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Black Diamonds - Trap Kits For Kontakt 5

Black Diamonds - Trap Kits For Kontakt 5

July 21, 2017 1 min read

Black Diamonds is by far our most popular Kontakt 5 sample library. Find out why in this product demo!
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How To Program Bass Lines

How To Program Bass Lines

July 14, 2017 2 min read

In this tutorial, JT shows you simple techniques to achieve groovy, realistic-sounding bass lines using nothing but a MIDI keyboard and a good sample library! Because nothing beats the real thing...
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The Art of Silence

The Art of Silence

June 19, 2017 2 min read 2 Comments

This is not an article about meditation. This is an article about the most powerful weapon is all of music: silence.

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It's not about the brick, it's about the wall you dummy!

It's not about the brick, it's about the wall you dummy!

June 05, 2017 1 min read

I'm never amazed at my own work, probably because I know exactly how it was done. There is magic in wondering how other people achieved their work. On the other hand, i find it's a quite toxic exercise to want to amaze myself. Why would anybody showboat their way to self-hypnosis?
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On creativity and the human antenna

On creativity and the human antenna

May 22, 2017 1 min read

I often quote stuff from The Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. It didn't get raving reviews but the score was very interesting, Nick Nolte's play was convincing IMHO and it delivers great life lessons. I'm particularly fond of this one...
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How to Learn to Program Any Synthesizer in a Few Seconds

How to Learn to Program Any Synthesizer in a Few Seconds

May 08, 2017 2 min read

Congratulations! You have just been admitted in the prestigious "Synth Programmer in Seconds" program. This college-level course consists of two fundamental steps: 1. Learning the three pillars of synthesizer architecture  2. Learning to find the pillar on any synthesizer

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Where Do I Even Start?

Where Do I Even Start?

May 08, 2017 3 min read

This is my first attempt to reverse-engineer the past 30 years of learning, so don't judge me (too much). My greatest wish is to guide computer music beginners through a set of hoops that makes learning this complex science manageable.
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Top 5 Production Tips of the Pros

Top 5 Production Tips of the Pros

April 24, 2017 2 min read

A good song starts with a simple, effective musical idea. A memorable melody. A good chord progression. A unique drum pattern. Whatever it is, it needs to work standalone. It needs to work played on an acoustic piano, a solo guitar or a complex synth patch.
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Beating The Beat Block

Beating The Beat Block

April 10, 2017 1 min read

There is no way to tap into "pure inspiration" every single day. At least, not from a commercial standpoint. When most pieces of music you write need to satisfy someone outside of yourself, you need a method or technique to circumvent the lack of creative spark.

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You're Never Too Old

You're Never Too Old

March 27, 2017 1 min read

I was always fascinated by kids achieving comparable levels of success to those of accomplished marketing sages and business wizards.
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On Restlessness and the Complexity of Refuelling One's Creative Batteries

On Restlessness and the Complexity of Refuelling One's Creative Batteries

March 06, 2017 1 min read 2 Comments

I hate beatmaking videos where producers edit in only the good stuff. It's the equivalent of photoshopping a model's rinkles or pimples out. They have bad hair days too, you know?
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On Life and Analog Drift

On Life and Analog Drift

February 20, 2017 1 min read

Often seen as "old analog synth malfunction", drift, or the property of analog oscillators to change pitch in a seemingly uncontrollable or unwanted fashion, is a magical musical occurrence.
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