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Creating a Professional Sound w/ Jack WoodLearning how to make your music sound professional does not have to be a lengthy process. If you’ve spent hours tweaking the mix of your latest track and it still doesn't bear comparison with your favourite releases, this course will give you the help you need to take your productions to the next level with Ableton Live. You will learn how to: Pro grade mixing template Why sound/ sample selection is key Gain staging strategy Basic EQ for a clean sound Sidechain compression Identifying issues in the mix EQ and compression How to make something quieter but sound louder Advanced Bus Processing Lessons: 1. Introduction Jack introduces himself and what he will be covering in this webinar. He talks about problems he faced when starting off and what he did to overcome them to achieve professional sounding tracks. 2. Organising Your Project Using templates to mix your tracks is key to saving time and staying consistent from track to track. Alex gives you some simple tips on setting up your project for easy and convenient workflow, from pre-loading samples into your instrument racks to using reference tracks to help your mix. 3. Making a Sound Louder Without Affecting the Mix Jack shows you how to get the most out of your sounds without having to turn the volume up in the mix. He demonstrates how he uses basic mixing techniques such as EQ and Compression to create space in the mix for each element and let the samples shine through. 4. Stem Mixing the Drums Jack demonstrates a ‘stem mix’ of his drum buss channel, going through each track in the group and what processing he would use to make it sit better in the mix and drum groove. 5. Live Q&A Would you suggest not to exaggerate with the stereo expander as it may make your tracks sound worse in clubs? Can you give some tips on panning on drums, synths and vocals? Why or why not? The majority of your track is in MIDI, would you recommend this over audio files and what is the reason why? Can you show how you would go about mixing kick and bass as these are the areas I struggle with when pushing the volume for the final mix? I see you mix a lot in session view, do you use automation for your affects and mixing?
Workflow, Playing Live and Polyrhythms w/ Jamie Rial (AudioJack)In this course, Audiojack’s James Rial shows you his workflow when producing music live, using Akai’s APC Controller and Ableton Live. This approach is great for people who want to move away from working in the box and learn to produce in a more ‘live’ format. When producing live it is essential to keep your music simple. James shows you how to keep things interesting by using a few techniques such as automation and polyrhythms, as well as tension and release. You will learn how to: How to improve your workflow and maintain a consistent sound by using templates Using colours and structure to stay organised Keeping your music as simple as possible by using 8 tracks or less The benefits of making music live An introduction into polyrhythms; what they are and why they're useful Lessons: 1. Introduction James introduces himself and briefly discusses what he will be covering today, which includes some helpful tips on how to harness your creativity and overall speed up your workflow. He demonstrates his workflow using Ableton templates and a APC controller, 2. Using Templates and Project Organisation Jack goes through each channel in his project on Ableton’s session view. He uses a different template for each element from Drums to Bass, FX and Ambience, which consists of effect chains, macro controls, sends/returns and audio racks to help speed up the production process. 3. Writing Polyrhythms Using polyrhythms in your productions is a great way to avoid repetition and keep your music interesting. Jack creates his polyrhythms by layering several melodies that have different loop lengths. In this way, the patterns will continue to loop around and interact with each other at different times, creating a completely new sequence for each bar. 4. Live Q&A Is that the same delay effect that you were using in your earlier AudioJack music? How do you get such a full quality sound with minimal channels? What are some tips you can give for people trying to get into producing in a live format? Is it always the bass you use to anchor the 4/4 beat or do you use another dominant synth? Do you usually record your take in live and for the final version would you go back and make edits? Does the APC allow you to manipulate the settings on each envelope like Ableton's Push? Or do you rely on the Sends to create certain effects such as the Flanger? Have you ever tried this setup with Ableton's Push?
Discover Logic Pro's Melodic Tool Kit w/ Estelle RubioEstelle dives into Logic Pro x to teach us how to make melodic aspects of dance music. She teaches her tips and tricks for those who may not know musical theory to get started on their tracks. You will learn: How to make and use arpeggiators How to make melodic parts and aspects of dance music in Logic Pro x How to use pattern loops How to build your own Basslines How to start your arrangement Lessons: 1. Introduction Estelle starts looking at the melodic aspects of dance music. She shows quick and easy tips to start your tracks. 2. Melodic Sequencers Estelle explains the differences between pattern loops and normal loops. She opens up Step sequencer and shows us how to change the preset pattern to create ambient and melodic sequences. 3. How to make arpeggiators Estelle uses alchemy and musical typing to create arpeggiators. She explains the benefits of alchemy and why she uses alchemy in many of her tracks. 4. How to build your own patterns and Basslines Using a Step sequencer she changes the pattern of bass presets. She uses mega wide chorus to show us how build your own patterns and basslines 5. Arrangements Estelle shows us how she would start thinking and planning out her arrangement breaking them down into sections. She explains that she is always thinking about core structures when working with arrangements. 6. Live Q&A From where you left off would you continue building on more melodic parts or would you continue working on arrangement? Do you ever use tools like midi packs like captain chords or scalar to build the melodic structure of your song ? Is there much difference between the touch and latch when writing automation ? Is the Vocal sample something you built or was it an alchemy preset ?
