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The Lab Science Podcast

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The Lab Science Podcast is a weekly show dedicated to the producers, djs, engineers, and songwriters filled with the tips, news, and encouragement to keep you focused


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Beatmaking vs Producing – Episode 36
Are you a beatmaker? Are you a producer? Are you both? This week Professor SentZ discusses the the terms and their hidden connotations while giving tips for both paths. Episode Contents Lab Report Facebook announces “Premiers” The Moog One Hits Shelves HD Vinyl Pushes Forward Case Study Questlove’s “On the Hour” DJ Tchnique Lab Technique The “K.I.S.S. on the Bus” Mix Technique K.I.S.S. = “Keep it simple stupid”. Keep your mixes simple. Mixing “on the bus” = Putting the focus on grouping  similar elements into  busses and getting a bulk of mix work done there, not on individual tracks Mixes tend to benefit from doing less, despite us having so many tools Today’s sounds and kits are processed and high quality. You don’t need as much individual track processing Beats you plan on selling tend to get mixed and mastered again after vocals are added. Get a good sound but be time efficient. Don’t spend a week mixing a beat. Gain staging, EQ and Compression are 3 techniques and get you 80% there Old computers benefit from the decrease in plugin use The more you do on the bus, the more individual tracks gel together. Buses put instruments in the same room.
Minimize To Maximize – Episode 35
The 80/20 rule states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. 80 % of your success stems from 20% of your actions. Conversely, 80 percent of the drama you deal with stems from 20% of your efforts. By reducing tasks, you give yourself the chance to shave away at the 20% of things that cause you problems. That’s what today’s episode is all about. Professor SentZ and Captain Lean Automatic sit down and discuss ways that producers, djs, engineers, and songwriters can all make gains by taking things away. Episode Contents Lab Report: Sirius buys Pandora, is Live Nation Next? Related Links: SiriusXM Acquires Pandora For $3.5B and Why It Matters SiriusXM Will Buy Live Nation, says Analyst After Buying Pandora, Will SiriusXM Make a Deal for Live Nation?   Akai Releases the FIRE controller for FL Studio: Related Links FL Studio gets Akai Fire, and it’s serious about step sequencing (Akai releases FL Studio’s first dedicated MIDI controller Akai Professional Debuts Dedicated FIRE Controller For FL Studio Case Study China’s Hip-Hop “Ban” Link To Vice Feature Lab Technique Sampling Yourself  Main Topic:  Minimize to Maximize DJs Remove unused and faulty tracks Removing unnecessary gear Minimizing social media channels to improve overall consistency   Producers Use Templates to reduce startup time Archive unused samples and plugins Minimize unfinished projects. Finish, archive,  or send for collaboration   Engineers Minimize prep time with templates Reduce target audience. Find your niche Minimize dependance on hardware   Writers Write lyrics to drum loops or simple loops  instead of full beats Use as little syllables per line as possible on songs/hooks Give yourself a time limit for a few songs that’s a bit shorter than your average
Finding Your Sound – Episode 34
This week is all about finding your sound as a producer, artist, DJ,  and engineer. The benefits go well beyond the art you create. If you’re struggling with getting your sound in order, stick around until the end for 9 tips that’ll help immediately. Lab Report CBC News Investigates Ticketmaster (2:40) Spotify To Allow Direct Uploads from Indie Artists and Will Launch Middle East/North Africa (11:03) Music Modernization Act Passes (14:55) Lab Technique of the Week: Birthday Crate (20:33) Crate preparation is a big part of DJing. Make a crate or playlist full of songs you’d want spun on your birthday. When done, select three random friends on Facebook or in your phone an make them crates based on what you’d play for their birthday. Use a streaming service or write the playlist down and send it to them as a random hello. This exercise serves 2 purposes. It’ll get you thinking critically about song selection and will get you more practice with maintaining relationships. Main Topic: Finding Your Sound  What does it mean?: (23:45) Having a distinct and recognizable sound in your art that serves as a calling card. When you find your sound, people know you made something before they’re told. They hear your traits on the audio itself. Why is it important?: (25:27) Your sound is directly tied into your brand. As such, it dictates things like your website, target audience, and overall strategy in how you present yourself publicly. For example, f you have a gritty underground sound, your site and social media should reflect that. The more you have a sound, the better you can present that package. How to tell if you have a sound?: 26:34 Perform “The Bar Exercise”. Can you seal the deal before my Guinness arrives? 9 Tips to find sound: (30:38) Revisit your catalog and identify your best traits Focus your education on your best traits Design Your own Sounds. Use Templates and Kits to start sessions Create more consistently. Use a schedule if needed Trim unnecessary gear Read your bio regularly Get criticism from others Work on developing an artist
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Mar 29th, 2017
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Oct 10th, 2018
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