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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.

The Importance of the Radiophonic Workshop to Electronic Music in the UK

Posted on April 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Electronic music has infiltrated many music genres nowadays. From folk to classical via pop and dance music, music technology is now considered part of the mainstream musical cultures and markets. There was a time however when electronic music was an interest of the few, and considered rather experimental and otherworldly. And early developments of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop helped to integrate music technology into radio, TV and music.

Documentaries and interviews that have been conducted about the Radiophonic Workshop elude to it being made of up of a small team of audio engineers and composers. We are often given the impression that they worked quite autonomously, providing sound effects, soundtracks and television and radio programme theme tunes. And they used quite creative and novel methods and approaches to do so.

Let’s take the iconic Doctor Who theme tune for example. The score was composed by Ron Grainer and it was largely realised by Radiophonic workshop team member Delia Derbyshire, using very experimental musical techniques. She had no such thing as a multi-track mixing console or a sequencing software like we have today. She apparently used two or three reel to reel tape machines and synchronised them together to make the infamous melody. This is commendable enough, but then there each note was also carefully synthesised and she also used a lot of musique concrete measures ie. Found sounds. This theme tune has been largely left intact almost 50 years later.

The Radiophonic workshop team provided a number of ethereal, otherworldly and downright strange sound for the BBC from the 1960’s and some of the members such as Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram were experimental electronic composers in their own right. This somewhat obscure element in the corridors of Broadcasting House must have had an influence as it was transmitted through people television screens and radios. So electronic music became a creative and possibly inexpensive method of providing sound design – huge orchestras were not needed and one person could make a variety of outcomes with only a few found sounds as the sounds could be manipulated in manifold ways if you knew how.

There seems to have been an increase of interest and attention paid to the careers and achievements of Radiophonic staff who produced both technically innovative and creative music. Delia Derbyshire seems to receiving more acknowledgement for her work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and she was making techno music in the 1960’s. And founder of the Radiophonic Workshop, Daphne Oram’s amazing Oramics machine was the centre of an exhibition about the development of electronic music at the Science Museum in London. These early examples of women in electronic music have become icons in the history of technological music and are still often cited as influences for many electronic music makers today.

The 10 Best Things About Being an Electronic Music Producer

Posted on March 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

Let’s face it, electronic music took the stage in the music industry. Dj’s and Producers are more popular now, than ever before. Here are 10 ways you can take advantage of being an electronic music producer.

1. You Can Reach the World

The internet, a beautiful thing when used properly, can help you reach people you could possibly never have visited in previous times. In the blink of an eye, your Soundcloud upload can reach billions around the world in countries you can’t even pronounce. That’s how powerful your position is.

See, what happens is, we get so used to technology that it becomes “old” to us. Do you know how long it took to come out with the mac book pro?? Took since the beginning of time until this era to develop that piece of gear. Don’t write off technology as something weak or purposeless. All you have to do is look back 50 years and see how easy things have become now in days and how fast and strong we can reach the world.

2. You Can Make Money While You Sleep

Contrary to popular belief, musicians do actually make money online. Whether that’s advertisement money, sponsorship money, contractual deal money, song sales money, licensing money. It’s endless and so is the amount of hours your music works for you. Since you’re an electronic music producer using the electronic medium of the internet, you can have your work – work for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Your work won’t sleep, it will generate income for you while you sleep, literally. Don’t get caught up in the hear say that you can’t make money online. The people saying that never tried hard enough and didn’t approach it the right way. When you truly introduce value to your clients and serve them well, you will be paid in exchange. I don’t care what you read about streaming sites paying pennies, people will pay for lots of value. I can name 3 albums/songs I bought after I heard the free streaming songs. If you really want to know – JMSN (Blue); Snoop Dogg (Bush – Edibles, So Many Pros); Rick Ross (Mastermind); Michael Jackson (Xscape).

