Ableton Musical Gold Dust Indeed! @AskAudioMag @NI_News

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Recently got my hands on Komplete Ultimate 10 (http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/bundles/komplete-10-ultimate/), but work’s been kicking my ass so I haven’t had a ton of time to take it out on the track and tear around the studio in it (and update my Ableton/Maschine template, but in the meantime check out this musical gold dust post about Ableton (too true!) from Ask Audio Mag!

http://askaudiomag.com/articles/ableton-live-how-to-turn-mistakes-into-musical-gold-dust

TekMonki, Now With More Reason (v8, and 400+ tracks)!

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First of all . . .  Happy New Year!  Hope this finds all of you well.

In the midst of trying to re-mix and re-master some old tracks of mine (http://smarturl.it/tekmonki-saudade) to make them sound better, I came to remember that I did a lot of that stuff in Reason, the software I cut my “in the box” teeth on (and Cubase, but another story there), and as such, I needed to open them up in Reason to really get them to sound right and up-to-date.

So, I finally got my hands on Reason 8 and . . .wow.  First, let’s just say I have a TON of old song files to finish (over 400 it looks like)!  But beyond that, a whole new DAW to re-familiarize myself with – and lot of new stuff with it to learn.

Anyway, I opened just one of my old tracks at random and . . . let’s just say it was inspiring, to get off my ass and start being more prolific.

Look forward to some new stuff in the new year!

 

Just as I’m finally getting into @beatsmusic . . .

Apple slowly starts to devour it’s acquisition and do who knows exactly what with it.

Interesting:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/22/6828899/apple-plans-to-phase-out-beats-music-brand-report-says

especially this:

“All of which suggests that while the Beats Music brand may be going away, on-demand streaming from Apple could easily take another form. If iTunes is remade as a kind of celestial jukebox that combines your MP3s and on-demand streaming into a single place . . .”

something Google Play Music has been doing for some time now with a pretty amazing “radio” feature to boot.

Radio as in “yeah, this track’s cool, I’m too lazy or busy to DJ right now, play me some similar shit please!”

“The Rise and Fall of MP3” over at @AskAudioMag

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Interesting article over at Ask Audio about MP3’s short and waning history.  I won’t miss the crap quality when it’s gone, that’s for sure.  If only I could get everyone I know on one streaming service (spotify, beats, soundcloud, etc) for easier in the moment sharing though.  That or they finally come up with a universal standard that cross-links between services.

Hmmm . . . brb, brushing up on my coding.  🙂

http://askaudiomag.com/articles/the-rise-and-fall-of-mp3

New Zero 7 (@zero7official) EP – “Simple Science”!

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I’ve been asleep at the  apparently – new Zero 7 (@zero7official) EP – “Simple Science”!  Out today/tomorrow I believe, unless the music industry at large has changed everything to a global release date.

Check it out below – I need to give it a proper listen on proper speakers, but I’m feelin’ tracks 3 & 4 out the gate for sure!

 

Integral Knowledge for Producers/Noob Mix Engineers

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Came across this a bit ago, and been meaning to share.  Definitely one of those “oh, WOW” lightning bolt moments in my brain that come too rarely (jokes as you like on that one).

THE 3 BASS ZONES, THE EASY WAY TO NAIL YOUR LOW END

The hardest part I feel for producers is getting the low end SOLID. You listen to your favorite tracks, which just sound so clean so full…beautiful ( if your a production nerd like me, this can be the case) .  You want to get your low end to sound the same, you want it to PUNCH through the mix and have power. More often then not, your left with a rumbling mess of 50hz noise that doesn’t sound punchy or powerful. It just sounds like a wall of shit. I had this problem for years, I’d think ” ( pro’s ) bass range sounds SO simple, so clean….the funny part was, the answer was in my question the entire time.

Reason 8, And It Looks Great!

I got my start (working “In The Box”) with Reason waaaaay back in the day.  Well, technically it was ReBirth, but I digress.  Anyway, every so often I’m verrrry tempted to get the upgrade at that price point – but I need another technical rabbit hole to disappear into, thereby giving me another excuse not to write a damn tune, like a need a . . .

One day, one day . . .

That said, this update looks HUGE, and very cool!

Reason 8 introduces a redesigned user interface with a whole new look and even smoother creative flow, while the new browser and search window provides immediate drag-and-drop access to inspiring samples, loops, and patches. Expanding on Reason’s included collection of instruments and effects are the new amps from Softube, bringing a variety of first-class guitar and bass tones to the rack. Countless workflow improvements make for a more streamlined music creation experience, allowing musicians and producers to move quickly from initial idea to a completed song. And with an ever-expanding selection of Rack Extension plug-ins available in the Propellerhead shop, Reason 8 provides everything users will ever need to make music.