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  • How to Kill your Next Recording Session

    Posted on by IDK Junior

    This past Sunday I was sitting in a recording session. [Jungle Life Studio here in Vallejo, Ca.] During the recording session a young man was given the opportunity to display his talents and potentially get signed to the local record label. Unfortunately, he blew it... 🤦‍♂️

    In this article I'm going to give you guys a few tips on how you can kill your next recording session! 

     Let's get into it ✊🏽

     

    Create an itinerary with your recording engineer/producer

    Its always a great idea to have a plan.  I advise you to get with your producer/engineer to map out your session. Split up your recording session into sections. The hardest being the first and then moving on to the next. This is also a great time to discuss what you plan on accomplishing during the recording session and this will also help you determine how much time you need to get everything done in an efficient manner.  Remember, this is your business and it should be treated as such.

     

    Maybe... leave the entourage home

    I get it...  It's cool to have family friends by your side rooting you on. They offer you advice and let you know when they hear something special. But at the same time that advice they give, especially from non-musicians in your entourage, can make you over think and sometimes make you change your mind about an idea that already sounds great. Remember when enter a recording session, it's all business or at least it should be.  So I suggest leaving the homies at home and focusing on YOUR music. This will especially help with time management and keeping the creative energy in the room flowing. After all, if you're in a music studio, you'll be surrounded by people who are inspired by sound and seek to do the same to the people they meet.

     

    DO NOT get f*cked up!

    I cannot even count the amount of times I spoke with a producer/engineer who had a recording session that at ended up with everyone just hanging out because the artist was too jacked up to perform.  Again, I get it... you're rock star, someone put you on or you're in the process of growing your popularity.  But, let's be real, you're not at the point in your career to where you can just mess around and do whatever you want. You have a job to do... In fact, everyone in the studio does and one of those jobs is not babysitting.  

    Don't get me wrong, there's no problem with getting lifted but rendering yourself useless is not going to get you closer to your goal. 

    Just focus on what needs to get done and pop bottles or blaze one, once you've gotten something worth celebrating! 

     

    Practice, Practice, Practice

    I’ve came across a lot of artist who claim they’re so naturally talented that they do not need to practice.  Truth of the matter is, YOU DO! Nothing is more annoying for us producers/engineers to enter a recording session where the artist is not ready.  If you’re not ready, you’re wasting your time, you engineers/producers time and more importantly, your money!  Prior to your session you should already have a clear idea of which direction you want your song to go, you should have your lyrics memorized and you should know the musical elements of the song (BPM, Song Key, Chord Changes and other relevant information) before you get to the studio.

    So… get to practice!!!!  Seriously, some of you artist really need to be told.

     

    Be Punctual

    If you booked a 4 hour recording session from 4pm to 8pm, the clock starts at 4pm and stops at 8pm whether you’re there or not.  So, get there on time!  In fact, treat it like an interview and arrive 15mins early.  I know several studios that charge a non-refundable deposit to reserve your time with a minimum of at least $50. 

    So get there on-time and make your investment worth it!

     

    CONCLUSION

    Arrive on time and leave your ego at the door.  If your budget allows you to, reserve extra time for experimentation.  Do not forget to practice a few nights before your session, when you step in the booth you should be able to knock it out in a timely manner.  

    Remember when I mentioned that maybe you should leave your entourage at home?  You should really consider this suggestion.  The studio should be relaxed and creative.  You, your producer and engineer(s) should not have to worry about people chatting and being a distraction.  Allow yourself to let loose and give yourself the opportunity to let the music you’ve been working so hard on really shine!

    Also, stay positive!  Things will go wrong and this can be very frustrating but don’t let these things bring you down.  After all, we’re human and humans make mistakes.   So, take the clutter, the turmoil, the chaos and use it as fuel.  Be open to the experience. Listen to the advice. Encourage your bandmates, producers, songwriters and engineers.     

    Have a vision, but don't crack-the-whip.  

    Making records is a team effort and in this day in age,  releasing music is easier than ever.  The hardest part of the process is being seen.  So, get creative and make something memorable.  You may surprise yourself!

