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From Writing to Mastering: Producing Your Own Music 

Hey guys! 

Yesterday, as the New Year came rolling in, I officially released my debut solo EP called Vision Never Dies. It is a big deal for me, as I have never really released music as a recording artist before, though not for years of pining over such a dream. 

The crazy thing about this EP is that I did it all myself, from writing to mastering; all the parts, the instrumentation, the recordings, performances, editing, mixing, and mastering, all done in-house in my home studio. In a way, it was the…

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What Do You REALLY Want? 

Hey guys!

So I know I haven't written in awhile; I've been going through a whole lot and want to make this a really short post, because I'm long-winded enough! 

Anyway, these days there's such a blur between the lines of recording artist and audio engineer, that it's really hard to not get confused about which aspects you really want to focus on. It was only recently that I realized that my musical journey had taken a backseat to my engineering journey. Funny enough, the entire reason I started the latter was…Read more

Music School vs Private Instruction: Which Is Right For You? 

There are three basic ways to learn how to play an instrument: Teach yourself, go to music school, or get private instruction. There are pros and cons to each choice, so let's discuss them!  

Teaching Yourself 
If you are just starting out on your first ever musical instrument, this is probably not the way to go. When you pick up your first instrument, it's very important to have a structured learning environment. This is because music theory is highly cumulative; meaning that if you are misunderstanding a…

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Power of the DAWside: How and Why to Make Templates 

When you open up any given DAW--digital audio workstation--you are almost always presented with a small screen that has multiple templates to choose from. 

For years, I almost always chose "Empty Project" and would then start setting up my session for songwriting, mixing, or whatever I was doing that day. One day, I decided to do some scoring to video, so I decided to check out the corresponding template. That day changed everything. 

All of a sudden, I had all the tools necessary to start composing…

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Power of the DAWside: Virtual Drummer in Logic Pro 

Last time, I showed you guys why it's helpful to arrange your music within your DAW of choice. So in that same vein, I want to talk about Logic's Virtual Drummer and how it can help you realize your musical vision much quicker. 

 I just read a great article over at The Recording Revolution, where Graham called a home studio the ULTIMATE SONGWRITING TOOL. I could not agree more with that sentiment. In fact, I've literally done all of my writing in my home studio. Here's an example, one that Graham uses in…

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Power of the DAWside: The Secrets of Signal Flow 

I know this is the last thing we want to think about as creative musician-types. But we kind of always are anyway... 

Say you're a guitarist or bassist and have a pedalboard. Now, it's pretty common to have a compressor or EQ on it. But, when you were setting it up, did you ever notice that things sounded different when placed in a specific orders? 

That difference is signal flow at work. Without being all science-y, it's basically the path that the audio signal takes through your gear. It's as simple as…

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Power of the DAWside: Compression Basics 

Compressors are one of the most utilized pieces of gear/plugins in audio engineering. So how can we use that to make our songs sound better? 

I really like Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution's way of talking about compressors. He says that their basically a "smart volume fader" and that's exactly right. It's actually really simple, which is confusing for such a widely-used tool, at least for me when I was starting out. 

Today's video takes a look at the stock Logic Pro X compressor and how to get…

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Power of the DAWside: Make EQ Work For You 

An EQ can and usually is the single most powerful tool in any DAW. That's why there are stock EQs in the first place! If there weren't, they wouldn't come with literally every DAW, free or paid. 

So what does it really do? How can you use it to your advantage? Here's a quick tutorial on the EQ that comes with Logic Pro X, what it's features are, and what it can do for your tunes. 

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A well equalized mix can literally make or break it. We use these tools to shape the sound so that we…

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Power of the DAWside: Arranging 

I know this may seem super obvious to some of you, but it wasn't always to me. Using your DAW--digital audio workstation--to arrange your music is one of the most, if not THE MOST important part of the production. Here's why: 

Imagine you spent the big bucks, or even the small bucks, on recording a song that wasn't well arranged. And when something isn't well-arranged, it's pretty easy to tell. If when listening to music, you've caught yourself saying something along the lines of: 

"Man, this song sounds…

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Power of the DAWside: Writing Directly Into Your DAW 

The last couple of decades have seen the rise of mixing In-The-Box, or, using a digital audio workstation to do all the audio processing for a project. Why is this so important? 

When we think about writing or producing music, we tend to think about the traditional methods: notating our music, booking studio time, etc. 

But instead of using these time-tested traditional method, I want to make the case to you of composing directly into your DAW. The reason? 

Say you're writing a song, one you want to…

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