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Top Ten Best DAWS For music production in 2017

Sep 252017

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    For those of you who are unfamiliar with the various digital audio workstation options available to you
in today's age of cutting edge music creation. I've put together a list of the ten best DAWS for music production in 2017. Although there are quite a few more DAWS to add to the list these are the ones that i've had experience using in the and present.

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1-FL studio – This is one of the most popular used DAWS amongst songwriters and producers. The learning curve makes the music creation process for this program more user friendly for most beginners. As its interface is pretty straight forward there are some hidden features that can be found by through trial and error or youtube tutorials. Audio engine sounds great on a scale of 1-10 i'd rate it 8.5. FL studio works well with out board units like a compressor or keyboard workstation and easy to set up. Extremely affordable with prices that range from: $99.00-$299.00  and free upgrades for life. Read more at their website here

 

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2-Studio One – Amazing program that allows the user to customize its keyboard functions to map to your liking or of your previous DAWS. This program is filled with its own its own useful plugins that help give your music a professional sounding mix. Works well with outboard gear such as EQ and Compressors etc. If you decide to expand your setup to a more hardwear/ softwear based workflow you can. Read more at their website here

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3-Ableton Live - Widely used by producers and DJ's in the edm / trap genre this is another great program to make beats with.Packed with the usual DAW standard features unlimited midi/ audio track counts and ect. The seamless midi sequencing software and hardware integration is what makes it truly unique. You have to option to use ableton live controllers or any other standard controller will do.With over 50gb of sound library files you use if you don't already have your own sound library to work with. Read more at their website here

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4-Reason- This is another amazing DAW that doesn't get enough praise when it comes to beat making. What sets them apart from other digital workstations earlier on was the fact that there were no Vst integration and you had to rely on solely rely on the devices within the program itself. With the creation of rewire allowing you to use reason with another DAW. This was the common workaround to get your beat in an audio format and access Vst's. With a large and unique sound library that was a few  gigs and if that wasn't enough you were able to buy sound bank refills from their website or authorize retailer. With devices like Nnxt and NN-19 gave its users its endless creative possibilities. Both devices have there own sound banks and doubled as a sampler giving more control over your sound creatively. They even took it a step further with a device called Dr. Rex that allows you to play loops of your own or from their sound banks. Since then Reason has come a long way since it's release in December 2000.From version 1.0 to 9.5 which now supports vst. The features of this DAW have improved greatly over the years with newer devices such as thor, kong and rack extensions. This digital workstation is a powerhouse. Read more at their website here

 

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 5-Cubase -Great program, widely used in the music industry. In Fact you'd be surprised at how many studios running this DAW in their setups. Cubase a powerhouse with the type of control it allows its users to have over their compositions is truly amazing to say the least. Every DAW has its learning curve and for this program its pretty steep. Its also filled with a large sample library and a device called
sonic se that has a ton of useful settings. Read more at their website here

 

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6-Logic pro x– Another great DAW (Mac users only). Packed with a ton of its own vsts and devices to help you create your music. Great program to produce and mix in as well.i've traced out several of my older sessions in the past just to mix in the program. Over all well rounded program for producers on the mac. Read more at their website here

 

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7- Reaper- Another Amazing DAW with features and capabilities to help you conjure up something special. Giving you customization control over the functions and layout to your needs for better workflow. Fully integratable with outboard gear with multitrack audio and midi editing capabilities as well as mixing and mastering. Read more at their website here

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8-Calk walk- Great DAW that allows you to do it all from mixing to mastering and anything else you can think of is there for you to create music. This is a windows only based DAW. Read more at their website here

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9- Magix Acid- Great DAW to get into if your just starting out simple and easy to use. When I was just starting out this wass one of the many few digital workstations I had a chance to use and found it very useful for sequencing as I was tracking my own loops and sounds from a keyboard workstation I was using at the time. Read more at their website here

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10-Pro-Tools- The most used DAW by industry professionals. Powerful features make its use great for mixing , editing, recording and song mastering making it an industry standard DAW. This program is not for beginners recommended user level is expert and above. Read more at their website here

 

 

 

Top 10 Mixtape Mistakes to Avoid

Aug 042017

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        All the hard work you've been putting in for your mix-tape from the recording and mixing will be for nothing if you fail to plan. Don't let your best efforts go to to waste from poor planning. This article can be used as a guide for aspiring artist based mix-tapes.

  1. Commercial beats- In this day an age of the internet there's no excuse for an artist not to use original beats. If your in need of beats you'll find hundreds of thousands produces online who are selling beats for exclusive and non exclusive purchase.

  2. Using tagged beats- Having a producer tag that can be heard playing throughout your songs is a bad move. It not only shows that you didn't pay for the beat you’ve recorded over but a blatant disregard for your craft.
  3. Poorly Recorded songs- Just because its a mix-tape doesn’t mean you should skim on quality. Take the time to learn new recording techniques that can help improve your sound quality. If you hear something that needs to be fixed or improved do it.
  4. Recycling Songs - Take the extra time to record new material. Putting songs from a previous project because you felt they didn't get enough exposure.
  5. No Budget – You can't put out a project without a budget. The producers who's beats you've used need to be paid as well as the engineer who will mix your songs , the graphic designer who will be doing your art work and last but not least the Dj who will host your mix-tape.
  6. No Dj- Technically it’s not a mix-tape unless a DJ is hosting it. Without a DJ its simply an album and not a mix-tape.
  7. No Promotion- All the time and energy you've spent recording your work shouldn’t go unnoticed. Paid promotion is something to consider investing in as it can boost your reach and increase the possibility of being discovered by new fans.
  8. Poor presentation- The art work representing your mix-tape is crucial to the extant of a potential fan considers to listen to it. There are many graphic designers online that create quality designs.
  9. Too Many Songs- The average listener has a short attention span and will nit sit through a lengthy mix-tape. As an artist you have about 5-6 songs to make an impression on your listener before they start to lose interest. Keeping the number of songs down 10 if its your first mix tape keeps the listener wanting to hear more especially if its your first tape.15 songs is usually the standard across the board.
  10. Too many features- If its your first tape you may wanna avoid having too many guest artist and give the listeners a chance to hear you as a solo artist. Now I’m not saying you should avoid having other artist on you mix-tape but more conscious of how your tape represents you as an artist.