iZotope Announces Audio Mastering Month

iZotope Announces Audio Mastering Month

  From iZotope Education – Learn to make your audio masters sound fantastic! This is a 4 week series on the art and science of audio mastering. Starting July 6, and for the entire month, the Education Group at iZotope will be on hand to help you improve your mastering skills. Up For Grabs Practical tips to improve your music sound Videos, webinars, live chats and more! Weekly mastering software giveaways A grand prize drawing to win a track mastered by Grammy-nominated Audio Mastering Engineer Jonathan Wyner, a GRAMMY-nominated audio mastering engineer, iZotope’s Director of Education, and on staff at Berklee College of Music. Register at this Link About iZotope, Inc. iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite,...
Introduction to Ableton Live Free from Berklee College of Music

Introduction to Ableton Live Free from Berklee College of Music

Learn Ableton Live’s most powerful tools and how to use them to take your musical ideas from conception to final recording. Click Here To Sign Up Free About the Course In the past, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) were programs used only by audio engineers with a highly specific knowledge base, on machines inaccessible to most people. But over the past 10-15 years, DAWs and the act of recording music have evolved from being a luxury of the few to being available to the masses. Ableton Live is one such application. Used by an extremely broad range of music creators, Ableton Live not only facilitates the work of engineers, producers, and writers in professional, home, and mobile studio settings, but it is also a powerful platform for musicians on stage, in the DJ booth, and elsewhere. In this course, you will explore some of Live’s most powerful and useful functionality: MIDI programming, audio recording, warping and processing, looping editing, mixing, performing, file management, and troubleshooting. Meant to be a springboard for those who are new to Ableton Live and/or DAWs in general, this three-week course will provide you with a strong knowledge base for using Live to take your musical ideas from conception to final recording. The course breaks down the many barriers of entry into music technology and encourages all those who wish, to create fearlessly. Note: If you do not own Ableton Live 9, you can download the free, fully featured Ableton Live Trial. The trial version will allow you to save and export your work for 30 days. If you use the trial version, do not download...
FREE! 2 Days of Audio Engineering Master Classes w/Graham Cochrane – Compression, Dynamics, EQ

FREE! 2 Days of Audio Engineering Master Classes w/Graham Cochrane – Compression, Dynamics, EQ

Learn what it takes to get a great mix. Monday Oct 27 & Tuesday Oct 28 from 12:00pm – 7:00pm EST Every mix you’ll ever produce involves equalization and compression – Graham Cochrane will make sure you aren’t just turning knobs when you work through these essential steps. In this series, Graham will make the abstract concepts of EQ and compression digestible and easy to understand. You’ll develop a foundational understanding of exactly how EQ and compression changes a mix and how you can use these tools to improve yours. You’ll learn to identify when you should apply compression or use EQ and when you should lay off. EQ and compression are two audio recording concepts that can be difficult to get on a scientific level, but they are also some of the most important steps on the path to a polished sound. Check out Graham’s Compression and EQ master classes and learn how to get a great mix. Use Compression and Dynamics to the fullest potential In the Compression & Dynamics Master Class with Graham Cochrane you’ll learn basic compression concepts and how to apply them. Graham will teach you all about threshold, attack, release, ratio, makeup gain, peak, and RMS and how to control them in your mix. You’ll also learn how to use compression to control levels or use it as an effect. You already know that compression matters to your mix, learn how to manage it with precision. The When, Why and How of EQ Learn the the fundamentals of equalization: when to use it, why, and exactly how it works. In this master class...
Using MIDI in Ableton Live

Using MIDI in Ableton Live

We’ve collected a few videos from Ableton about using MIDI in Live. From its 1980’s origins as a technical standard allowing electronic instruments to communicate with one another, MIDI has also become a versatile technology for sequencing and manipulating virtual instruments. We’re going to look at some killer tips and tricks for mastering MIDI in Live. MIDI – Established in 1984, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface is a musical device communication standard that describes a protocol, digital interface, and connectors which allow a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers and other related devices to connect and communicate with one another. A single MIDI link can carry up to sixteen channels of information, each of which can be routed to a separate device. Devices are connected to each other via a 5-pin DIN MIDI cable or more common now with standard USB cables. Devices can connect to each other using 3 port types: MIDI In, MIDI Out, and MIDI Thru where MIDI In receives note and control data, MIDI Out sends it, and MIDI Thru replicates incoming data to downstream devices. MIDI can send an incredible variety of data from note on/off, velocity, and volume to patch changes and note data from keyboards and other MIDI devices to DAW’s such as Ableton Live. Note data, once captured, can be edited even so far as changing the original sounds (patches) to other sounds from other MIDI devices and computers. Although MIDI is an incredibly complex technical topic, in its simplest form one can plug a cable from MIDI Out to MIDI In and fire notes from both the played and...
The Mixing Process – Infographic

