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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Songwriting Steps Pt1

Songwriting Steps Pt1

Songwriting Steps Pt1 Songwriting can be hard. You have to come up with a catchy chorus, have verses that make sense and move people, and a good production. This is more work that many are willing to do alone. That’s why most songwriters just focus on songwriting. The best songwriters do not only that but have steps to ensure they make consistently good songs. Today, I’m going to walk

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Rhyme Vowels

Rhyme Vowels

Rhyme Vowels We’ve all heard rappers use amazing wordplay and unique rhymes.  Sadly, when most of us sit down to write a song, we draw a blank.  There are 21 vowels in the English language.  How many of them do you know?  Knowing all the vowels is one thing but organizing them is another altogether.  In this article and video I’m giving you a system to help you with

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Easy Synth Programming – Reverb

Easy Synth Programming – Reverb

Easy Synth Programming – Reverb Some things you want wet and some things you want dry.  If you favor a bit of the drop, an alcohol-dry province won’t make your holiday itinerary.  Should you care for depth and space in your patches and mixes then a reverb dry impression is wrong.  Let’s explore this effect, and how it relates to synths and mixes, in more depth now. Butter Knife

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Easy Synth Programming – Unison

Easy Synth Programming – Unison

Easy Synth Programming – Unison Thin, limp, and narrow.  My girlfriend doesn’t like how that sounds and neither do your listeners.  Sometimes you need a sound like that.  However, if all your sounds are needles in your haystack of a mix then no one will listen.  Come with me on a journey, along with Syntorial, to make thick, wide, and full synthesizer sounds with unison. Say it With Me

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Easy Synth Programming – Polyphony

Easy Synth Programming – Polyphony

Easy Synth Programming – Polyphony I never heard the word ‘polyphony’ until I worked in a music store.  By then I had been playing music for about 13 years.  How can something so common go unnoticed for so long?  And why is it so confusing? Real quick: learn to program synths by ear by getting the demo of Syntorial here. Choir for the Choristers I challenge you to define

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Easy Synth Programming – Resonance

Easy Synth Programming – Resonance

Easy Synth Programming – Resonance I get it: there is a big disconnect between loading a killer patch compared to beginning with a blank slate.  There is nothing less inspiring for some producers than listening to a basic sawtooth come out of an initialized synth.  However, if you want to accelerate your sound design progress, then you must master filter resonance.  If you really want to skyrocket your skills

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Xenyx 802 Behringer Unboxing

Xenyx 802 Behringer Unboxing

Xenyx 802 Behringer Unboxing Need a quick fix for your mixer kicks?  Want a really rowdy router for your rollin’ rhythm power?  But you need it small not tall and big?  Saving cash for your second kid?  Well, my friend, I’ve found you a champ in the Xenyx 802.  Read reviews here.   Signal to Noise I’ve been using a Mackie VLZ3 for about the past six years.  A

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Easy Synth Programming – Synth LFO

Easy Synth Programming – Synth LFO

Easy Synth Programming – Synth LFO Here’s the ugly truth: if you don’t know how to wield the power of a synth LFO effectively, then you are not making world-class sounds.  There is no way around this fact.  You need to learn not only what an LFO is and what it does but also where it goes, how much it goes there, and many more details which aren’t immediately

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Easy Synth Programming – Sub Oscillator

Easy Synth Programming – Sub Oscillator

Easy Synth Programming – Sub Oscillator It’s scary to think about the problems which lurk around the corner for music people.  Specifically, in dealing with audio, the problems are particularly tricky because they can be invisible.  Inaudible, actually.  Even if you have the world’s greatest room, if you don’t realize that your bass is too thin then your music will never sound professional.  Make sure you have enough bass

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Easy Synth Programming – More Filter Envelope

Easy Synth Programming – More Filter Envelope

Easy Synth Programming – More Filter Envelope Filter decay and sustain have an amazing level of influence of your end sound.  If you don’t know how to wield the filter envelope’s parameters then you should keep reading.  Pick up a copy of Syntorial for free here.  Why not put my tunes on in the background while u read? First, the Agony You don’t realize how much you’re missing out

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