How to Remix in Logic Pro w/ Ian BlandThis course is a track deconstruction that was used as a remix competition for mixmasters members. In Logic Pro Ian deconstructs the track ‘special love’ which was released on Maison Records. Looking for more of a house music approach to the contest, the track features a fantastic vocal that should be incorporated into the remix. You will learn: Processing Drums Using Auxiliary Channels Referencing your track Creating Basslines Melody and Vocal Production Master Channel Plugins Lessons: 1. Introduction Listen to the original track ‘special love’ , a laid back piano-house track composed by Ian Bland. 2. Processing Drums & Auxiliary Channels Showing his process of his remix, Ian starts with the kick and uses a variety of plugins from Slate Digital, UAD, Solid State Logic & PanCake. He shares his methods of creating auxiliary templates for ease of access when you open a project file. 3. Reference Your Track Ian highlights the importance of A/Bing a track, using Plugin Alliance AB as a tool to reference other tracks, this can help your mixdown process significantly. 4. Basslines He uses Roland Juno 106 to craft his bassline in this remix. Along with sidechaining plugins by LFO Tool, Virtual Mix Rack by Slate Digital, SSL Eq & Brainworx Modus Equalizer. 5. Melodies & Vocals Ian swears by the Roland Cloud subscription, he uses the Xv5080 to create Rhode sounds, using the UAD Precision K-Stereo to create width in the mix & Valhalla Reverb for Space Design. LA 2A for compression and Kontakt Libraries for Pianos. 6. Master Channel Plugins Taking a look at his mix plugins for the master channel, Mixroom & Bassroom can help you match frequencies to a reference track of your choice. 7. Live Q&A Where can we find the track so we can use it as a reference ? Does the track have to be mastered? How did you buy the Roland Cloud plugins? How do you submit the track?
How to Remix a Disco Track w/ Lenny FontanaThis course is a track deconstruction and was used as a remix competition for Mixmasters members where 2 of our members were signed to Lenny’s label. Lenny shares his thoughts on how best to remix his track ‘On His Mind’; The tools he uses to process vocals and what elements of his track should be retained in order to remix the track whilst paying respect to the original sounds. You will learn: How to enter the Mixmasters Lenny Fontana remix competition How Lenny Fontana would approach remixing a track How to process vocals Which plugins Lenny uses when producing disco and house records Why a track’s mixdown is vital when remixing Lessons: 1. Introduction Lenny introduces himself and reveals the details about his remix competition. 2. Track Deconstruction & Advice Lenny talks us through the track he is offering up for remixing. He shares his personal ideas on how he would remix the track. He discusses why using reference tracks, asking for feedback and the mixdown will be crucial to help your chances of winning the competition. 3. Production Techniques What are Lenny Fontana’s favourite plugins? Learn which plugins Lenny uses and how he might apply compression, EQ and reverb when working with vocals. Gain further insight into how Lenny would approach remixing the STEMS himself. Plugins discussed include: Waves’ DBX vocal compressor, API 550B equaliser, H-Delay and Slate Digital’s VerbSuite Classics. 4. Live Q&A Lenny answers questions on his Mixmasters remix competition. He also discusses what are the different types of delays, how and when to use each type of delay. If the vocal is already compressed why would you compress it again? Is that 1/16th delay providing a doubling effect? Can you use it to make a synth stronger? What is the best way of adding some warmth if the vocal is sitting a bit proud after EQ and you've already ridden the fader or does this happen in the mastering process? Are you a fan of the spatial analyzer ?
Track Deconstruction: "Lessons in Dub" w/ SaytekIn this remix competition for Cubism Records, Saytek covers everything from programming and processing drums to exporting stems. In this course he deconstructs two tracks; first his original ‘Lessons in Dub’; Then his remix of the track. You will learn: How to prepare a remix with good sound quality The steps to approach a remix How to deconstruct a track Lessons: 1. Introduction Saytek discusses his label Cubism Records, through this label he managed to release his album Machine Jams, which was well received by Carl Cox who played 8 of the tracks on his Space Ibiza closing party. 2. Drum Group Using solely Ableton Live 10 effects and processing functions, Saytek breaks down the drum group he created to make this track. He uses processes such as Bit Reduction and Drum Buss to fatten up the group. 3. Bass & Stabs Looking at the sub-bass layer that Saytek runs through a guitar amp. Next he layered in the dubby chord he created with Analog: 2x Sawtooth waves with Unison applied to them, Filter Delay and Echo. He then plays the track in full. 4. Exporting Stems How to export stems properly for a remix, Saytek recommends bouncing loops of the track with Normalisation on. 5. Live Q&A Do you have a go to method when creating a bassline; Is there any music theory behind it that always works? Will the remix still work if the BPM is changed? i.e., 127-128 Can we have access to the stems/ file of the track? What style do you want the remix to be in? How long do we have to complete the remix Do you use a reference track when arranging? Does Cubism consider dub techno tracks? What elements of the track do you feel need to be recognizable? Do you want us to only use the samples given? Where did you find your inspiration? Are you sending the original track as well as the stems to refer to? Can we use the sample pack as a starting point and create our own sounds? Must the track be mastered?
