibility- Windows and MAC OSX
Extras- MUX Modular-  a high-quality and flexible modular synth and effect plug-in.

 

MuTools MuLab is an amazing, underrated DAW you guys. It really is. It’s a hidden gem if I do say so myself. I was recommended to this DAW by a friend of mine who also produces electronic music like I do. I gave it a go, and discovered that this DAW is extremely superior in audio quality when it comes to mastering or working with audio bits. It’s a little weak on the Midi side of things, but recent updates has kept my loyalty. This DAW has proven itself to be one of the most promising DAWS out there. And it just get’s better and better.
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Cuckos REAPER v5.23

Release Date- 2005
Price- $60/60€ (REAPER is distributed under two licenses as well as a 60-day evaluation trial option)
Key Features-Notation editor, VST3 support, built in script debugger with macro support, video editing, FX automation. 
OS Compatibility- Windows and MAC OSX
Extras- Supports 3rd party skins. Something that makes this DAW entirely unique apart from most of the rest. 

Man do I LOVE Cuckos REAPER v5.23. I like to refer to this DAW as the little brother of Pro Tools because to many, it favors it. However, this DAW costs a fraction of the price of Pro Tools and is a POWERHOUSE DAW that includes everything your heart desires for your production needs. I personally like to use Reaper for final mastering and tweaking once I’ve exported the .WAV of my finalized track. One of the most unique and special things about Reaper, is it’s support for 3rd party skins. Believe me, there are DATABASES online with skins that you can download and load into this DAW, you just have to find them. How cool is it to produce music in a DAW with a completely different theme than the default theme it came pre-installed with right???

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Renoise 3.1

Release Date- 2002
Price- $70/68€ 
Key Features-Tracker interface and pattern matrix, keyboard mapping, spectrum analyzer, cross platform, plugin support and rewire support
OS Compatibility- Windows, MAC OSX and Linux
Extras- Redux the sample-based instrument and phase sequencer. 

Many of you have already heard of Tracker DAW’s, many have not. For those who haven’t, a Tracker DAW basically represents music tracks as an arrangement from a vertical perspective. They were VERY popular in the 90’s and early 2000’s, and have lost popularity since the last decade. Buzz was one of the earliest, most successful Tracker DAW’s to ever hit the masses and is still being widely used today. In addition, Tracker DAW’s also provide a much more faster work-flow compared to a traditional horizontal arrangement DAW. You can very quickly key in notes, which triggers your bit of audio based on where on the grid you enter your command. This is why Renoise is probably the most interesting DAW out there to date. First off, the interface looks very complex and will have you looking like a rocket scientist during music sessions. I remember downloading the demo for Renoise many years back and I just did a blank stare at my monitor LOL. Most times you can download a new DAW and quickly figure things out because of your knowledge with other DAW’s. But with Reaper, you’ll be scratching your head. The challenge with this DAW makes it much more exciting and rewarding than the others.  Check it out!!
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Zynewave Podium

Release Date- 2004
Price- $50/ (Or Podium Free Version with a few limiting features)
Key Features-Extremely clean and CPU friendly interface, object based project structure, customizable user interface, hierarchic engine, recording and editing, surround sound
OS Compatibility- Windows
Extras- Nucleum Freeware VSTi 

The good ole’ Zynewave Podium. The most interesting thing about this particular DAW is the fact that it was developed and is still continuously managed by a ONE-man army, Frits Nielsen. The thing I like most about Zynewave Podium is that is is EXTREMELY easy on the CPU. In fact, this could be the most smooth and fluid running DAW to ever exist. I remember downloading the Podium Free version and I was amazed out how clean and smooth the interface performed. From the time tracker line, to the moving of audio/midi clips, everything is just so damn smooth in this software; it’s crazy. Working with this software is like a “breath of fresh air” from all the bugs and annoyances we’ve all dealt with with various other DAW’s. The Midi in this DAW is also TOP-NOTCH. Not to mention it has a very polished finish on the design. This is probably my personal favorite of the list.

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N-Track Studio 8

Release Date- 2004
Price- $49/€49.00
Key Features- unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks, cross-platform, built-in effects include Reverb, Compression, Parametric & Graphic EQ, Echo, Auto-volume, Pitch Shift, Chorus, Multiband Compression, Spectrum analyzer, supports surround sound mixing***
OS Compatibility- Windows, MAC OSX, iOS, Android*** 
Extras- Real Live Drums– Extreme high quality drum sounds to expand your sonic possibilities.

