In this video we give you an Ableton Live 11 overview to help with your music production. Ableton Live is a digital audio workstation (DAW) that unlike other DAWs on the market, Ableton is designed to be an instrument for live performances as well as a tool to create, produce, record mix and master music.
Ableton is very unique in the sense that it has two distinct views. In this video we give you a brief overview of Ableton Live and talk about some of the basics. This is part one of a five part series on Ableton Live.
In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering goes over some sound selection tips for producers and gives examples on how to choose sounds that go together. Picking the right sounds in your productions is crucial to getting the quality that you might be lacking. Wondering why some of your sounds might be thin? Music production is all about the selections at the start of the production process and utilizing some of these tips can help make your productions stand out.
In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering goes over different ways to use the Universal Audio SPL Transient Designer. These tips can be applied with any transient designer. Transient designers can give you some control over audio files if you do not have an ADSR or envelope. Transient designers can be used to glue things together in your mix or just help the groove.
In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering goes over five different methods to sidechain your kick and bass. Sidechains are a common trick used in many genres and has lots of applications. Examples given of sidechaining your kick and bass include tools like compressors, shapers, multi-band compression, and more. He shows how using a combination of plug ins can provide positive and custom results.
In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering goes over a trick to widen your claps with the Waves Doubler 2. Creating space and allowing things to sit in interesting ways gives the listener more emotion. In dance music sometimes claps can be used to enhance the width of your drums in a creative way.
In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering discusses ways to improve your music production skills and gives top 9 tips for music producers. These tips are the backbone of music production and will help tremendously if you are getting started in your music production career.
Ever ask yourself, “Why Does My Mix Suck?” In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering gives seven top mixing tips for music production. These tips are given from a “birds-eye-view” of the music production process. If you find yourself in need of some quick tips to note while trying to improve your mixing skills then make sure you check this video out. You may be incorporating some of these into your workflow but there might be a few tips you we’re not aware of!
#TimeStamps 0:00 Start 00:34 Use Quality Sounds 00:54 Don’t Fix It In the Mix 01:34 Know Your Tools 02:01 Understand Compression 02:37 Bad Room Acoustics 02:55 Arrangement Is Important 03:20 Focus On the Details 03:42 Outro
Use Quality Sounds – The choice of sound selection is imperative to the final output of the sound. Although things can be EQ’ed and altered, having a good sound source from the get go makes it much easier to mix. Remember this…It’s easy to take away but hard to add something that is not there.
Don’t Fix It In the Mix – This goes without saying if you have a problem, make sure you take care of it before recording. That includes if a sound is thin or lacking, make sure you get layers in place to compensate instead of trying to add that with effects later in your mix.
Know Your Tools – Make sure you know what your tools are doing. It helps to have a solid understanding of music production and the tools that go along with it.
Understand Compression – If you do not understand compression you could be doing more harm than good.
Bad Room Acoustics – Your room could be lying to you! Arrangement Is Important – Less Is More, sometimes taking away can benefit more than adding.
Focus On the Details – Can’t stress this enough.
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In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering goes over five benefits of working with higher sample rate and bit depth’s. In case you missed the previous video about what sample rate’s and bit depths mean then make sure to go back and review the explanation if you need some education. These five tips will ensure that you have a solid understanding of what sample rate and bit depth might be best for the specific application, as well as some things to pay attention to that could be affecting your processing.
There are a lot of opinions on this subject so at the end of the day your computer processing and application needs are crucial in understanding what bit depths and sample rates to use. It’s very important to use your ears and trust your judgement when choosing the best rates to work in, however there is some best practices involved as well.
In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering show’s you how to avoid mistakes when hiring a mastering engineer and gives seven tips to help you avoid audio mastering scams. Mastering is not a one size fits all approach, every song or album must be given the proper care and attention to detail that it deserves.
In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering shows you how to prepare a track for mixing services.
How To Prepare a Track For Mixing
00:12 Track Preview
00:26 Consolidate Files
01:25 Name Your Tracks
01:55 Export Your Stems
03:15 Export A Rough Mix
04:49 Send the Track
Consolidate All of Your Files – Make sure you consolidate all the regions from zero so you will be able to send one file for every track. This ensures that everything will line up perfectly in the new DAW and session.
Name Your Tracks – Make sure to name your tracks so the next engineer can decipher what each track is without wasting time playing each track back.
Export Your Stems – Make sure you export at the highest quality, preferably the same bit depth and sample rate that you created the session in but you’ll want to ensure that everything is turned off on your master buss.
Export A Rough Mix – Turning everything back on the master buss, export a rough mix of your song so the engineer has a reference track of your music and can line this up in his DAW.