Look Mum it's me! How to Pitch Your Music with P.R w/ Tony AllenTony has been involved in the electronic music space for over a decade now - as a consumer, performer, and industry professional. He has a wealth of experience covering events management, artist management, artist booking, PR & much more. In this course, Tony teaches you how to do your own PR and how to get your music featured by channels, brands, blogs, websites, and playlists. You will learn: How to pitch your music with P.R How to do your own P.R from home How to be featured by channels, brands, playlists, and blogs Lessons: 1. Introduction In this lesson, Tony briefly explains how you can start doing your own P.R. from home. While giving you the tools to help you get started on building your artist’s presence. 2. How you can do P.R. in-house Tony explains how you do not have to pay companies to do your P.R. in fact tony shows us three different ways how you can execute a P.R. strategy from home. Premiere: Allow you to be featured by channels/brands with large and specific followings, which can often lead to exposure and a rise in popularity/fans. Essentially, you are accessing a new and untapped audience with your music. Which has limitless potential. Channels like to be contacted for premieres as early as possible, allowing them enough time to schedule pre-releases. Playlists - in a world where DSPs are king, getting your music into playlists has become more important than ever before. Spotify streams and placements should be a big part of your focus as an artist. Blogs - Some may argue that web-based press isn’t as effective as social media presence, however, it is just as important as web traffic on blogs can reach millions per month? 3. How to get Featured In this lesson, now that we have established that these methods exist, you may be wondering how on earth you get yourself featured. Tony explains three strategies in which can help you get your own music featured around the world. Track them down The first approach is the most time-consuming, but it does allow you to interact directly with the right people and build relationships over time, making it a lot easier to be featured in the long-run Pitching Websites The next approach is a lot easier to navigate and takes substantially less time. There are a number of different sites that bloggers, curators, and channels are subscribed to which allow you to directly submit content to them This can be anything from new music, to a request for an interview/ feature. It spans the whole of web-based press, as well as platform-specific things for Soundcloud, Youtube, Spotify Favourites: Submit Hub, Groover, Daily Playlists, Playlistspush Applied Principles In some cases, promoting yourself as an artist can feel like an impossible and very lonely task. At times, you will feel like nobody wants to shape you or your work with the world and it can become frustrating when you are so happy with what you are doing in the studio. 4. Live Q&A Considering people are at all different stages of their development, I don’t know how impactful Jukebox or other PR companies would be. How do you arrange to see if you can build a time trying to get from 0-100? What should your premiere’s copy look and sound like when pitching? I’m missing a couple of the PR companies you mentioned from the start of the course what are they again? If I don’t have the same amount of following as some of the other artists within the genre I make, how would you go about contacting curators, and blogs to feature your own music?
Making Delays & FX in Ableton Racks w/ Jamie Rial (AudioJack)In this course, Jamie Rial (Audio Jack) shows us how to make our own unique delays using the fx racks within ableton live to help you identify and create your own sound within your tracks. Then he demonstrates the tools and tips that he frequently uses to help create his own projects. You will learn: How to make Delays Tonal Delays How to use Fx Racks in Ableton Lessons: 1. Introduction Jamie introduces himself and his role in the music industry. He then provides a course outline explaining the main focus and core ideas of this course. 2. How to Make Delays In this lesson Jamie shows you how to create your own unique delays. He shows you his goto delays, racks devices, and the way he sets them up in his DAW. He also demonstrates the delays that were used in Audio Jack’s track ‘Vibrate’. 3. Tonal Delays In this lesson Jamie teaches us how to make and use tonal delays. He explains the benefits of tonal delays and shows you how to use these types of delays to create your own style and sound for your tracks. 4. FX Racks In this lesson, you will learn how to use the fx racks in Ableton Live more in-depth, while also learning how Jamie sets up his fx racks for the majority of Audio Jacks’s projects. 5. Live Q&A Would these racks still work the same way if you added them onto a return buss, and would there be any benefits of doing so? Can you explain what you were doing on the Reaktor ambience rack?