The Mixing Process – Infographic

Here’s a great Infographic created by one of MPGInsider’s students, Brian Tafero. This simple guide gives you the step-by-step process for creating a mix and the essential purpose of each step in the larger picture of the mixing process. About MPGInsider’s founder, Michael White My name is Michael White and I am the creator of the MPG Insider Membership website. From the time I started formally teaching music production in 2001, I came to realize just how much I always enjoyed helping others understand the art of music production and audio engineering. As each year passed, I found myself increasingly committed to teaching and inspire music producers and engineers to pursue their dreams. It is truly a privilege when one has the opportunity to make use of their experience to help others. It is with this spirit that I have created the MPG Insider Membership website. The intention of making public this list of credentials, is to help give the reader a sense of the experiences and perspective from which I teach. As a professional, I have always shied away from the spotlight, letting that go where it is rightly deserved, to the artists, producers and musicians whose efforts I have been fortunate enough to capture for others to enjoy. Still, when I look back at all of the artists, producers, musicians and amazing experiences I have had, I have to feel incredibly grateful and blessed for what I have accomplished. I hope that the following information helps lend a perspective to the content of this website. I believe that there are certain truths in the art of recording...
DIY Mastering: Get Loud, Bright, Balanced Tracks

DIY Mastering: Get Loud, Bright, Balanced Tracks

Here’s the scenario: You’re working on a track and you like how it’s sounding and want to take it to the club to test the reaction. The mix is 90% there but the arrangement needs work so it’s not ready to be professionally mastered. But how can you play it if it’s not going to stand up alongside the rest of your set? It needs to have the sound of a mastered track, without the fee. For many producers – beginner and advanced – this is an incredibly common scenario. We hear time and time again from producers who visit us for masterclasses about their own ‘mastering’ chain they use to test tracks before they’re finished and mastered by the label or their favourite studio for release. In fact, it was this that got us thinking – if you did want to beef up a work-in-progress, a modernised edit of a disco jam or your remix competition entry – anything that’s not necessarily going on sale – what are the best practices to do so? How DO you make something louder and what are the things to look out for? We decided to devote our next Friday Forum Live to this very topic, showing you that it’s possible to get great results with some simple techniques and more importantly, understanding how they work. This is not a replacement for mastering a piece of music for release – if you want to know more about advanced mastering check out our course – these are tips on getting the best pre-master possible, be it for use online, in the club or...
21 Fantastic Remixing Tips from Sam Matia at EDMProd

21 Fantastic Remixing Tips from Sam Matia at EDMProd

We’ve discovered a list of fantastic Remixing Tips. There have got to be a few you haven’t thought of yourself. Here’s a little taste of the list–but no details! Be sure to grab the link below to get the goods and Rock & Remix On!   Making a remix or bootleg is always different from an original. Sometimes it can be easier because the ideas already exist, and other times it can be more difficult. Just like an original, it’s hard to know where to start. You sit down at your DAW with endless possibilities and combinations of sounds in front of you. It’s overwhelming. Whether you’re remixing a song for a competition, have been contracted an official remix for a release, or cooking up a cheeky bootleg of a popular song, these tips are for you. Read on and get inspired! Here’s a taster from the list but be sure to head over to EDMProd for the juicy details. Tons of great content there for EDM artists, composers and producers. 1. Pick the Right Song 2. Listen for the Gaps 3. Form a Game Plan 4. Listen to Other Remixes 5. Cut and Choose Your Material (Bootlegs) 6. Work WITH the Material 7. Arrangement ASAP 8. Feature Parts from the Artist’s Other Songs 9. Keep it Similar 10. Use Parts of the Original Track 11. Process and Mangle Stems 12. Treat it as an Original 13. Create Your Own Melody 14. Collaborate 15. Keep the Original Breakdown 16. Use What’s Needed 17. Train Your Ears 18. Create and Add a Musical Signature 19. Add a Second Hook 20....
Win $1,700 in Audio Tutorials & Audio Plugins [EXPIRED]

