Ableton Live Overview – Ableton Live 11 Tutorial

Ableton Live 11 Overview - Ableton Live 11 Tutorial

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.


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Sound Selection Tips for Producers – How to Choose Sounds That Go Together

Sound Selection Tips for Producers - How to Choose Sounds That Go Together

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.


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UAD SPL Transient Designer – Transient Designer Tips

UAD SPL Transient Designer - Transient Designer Tips

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.

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Sidechain Kick and Bass – 5 Different Sidechain Tricks

Sidechain Kick and Bass - 5 Different Sidechain Tricks

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.

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Why Does My Mix Suck?

Why Does My Mix Suck - 7 Top Mixing Tips for Music Production

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

#StepByStep

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Understand Compression – If you do not understand compression you could be doing more harm than good.
  5. Bad Room Acoustics – Your room could be lying to you!
    Arrangement Is Important – Less Is More, sometimes taking away can benefit more than adding.
  6. Focus On the Details – Can’t stress this enough.

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Higher Sample Rate and Bit Depth’s

5 Benefits of Working With Higher Sample Rate and Bit Depth's - Bit Depth and Sample Rate Explained

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.

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How to Prepare a Track For Mixing

How to Prepare a Track For Mixing

In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering shows you how to prepare a track for mixing services.

How To Prepare a Track For Mixing

#TimeStamps
0:00 Start
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

#StepByStep

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Send the Track – Once complete, zip everything up, leave us an inquiry and send that zip over to us and we can get started on your audio mixing.

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