Mixing Tools & Tricks w/ Alias_jJon deconstructs two of his original tracks that have been signed on his upcoming EP ‘Changes’ on Pig & Dan’s label ‘Elevate’. He then shows us his tips and tricks for how he deals with Mixing, arrangements, and processing stems for his tracks. You will learn: Arrangements Processing stems Mixing tools & EQ Working with loops Lessons: 1. Introduction Jon explains his journey thus far in the music industry, and how he got his first signing as a solo artist. He provides us with the tools, and mentorship programs he has taken to help identify and find his sound. 2. Studio Overview In this lesson Jon gives us an overview of his home studio and the hardware he uses to produce his tracks. He explains briefly some of his favourite synths and how his modular synthesizers work. 3. Arrangement In this lesson you will learn how Jon starts looking at the arrangement of his tracks by starting in session view and breaking down his scenes into loops, leads, melodies, builds, and breakdowns. He then shows how he builds on these progressions and records them into arrangement view. 4. Mixing & Processing Stems In this lesson, you will learn Jon’s tools for mixing and EQ while also learning how to process stems. Specifically, he shows us how he processes and mixes his kicks and sub-basses using tools such as the Fabfilter EQ 3, UAD Vertigo, and UAD Culture Vulture. 5. Live Q&A You have an EP coming out on Pig & Dan’s label, What is the release date for that? Can you open up and show us the bootleg you are working on? Can you show us how you did the kick and bass for your bootleg? Is the subbass a rumble from the kick?
How to Make Music Videos in iMovie w/ Neil McNallyIn this course Neil teaches us the basics of iMovie and how to use its tools to create short music videos for our music and upcoming releases. He goes through his suggestions of transitions and titles to use and explains their benefits while also explaining the ones he finds to avoid. You will learn: How to create a video that makes your music stand out How to use everyday techniques using iMovie How to use transitions and titles Lessons: 1. Introduction In this lesson Neil gives a brief introduction on himself and the lessons that you will learn throughout this course. 2. How to make a Music video using iMovie In this lesson Neil gives a brief introduction to iMovie and how you can use its basic tools to create the ideas in your head out to the public. 3. Transitions In this lesson Neil explains his top 4 transitions to use in iMovie. He then demonstrates how each transition is used and its benefits; While explaining the transitions in which he would avoid. 4. Recap + Live Q&A Part 1 In this lesson Neil recaps on what we learned so far in the course to make sure everyone is up to speed. He then answers any questions on what has been taught so far before continuing on with his process. Can the stuff we learned today be transferable to other movie programs and softwares? What were the 4 transitions you recommended? Can you get 3rd party transition effects? The software you mentioned for windows is Davinci Resolve? Where is a good place to find stock photos for your music videos? 5. Titles In this lesson he explains when and how to use titles for your videos. He demonstrates different title transitions and suggests his top 4 and their benefits 6. Live Q&A What is the difference between adobe premiere and after effects What would you do now to continue developing the video? When exporting for instagram, youtube, etc., what file size and format should it be in? Can you repeat which effects you use to go smoothly from one artwork to the other? Any logical reason why you put the clips down to 15 seconds?
Best Techniques for Downtempo Melodic Music w/ ShadowstarDylan aka Shadowstar is a producer/ DJ from Texas. He is known for his weaves and dreamy melodies in his soundscapes. In this course, Dylan goes through the overview of his process and workflow while showing us the best techniques for downtempo melodic music. You will learn: Overview of the Process Shadowstar uses The evolution of workflow and session setup Watch techniques to use to get the downtempo melodic feel Sound Selection & Sound Design Textures Lessons: 1. Introduction In this lesson Shadowstar briefly explains his process and walks us through his original track. He then explains the importance of simplicity, sound selection, and textures and how these 3 elements are the main focus of this track. 2. Sound Selection & Sound Design In this lesson, Dylan explains his process for sound selection and sound design. He shows us how he created the vocal for the track and the initial sounds that he picked to start the first melodic aspects of the track to provide the energy and feel he was looking for. 3. Textures Shadowstar explains his use of textures and their benefits. He demonstrates how he uses them on his kick, drums, etc., to bring more life and energy to these elements without overcompensating. The main goal is for your drums to be as enjoyable on their own as they are within the track. 4. Bass & Fx Dylan explains the importance of simplicity and how he uses simple parts and a limited set of rules to help attain the idea and feeling he is trying to get across. He then shows his process for the bassline of the track and the different fx he used to provide some of his melodic aspects. 5. Breakdowns In this lesson Shadowstar briefly dives into the breakdowns of the track. He shows us the impacts of removing different elements and using the same elements but giving them different jobs throughout the track can provide more life and texture to your track. He explains how all you need is a strong call & response to enlist the emotion and feeling within your tracks. 6. Live Q&A What are some of the other genres you like to produce?
