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Music & Audio Learning Guides

Collections of posts that take you through a particular topic or project.
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    You can make pretty much any sound you want using subtractive synthesis (or virtual analog), including effects, pads and strings, leads, and bass. In this series, we'll show you how. 

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    A standard string orchestra is based on the string quartet; Violin I, Violin II, Viola, and Cellos, with the addition of Contrabasses on the low end. In this series on arranging for strings, we'll look first at how to take an existing four-part harmonization and have it effectively performed by a string orchestra. And second, we'll learn how to use that same foundation to create more interesting variations.

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    Sculpture is a unique instrument to Logic in that it is something called a 'component modeling synth'. Where Logic's other synths are the more standard FM and additive synth types, Sculpture tries to make a virtual model of an actual acoustic instrument which mimics that instrument's physical properties. In this series we'll look at how this unusual synth operates, and how we can manipulate its parameters to create a realistic electric bass sound.

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  • Guitaristtoolspreview400

    The guitar is a versatile and expressive instrument that contributes rhythm, melody and flavor to many music genres. Capturing and enhancing that flavor takes good taste, real talent, and effective techniques.

    You'll need a range of skills: the ability to mic amps and acoustic guitars, add the right combination of effects and EQ, tame the beast using appropriate compression, and more. There's a lot to learn! Here's a range of tutorials from basic to advanced that explain it all.

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    The topic of mastering is always popular. In this two-tutorial series I’m covering two mastering processes which are generally considered special treatments: MS processing and multiband processing.

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    It's an amazing thing to be able to move an audience with a carefully crafted song or melody, giving them a taste of your own emotions and experiences. To be able to do that effectively is a real gift, but a gift that needs to be developed.

    Creating a unique song involves multiple steps—crafting lyrical ideas, expressing those lyrics through a memorable melody, working on the song harmonically and rhythmically, giving the song an appropriate structure, and honing all of those elements until it's perfect. Skill is required... and patience! Here is a range of tutorials from basic to advanced that explain it all.

    For even more tutorials, check out our posts tagged songwriting and composing.

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