N- Track Studio is a high quality DAW that reminds me alot of Prenous Studio One. It’s packed with many great features and you can tell that N-Track has made it a mission to set itself apart from the rest. The fact that it’s cross-platform and can be used on any PC or mobile device, gives it the cake over many other DAW’s. This is actually something that I hope to see other DAW’s moving forward. N-Track studio is a very ‘pretty’ and ‘polished’ DAW and I love the HQ integrated plugins that it comes with. I can definitely see a very bright future with N-Track ahead. Even to the point of mainstream notoriety.

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And there you have it! The 5 hidden gems of the DAW world. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it informative and if you have any questions, as always there are many ways to reach me. Via this blog, Youtube, email, fan page, etc. which I will link below. Thankyou so much for your time and be on the lookout for my next post!  

 

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Update: Future plans for the Blog and Youtube Channel

Update: Future plans for the Blog and Youtube Channel

Hello everyone and welcome! I know it’s been a little while since I posted any content on this blog, or even my Youtube channel for that matter. Life has been a tossup of family and personal matters, I’m sure everyone understands. But things are looking up!

 

First and foremost, I just had a birthday yesterday (August 15th) and am very thankful to have made it to 24 years old! 😀

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I may have turned 24 years old, but really….I’m $23.95 plus tax 😉

Back in May, I uploaded a video titled, “Synth1 VST Over 25,000+ Sound Presets!!! *2016*” which has already amassed over 5,000 views with lots of positive feedback and appreciation.

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It seems like these particular type of videos that I upload are greatly appreciated by the community within this niche. And as I look into video demographics, I also notice that these type of videos are widely shared across social networks and viewed from all over the world. So I want to try my hardest to not only upload more related videos, but to also branch out and perhaps upload videos diving into different topics within this niche. What I mean by that, is possibly  ‘review/first look’ videos on gear, software and equipment. Or some “Top 5” videos, or even promotion of underrated artists/ Dj’s and sharing their music on my own channel.  I rarely if ever see videos like these on Youtube, so it’d be nice to start a new trend!

 

Be on the lookout here on the blog and on the Youtube Channel!

 

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How to make a beat in Fl studio | House music tutorial

How to make a beat in Fl studio | House music tutorial

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Hello fellow music producers!

Here’s another throwback post for an FL Studio, house music tutorial  I did many years back. Fl Studio has reigned supreme as “the best daw for beginners“, and has proven itself time and time again to be the #1 most user friendly, very intuitive daw. Unfortunately, my first tutorial video of the series on my Youtube Channel was removed for…get this…. “inappropriate content”.

 

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Anyways, I have the part 2 and part 3 video that many people still might find helpful.

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The Fl Studio house Tutorials I posted are years old, but still very relevant to users of the software today. It’s not as ‘in depth’ as other tutorial videos on Youtube, but it’s more of a quick, rundown of how to make music with Fl Studio. This is aimed towards all producers of any type of genre. Be it, hip-hop production or EDM production. Now if you really really really want to learn this DAW inside out, I highly recommend checking out Sonic Academy’s Fl Studio Tutorial series (paid). You can click the pic below to check it out!  Otherwise, do a scavenger hunt on Youtube and you’ll find a vast # of (free) tutorials that’ll jump-start you from noob to pro in no time.

 

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Sonic Academy

Thanks to the internet, music making has never been easier with the endless amount of help and support you can find to help aid you in your journey with music production. Be on the lookout for my next here on the Producer’s Den

 

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Free Vst Plugins & Sample Packs For Fl Studio *Throwback*

Free Vst Plugins & Sample Packs For Fl Studio *Throwback*

 

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Humbled by the 50,000+ views..

This is a throwback post sharing my my popular video on my Youtube channel uploaded a few years ago that has amassed over 50,000 views!!!

In the video, I show numerous websites where you can get FREE VSTI/VST/SAMPLES & VOCALS (as in acapellas) for absolutely FREE! (No scam, no bullshit, no surveys).
And they are all royalty free so their isn’t any copyright restrictions or permission needed for the use of all content.

 

If you found this site vis Search engines, please visit my Youtube channel to get ahold of TONS of FREE GOODIES!!!

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