How to Make Elements of Your Track 'Pop Out' W/ Johan SIn this course Johan S deconstructs his track with Oliver Knight ‘The Blues’. He will show us how ‘The Blues’ is constructed with a deep dive on certain details like subtle overdubs and production techniques that make elements in a track “pop out” to add energy. You will learn: Production Overdubs How to make elements of your track “pop out” The production process of a number one artist Lessons: 1. Introduction Johan Introduces himself and gives us a brief rundown on what you will learn throughout the course and explains the main goal is for you to learn how to make elements in your track “pop out”. 2. Drums In this lesson, Johan shows us a preview of his and Oliver Knight's track “The Blues”. He then goes into detail on how the drums were processed for this track. He shows us the different VST plugins used such as Alivert 7, Fabfilter EQ3, TDR Nova, etc. Throughout this lesson, Johan adds how he and Oliver would go abouts their collaboration on the track. 3. Bass In this lesson Johan explains the importance of making the bass & kick sounds good together. He shows us his process for the bass of the track, while demonstrating the VST plugins used such as: Trackspacer 2.5, and Sylenth. He then shows us how he EQ’s the bass so it does not clash with the kick. 4. Instruments In this lesson Johan shows us the different instruments he and Oliver used in the track to provide ambience, energy and the overall feeling of the track. He explains the importance of ambience and feeling within your tracks and shows us how he accomplishes this within “The Blues”. 5. Vocals Johan demonstrates how he works with vocals, specifically looking at “The Blues” Johan explains that you do not want to kill the dynamics of your vocal. You want it clear. He shows us his process and use of compression to make the vocal ride the kick and the groove, using VST plugins such as: Fresh Air, Oxford EQ + filter etc., 6. Breakdowns & Builds In this lesson, Johan looks at the elements, fx and synths that provide the feeling and energy towards the breakdowns and builds of the track. He shows us the tips and tricks that he uses in the majority of his tracks to keep his breakdowns and builds unique and interesting. 7. Master Buss Johan briefly explains his process on his Master Buss and the benefits of doing so. He then explains his opinion on mastering and exporting your tracks to a mastering engineer. 8. Live Q&A You said you reuse certain sounds, I was wondering do you have a set of go to sounds to keep your sound consistent? Have you ever thought about opening up demo submissions to the public for your independent label?
How to collaborate with a Vocalist - The right way! W/ Jess Kidd In this course Jess answers one of the most common questions asked in the music industry ‘Where can we find a vocalist?’ and ‘How do we work with vocalists?’. She answers these questions by breaking down the course into 6 core parts: The Music, How to contact a vocalist, The initial Deal, Recording - The logistics, The release and Income. You will learn: How to approach a vocalist and where to find a vocalist Understand the best place to record vocals The contractual and financial arrangements between a producer and vocalist Lessons: 1. Introduction Jess introduces herself and gives us a brief breakdown of the main concepts to be taken away from this course. 2. The Music In this lesson, Jess explains the best way to send your music professionally and what to expect from a writer/ performer in terms of response to a track you have sent, or initial contact made regarding your tracks. 3. How to contact a Vocalist Jess goes through the best and worst ways to contact a vocalist/ writer/ Performer - and what to expect from them based on your initial contact. 4. The Initial Deal In this lesson, Jess Goes through the awareness of the artist’s methods before you attempt to make a deal. 5. Recording - The Logistics Jess explains the logistics of recording with a vocalist. Particularly during lockdowns, we have worked remotely with vocalists/ artists; Jess goes through the differences between recording in-person and remotely. 6. The Release In this lesson, she covers what producers and vocalists need to pay attention to and work together on during a release. 7. Income In this lesson, Jess show us how to build a foundation for yourself in music so you can be prepared and organized for when you start to claim money back from your music. 8. Live Q&A I am located in the states where I currently use BMI. Is it similar to PRS ? When you are producing, do you ever go back and say this isn’t the right sound for me or I don’t think my voice is gonna suit this? Do you think those Fiverr vocalists are any good? If there was one tip to leave from all of this, what would it be? How have you found the process of working with a vocalist after being on both sides of the fence?
How to Start a Song From Scratch w/ Ramin Rezaie In this course, Ramin shows us how to start a song from scratch. Throughout the session, Ramin jams out with hardware in his studio and shows us his process on how he starts a song from scratch. He explains how he gets his kicks and bass working cleanly together so they do not clash in the mix while providing us with the tools he uses to write his basslines and grooves. You will learn: Ramin’s workflow What labels like solid grooves look out for in their artists How Ramin gets his clean crisp sound How to start a song from scratch How to create grooves and basslines How to use Effectrix Lessons: 1. Introduction In this lesson, Ramin gives us a brief rundown on the hardware and studio equipment that he uses to produce his tracks. He then starts to jam out and show us how he starts his process of writing a song from scratch. 2. Grooves and Basslines Ramin shows us how he creates his grooves and basslines as this is the foundation for most of his & solid groove tracks. He then shows us how he processes the bass and kicks to provide that clean crisp sound. While using different swings and methods to create the groove for the track. 3. Percussion In this lesson, Ramin looks at the percussion of the track more focusing on the toms. He shows how he uses the toms to add rhythm and groove to the track. 4. Arrangement In this lesson, Ramin gives us a brief idea of how he would start arranging the track starting with the intro and first build. He gives us his tips and tricks to provide energy and builds from the start of the track so the listener is always intrigued. 5. Leads & Synths In this lesson, Ramin looks at other elements such as leads, synths, and Fx to start adding more texture and feel to the track. 6. Effectrix Ramin shows us one of his most used VST plugins ‘Effectrix’. He shows us the many ways in how this VST can enhance your production and create unique elements in your tracks so they stand out compared to the pros.
