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How To Start a Track With an Acapella in 10 Simple Steps

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  The way I start my tracks the most often is by finding a good chord progression. Sometimes however, I like to change things up and to start by playing around with vocals. In this 10 step guide I’m about to show you a really simple workflow to get started with your new track.   Step 1: Find and download an acapella Having a killer vocal line to work with is key. It’s not always an easy task to find the vocals of your favourite song. Fortunately, there are plenty of great vocal recordings you can choose from, (and to...

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Five Quotes To Solve Your Music Production Problems

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1 - „Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working“ - Pablo Picasso As a music producer you constantly have to deal with lack of inspiration. „I’m not inspired, so there’s no point in opening that DAW“ - that’s what your mind tricks you to say to yourself. As a result, you start procrastinating and never finishing music (or never even starting out). The solution to this problem is to find the inspiration by actually working. It doesn’t mean that you have to find it just by working inside your DAW! It can get very boring to stare at...

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5 Simple Habits That Will Turn You Into a Real Music Producer

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I know how hard it is sometimes to produce music. I’ve been there! As a music producer myself, I thought it would be useful if I shared some of the simple things which I found to have improved my musicmaking process. The first, and the most important one is…  1. It’s not the musicmaking part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to make music. What that means is that the most important part of being a music producer is actually making music. In fact, the main focus of every successful music producer is ON the process, not IN it....

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Studio Session: Working on a Melodic Deep House Track

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In this video, Francois is working on a Melodic Deep House track in the style of artists like Worakls, N'to, Joachim Pastor, Sebastien Leger - mainly artists you'd expect on labels like Hungry Music. Watch Studio Session:    Watch & Listen to finished track - Play back:   You can also grab this finished track as project file / template and load it into your own Ableton version.   .  

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How to Write a Progressive House Track From Scratch like Alesso

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In this tutorial, Tom is writing a complete Progressive House track from scratch (similar to the style of One Republic - If I lose myself (Alesso Remix)). He starts with chord progressions and later goes over bass and melodies.     =====   If you want to learn more about the basics of harmony and chord progressions, check out our in-depth course: PML Course: "Harmony and Chord Progressions"  

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