    Oh… and lastly, bring snacks!  Healthy snacks packed with protein and nutrients to keep your mind sharp and body moving’!

     

    Peace, 

    I.D.K

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  • Top 5 Free VST Plugins that are Worth Downloading

    Posted on by IDK Junior

     

    If you’re anything like me, you’re probably constantly searching the Internet for new plug-ins or sounds.  So, I made a list of my top 5 VST’s worth downloading! And check this, they’re FREE!

     So lets get into it!

    (Plugins are in no particular order)

     

    1. Tyrell N6by u-he



    Tyrell N6 is a virtual analog software synthesizer.  With features you can expect from a vintage synthesizer. 

     Features: 

    • 2 LFOs
    • 2 ADSR Envelopes
    • 2 Oscillators
    • 1 Sub Oscillator
    • 1 Modulation Matrix
    • 1 Ring Modulator
    • 1 Noise Generator
    • 1 Signal Feedback     

     Download Tyrell N6 For Free 

     

    2. Club Voltage by Noizefield Instruments

    Club Voltage is a modern soft synth based on subtractive synthesis. This plugin houses a 32 step sequencer, an arpeggiator and 3 LFO’s with different degrees.     

     Features:

    • 3 Oscillators 
    • 3 Envelopes 
    • 2 Multimode - Filter
    • 1 Delay
    • 1 Chorus
    • 1 EQ
    • 1 Bit crusher
    • 1 Noise generator
    • 1 Modulation matrix

     Download Club Voltage For Free 


     3. Synth1 by Ichiro Toda

    Synth1 is a software synth that is modeled on that Red Synth, Nord Lead 2, Clavia. 

     
    Features:

    • 2 Oscillator + 1 Sub oscillator, FM modulation, ring modulation, synchro, modulation envelope
    • 4 types of filter, distortion
    • 2 LFO (host synchronizable)
    • Arpeggiator (host synchronization)
    • Tempo delay (host synchronization), stereo chorus / flanger mounted
    • Legato Mode, Portamento
    • 32 sound polyphonic
    • Preset 128 tone color.
    • Thorough implementation of lightweight reduction. SSE usage etc.
    • Automation compatible

    Download Synth1 For Free

     


    4. TuneFish 4 by Brain Control

    Tunefish 4 is Virtual Analog Synthesizer.  Although tiny, this synthesizer produces quality audio that can compete with commercial synthesizers.  

    Features: 
    • Improved UI compared to TF3 which will visualize all modulations.
    • Uses an additive synthesis based wavetable generator.
    • The Noise generator can produce any frequency of noise with any bandwidth.
    • Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass and an improved Notch filter are available.
    • 2 ADSRs and 2 LFOs that can be linked to pretty much any important knob using a modulation matrix.
    • Supported effects are Flanger, Chorus, Distortion, Delay, Reverb, EQ and Formant.
    • The effects stack allows for any permutation of up to 10 effects.

       Download Tunefish 4 For Free




      5. Dexedby Digital Suburban

      Dexed is an FM Plugin Synth, that is multi platform, multi format and closely modeled after the Yamaha DX7.

       Features:

      • Multi platform (OS X, Windows or Linux) and multi format (VST, AU, LV2).
      • The sound engine music-synthesizer-for-android is closely modeled on the original DX7 characteristics.
      • 144 DAW automatable DX7 parameters available from one single panel.
      • Fully supports DX7 input and output Sysex messages; including controller change. This means that you can use this with a native DX7/TX7 as a patch editor and SysEx manager.
      • Each operator have a realtime VU meter to know which one is active.
      • Can load/save any DX7/TX7 SysEx programs. It is also possible to save a single program into a different SysEx file.

       Download Dexed For Free

       

      Time to get Cracking’! 

      Now you got some new plugins to play with! Time to close the doors, turn off your cellphones and get to work!

       

      Leave us a comment and let me know your thoughts on any one of these plugins!

       

      Peace

      IDK

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    • Dope This WeeK!

      Posted on by The Producer Kit

      Whats going on, 

      Its Friday its time for another Dope This Week.   


      Beat Breakdown
      Mass Appeal team up with one of the most influential new trap producers. 