How to Make a Sample Pack w/ Alex Holmes Alex Holmes is a producer, composer and sound engineer for several dance music acts including GotSome and Apexaple. He composes for a TV & Film music library and contributes monthly to MusicTech Magazine Online. In this course Alex explains the key elements to making a good sample pack, building loops, making one-shots, making multi samples, mixdown & quality controls and ways to add value and interest to our sample packs. By the end of this course you will have all the necessary tools to earn money and enter Mixmasters sample pack competition. You will learn: What makes a successful sample pack How to turn your raw samples and sounds into a sellable product Tricks to make your sample pack stand out from the crowd Building loops Making One-Shots Making Multi samples Mixdown & Quality Controls Ways to add value and interest to your sample packs Lessons: 1. Introduction Alex introduces himself and his experience in the industry. He then breaks down the core concepts in which you will learn from this course. 2. What Makes a good Sample Pack Alex defines what makes a good sample back. He explains that it provides something you can’t do yourself such as: High Quality Production Complex musicality/ Chord progressions Instruments you didn’t have / couldn't play (especially vocals) As well as Flexibility such as: Dry/Wet versions Alternate versions and separate parts 3. Building Loops In this lesson Alex goes through the different types of loops that he finds are beneficial for a strong sample pack. He explains what type of loops make certain sample packs better than others. 4. Making One-Shots In this lesson Alex shows us how to make one-shots for our sample packs. He shows us the flexibility of their use and why they are a great addition to have in your packs. He then explains how to format them and process them so they sound clear and crisp when exporting. 5. Making Multi Samples Alex shows us another unique tool to add to our sample packs, as he demonstrates how to make multi samples. He explains how this is a great way to be more creative with your sample packs. 6. Mixdown & Quality control In this lesson Alex goes through the key checkpoints for every sample pack such as: Club ready or leave some space ? depends on content Remove unwanted frequencies (rumble, resonances) Compress to balance volume and reduce unwanted peaks Reverb & Delay? Gives more character but less flexible Alex then demonstrates basic compression and mixdown essentials. 7. Ways to add Value and Interest Alex goes through some of his tips to make your sample packs stand out compared to the rest. He explains the importance of having a theme, and providing each sample in many different file types so it is DAW friendly. 8. Live Q&A What are the legal issues that you may run into? Can you recommend any VST’s that allow you to create samples for your sample packs? 9. Mixmasters Sample Pack Competition In this lesson, one of the mixmasters community managers Dylan explains how Mixmasters is running their sample pack competition and how you have a chance to enter and earn some money!
How to Get The Best From Vocals w/ Enyon In this course, Enyon teaches us the best ways to get the most out of vocalsits and their vocals by showing us the importance of finding the right vocalist, the initial idea for the song, and even how it is recorded. He explains how each one of these stages have a crucial part in the final product. You will learn: Preparation with a track and singer (bed track, discussion over lyrical content - verse, chorus) Recording Vocals - achieving a relaxed performance. Microphone types, preamps and gain structures Editing Vocals - Comping techniques, pitch correction, gating use, FX Processing - groups, FX bussing, FX vocal chains ect. Lessons: 1. Introduction Enyon introduces himself and speaks about his role in the music industry. He explains how the information that he provides throughout this course is interrelated for all skill levels and DAW users. 2. Preparation Stage In this lesson Enyon explains the importance of the preparation stage and the key to working and finding the right vocalists. He helps us think about what type of singer/vocalist you want to sing on your track. He then shows us why it is important to have a rough arrangement of your idea out for the vocalist to understand your vision. 3. Recording Stage Enyon goes through some of the questions we should ask ourselves when getting ready for the recording stage: How are you gonna record ? Where are you gonna record? What equipment do you need or want to use? These are just some of the key questions that you should ask yourself before recording with a vocalist. He then explains his tips and tricks for when you first meet the vocalist for a recording session; He mentions that you should always make the vocalist feel comfortable and record their vocals as dry as possible. 4. Working with a Vocalist In this lesson Enyon explains his tips and tricks for working with a vocalist. He mentions that you should always record a vocalist even when they are warming up. As many vocalists may get shy when recording, sometimes the best part of the session is their warmup as they are at their most comfort. 5. Vocal Editing Enyon shows us how to edit vocal recordings by rendering them and pitching them. He explains to not stress over some bad pitches as that is normal and can always be fixed in this stage. He then shows us how he would EQ and compress the vocals to make them fit into the mix. 6. The Finished Mix In this lesson, Enyon takes the processed vocals that he is happy with and groups the majority of them together to bring them to life in the mix. He uses different reverb and delay channels just for the vocals to help make sure they fit right into the mix. 7. Live Q&A What does monophonic mean? What does Polyphonic mean? If you are working on high-quality vocal samples, what is the best flex mode to use? Do I record my vocals in mono or stereo?
