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.
Facebook announces “Premiers”
The Moog One Hits Shelves
HD Vinyl Pushes Forward
Questlove’s “On the Hour” DJ Tchnique
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.
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.
Sirius buys Pandora, is Live Nation Next?
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:
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
China’s Hip-Hop “Ban”
Link To Vice Feature
Minimize to Maximize
Remove unused and faulty tracks
Removing unnecessary gear
Minimizing social media channels to improve overall consistency
Use Templates to reduce startup time
Archive unused samples and plugins
Minimize unfinished projects. Finish, archive, or send for collaboration
Minimize prep time with templates
Reduce target audience. Find your niche
Minimize dependance on hardware
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
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.
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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