Tracktion has announced that the T7 DAW digital audio workstation for Windows, MacOS, and Linux is now free to download and use. Priced at $60 when released back in 2016, the full version of T7 DAW is now freeware. Keep in mind that this is not a “lite” or a feature-limited version of the software. You’re getting [...]
Working in the music business can bring its fair share of ups and downs.
I need more than one hand to count the times I wanted to give up.
However, the love of music has always won out.
If your going through one of those periods or wanting to give up, here are 25 inspirational music quotes for musicians that might help.
“Music should be your escape.” – Missy Elliott
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius
“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen
“Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness.” – Jason Mraz
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
“Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” – Modest Mouse
“Music drives you. It wakes you up, it gets you pumping. And, at the end of the day, the correct tune will chill you down.” – Dimebag Darrell
“Good music is good music, and everything else can go to hell.” – Dave Matthews
“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” – Johnny Depp
“Music is feeling. You can try to verbalize it. It really just hits you or it doesn’t.” – Gene Simmons
“Music is a thing that changes people’s lives. It has the capacity to make young people’s lives better.” – Noel Gallagher
“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” – Tom Waits
“Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.” – Christian Nestell Bovee
“Music is like a huge release of tension.” – James Taylor
“It’s like if the music is loud enough I won’t be able to listen to my own thoughts.” – Nic Sheff
“I need music. It’s like my heartbeat, so to speak. It keeps me going no matter what’s going on – bad games, press, whatever!” – LeBron James
“Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” – Lou Rawls
“Music is the only thing I’ve ever known that doesn’t have any rules at all.” – Josh Homme
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou
“The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” – Roy Ayers
“That’s the amazing thing about music: there’s a song for every emotion. Can you imagine a world with no music? It would suck.” – Harry Styles
“Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. It acts as medicine.” – Macklemore
“Music is a very big participant in everything I do, from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed.” – Zoe Saldana
“I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.” – Adele
“If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.” – Richard M. Nixon
Pluginboutique is running a 77% OFF deal on iZotope Ozone 8 Elements, a compact all-in-one solution for audio mastering in the box. Normally priced at $129, Ozone 8 Elements can become your next favorite mastering software for just $29 until August 13th, 2018. Featuring a selection of tools from the Ozone 8 Advanced mastering suite, Ozone [...]
Bluezone Corporation has released a free sample pack containing 1 GB of free sci-fi sound effects in 24-bit WAV format. The sample pack is a 0.98 GB download (1.01 GB when extracted) and contains 120 sound effects in total. The included sounds were handpicked from various commercial Bluezone Corporation releases. Most sounds share a similar [...]
Samples From Mars has released Free 808 From Mars, an 808 drum machine sample pack featuring a handpicked selection of royalty-free sounds from their forthcoming 808 From Mars library. Free 808 From Mars contains two 808 drum kits. Each kit comes with sixteen samples which were passed through a suite of high-end studio hardware and then [...]
Mixing your song can be an overwhelming challenge. It’s hard to know where to start.
Should you mix the drums first or start with the vocals? What effects should you put on?? Ugh!
I think it’s best to try a minimalist approach. The less plugin and processing the better. So if that’s the direction we are going, in what should we do first?
Prepare the Vocals for Mixing
I like to start with vocals first. They are usually the most critical part of the song. So my creative brain power should be put best to use on the vocals. Here are the steps I take:
- Clean it up! Clean up the parts that have room noise and headphone bleeding. This is pretty easy to do cause you can visually see this on the waveform. I also like to add fades to the parts that I leave to avoid clips and clicks.
- Gain down Breaths. Some singers take deep breaths before every phase. The breath can become very distracting. When this happens, I like to gain down each breath 5 to 10 DB. I do this instead of cutting them out because it makes the performance sound more natural.
- Kill the Plosives! Sometimes an artist won’t have a popper stopper or they might pronounce “p’s” too loud. This can kill a recording and be very distracting. Cutting out some of the low-end can help eliminate this. I tend to use the Izotope RX-6 De-Plosive plugin. It works wonders.
- Multiband Compress. Next, I like to kill any unwanted frequencies. You can do this with a standard EQ, but I like to use a multiband compressor or dynamic equalizer. So instead of carving out whole frequency ranges, I can pull down unwanted frequencies when they come up too much.