How to Get More DJ Gigs w/ Michael Boland Michael Boland is currently an Agent and Tour manager at MamboLand Agency which is attached to the legendary Mambos Ibiza and all their events and DJs. Michael has previously worked at leading venues such as The Rainbow Venues and at legendary club night Miss Moneypenny’s. In this session, Michael will run through the 101 guide on how to get yourself gigs. The topics that will be covered include...Understanding the dynamics of the market, Utilising your network - identifying who can help you get your first foot in the door or help get you better gigs, How to reach out to promoters/venues, The role of social media - Building your own brand and also using social media as a networking tool, Creating your own party / local scene - building a buzz in your town or city, and Artist Managers / Booking agents. You will learn: How to Understand the dynamics of the market - The supply of DJs & producers outstrips the demand. What does this mean for you? How to Utilise your network - identifying who can help you get your foot in the door How to be professional How to reach out to promoters/ venues. The role of social media - Building your own brand and also using social media as a networking tool How to Create your own party/ local scene About Artist Managers/ Booking agents - What's their role? When might I need them? Lessons: 1. Introduction In this lesson, Michael gives a brief overview of his role in the music industry, such as that he is currently an Agent and Tour manager at MamboLand Agency which is attached to the legendary Mambos Ibiza and all their events and DJs. He then goes on to explain the core concepts and topics of this course. 2. Understanding the dynamic of the market Michael starts from the beginning on how to start getting gigs and from there how to start getting paid gigs. He explains all the necessary details that one needs to know understand the market. He then goes through some key questions that we as Dj’s should ask ourselves, such as: Are you ready? Are you ready to spin on CDJ’s in front of people? Are you musically ready? - Tracks, beatmatching, mixing ect. 3. Booking Criteria In this lesson, Michael goes through the booking criteria in which promoters and booking agencies are looking for. He explains the importance of your online presence and how professional you present yourself on and offline. 4. The Hustle In this lesson, Michael walks us through the key points on how to start creating your buzz or what we call ‘The Hustle’. He explains the importance of starting within your own network to help get your foot in the door and the importance of going to shows regularly as this is one of the best ways to grow your network and meet your future audience. As well Michael leaves us with some key questions you should be asking yourself such as Do you know any promoters, Venue owners, Dj friends that can help you get your foot in the door? Do you go to shows regularly? Do any of the key DJs in your local scene know who you are or what you play? 5. Bring Your Crew In this lesson, Michael explains the importance of bringing your crew to your events and other events that are correlated or related to your scene and events. This shows promoters that you can bring people to your shows. Doing this shows how much value you can bring and how profitable you can be. 6. Getting Paid Michael explains that when it comes to getting paid there are no set fees. He explains the big pay gap between headlining DJs and the rest, as well as the conflict of upcoming, DJs undervaluing themselves and performing for free and how this impacts the industry. 7. Artist Management Michael explains to those who are maybe thinking or looking into managers and booking agencies. That this is a step to look into down the road. He explains the criteria you should have before even thinking about this step in your artist journey. The main point he leaves us with from this lesson is that you need to think of your value and what you can offer them not what they can offer you. 8. Live Q&A Do you find one would be better than the other; sending out demo mixes that are personal or personal visits to respected venues? Once you have made a name within your city, what can you do to expand into other cities? Going off what you said earlier Is it about using your interest to help create super content for your socials to help build your brand? I have DJ once inf the last 7 years before coming to a parent; I had Opened for a big DJ at the time, is it ok to name-drop when pitching myself to future promoters? Who is more interesting for cafe mambo, a Dj like Roger Sanchez, or a top producer? Why are so many DJs flown into Ibiza when there are so many great DJs who live on the island? from a promoter’s point of view.
How to Get a Professional Sounding Master w/ Richard EarnshawGetting a professionally sounding master can be the difference between having a good track and a great track! In this Course, Richard Earnshaw masters the Clubhouse Casual remixes by Southhall and The Running man live. You will see how Richard breaks down his master chain and his overall mastering process. Starting with the process of taking a mixdown into a professionally sounding master, then he looks at the external hardware process, and then he explains the internal process that is used when mastering. You will learn: The Process of taking a mixdown into a professionally sounding master What the external hardware process is What the internal process used is, using software and VSTs Lessons: 1. Introduction In this lesson, Richard gives a brief overview of how he would start his mastering process for the two remixes. He explains some of his tips on how to start the process and what to look for before diving right into the mastering process. 2. The Master Chain In this lesson Richard goes through all the different Plug-ins and VSts he uses on his mastering chain such as: Fab Filter Pro Q3 SPL IRON Pro - MB Oxford INF Ozone 9 Pro - L - 2 MultiMeter Paz-Analyzer He then explains the benefits and uses for each, one by one, and breaks down his workflow by demonstrating how the master chain works.. 3. The Mastering Process In this lesson, Richard shows us the full Mastering process. He demonstrates his process while mastering the two remixes of Clubhouse casual live. He then explains that the mastering process shouldnt involve major changes, as you should only be doing minor tweaks. He states that if you are having to make major changes, then you should think about taking a step back and going back to the mixdown process. As each process is a key step into the mastering stage. 4. Live Q&A How important is it to treat your physical space acoustically? Does a mix ever come that doesn't need any mastering? What is your opinion on the BX true peak limiter?
