Monthly Archives: August 2010

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Kick Drum Processing Tips & Tricks

A lifeless kick-drum sound can bring down the energy level of your whole track, especially if you work in one of the many uptempo rock, pop or dance styles. Despite the importance of this one sound, however, surprisingly few of the tracks we receive for our Demo Doctor and Business End columns really nail it. Fortunately for Logic users, though, there are a large number of tools available which can help polish (and salvage!) lacklustre kick tracks, whether they’re part of a live kit sound, or a sample running from a MIDI module or virtual instrument.

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Re-Re-Post: Seven Crimes That Will Get You a Smaller Fine than File-Sharing

From a Prefix Blog post from a Gapers Block Blog Post which has the full info of each case.

Jammie Thomas was fined $2 million for downloading 24 songs.

1. Child abduction: the fine is only like $25000.

2. Stealing the actual CD: the fine is $2,500

3. Rob your neighbor: the fine is $375,000

4. Burn a house down: The fine is just over $375,000

5. Stalk someone: The fine is $175,000

6. Start a dogfighting ring: the fine is $50,000

7. Murder someone: The maximum penalty is only $25,000 and 15 years in jail, and depending on your yearly salary, would probably be far slighter a penalty that $2 million.

This shows how backwards our society can be. It’s a good thing the labels won’t be around for much longer, and a good thing that illegal downloading will become irrelevant. If you didn’t already know, we(Beat-Play) have theoretically solved these problems. Now we’re working on the web software prototype that will finally make all of this mean completely nothing to independent or signed artists. If you want to know how it works, go here.

A Tribe Called Quest Live – Rock the Bells 2010 New York – 3rd row!

This shit was epic. A Tribe Called Quest is the most powerful group in Hip Hop, and the energy they left in this place was electrifying. I’ve been a fan for something like 10 years, but never seen them live until now. This moment was historic, and nobody there will ever forget it! A Tribe Called Quest – Represent – Represent!!

Filmed by MusicWithoutLabels.com and The Beat-Play Experiment Blog

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MTHDS – 2010 THC Music Festival [PHOTOS]

Listen to MTHDS – “Riot” below:

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Photography By: Jimmy Iles | Director of Operations | @JimmyMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Frogs Gone Fishin’ – 2010 THC Music Fest Show

listen to “herb” off their new album: Actual Natural

Frogs Gone Fishin' visit Frogs Gone fishin’ Here!

Photography By: Jimmy Iles | Director of Operations | @JimmyMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Lauryn Hill Live – Rock the Bells 2010 New York – 3rd row!!

Lauryn Hill was amazing, even though the sound guys couldn’t get their shit together with her mic or the guitar. She had a full band complete with lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass/synth, keyboardist/dj, 2 full set drummers and 3 back up singers. She was incredible!! I was really diggin the new style. She was like a conductor up there performing the new versions of her old classics. This moment in hip hop history will never be forgotten!

Also seen in this vid is Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Jay-z, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Chris Rock, and others. Make sure you check out Chris’s facial expressions..they’re classic too. The crazy part is that pretty much everybody looked like that. We love you Lauryn!

Filmed by MusicWithoutLabels.com and The Beat-Play Experiment Blog

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Sweet Audio tut: Arrangement Tips and Tricks: Fills and Transitions

Even the best track can be let down by bad arrangement. Let things slide in this area and you’re in danger of losing your listeners’ interest. Often getting things right in this area is down to lots of small touches. It really is all in the detail.

One area that is hugely important is creating interesting transitions and using varying fills when introducing new elements. These small sections of your track can become some of the most time consuming, but don’t underestimate how important they are. Let’s take a look at a few real world examples.


Step 1: The Basic Drop

For the purpose of this tutorial I have mocked up a small dummy arrangement showing the transition between a few different sections of a hypothetical track. The track is very simple and has only been constructed to demonstrate the techniques included, so please no comments on how good or bad it sounds. I’m aware it’s not going to win any awards! Continue reading

Audiopad – Another Interactive Music Controller

As I see more and more of these things, and I see the way in which people gravitate towards them, it makes me realize more and more that the way in which we make music has legitimately been changed forever. Maybe controllers like this are still rare novelties, and maybe they’re a little confusing, or still have some bugs..but think about 20 years from now. They say you need to put in over 10,000 hours at anything to become a master. People haven’t even had close to that with these kinds of devices..imagine when that changes..think about dj’s and turntables. This thing is really cool!

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