3. Everyone Can Hear What You Released

No more record labels holding back your work. You can freely put out music whenever you want. The power of the independent artist is rising and you can now hold more control of your destiny in this music industry. This will ultimately cut down on the amount of manipulation used by crooked managers and record label executives against musical artists. Finally, you have the power to enrich someone else’s life whenever you feel ready.

4. You Will Find a Niche of Fans Who Love Your Work

We all know we don’t like the same music. That’s the beauty of You. You get to express yourself and find people around the world who Love the sound you bring to the world. You will find people who care and understand your sound, whether that’s an emotional rollercoaster or a thriving club beat. You will find someone in the world who loves your sound. That’s the power of You.

Try expressing yourself through your music, because there is only one You and the world wants to hear from you. Make it your goal to find and reach those who love your sound and serve them with your best work. Being an electronic music producer allows you to create sounds that haven’t even been thought of yet, so take your imagination and run with it.

5. Your Music Can be Transferred Anywhere

With the addition of external hard drives, flash drives and other technology I’m not aware of yet, you can get your music around fast. Remember taking the time to burn tons of CDs with your work so your buddy can play it in his car. Now, all you have to do is upload your track to SoundCloud, your buddy downloads it-or streams it from SoundCloud directly in the car for your next double date at Denny’s.

It is so fun listening to exclusive music that maybe only you and your buddies know the lyrics to and jamming in the car going to the next festival. Who doesn’t want to have fun with their hard work in music creation. Turn your new creations up LOUD in the car and bask in your skill.

6. There is No Competition

As mentioned before, when you express yourself, you have NO competition- No one can be you. And now we have more tools than ever to create sound, you can separate yourself from the millions of fearful producers who think they’ll be washed away in the noise of the industry.

You have everything you need to be You. So, don’t worry about the next guy’s level of success, it’s not for you. When you do YOU, you will eventually create your own success that no one can copy. You will realize, it’s your own success, and trying to get other people’s success is like trying to be a person you can never be, ever. You can only be You and when you do so, you will achieve your own success to never be matched.

7. Technology Gets Better Everyday

With technology growing so rapidly, you have endless possibility. I’m sure the music industry is on the latter tail of the technological advancements but even then, we are getting tons of new advancements which make music even funner and more interesting everyday. One hindrance we have as creators is getting stale and bored. We must find inspiration to keep us pushing harder than ever and technology keeps us on our feet. That’s a good thing. We need these new developments and technologies if we want to stay inspired. So, don’t fear technology, look at it like a necessity for your advancement.

8. Music is Being Published Faster than Ever

This is some of the greatest news you could receive. The music industry is growing everyday and people are consuming music at crazy rates. So crazy that we have streaming sites competing for your business because trying to buy all the albums that come out in a month would bankrupt you, unless you’re rich. So, to solve that issue, streaming sites are offered to let us consume even more music. Your future in this industry is bright- so develop the YOU and get great.

9. Criticism is a Sign You’re Elevating

Whenever you are criticized for your work, you know you are headed for a new dawn. I would rather get criticism from 4 out of 100 random people than to only reach 96. You must understand that growing your influence is more important than the NOW. Your influence will help morph the world to your true values and goals. Think about it, without criticism and influence how could Martin Luther King get his message across? He wasn’t a billionaire with tons of cash to promote himself, he simply had a huge goal and influence to make that goal a reality. So, influence is your chief aim when it comes to anything in life. You want control and control allows you to get your goals accomplished in this world to ultimately make it a better place.

10. Music Transcends Language Barriers

As an artist, you understand that music is a language into itself. Your power as a music creator is to speak this invisible language and move the moods of millions. Music was once considered the language of the gods. I think we forget how long it took to discover harmony itself using strings. People, you must see how far we’ve come in music. Your position is of no simple matter, you are here in the NOW to create, influence, and change the world.
Music can heal, hype up, or hinder growth depending on how you use it. Take the power of music and get your true message across to your loving fans.

Thank you for stopping by today, please share this article to uplift our musical community because we all have the power to be the greatest US we can be. So be YOU, and you will find your true success.

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