I've recently noticed a particular, highly pitchy snare sound in lots of trap songs (see eg the snare in this Clams Casino track). I'm curious as to (a) where it originated and (b) how it was produced (to my ears it sounds like a heavily band-filtered snare sample, perhaps layered with pitched noise). Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
Hi MeFi, I recently upgraded my PC and snagged an i7 4790k / 4.00Ghz with 30GB of RAM. Much to my disappointment, I noticed that my new sound-card from Bang & Olufsen is super quiet and nowhere as loud as my previous Beats card that came bundled with my older HP machine. I record via Ableton Live/Reason and really miss the rich sound I used to get with Beats and no longer get with Bang & Olufsen. What are my options besides replacing the Sound-Card all together? Are there any headphone amplifiers for PC's that will give me more volume? Is there a stand-alone hardware I can buy and run via USB that will allow for richer sound? Thanks for your tips!
Sometimes, when you read a record review, you'll hear references to this-and-such famous producer or the quality of production and how that's determined the album's sound. I've always read these sentences and nodded without knowing exactly what the fuck it is that a producer does. So what does an album producer do? [more inside]
If anyone is using the app Notion for iOS (music notation app) I could really use some help. [more inside]
I want to learn about the types of musical cues that are commonly used for television programs. [more inside]
Hey music people I'm wondering if you maybe have figured out a solution to this issue I'm having. Basically I need to master/play electronic music on my studio monitor speakers, usually at a VERY LOUD level so I can hear if all the frequencies are where they should be. I'm living with the folks and they got super pissed when I was doing that in my closet. So I moved outside with the speakers facing away and they were still pissed. Keep in mind this is all in the middle of the day. [more inside]
I like to compose songs on my iPad. I lay down tracks with various virtual instruments on GarageBand for iPad and then I sing over those tracks. But I am looking to go beyond Garageband for iPad now... [more inside]
Help me understand electronic music! [more inside]
With Fall around the corner I am looking for some new music to drive to and take long walks with. I listen to a lot of music but find myself returning to many of the same records. Most are sonically complex and feature lots of layers. I like the fact that I feel like I hear something new after the 1000th listen of the Fragile. What albums sound as good to you after the 100th listen as they did when it was new? [more inside]
Starting package of gear for live electronic music? [more inside]
DAW/ConcertFilter: Help me take music I've written in FL Studio and perform it live. I'd really like to avoid walking onstage and pressing "Play". [more inside]
I'm having a ridiculously fun time playing with Audiotool and am learning a ton about desktop production. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
Walk me through making a simple rap instrumental in Reaper using free VSTis. [more inside]
Help me move forward in producing electronic music. [more inside]
What are the best programs for electronic music production? [more inside]
What is the simple way of explaining electro house production techniques? [more inside]
How best to assemble bastard-pop/mash-up style mixes from source material with heavily compressed dynamics? [more inside]
Help me construct a computer-based hip-hop production studio for $0. [more inside]
Re-building my electronic music home studio with a new computer at the heart of it. Have lots of pieces but not sure of optimal setup/signal path. [more inside]
What is the spectrum lasso tool being used at 4:00 in this video?
Whats a good college with a good engineering program and is close to a large EDM (electronic dance music) scene? [more inside]
What hardware and software would you use to assemble a lightweight music production kit for audio recording and/or sequencing using the iPad as the "hub?" [more inside]
How did producer Gary Katz get those Steely Dan records to sound so much "cleaner" than the other popular music being recorded at the time?
I think I have a knack for writing really catchy, radio-friendly pop songs. How would I go about getting, say, Britney Spears to sing one? [more inside]
What are some blogs/posts/videos that deconstruct the production of specific songs? [more inside]
How does music production/songwriting work? For pop? For rap? [more inside]
How can i use my keyboard more like a synthesizer to produce music? [more inside]
What one single most typifies 80s popular music production style? [more inside]
If you were a hip-hop producer, what song(s), artist(s), or sound(s) would you sample? I am having a lot of fun creating beats on my computer and am looking for some inspiration. I am already making full use of Pandora, Last.FM, Sample FAQ, WhoSampled, and FreeSound but am hoping for something a little more serendipitous. Answers could range from a complete 4 bar rip of a favorite song, sound effects from an obscure sci-fi movie, or the sounds heard in a Tokyo subway. This is about your aesthetic taste, not mine. Bass lines, explosions, laser guns, piano runs, orchestral movements, movie quotes, kick drums, laughing babies, bring it!. Answers do not include debates on sampling as music, copywriting, or Fair Use. Help this bedroom producer find the next killer sound.
I want to learn more about music production, specifically hip hop / electronica. I have my head around the basic equipment that is required, but know nothing about the techniques and workflow that a producer like Pharell / Moby uses. I can quite easily put together a 8 bar loop using Reason / Live with my Akai and Oxygen. But it sounds like a cheap loop. I want to learn about the elements in a good arrangement, composition, the tools and techniques used to get a professional sound, and the workflow that producers use to build a song efficiently from scratch. Learn me more about hooks, compression, managing samples, recording vocals, appregiators, etc. At the end of the day I would like to create a song that is radio ready while having fun and not breaking the bank.
Electronic music production. How, for example, were the sounds on Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion made? [more inside]
What's the price range for a professional music producer for a rock band? We're looking at working with one producer but want to be sure we're getting a good deal. Are there any questions/features we should be asking the producer about to make sure we're getting a good deal? Right now he's telling us it's about $1500-$2000 per song, is that the going rate? [more inside]
How does an absolute beginner get started making electronic music? [more inside]
If anyone can help me identify a piece of TV music from the early 80s, you all can. [more inside]
ProducerFilter: i'm looking for inspiration and influences for my drum sounds. what electronic/dance/rap producers have interesting, unique, forward-looking drum sounds? [more inside]
I have co-produced a 5 song collection of songs for a friend, who is not in contract with a record label currently, but hopes to get signed. If this should happen, how would I make sure I benefitted financially by the investing my time and expertise into creating this record?, as well as collect any royalties to follow? Would a signed agreement between him and I be enough?
How do I easily and effortlessly find out DEFINITIVELY if a song is in the Public Domain for free use in a TV show?
Here is an example... My Boss: "We want to use the Can Can song. Our music guy has done a recording for us. Is it in the Public Domain?" Me: "Yes. The composer, J. Offenbach, has been deceased since 1880 and if we are doing our own arrangement we are fine." My Bosses Boss: "About 5 years ago, I tried to clear this song for use in a TV production and discovered that it was NOT in the Public Domain. Elle Vator, can you research this and let us know the answer two months ago?" [more inside]
Help me learn to properly mix tracks. [more inside]
MuFi has got the best of me - help me get started making electronic music, particularly drum 'n' bass/idm. [more inside]
Does a "remix contest" blog exist? Are there any music production type websites that keep up with this stuff? [more inside]
Have you noticed all the cool background music in television commericals these days? A lot of it is electronica, some ambient, some house, some trip-hop, etc. Who creates all of this music, and how do you break into the 'Television Commerical Music Production' business? How can I drop the hot beat for the next L'Oreal commercial?
A reliable CD manufacturer with quick turnaround? [more inside]
Audio Production filter: I'm looking for background music for an audio project. The problem is, I don't know how to describe it. It's what I would call '1950's americana marketing music' or maybe 'bouncy happy super-retro cliche music'. See inside for a link to an example... [more inside]
How does Sigur Ros get that sound?
Explain to me, what is "production" in music? [MI] [more inside]
Is there any particular way to break into the composing-music-for-soundtracks biz?