After we successfully recorded the electric piano, organ and Moog parts of “Soul/R&B Track” with the German jazz pianist Andreas Theobald, we let rest the production for a few weeks. Playing it back after the break that was used to concentrate on other tasks related to the producer concept EP, we had the feeling that a particular element was missing to complete the song as we envisioned it originally. After a moment’s consideration, we decided that the song needs a real horn section to take the song to the next level and to finalise it. We are more than happy to tell you that we were able to work with a professional horn section called Triple H Horns from the United Kingdom that did a stunning job! In the following, learn more about the guys behind Triple H Horns and how we recorded saxophone, trumpet and trombone for “Soul/R&B Track”.Continue reading →
One week ago, we talked about the guitar recording for the “Soul/R&B Track” song that is planned to be the second track of the EP project. The keys have a central role within the song’s arrangement because they are used to broaden the stereo width and to act as a tapestry of sound. By accident, we got German jazz pianist Andreas Theobald (Jugendjazzorchester NRW besides other band projects) involved in the project who then arranged a few layers of different key instruments and sounds to take the project to the next level. Find out how we recorded the different key instruments for “Soul/R&B Track” in the following paragraphs.Continue reading →
After we already had the drums and bass recorded on tape, we worked on the guitar parts for the new “Soul/R&B Track” song that is produced in the context of our current EP project. We ended up recording single notes for the verses along with rhythm tracks for the rest of the arrangement that give the song a decent funky “flavour”. For some of our followers, the recorded guitar material will be a nostalgic flashback to the late 70s/early 80s. As known for our production documentaries, we will briefly go through the signal flow and used equipment to achieve the sound you will finally hear on the record.Continue reading →
Recording music in the Internet age is not a lucrative business anymore. The nature of today’s popular streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and TIDAL cause that most artists and songwriters beyond the world’s top 10 artists make very little money directly from their music.
Vezt is the first blockchain-based mobile app where music fans can acquire rights in their favourite songs. It claims to be a new reasonable income stream for creatives. Let us take a closer look at the app’s concept and find out what is it all about.
Are you tired of looking for skilled singers in music forums or facebook groups? It takes a lot of time and usually is – at least for us – not successful and depressing. The lack of interested candidates is not a problem. Instead, the people contacting you on those platforms are often not professional enough and – until now – did not meet our needs sound- and skill-wise. That misery can finally be history! In the following, we present you the service Vocalizr that wants to help to connect singers and producers from around the world. Let’s see if it does what it promises.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 →
Vampr, initially released in May 2016, is a location-based mobile platform that was developed to facilitate networking, music discovery and communication between creatives of the music industry such as musicians, songwriter, producers or other industry professionals. The startup was founded by the two Australian musicians Josh Simons and Barry Palmer and is based in Los Angeles. Being part of Apple’s “Best of 2017” app list, Vampr facilitated over 3,5 million connections between creatives until November 2018. In the following, we will take a closer look at the app’s functionality and use.Continue reading →
If you start your journey in the big world of music production and beat making, you probably feel a bit lost. Even if you already learned how to handle somehow your DAW, you quickly feel disappointed by the onboard drum and instrument sounds that come along with it. A huge step forward is to get better, and high-quality drum sounds that make your speakers bouncing and take your hip-hop, r&b or urban pop beat/production to the next level. Those genres are extremely beat-focused, so the drum sounds have a significant role in the sound design of the track. A good start for beginners or semi-professionals is to learn from the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated producers and how things need to sound like. This article will tell you where to get drum kits from key players of the urban music sector and present you four of my favourites. Enjoy!