Category: Produce

  • 6 Subtle Production Tricks That’ll Bring a Track to Life

    6 Subtle Production Tricks That’ll Bring a Track to Life

    Sometimes having great songs and performances isn’t enough — you also need unique and ear-catching production. What actually makes something sound even better than it does? Well, that’s that true art of audio production. The more techniques a producer or engineer has at his or her disposal, the most opportunities for inventiveness. That’s not to…

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  • 10 Tips for Creating More Realistic MIDI Music

    10 Tips for Creating More Realistic MIDI Music

    + Learning to record and mix at home? Check out Soundfly’s acclaimed online courses on mixing, production, beat making and more — Subscribe for unlimited access. Eighty years ago, people could only dream of computers making music. The first machines to do this were as large as a bus and sounded like a dying duck choking on garbage. By contrast, modern…

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  • The Ins and Outs of Recording Your Guitar “Direct In”

    The Ins and Outs of Recording Your Guitar “Direct In”

    Cranky neighbors. A dearth of suitable space to stack amps. A shortage of cash. There are any number of obvious and legitimate reasons for learning to record your electric guitar tracks direct in. When you get this skill down pat, you’ll find the approach delivers a great deal of speed and flexibility without compromising too much on…

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  • In Photos: A Monthly Chip Music Open Stage to Showcase Your Work

    In Photos: A Monthly Chip Music Open Stage to Showcase Your Work

    Pulsewave is the longest running event exploring chip music (a.k.a. chiptune or 8-bit music) in the country. These days, they throw monthly events at New York City’s gaming-culture-centric art space, Babycastles. But aside from providing audiences with cutting edge chip music and live visual performances, all making use of vintage video game systems as the basis…

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  • The Essential Starter Kit for Performing Live with Clicks and Backing Tracks

    The Essential Starter Kit for Performing Live with Clicks and Backing Tracks

    + Learning to record and mix at home? Check out Soundfly’s acclaimed online courses on mixing, production, beat making and more — Subscribe for access. If you’re looking to set up your own laptop rig for live performance using click tracks and backing tracks, you’re going to need quite a bit of gear. Seeing as most of us…

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  • 8 Influential Chiptune Artists Who Pioneered the Genre

    8 Influential Chiptune Artists Who Pioneered the Genre

    Even though video game-influenced sounds make their way into modern music and mainstream pop culture every now and then, the hardcore chiptune scene is still relatively far off the radar. But those of us whose everyday instrument rigs consist of D-pads, LCD screens, and plastic cartridges know that our heroes have been working for decades…

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  • 4 Tips for DIY Drum Recording

    4 Tips for DIY Drum Recording

    For many musicians, the idea of recording a demo can seem a bit daunting, especially when taking a do-it-yourself approach. Fortunately for those of us who need a bit of guidance, Black Lodge Recording’s Vishal Nayak has helped the Soundfly team create a brand new course, full of tips for efficient, effective, and stress-free demo production. For many musicians, the idea…

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  • The 10 Most Widely Influential Synths Ever

    The 10 Most Widely Influential Synths Ever

    Get to know these 10 classic synths, and you’ll start recognizing their oscillating tones in all your favorite tracks.

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  • Enter the Realm of Live Coded Music

    Enter the Realm of Live Coded Music

    From fashion to music, the things you love can be created in code. Coding is a superpower that writes your ideas on a computer program and then gives them the breath of life, in bigger, brighter, and more creative ways. This superpower has mutated. It’s even more powerful and enrapturing with the emergence of Livecoding.tv.…

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  • Legendary Turntablist Rob Swift: “DJing Is an Extension of Yourself”

    Legendary Turntablist Rob Swift: “DJing Is an Extension of Yourself”

    To most of his students Robert Aguilar, aka Rob Swift, is something of a legend, a true DJ. Having come up during the original days of hip-hop in New York City, Rob Swift was one of just a few artists who defined turntablism. His unique skill helped transform DJing from a gimmick into an art form.…

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