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Top 5 Free VST Emulations Of Famous Synths

Get that classic sound with these 5 free synths for Mac & Windows! 1. Steinberg Model E [Minimoog Model D] The Minimoog is probably the most important synth in history. It was the first compact synth which musicians could easily use on tour. Combined with an easy to use interface and warm sound it quickly became the top synth in the world. It was used in countless hits - for example in Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the bass. I was surprised by how good Steinberg's emulation sounds. It’s a nice free alternative to Arturia’s Mini V. Here’s the bassline from Thriller recreated...

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6 Ear Training Tips For Music Production

Ears in music production are the same as feet in football. Do you think Cristiano Ronaldo would have come so far without training? It’s no different when it comes to producing. Let’s explore some ear training techniques to get you ready to play in the “big league”.  Critical listening vs analytical listening There are two listening perspectives that form the foundation of music production, each being important in its own way and essential for a professionally-sounding and expressive song. The aim of critical listening is to pinpoint the physical details of a mix. These can be the dynamic range, how...

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6 Types Of Remixes

Do you know the difference between a bootleg, VIP and Re-Edit? 1. Official remix An official remix is typically requested by an artist or label. The remixer gets the stems (audio bounce of each track) and sometimes the MIDI files. If the remix will help sell the artist’s record, the remixer gets a fee or profit share from the sales. Sometimes the remix ends up being more popular than the original track, such as Hippie Sabotage’s remix of Tove Lo’s “Stay High”. 2. Bootleg A bootleg is an unofficial remix (made without permission of the original artist). Most bootleggers don’t...

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Trap Beat Guide: Melodies - 3 Essential scales for making melodies

Making a trap beat shouldn’t be too complicated. In fact, most of them consist of very few elements. In this article I’ll show you my trap beatmaking workflow! In case you missed it, here's part 1 with drums tips. Part 2: Melody Before making a bass pattern I like to make a melody and figure out its chord progression. Most trap melodies are based on one of these 3 scales - minor, harmonic minor, and phrygian. Here’s how these are created: Btw, all of these scales and more are included in my trap toolkit - check it out! The minor...

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Trap Beat Guide: Bass - Essential tips for making 808 patterns

Making a trap beat shouldn’t be too complicated. In fact, most of them consist of very few elements. In this article I’ll show you my trap beatmaking workflow! In case you missed it, here's part 1 with drums tips, and here's part 2 with melody tips. 3. Bass Once you have a melody it’s time to create a bass pattern. Most of trap bass sounds are called „808s” and are long, distorted sub bass notes. Here’s a typical trap bass pattern: Btw, my new sample pack includes a lot of awesome 808s and MIDI clips. Check it out here. The...

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