When we finished the songwriting for the first song “Come Back” of our EP project, it was time to think about the next track, its genre and all other production- and songwriting-related topics. We decided to work on a soul/R&B song that should be performed with real instruments and stand out because of its “organic”, vibrant arrangement in contrast to the current, contemporary R&B music on the radio that features virtual instruments and is quite Autotune-heavy. We started tracking the drums, as we did for the rock track “Come Back” after I drafted a rhythm concept beforehand out of nowhere. Having a solid drum track as the basis for the songwriting, I was now searching for the best-fitting bass player to write a funky bass line on it collaboratively.Continue reading →
Bit by bit, I try to collect analogue outboard gear for my project studio that might evolve into a bigger studio over time. I love to work in-the-box with plugins and appreciate the flexibility and comfort that come with it. Nevertheless, I love analogue gear and its unbeatable character and the often slightly different behaviour, especially with extreme settings. I like to combine both worlds, the digital and the analogue one, and set up a hybrid studio environment. This time, we have a look at my brand-new SA-76ADG, an 1176 compressor manufactured by Stam Audio in Chile, that combines the revisions A, D and G in one single unit. A great concept and a real game changer!Continue reading →
Volume 3 of the article series “Outstanding Music Studios” is presenting you another four music studios located in the United States, Spain, Italy and Germany. We will give you a brief overview of how they are equipped and links to their websites so you can explore them more in detail. Enjoy!Continue reading →
Youtube with its infinite pool of videos can help you to stay up-to-date regarding recently released audio hardware or software, can act as an educational platform in the fields of audio production with its tutorial videos as well as insights and tips provided by known industry professionals. The platform’s content masses can be overwhelming, mainly because Youtube does not centralise the content creation, but different content creators are providing you with often great content. In the following, I want to share some youtube channels that are probably interesting and useful for music producers and audio engineers.Continue reading →
Again, we will have a closer look at outstanding music studios from around the globe. Volume 2 of the blog article series “Outstanding Music Studios” highlights another four music studios – this time – located in the United States, Australia, Belgium and Italy. If you missed the series’ first article, you could find it here. Enjoy exploring the following stunning music studios.Continue reading →
This time, I present you my small but effective keyboard setup in my project studio that is used for songwriting and recording sessions. The setup is divided into a master keyboard with 88 keys and a synthesiser controller with 49 keys. Both are connected via USB with the studio computer and do not need an additional power supply – a very straightforward setup. Let me show you which keys I am currently using in my daily production and songwriting life.Continue reading →
There are thousands of music studios out there in the world. It is hard to oversee them all, especially if you are searching for unique places that shall support your creative journey and make the production time with your team an unforgettable experience. To facilitate your search of the perfect location, I present you four outstanding music studios from around the world that could be your next recording studio to go.Continue reading →
In my first Hackintosh blog article, I introduced the Hackintosh concept to my readers and presented the incorporated computer components in my music studio build. Because that build was done in September 2014, I already had plans for a future, new Hackintosh or how to upgrade the existing system to an up-to-date system supporting Thunderbolt. The missing Thunderbolt support of my current 2014s system was the only big downside of it, to be honest. Benchmark-wise, the old system can still cope with some 2017s original Apple devices like the iMac, and I never complained about a lack of processing power with regard to my daily music studio work until now. Because of my studio expansion that included additional analogue gear among others and my love to Universal Audio audio interfaces which I do not want to miss in my setup, a Thunderbolt upgrade for my main studio computer was inevitable. Read in the following how I built a new Hackintosh music studio system with Thunderbolt 3 support, running UA’s Apollo interfaces.