Category Archives: Tutorials

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I dedicated the tutorials category of this website to music creation and other digital art like photos, video and text.

My Experience

I’ve been playing music since I was seven years old and making movies on my mom’s camcorder from when I was 12.  In high school, I took a photography class.  My photo teacher seemed to like my work so much that he helped me complete my final assignment although I was technically suspended from school.  I’ve also spent tons of time writing journals, blog posts, songs and poems.

I’ve done my best to be consistent in most of the creative areas that I practice.  Given that I’ve started these arts so long ago, there’s a lot of information to share!  I plan to deliver this wealth of knowledge in my trademark infotainment style.  That means I emphasize humor and the overall experience of learning.

Get Ready To Learn

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Easy Synth Programming – Oscillators

Easy Synth Programming – Oscillators

Easy Synth Programming – Oscillators Oscillators sound like an unholy union of ocelot and alligator. It’s because of this forgivable confusion that I made this week’s video.  In it, I walk you through basic noise making fundamentals you’ll need on your synth journey.  I’m using a program called Syntorial to help me.  Click here to check it out.  Follow along with my Easy Synth Programming narrative starting here. The

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Easy Synth Programming – Intro

Easy Synth Programming – Intro

EASY SYNTH PROGRAMMING – INTRO If you like music then you’ve probably tried to play an instrument.  That first instrument was probably a guitar or perhaps a piano and maybe you tried to sing.  More than likely, you didn’t pick up a synthesizer and produce a dance hit.  The point of this post is to introduce you to my new YouTube series on Easy Synth Programming with Syntorial. I’m

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Ableton Live 10 Good?

Ableton Live 10 Good?

Ableton Live 10 Good? If you’ve been producing (or even interested in it) for any time at all, you know about Ableton Live.  It’s the DAW of choice for megastars like Skrillex, deadmau5, and other EDM giants.  I say rightfully so.  Ableton, through innovation, made an easy-to-use program that even musicians can use; and that says a lot!  Nearly 18 years later they’re going to release the long-awaited latest

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Native Instruments Native Access

Native Instruments Native Access

Native Instruments Native Access Wouldn’t it be nice if software developers tried to make the installation process easier?  Software companies love to release new products and have us buy them but once the software is on our side of the internet, sometimes it feels we’re all alone.  After recently reinstalling my OS, I began downloading the newest versions of everything.  I was surprised to find that Native Instruments Native

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Andrew Scheps Mixing Techniques

Andrew Scheps Mixing Techniques

Andrew Scheps Mixing Techniques You might know him as the Metallica guy, the guy who won the loudness war, or perhaps the guy that looks like Andrew Weil and doesn’t care about mastering.  I’m talking about Andrew Scheps.  While this guy has been around for awhile, his modern techniques and edgy methods have kept him at the forefront of the mixing world.  Join me as I walk you though

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Participating Intelligently in Discussion Boards

Participating Intelligently in Discussion Boards

Participating Intelligently in Discussion Boards Recently, I achieved 1000 posts on the Audio Expert Forum.  For someone like me, who repeatedly suffers the ban hammer, it’s a noteworthy accomplishment.  You might expect that I learned about audio equipment, acoustic treatment, and those types of topics.  While that’s true, I learned more about how to treat people.  Since many internet citizens act rudely, it might seem as though no one’s

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Drugs Help Music? – Mental Health for Musicians

Drugs Help Music? – Mental Health for Musicians

Drugs Help Music? It’s a cliche as old as music itself: the burnout musician living outside the fold.  Why is there such a strong association between creative people – musicians especially – and drug (over)use?  Research has shown that many creators have suffered harsh upbringings.  Pain is a motivator which can lead to high ambitions, complete shutdown or a visceral search for more inebriating palliatives.  Join me as I

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Mental Health for Musicians – Pray for Strength

Mental Health for Musicians – Pray for Strength

Mental Health for Musicians – Pray for Strength There’s been a lot of conflicts lately.  Actually, there’s always been a lot of conflicts.  The whole history of human evolution is filled with strife, war, famine, disease, rape, and taxes.  It’s really no wonder that people turn to religion for answers.  If our leaders abuse us then who is left on our side (maybe this book has the answer)?  It’s not

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Mental Health For Musicians – iBroke (A Communications Story)

Mental Health For Musicians – iBroke (A Communications Story)

I broke my phone. I’m not proud of it but what’s done is done. It’s far better to be able to talk about how you feel. But, talk as you may, you’ve got to feel like you’re being listened to as well. A Communication Breakdown can lead to to broken phones and other mishaps. Watch the video and don’t let it be you.  When you’re done, please subscribe for

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