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Drums are the heart and soul of any musical production. They provide the foundation for any track and play a huge role in delivering the emotional intent that you're trying to convey in the track. 

That's why it is so important to have drums front and center in the mix. 

This won't be achieved unless the drums are mixed in to be punchy and powerful.

In this screencast, I'll show you how to apply New York compression to any drum track, to give the drums the weight and power that they need to provide a strong rhythmic element to any composition.  

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I'm sure you're familiar with this. You've sat down at a computer, opened up a DAW’s ready to write the next big hit, and you end up staring at a blank project.

For many producers, getting that initial spark to start a song can be a challenge. 

In this screencast, I'll show you three ways to start a new track so you can avoid starting at the dreaded blank project.

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Vocal chops have gained quite the popularity and are now a staple in electronic music productions. 

These melodic and organic sounding vocal chops can be heard front and center in today's productions and often times provide the main hook or theme for the track, making it essential for producers to learn how to create these vocal chops 

In this screencast I will show you how to write and process vocal chops.

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If you’re unfamiliar with Envato’s Music Kits, read Eric Schwarz's tutorial Why Envato Music Kits Are the Essential Audio Solution to Any Project.

Music Kits for Promotional Video Trailers, Presentations, Projects and Soundtracks 

Unlike the typical music item that is usually a fixed-length track, Music Kits are song tracks that have been pre-edited into individual musical sections that can be rearranged, like building blocks, to create custom-timed and custom-structured pieces.

This means that, without musical or audio expertise or highly specialised audio software, you can create a professional finish to your soundtracks by dragging and dropping individual song sections to fit both the length of music your scenes require and the tempo progression needed.

15 Trending Pop Music Kits
1. Upbeat and Uplifting Pop Kit

Upbeat and Uplifting Pop Kit is an energetic, modern, upbeat, positive dance track bringing together piano, synths and effects for a bright, vibrant sound.

This high-octane music kit will be a great fit for television, advertising, trailers, promotions and more.

2. Energetic Pop Kit

This energetic track comprises heavily mastered electronic instruments and live drums and guitar resulting in a fast, edgy sound. 

The author says it's suitable for commercials videos. Combined with energetic video footage, I can visualise this with skateboarding, mountain-biking or similar.

3. Minor Happiness Kit

This is an uplifting track in a minor key, an instrumental, mid tempo song with the foundation of a vintage organ and some nice and warm synth bells. 

There's...

Ambient music is a form of instrumental music that uses gentle, repetitive and soothing sounds to create a sense of peace, calm and relaxation. It often takes influences from many other musical genres such as world music, classical, jazz, folk and more.

It’s really useful for creatives working in audio-visuals, as well as client-facing businesses that are keen to set the right mood for their customers. 

In this tutorial, I’ve compiled a list of the 20 best royalty-free ambient music tracks to be found at AudioJungle. For convenience, they’re grouped in five categories: lounge, electronica, chill, atmospheric soundscapes and New Age.

Lounge

Lounge music usually refers to the type of music played in the background at hotels, restaurants, bars and of course lounges. This category offers the best of that idea using a combination of instrumentals and modern digital and electronic music.

1. Warm Lounge

Warm Lounge is very cool and relaxed but with a fabulous groovy riff that will complement creative multimedia projects or set the mood for a hip but laid-back event. 

2. Summer Lounge House

Summer Lounge House is a collection of five tracks using electric guitar, piano, percussion and synth bass to create a funky, tropical sound that is perfect for adding a bit of energy to your fashionable event or project.

3. Serenity

A much calmer track than the first two presented here, as the name suggests, Serenity is a beautifully calming track that would be...

When I started making music, most of the pieces I wrote sounded really weak. I compared them to commercially successful tracks and they always had some weaknesses. 

For example the loudness, the dynamics, equalisation or panning. Referencing tracks is always a good idea, even when we couldn't reach completely the sound we are after. But every small step counts in the process.

A couple of years later I learned how to mix and master on my own. 

And in the last three years I've been using this mental checklist I created for myself. It comes handy to have a clear process in my head about engineering. This list is also in my free book, that I wrote in 2015 in my mother language, Hungarian.

Mixing

When I'm mixing I always base my actions to the feelings. Emotions I feel when I'm listening to the song. 

After that I am moving in the direction towards the genre and sub-genre. At the preparation phase I create, rename and colour each tracks and make groups for them.

Groups

Grouping helps to process each part differently. This also helps the workflow.

1. Drums

I start with the drums in this order: kick, snare, hihats, rides, percussion, loops.

