Why Writing Music Using MIDI Is A Double-Edged Sword

Having access to an endless amount of sounds, textures, and instruments sounds like a good thing at first. Songwriters and producers often adopt a “more is better” approach when it comes to their work, so making music using MIDI seems like a good method for many. But, lean in a little closer, and you’ll see that making music using MIDI has plenty of drawbacks. 

For the uninitiated, MIDI is an acronym that stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. In short, MIDI technology lets musicians record sounds straight to their computers where the sonic information can then be easily edited. In this article, we’re breaking down some of the drawbacks and benefits of making music with this powerful technology. 

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How To Mix In Your Guitars

Guitars are used in many different genres of music. 

Chances are the guitar in these tracks will be the main protagonist. If not, then they will at least be a main instrument in the song. 

In order for your music to translate well to your audience, you need to mix your guitars in a way that gives them depth, power, and delivers the emotional intent of your song. 

In this article, I am going to go over how you can mix in your guitars for a more professional-sounding mix. To mix in our guitars, we are going to use simple panning and audio processing. In our example, we are going to assume that there is no audio processing done to the guitars already.

We will be starting the mixing of the guitars from scratch. 

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How To Write Something Completely New And Unexpected

One of the toughest challenges of being a serious musician comes down to an unavoidable paradox. A consistent creative output usually demands lots of discipline and planning on behalf of an artist, but, frustratingly, too much predictability can be detrimental to the music-making process. Sticking to a routine for writing music is doable for many artists, but creating new, adventurous work during designated writing sessions is a lot trickier than simply sticking to a reliable songwriting script. 

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How To Create A More Powerful Chorus

The chorus in your track is the most memorable part of your song. 

This section of your track is the main event and will be providing the theme to the listener. This makes having a compelling and memorable chorus section a must for your song. 

Thankfully, there are a few minor adjustments that you can make to your existing tracks to have your chorus stand out in the mix. In this article, I am going to go over four different tips that you can apply to your existing tracks and future tracks to create a more powerful chorus. 

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Your Guide To Successful Improvisation And Jamming On Stage

You don’t have to be a “jam band” to be a band that jams.

Whether you are ripping 28-minute face-melting musical behemoths or simply improvising your guitar solo differently every show, jamming with your bandmates opens up your gig to a world of possibilities, and ensures that every concert will be different than the last. 

I’m not suggesting that every band should have extended ambient improvs on stage, but it’s important to understand the benefits that jamming can have on your performances and even your musical chops. If your band has never improvised on stage and wants to try it out, or if you want to incorporate some new jamming ideas in your gigs, this article has got you covered.

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How To Use A Limiter

Limiters are an integral part of any mixing and mastering toolbox and are necessary for creating a professional mix. 

However, limiters are often misunderstood and misused when mixing and mastering. Many producers struggle to understand just how to apply a limiter to their tracks. In this article, I am going to go over three different ways that you can use a limiter on your tracks for a more professional-sounding mix. 

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3 Music Theory Basics Every Songwriter Should Know

Learning music theory is a tough sell for some musicians. Since music-making is a rebellious creative pursuit for many, the idea of letting a determined set of rules inform the songwriting process can be unattractive. But the truth is that music theory doesn’t exist to confine or limit musicians. It’s a set of musical principals that are designed to explain and clarify the music we make and hear in the world around us. Musicians lose a valuable tool in their songwriting arsenals when they don’t bother to learn about music theory. If you’re a songwriter interested in learning about theory, here are three basics every musician should master:

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How To Fix A Muddy Mix

One of the biggest problems that music producers face when mixing their music is creating a clean, clear, and present mix. If you are looking to create a professional-sounding mix, then having a clean mix is a must. 

But what actually is a muddy mix?

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