       

       

      Gear of the Week
      The Blue Snowball has been my mic of choice.  Who would have thought.  Its easy to connect good for quick ideas or podcast.  

       

       

      Must Watch
      A-Trak one of my favorite DJs breaks down his new single featuring Lil Yatchy and Quavo.  

       

       

      Business
      Sickamore went from hustling mixtapes to A&Ring for artist like YG & Travis Scott.  He talks about lessons he learned from the industry.  

       

       

      808
      Since 8.08 was this week.  I thought id included a great 808 mixing tutorial by the mixing legend Dave Pensado.  

       

       

      P.S.

      Check out my remix  SZA - Weekend Triza Remix

      Loop Dream Melody Loops is out.  20 Melody that will help inspire and push your music in a different direction.    


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      As always please let me know your request and suggestions on Instagram @triza.  Which topic above is your favorite. What do you want to see more or less of?  Let me know.  

      Till Next Week 
      Triza

       

       

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    • Special Guest Bryan-Michael Cox - Live on Unquantized Podcast – Friday (Aug 4)

      Posted on by The Producer Kit

      Special Guest Bryan-Michael Cox

      Live on Unquantized Podcast – Friday (Aug 4)

      Bryan-Michael Cox an American multi-instrumentalist, record producer and songwriter noted for his all-encompassing work on some of the most notable pop artists will be a special guest on Unquantized Podcast this Friday (4pm EST) live streaming here on Sound Oracle.

      MORE ABOUT BRYAN-MICHAEL COX

      Bryan-Michael Cox is one of the most influential producers in urban music in our lifetime. Some of his notable collaborations include "Shake It Off""I Stay In Love",  "You Had Your Chance" with Mariah Carey“Be Without You" for Mary J. Blige"Burn""Confessions Part II" and "U Got It Bad" for Usher.

      (Check his complete discography: Here)

      (The Best of Bryan-Michael Cox: B. Cox)

      And has also written for artists including UsherMariah CareyMary J. BligeToni BraxtonJagged EdgeLil' MoBow WowDanity Kaneamong others.

      He has achieved rock-solid recognition by the music industry as a songwriter, including being the SESAC choice for Songwriter of the Year for two straight years.

      Cox also obtained a Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive period of chart successes. He has been in Billboard chart for five years on breaking the record previously held by The Beatles. He hales from Houston, Texas who was good friends with Beyoncé at high school. He often produced records for Destiny's Child before Columbia Records. Then, he relocated to Atlanta to pursue his music career; and then worked closely with partner Jermaine Dupri.

       

       

      With 100 million record sales, 35 number one hits, and 12 Grammy Award nominations, Bryan Michael Cox is widely regarded as one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful songwriters and producers in the history of contemporary R&B. In 2009, Cox was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to music.

      "The UnQuantized Podcast is a live and interactive podcast streaming on IG. Join hosts @SoundOracle and @Triza as they discuss producer gear, answer production, music career related questions, and share music industry stories.

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    • Dope This Week!

      Posted on by The Producer Kit

      Whats good,

       

      Its Friday its time for another Dope This Week.    

       

      Beat Breakdown

      Possible one of the biggest songs of the year.  French + Swae Lee Unforgettable is everywhere.  1mind breaks down how they made it.   

       

       

      Gear of the Week

      I have been in the middle of remodeling my home studio.  I have these big ass speaker stands that take up to much room.  I found these ISO Acoustic Stands they are super modern and out the way.

       

      Must Watch

      DJ Dahi is one of my favorite producers in Hip Hop right now.  He is back on Rhythm Roulette making some 🔥🔥🔥🔥 

       

       

       Business

      The streaming age is here.  However something we rarely hear about is how streaming pays.  Here is a breaking down of the payments from streaming services.  Prepare to be sad.  

        

      Studio Stories

      Zaytoven the godfather of Trap tells a crazy story about Gucci and a collab that never happened. 

       

       

      P.S.

      Loop Dream Melody Loops is out.  20 Melody that will help inspire and push your music in a different direction.    

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      As always please let me know your request and suggestions on Instagram @triza.  Which topic above is your favorite. What do you want to see more or less of?  Let me know.  

       

      Till Next Week 

      Triza

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