- Reduce Sibilance. This can be done by using a de-Esser or by manually gaining down the parts that have strong sibilance. I tend to do a bit of both. De-ess for general sibilance maintenance, while gaining down the super strong elements.
I hope this helps, check out the video below for a more detailed explanation of some of these concepts. Also, if you feel your struggling trying to get that perfect mix, you can check out my mixing and mastering prices here.
FabFilter Pro-L2 is a limiter plugin, the revised and improved version of its Pro-L predecessor. FabFilter has gone from strength to strength over recent years, becoming a household name in the world of music production. I have previously reviewed Pro-R and Pro-G, respectively a reverb and gate plugin. Take a look at those two articles [...]
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One might think I’m a bit bias writing this article seeing how I run an online mixing and mastering service. However, I started this company five years ago with the idea of helping upcoming artists, not trying to scam them.
With all the different services out there, I’ve had clients tell me some of the bad experiences they have had.
To me, that’s just lame. You should get what you paid for, and when a “professional” is going to mix your song, you should be 100% happy at the end.
So here is a list of questions I think you should ask any of us before you pay to get your song mixed and mastered.
- Do they have a Refund Policy? – I get not wanting to offer a refund policy. Mixing and Mastering takes a lot of time, and to not get paid for your time sucks. But you know what sucks even more? Artists who spend their hard earn money for a mix they can’t use. That’s why I put my money where my mouth is. If you don’t like my mix, you get a refund. I feel confident enough in my skills to be able to do that. I know I’m not going to nail every mix. Being perfect is impossible. So for the few I don’t, I’d rather them find someone who can bring their vision to life.
- Who’s Mixing and Mastering My Song – I think this is a valid question when paying for an online mixing and mastering service. I look at some sites, and I can tell right away who’s mixing the song. I see other’s and I have no idea. I think having a one-on-one connection is vital in the mixing and mastering process. So make sure you get directly communicate with the mixing engineer.
- Where are they Mixing my Song? – This one is a bit tricky, cause I know some dudes who can get a really good mix in a bedroom studio. However, you can gain some perspective into how serious and experienced the mixing engineer is by seeing where he mixes and masters. I mix in a professionally designed room with some of the best gear made in the world. Does it make my mixes better than the guy mixing your song in his bedroom? I give myself the edge on that one.
- How many revisions do I get? – After you get the first mix, you might want to make changes. Knowing how many revisions you get might be helpful in making a decision. I offer 2-3 with a small fee for extras, some offer none, others offer unlimited. So depending on how picky you are, that could be a deciding factor.
I hope these questions will be helpful for you when picking your next mixing and mastering engineer. Feel free to reach out if I can help in any way.
It Might Get Loud Productions has re-released their Anarchy Drums sample library as a completely free download for all interested users. Anarchy Drums by It Might Get Loud Productions is a drum plugin which was originally released commercially but has recently been set free. The developers are metal guys who are home studio producers, and [...]
Plugins. Plugins, Plugins….
So many to choose from these days, I can’t even keep track!
However, I seem to always come back to a few workhorses over and over again. The Fab Filter ProQ is an all-time favorite, as well as the UAD 1176. ( Or any 1176 plug for that matter.)
So when it comes to Mastering what are the best mastering plugins to use?
But to get songs loud, and everyone wants them loud, I depend on three amazing plugins to do the job.
- Sir Audio Tools Standard Clip – Clipping is a great way to cut down stay transients so you can get your song louder without squeezing it too much. I use clipping to help my limiter not have to work so hard. For clipping, this is the plugin I’ve found works the best.
- Leapwing Audio Dynone – This plugin is a monster. it is a parallel multiband compressor. However, it does so much more. You must hear it to believe it.
- Izotope Ozone 8 – A modern day classic. This plugin does it all. If I need a little more eq, or I need to widen the mix a bit more this baby can help. The limiter on it works quite well too. It’s the swiss army knife of mastering plugins.
So there you have it. 3 of my favorite mastering plugins. You can watch the video for a more in-depth review of all three.
Now give them a try, and if you still can’t get the mastering sounding right, you can come back here and hire me.
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