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Preparing For a Summer of Electronic Music Festivals

Posted on May 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

The summer is generally considered the prime season for entertainment, particularly for music. Festivals for all genres are scheduled during this time and, for electronic music, this is no exception. While electronic dance music has evolved from the illegal rave parties of the 1990s into legitimate music events (many even lasting two days), knowing which events to attend depends where you’re located and where you’re willing to travel.

A recent article in the New York Times discussed the phenomenon of techno tourism: the traveling to various music events and festivals for favorite DJs and acts. Although such habits and fandom is seen for many other genres, with the most heightened being fans of jam band music, this appears to be a recent – or perhaps more visible – development in electronic music.

Generally, electronic dance music, to the average person looking from the outside into the genre, is still centered around the clubs and a DJ is still someone who plays records. But, much like jam band music in which the guitarists may play a different solo at every gig, the mixing and production techniques for a good and reputable DJ will vary with each gig, as well. Essentially, this aspect is what fuels the fans to travel from gig to gig – what changes and new production will the DJ add each night?

When it comes to summer music events, many of the major ones start in the spring and go into the summer. Some, even, are scheduled right before fall starts.

In the United States, the schedule of major summer festivals essentially starts in late March – the start of spring – with the Winter Music Conference and the Ultra Music festival that closes the week-long event. The Winter Music Conference, held in Florida, covers all aspects of electronic music through workshops, panel discussions, and performances. DJ production and scratching techniques are both covered through the event. The electronic music festival following reads like a who’s-who of electronic musicians, often with one of the top DJs headlining the event.

Past this point, Coachella, in California, often has many well-known names for instrumental and DJ electronic music added. New Order, La Roux, and Depeche Mode have been acts on the bill in recent years, and a separate DJ tent has an all-day lineup of music. Additionally, the end of the summer brings Electric Zoo in New York, which has been offering two days of electronic music acts from DJs to instrumental music.

England also has its share of electronic music, too. The summer months will have some of the country’s largest festivals, such as Creamfields and Global Gathering. Both festivals attract some of the top names in DJing short of making a trip to Ibiza. But, then again, many wanting a vacation combined with beats from their favorite DJ will make a special trip to the Balearic paradise.

Electronic Music Software – 3 Low Budget Options

Posted on May 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

Electronic Music Software can be quite expensive, especially a decent one, which is capable of producing the same sounds and beats that get steady airplay on mainstream radio stations. Whether you are just starting out, or if you are simply on a low budget, and have no desire to spend a fortune on a software, finding a well-priced product becomes an important step. This article presents you three programs, which I have considered as good bargains, due to the relatively low price and high value that they deliver.

DUBturbo

DUBturbo is probably one of the “cheapest” electronic music software opportunities there is. While it may not be the most appropriate digital audio workstation for more acoustic music styles, its MIDI-oriented layout and the selection of instruments make it ideal for electronic music. Whether you want to produce rap, techno, or hip-hop – DUBturbo contains a variety of loops, effects, and tools that are necessary for those styles.

One of the limitations of this software is that it can only operate a maximum of 16 simultaneous tracks per project. However, you will unlikely need more when sticking to the formerly mentioned electronic music genres. So, if you are looking for a less complicated tool for putting together high quality beats, then DUBturbo contains a large collection of features for a comparatively low price.

FL Studio

FL Studio is another electronic music software that harbours all the applications and instruments needed for electronic music production. While being more simple to use than the majority of similar programs, it is still somewhat more complicated than DUBturbo. On the other hand, FL Studio has no limits in terms of simultaneous tracks, letting you produce dance music that requires 16 or more simultaneous tracks.

Also, be aware of the fact that FL Studio has several differently priced versions, depending on the amount of additional plugins and attributes included. But the basic version is rather cost-wise and contains all the essential tools. Another positive thing about FL Studio is the large amount of online support available to its users.

Reaper

Reaper has probably the longest learning curve, since the workflow is not as intuitive as in the two previous programs. The second downside of Reaper is that it has no loops or sample libraries to start with, so that you will have to find those separately.

However, the program itself is powerful, allowing you to perform all the necessary tasks related to MIDI, samples, and audio. One big advantage of Reaper is its demo version – it has almost no limitations compared to the paid version, so that you can get a very accurate idea of what this program is all about. It is difficult to find another electronic music software that enables you to use the entire range of its possibilities without paying for it first.

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Electronic Music Making Software – 3 Popular Programs

Posted on April 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

Whether you are planning to create dubstep, house, trance, hip hop, or downtempo, an electronic music making software is an essential link in the chain. Since electronic music is highly dependent on computer-based production, the software contributes a great deal to the overall result. While there are literally dozens of various production suites available to you, this article describes three efficient and well-built programs that are used by electronic music artists all over the world.

Reason

Reason as an electronic music making software is unique for its realistic studio-type-of setup, allowing you to use virtual racks and build your own custom sound processing chains by rewiring virtual cables and devices. So, besides creating music, you will also learn how to wire up professional equipment, since Reason is designed like a simulation.

While it does not support third-party plugins and VST instruments, meaning that you have to work with the instruments provided in it, there are more than enough different built-in features and instruments at your disposal. An example of a world-recognised artist who uses Reason, is a British dubstep DJ and producer Jakwob.

Ableton Live

Ableton Live is another widely used tool amongst electronic musicians. With its numerous features, this program allows not only easy creating, recording, mixing, and mastering, but is great for live performance as well. It contains a comprehensive set of functions, that make it a competent and flexible electronic music making software for tweaking and playing back your music on stage.

Ableton Live has a relatively huge following, with excellent tutorials and teaching resources online, which simplify the learning curve. Few examples of Ableton Live users include DJ Ski (aka Ski Beatz), an American hip hop producer, and David Guetta, a French house music producer and DJ.

Logic Studio

Although this program works with Mac OS X only, Logic is another complete package for creating music from the initial composing phase till final mastering. Its extensive and multi-faceted library of samples gives you a wide variety of sounds and instruments that you can use in your projects. The intuitive layout makes it fairly simple to work in this environment, while granting fast access to all the complex tools and operations needed.

Considering its relatively low price, and the amount of functions involved in it, this program is a fairly good bargain. One of the users of this electronic music making software is Paul van Dyk, a German electronic dance music DJ, musician, and producer.

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