2. Basses

For basses I like to fit each bass in their respective octave, for example: sub, normal bass, high bass. These are usually in the region of 0-50 Hz, 50-100 Hz and 100-200 Hz.

3. Mids

Usually I make a low cut at around 100 Hz to make space for the...

Todays computers can take you through the entire music production process without even having to pick up an instrument or record anything. 

Drums, synths, and instruments can all be programmed in exactly how you want them to with just a simple click of the mouse. 

But keeping everything in the box or in our computer has taken away an organic element from our music. 

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In this screencast, I'll show you three tips for creating a more organic mix so you can breath life back into your music.


Video is coming soon to Envato Elements, and to give you a taste of what's to come, we're giving away some free video files to use on your next project. 

What's on Offer?

Here are some more details of what you can download from the pre-launch page:

  • eight Adobe After Effects to help you with everything from making an explainer video to creating a cool ink-blotch title effect or a glossy logo sting
  • four backgrounds to use in your videos, whether you're into hipster shapes, abstract neon, or seamless bananas
  • four multipurpose stock images that you could use to illustrate a variety of nature or business videos
What's the Catch?

There is no catch. All you have to do is type in your email address and start downloading. 

And don't worry—you won't be bombarded with lots of sales emails afterwards. You'll just be among the first to hear when the full range of video templates is available on Envato Elements.

How Can I Use the Files?

You're free to use these files to create any end result you want, including for commercial projects, but you can only use them once. More details on the license page.

What Happens Next?

Right now, Envato Elements offers unlimited downloads from a huge library of almost half a million fonts, graphic templates, Photoshop add-ons, photos and more, all for a single low monthly price.

Soon you'll be able to download...

If you’re unfamiliar with Envato’s Music Kits, read Eric Schwarz's tutorial Why Envato Music Kits Are the Essential Audio Solution to Any Project.

Music Kits for Professional Presentations, Projects and Soundtracks 

Unlike the typical music item that is usually a fixed-length track, Music Kits are song tracks that have been pre-edited into individual musical sections that can be rearranged, like building blocks, to create custom-timed and custom-structured pieces.

This means that, without musical or audio expertise or highly specialised audio software, you can create a professional finish to your soundtracks by dragging and dropping individual song sections to fit both the length of music your scenes require and the tempo progression needed.

15 Trending Electronica Music Kits
1. Hard Electronica Kit

An upbeat, strong and powerful Music Kit with a purposeful, driving vibe that is intense and energetic.

The author, Alexander Rufire, describes it as, "Modern hard electronic track kit with pumping beat, aggressive industrial synth sounds, psytrance style bassline, action pressure and future vibe."

He recommends it as, "Great as background for video game or gaming video, extreme sports or battle tension scenes, and kind of electro adrenaline projects."

2. Orchestral Dubstep Inspirational Kit

I can easily imagine this as a sophisticated, emotionally uplifting backing to a gorgeous cinematic production of wide vistas and large expanses of blue sky.

One's mood climbs with rhythm and orchestral qualities of the Music Kit and that makes it the perfect compliment to powerful, high quality photography and videography.

3. 

In the previous tutorial I examined how the guitar competes with other instruments in a typical band set-up because of overlapping frequencies. 

I also offered solutions, such as:

  • Choose a guitar wisely, as wood, pickups, and so on have a bearing on being heard
  • When working with another guitarist, go for the opposite of their set-up, such as guitar, amplifier and so on
  • Point the speakers at your head
  • Put distance between yourself and other instruments, such as drums and keyboards

In this tutorial I’ll explain the choosing and setting up an amplifier.

Before starting with the input, consider the output.

The Most Overlooked Part of the Sound

Whilst choosing the right guitar, amp and effects is important, the guitar speaker is often ignored. After all, speakers are speakers, right.

Wrong.

My epiphany occurred at a guitar show when a Celestion demonstrator switched between three speaker cabinets whilst playing. Despite all being from the same manufacturer, the difference from speaker to speaker was night and day.

If you’ve a nice amp, the accompanying speaker’s likely to be of a decent quality. If not, you should consider an upgrade. Typically £70 to £150, it’s a tonal improvement far cheaper than a new amp or guitar.

You could spend hours staring at frequency response graphs, or read the many arguments as to alnico versus ceramic magnets.

The simplest solution, however, is to find guitar sounds you like, then research the speakers that are being used.

Alternatively, try searching YouTube for guitar speaker comparison. Ensure you’re listening on...

