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Know All About Electronic Music Gear

Posted on June 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

All the equipments, which are necessary for music, are called music gear. Music gear again can be of two types. Some of them are acoustic and some of them are electronic. In this article, we will talk about the electronic music gear.

Electronic music gears are the ones that work electrically. All the electronic instruments, like, electric guitars, synthesizers, octo pads are kind of electronic music gears. But they are not all. Amplifiers, microphones, tools that are used in sound studios also fall in this category.

Here is a small description of different electronic music gears:

Electric guitar

It is a very important music gear. This instrument has a pick up. Once you plug in the instrument with the amplifier, you will get a perfect sound, actually electric guitar do not have any unplugged sound like the acoustic guitar. It has got a completely different sound. It has a sound, which is metallic. But you can make an acoustic tone in an electric guitar with the help of a processor. You need the pick up and the amplifier to produce its sound.

Synthesizer

Synthesizer is a complete electronic gear. It does not have any acoustic version. You need the electricity to run this instrument. Synthesizer does not have any sound of its own. It only copies the sound of other instruments and delivers that particular sound.

Octopads

Octopads are the electrical version of drums. They are small, easy to handle and are able to change its tone. The best thing about them is that as they are small and the player does not need to take along many percussion instruments with him. Many of those effects are available in the instrument.

Amplifiers

These are very important electronic music gear, without which not a single professional music show can be staged. Amplifiers are the one, which deliver the sound of all instruments and vocal and make the sound reach to audience in every corner.

Microphones

Microphones and amplifiers are very much interrelated. Microphones are a special kind of gear that enhance the sound and tone of the vocalists and instruments. Actually, microphone captures the sound and sends that to the audience. This is almost like the amplifiers. But the amplifier cannot capture the sound directly. It comes from the microphone. It just delivers the sound.

Processor

This particular gadget is mainly used with the guitar. Processor is a box where different tones and effects are stored. If you attach it with the guitar, then the guitarist will be able to choose those tones and effects from the processor and can play it in his guitar.

Electronic music gear is very sensitive. They need to be taken care of properly. And as they are expensive, their insurance is surely needed. These gears have a complicated handling process. Before using them, one should understand all the handling properly. For this the manuals should be read.

Indeed electric gears are very interesting. By using them, you can change the whole approach of the music. If you are a music lover, then you will not be able to stop yourself from getting fond of electronic music gears.

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.

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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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