Win $1,700 in Audio Tutorials & Audio Plugins [EXPIRED]

It just seems like the sort of week to give away more than $1,700 worth of audio production tutorials and plug-ins. You know why? Because today we updated, rebranded, and are re-releasing The Ultimate Guide to EQ into the Strategies family! It’s now called EQ Strategies – The Ultimate Guide to EQ and has an updated cover and interior design. It also has 50% more content than before with tips and tricks on EQ’ing all your favorite instruments. If you haven’t grabbed your copy (everyone who bought one before will get the upgrade for free), mosey on over here and get one: Awesome Audio Production Tutorial and Plug-in Giveaway! To celebrate we’ve teamed up with some cool people to give you a chance to win a bunch of free audio plugins and training. Here are the prizes Fabfilter Mixing Bundle ($659) Perception from Meterplugs ($149 5 copies of EQ Strategies ($85 3 copies of the Strategies Bundle Plus ($171) 1 copy of the Strategies Bundle Platinum ($107) Mixing Vocals ($37) The Mixing Vocals and Mix  Series Bundle ($57) Mixing Hip Hop Bundle ($97) Mixing with Compression ($47) Exclusive Customer Giveaway In addition, current customers and everybody who buys a copy of EQ Strategies. Strategies Bundle Plus or Platinum from now until Friday night will be entered into a drawing to win one of the following prizes as well. Make sure you confirm your subscription to the email you get after you buy to be entered into the drawing. Fabfilter Pro-Q ($199) Perception from Meterplugs ($149) Quiztones Frequency Ear Training ($4.99) Home Mastering EQ ($97) Mixing with Compression ($47) Understanding...
Win a Native Instruments Maschine, DJ Headphones, and a Point Blank Music Course ($2,400 Value) [EXPIRED]

Win a Native Instruments Maschine, DJ Headphones, and a Point Blank Music Course ($2,400 Value) [EXPIRED]

CLICK HERE TO ENTER It’s that time again! We’re giving our online audience (that’s you) the opportunity to win amazing studio goodies to help you on your way to make incredible music. This time around we’ve got Native Instruments’ flagship groove box Maschine Studio. Maschine 2.0 and its hardware companion Maschine Studio have become a production staple in studios all over the world. Point Blank also has lots of other quality Free Content & Software Point Blank Offers Courses on: Ableton Live Courses Logic Pro Courses Native Instruments Courses Mixing and Mastering Courses Pro Music Producer Courses Music for Media Courses Cubase Courses Music Business Courses CLICK HERE TO TRY OUT A FREE COURSE SAMPLER And There’s More! Training Live from London…the Home of Electronic Music! Point Blank has been voted “Best Music Production and DJ School” by the readers of DJ Magazine. London-based, we offer groundbreaking online learning and training with personalised teaching to intimate classes. Established in ’94, Point Blank is known and trusted throughout the world by over 50,000 former students. As validated partners of Middlesex University we can offer students courses up to degree level. Your tutors are UK producers including Grammy award winners, Ivor Novello-winning songwriters, producers and remixers. Studying with us you join a highly nurturing, collaborative community of producers from all over the world. Our students include Claude VonStroke, Goldie, Nicole Moudaber, Dave Rene, Spoony and other successful industry figures. However, most of our students start as beginners and still go on to achieve success in the industry. “If you’re serious about your music, Point Blank is the place to be…” –...
5 Tips for Fast & Furious Songwriting – Subaqueous Music, Ableton Certified Trainer

5 Tips for Fast & Furious Songwriting – Subaqueous Music, Ableton Certified Trainer

I want to dive into techniques in Ableton Live for fast songwriting. These tips and tricks will help you stay creative, bust out songs, and feel confident in how you are spending your time. If you’re not using Ableton Live or want to read the article on taking your time, it will look at the bigger picture of how artists can better manage their time. 1. Good Old File Management Nothing says “I am an artist” like spending a day going through your files. Every successful musician I know is ruthlessly efficient with their sample library. We each have our own way of managing our files as well.  Here is what I do with my Sample Library… Here’s the rest of the list 2. Taking Good Notes 3. Start a Track From The Foundation Up 4. Fully Using Session View 5. Mixing it Up Be sure to check out Lynda.com for lots of awesome Ableton Live Training (Free 7 Day Trial) and here’s a LINK to the full Subaqueous Music...