I love chord charts, but I'll be honest: they're not very helpful, especially for pianists. No melody, no rhythm, no tempo, no dynamics, no phrasing. It seems something so simple be daunting.

In this tutorial I'll give you a few helpful tips to boost your creativity when reading a chord chart. 

Though intended for all pianists, if you're classically trained and one who is used to playing everything exactly as it is spelled out on the page, then I this will take some of the guess work out of playing charts and give you some concrete steps to follow.

Tip 1: Listen!

This is the first tip because it is the most important tip. Chord charts are extremely limited in how much information they give you, but extremely free in how many options they give you.With this freedom come endless possibilities for creativity... and mistakes. 

The key is to learn to listen well. 

This is what overwhelms note-reading pianists the most: no longer is notation the guide for what you should or should not play, it's your ear. If you don't learn to listen well, you've killed the notation.

Here are the things you should be listening for:

  • When the chords change—learn to anticipate when a chord is about to change. Don't rely on the chord being placed over the correct lyric. Chord charts are rarely one hundred per cent accurate
  • Rhythm—know the time signature, how long each chord is held for, and what the drums are doing (if playing with a drummer)
  • Dynamics—take note of how the song ebbs...

Lagrange is a granular delay plugin, but in fact it is more than just a delay. It is capable performing very high quality sounding reverbs and modulation as well. The plugin is freeware and it was made for the KVR Developer Challenge 2016.

Features:

  • Five algorithms: phasoid, flangoid, marching random, smooth random, clean random
  • Granular synthesis, using grains
  • Depending on settings, various effects can be achieved: delay, reverb, flanging, phasing
  • True stereo mode
  • Vector based graphics (retina ready, user interface is fully resizable)
  • VST2, VST3, 32 bit, 64 bit compatible
  • Windows and Mac version
Download

You can download the plugin from the KVR Audio plugin product page.

Reviews
"It's superb, precisely because it can be set up to be as predictable as a conventional delay, if you want to get stuck in your own sweet groove. But also quite unpredictable, if you need to ride tandem with the random." - robst247, KVRAudio
"Try it on any signal and see if you like the effect you can get some pretty good distortion and definitely create some thickening." - bigpurpletiger, KVRAudio
"I really like it... it sounds different from other delay plugins... And really wide, which is great" - free4theworld, KVRAudio
The Sound of Lagrange

Thanks to the granular synthesis, the sound is very alive, dense and realistic. Based on the plugin settings, I can achieve several types of effects:

  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Flanging, phasing (modulation)
Granular Synthesis

Granular synthesis is a sound synthesis method that works on the microsound time scale.

Its process is similar to sampling. The basic building block is a grain which has a...

There's increasing awareness that women are under-represented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths—known collectively as STEM—but it still comes as a bit of a shock that in spite of the large number of highly successful female singers and musicians, only around five per cent of those working in the audio engineering field are women. 

The good news is that, though rising much too slowly, that number is gradually rising.

Whether touring with artists as live-sound engineers, working in commercial studios as recording engineers, doing post-production for TV and/or film, working in the highly specialised field of mastering or in another area of audio production, there has been a vanguard of women who've left their mark on the industry and a new guard of women whose bold and confident work is nothing short of inspiring. 

In honour of International Women’s Day, let’s continue to #PressforProgress in the audio production field by celebrating ten pioneers and the newcomers to the field.

1. Leslie Ann Jones

There are a lot of firsts in recording engineer Leslie Ann Jones’s life. 

In 1975, the American was the first female recording engineer at ABC Studios in Los Angeles. In 1977, she was the the first female engineer at the legendary Automatt Studios in San Francisco and the first female national officer of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the organisation that awards Grammys). She was...

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a bigger sounding drop for any track that you are working on with just three simple tips. 

The drop and chorus are the most important part of any song. This section will be delivering the main theme of your track so it needs to be leave an impact on the listener. 

By the end of this screencast tutorial, you'll understand how to implement these tips into your own productions so that drops leave a lasting impression on the listener. 

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Audio logos and musical idents are short pieces of music that are often used with voice-overs, sound effects or on their own to brand a particular product, service, radio, television, video or podcast show.

In this tutorial, I'll show you 30 of the best audio logos and musical idents to be found at AudioJungle. So whether you’re looking for a theme that is great for a commercial, health, lifestyle or creative project, you’re bound to find something that appeals to you in one of the categories below.

Business

Audio logos and musical idents are heavily used by corporations in a range of applications, from intros to jingles and everything in-between, to create a distinct brand that audiences will recognise immediately. Here are among the five best logos and idents to be found at AudioJungle in this category.

