How To Analyze A Hit – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

How To Analyze A Hit – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

If you really want to understand an audio recording and hear it in a new way, here are a few pointers on what to listen for. I’m going to break it down to a general technique, and then add an additional advanced technique for experienced musicians, engineers and producers, since they already have more refined listening skills.

Always good to practice. In traditional music theory courses of study there’s the part called “dictation” where you learn to write down what you hear, including basic rhythm and intervals. I should remember to run songs through Capo sometimes.

Studio One has a chord track to help.

Logic Pro doesn’t have a chord track anymore, but you can certainly use it to track tempo and pitch.

The Intangibles Of A Mix – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

The Intangibles Of A Mix – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

It’s easy to think that getting a good mix is just a matter of pushing up some faders, getting a reasonable balance, adding some effects, and you’re finished. Although that might work for a rough mix, there are still a number of intangibles that are vitally important to a great mix. Awareness is always the first step in learning, so here are some things to consider before you start to move faders around.

Creative Ways to Use LFOs on Synths and Beats

Creative Ways to Use LFOs on Synths and Beats

by DJ Pangburn, iZotope Contributor July 3, 2019

LFO on the Roland Jupiter-6 synthesizer
Everyone has a soft spot for a synthesizer filter sweep or a tremolo effect on a guitar track. Thanks to LFOs (low frequency oscillators), these wooshy filter sweeps and pitch modulation (vibrato) effects are easy to execute. But LFOs have other creative uses.

The Power of the Pre-Chorus

The Power of the Pre-Chorus:

The pre-chorus is arguably the most overlooked and underrated section of popular song structures. Having been established somewhere in the 1960s, the pre-chorus is a relatively young concept that has truly elevated the art and science of songwriting. The power of the pre-chorus can be seen in several important functions in a song structure, ultimately transforming a couple of musical passages into a fully realized song.

6 Practical Ways to Use RX 7 for Music Production

6 Practical Ways to Use RX 7 for Music Production:

RX is used by sound designers, those in film post-production, and dialogue editing the world over. With RX 7 offering the ability to isolate vocals from songs and automatically detect noise in samples, it’s moved into the hands of creative producers too.

Today I’m sharing six of my favourite RX 7 tricks for music production, along with audio examples for evidence. I suggest using a pair of headphones to listen.

Vocal Chopping & Pitching – Attack Magazine

Vocal Chopping & Pitching – Attack Magazine:

Over the last couple of decades, samplers and digital editing techniques have blurred the lines between vocal tracks and instrumentals. Dance music producers have explored numerous ways to create vocal-led tracks without ever going near a microphone. They’ve even, in the case of producers like Todd Edwards and MK, developed ways to use vocal samples as instruments in their own right. In this walkthrough we’ll look at some of the best ways to cut and transpose vocals in your DAW in order to make them fit into your tracks. So grab some acapellas and let’s get started.

Music Production Tutorial: How to Chop Vocals Like a Pro

Music Production Tutorial: How to Chop Vocals Like a Pro:

They’re in nearly every Top 40 song these days, but they’re no strangers to the world of electronic music. Vocal chops are the fragmented vowels that act as melodic or percussive pseudo-vocal elements that have infected our ears and have us singing all day long. There’s no doubt that they add a unique and catchy element to songs, and now it’s time for you to experiment, too. Follow this easy guide, and you’ll be chopping vocals like a pro in no time!

I thought vocal chops were skills. I have learned a new use of the word. Looks like I need to read some Ableton tutorials.

Point Blank: Using vocal stems in Logic Pro X

Point Blank: Using vocal stems in Logic Pro X:

In Point Blank’s latest tutorial, producer Risa T demonstrates how vocal stems can be creatively manipulated to make your songs pop. In the video, she uses stems from Hoodboi’s Glide as an example.

Cutting the ends of words and phrases and putting them on a delay track sounds “easier” than automating a delay on the main track. You can always “rejioin” the regions into the main track.

6 Top Songwriting and Music Production Trends of 2018

6 Top Songwriting and Music Production Trends of 2018

In this article, we’re going to dive into some of the more noticeable songwriting and music production trends, and explore what it means for your productions further down the line.