How to Livestream a DJ Set Using Mixcloud and OBS w/ Lawrence FriendIn this course, Lawrence teaches us how to set up a DJ Livestream using Mixcloud and OBS. He gives us an introduction to the OBS software and shows us what he finds to be the best settings for his streams. He then explains how to set up a greenscreen and its chroma key settings, and gives us a brief introduction to multi-platform streaming using Restream. You will learn: How to setup Mixcloud to Livestream An introduction to OBS software and best settings Multi-Camera Set up Audio Input Set up Green screen / Chroma Key setup A brief introduction to multi-platform streaming using Restream Lessons: 1. Introduction In this lesson, our host Dylan from mixmasters explains our upcoming campaign with Set for love and the EP that has been released in partnership with them. Dylan then introduces our teacher Lawrence who explains the benefits of live streaming and how it has helped himself and many other DJs around the world. 2. How to Set up a Livestream with OBS In this lesson, Lawrence talks about the equipment he uses for live streaming and how he sets up his stream. He then shows us how he sets up his OBS and some key things to check for such as internet connection, computer speed, stream quality, etc. 3. Green Screen / Chroma Key setup Lawrence explains how to set up a green screen and its chroma key settings within OBS to make sure you get the best visuals out of your stream. He talks about the importance of lighting and brightness when streaming, as well as that this is not just a one-time process. Every time you stream you are always adjusting. 4. OBS Software and Best Settings In this lesson, Lawrence shows us the settings he finds works best for his streams. He explains how these settings may not be the best for everyone, and he suggests taking the time to play around with the different settings prior to your stream. To make sure you have the best settings for your streaming environment. 5. Multi-Platform streaming Using Restream Lawrence demonstrates how he uses Restream for Multi-platform streaming. He shows us everything you need to know from finding your stream key, your stream settings, editing your channel, etc. Lawrence explains the benefits of Multi-platform streaming and why he personally uses it. 6. Live Q&A When and how do you set up your own stream key? Is a Livestream a set or a show? Is Restream supported by all social media platforms so you won’t be kicked off or muted when you go live?
Track Breakdown: "Set For Love EP" w/ Alex HolmesAbout This Course Alex is no stranger to remixing, having worked on over 35 remix releases over the last 7 years including Basement Jaxx, Wilkinson, Junior Jack, Roisin Murphy, Jax Jones and more. In this session, he’ll walkthrough the arrangement for his entry to the Samburu remix competition, which has just been released as part of the Mixmasters Set for Love EP. You will learn: Track and buss mixing techniques for a full sounding mix How to use automation to create movement, momentum and effective build-ups Arrangement tips for creating progression and detail Lessons: 1. Introduction In this lesson, Alex introduces himself and explains his thoughts on remixes and where he finds his enjoyment while working on them. He then explains the lessons that he will be teaching within this course. 2. Arrangement Alex explains his arrangement for the track, and how he organizes his arrangement view. He explains the importance of organization and how it helps him with his workflow and building his arrangements of his tracks. 3. Kick In this lesson, Alex breaks down his kick. He shows us how he processes the kick for his remix, and his use of EQ and compression. Alex then briefly demonstrates his use of automation on his kick and explains the benefits in doing so. 4. Drums In this lesson, Alex breaksdown the drums for his remix and shows us all the processing and VST plugins he used to widen and provide a clear and crisp sound. He then explains the use of each element and its purpose within the mix, and why he layers his drums and its benefits when done right. 5. Bass Alex breaks down his bassline and his lowends of the mix. He demonstrates how he processes and creates his bass for his remix. He explains how you dont always need to do much EQ and compression, instead he gives tips on ducking the bass to provide a clear sound; with out having elements fight for space in the mix. 6. Samples In this lesson, Alex breaksdown all the samples that he used and were given to all the contestants for the remix competition. He explains which samples he used, why he used them and their significance within his remix. He demonstrates all the VST plugins he used and his use of automation and layering to help make the remix sound more full and unique. 7. VST Plug-ins In this lesson, Alex goes into-depth of his workflow template and masterbuss. He explains all the different VST plugins he used within his remix and their purpose. Alex then provides us with some of his favourite free VST plugins which will benefit all producers.
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