1. Elegant Corporate Logo

Elegant Corporate Logo is an understated logo track featuring soft synths and a whoosh effect in the middle.

2. Elegant Logo

Elegant Logo is a quiet and classic opening logo that’s suitable for a wide range of business videos and multimedia productions.

3. Corporate Logo

A clean and modern sound, Corporate Logo will work well with any high-quality productions.

4. Glitchy Digital Crystal Logo #07

Glitch Digital Crystal has quite a futuristic sound that suggests a business on the cutting edge of progress.

5. Elegant Corporate Logo 2

A beautiful audio logo track, Elegant Corporate Logo 2 is a great choice for representing your company in any project.

Inspirational

Inspiration sells. And for that reason, audio logos and idents that bring an air of inspiration to your...

Many producers find it difficult to know what sounds to mix together to create not only a powerful synth, but a powerful mix.

Perhaps the synths lack the energy and power that you hear in similar professional sounding mixes where the object is to get the overall mix to sound full.

In this screencast, I'll explain why mixing white noise in to the synths creates a fuller sounding mix and how to add this white noise to the synths.

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Playing the guitar in a band is a joyous experience, but it comes with difficulties no solo performer ever encounters. Not only can you struggle to be heard by the audience, sometimes you can’t even hear yourself.

This guide will help you understand where the struggle lies, as well as showing ways to improve guitar clarity in a live arena.

When the Sound Goes

In my early gigging days, I remember playing through a supplied backline of two Marshall half-stacks, and the speakers moved enough air to ruffle my trousers. 

I was standing in front of the amps, I was stunningly loud, and yet I could barely hear myself over the band. 

I hadn't, then, worked out what I was doing wrong.

The Answer Is Not Necessarily Volume

In the panic of live performance, going "one louder" seems like the obvious solution. If you can’t hear yourself, just crank it up.

Seriously, though, don't be tempted to do this. 

Nothing upsets the rest of the band, and the audience, more quickly than an obnoxiously loud guitarist. 

Going one louder will make you be unpopular and you may be asked to leave, 

"Going To 11" makes your problem everyone else’s. In response, other band members increase their volume just so that they hear themselves over your guitar, and you’re all back to where you started.

In a volume war, nobody wins.

The Problem Explained

You're probably familiar with the sound you enjoy during home practice becoming a roaring, indistinct mush when playing with the band.

Unlike playing on your own, being in a band means you’re...

Guitars are often one of the most important elements in a song. 

These guitars will help you deliver the emotional intent that you are trying to convey in the music, so having a clean and present mix of these guitars is important to the overall success of any song. 

By the end of this tutorial, you'll know how to create a wide and present guitar sound in any mix with a few simple techniques so the listeners of your song can hear your guitars in a clean, present, and musical way.

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If you’reunfamiliar with Envato’s Music Kits, read Eric Schwarz's tutorial Why Envato Music Kits Are the Essential Audio Solution to Any Project.

Music Kits for Professional Presentations, Projects and Soundtracks 

Unlike the typical music item that is usually a fixed-length track, Music Kits are song tracks that have been pre-edited into individual musical sections that can be rearranged, like building blocks, to create custom-timed and custom-structured pieces.

This means that, without musical or audio expertise or highly specialised audio software, you can create a professional finish to your soundtracks by dragging and dropping individual song sections to fit both the length of music your scenes require and the tempo progression needed.

15 Fantastic Funk & Groove Music Kits

A musical accompaniment sets the scene for any film trailer, promo, theme or scene, or even just a home video production. Good music, though, is essential. Music can make or break the effect.

In this tutorial, I'll help you to discover 15 of the best royalty-free, trending Funk & Groove Music Kits available at AudioJungle

1. Ocean's Funky Guitar Kit

Described as a David Holmes like sounding track, it's stylistically similar to Oceans Eleven, Oceans Twelve and Oceans Thirteen films. It's catchy with live instruments and a compelling driving force.

2. Ocean's Funky Groove Kit

The composer describes this Music Kit as being, "for the days when you need to rob a bank." ...I hope that'll never be the case, but...

The mixes of modern musical productions are very wide and stereo spread. 

In order to compete with todays professional mixes, the elements in your track will need to make good use of the stereo field to create a larger-than-life stereo image.

One simple and easy way to create width in a track is to use the Haas effect

By the end of this video tutorial, you'll how to use Ableton's Simple Delay plugin to create a wider stereo image with the Haas Effect. I'll help you understand what elements to use them, so that your sound competes with professional mixes.

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