Recording, Mixing & Mastering For Beginners

Are you a band member seeking to make a quality demo for your band? Or a future music producer wanting to learn how all the basic recording and mixing works? Or someone who want’s to surprise a friend with a well recorded song? Would you like to make a quality track with your iPhone/iPad but don’t know how?

If you are a beginner in sound recording/music production then here is music production course for you in Skillshare. The first two weeks are free and you can learn lots of new valuable skills.

Access the full course from here: http://skl.sh/2yvSAP9

In this course you will learn the basics of sound recording, mixing and mastering. Even tough, this course will teach them trough iPhone/iPad, Garageband and Auxy, the information is adaptable for all audio programs.

In this course you will make a demo step by step, whilst discovering about the following aspects:

  • Creating and setting up a multitrack session
  • Creating beats and knowing how to mix them
  • Learn how to insert and export files.
  • Learn the secrets of recording guitar with a low quality microphone.
  • Get introduced to MIDI instruments and learn how to record one.
  • Record vocals and learn how to make them sound as good as possible with a low quality microphone.
  • Mix your track with simple tips and tricks. Learn to use compressor, noise gate, reverb and echo.
  • Learn about graphic equalizer (EQ). Learn what it is, what it does and how to use it on your tracks.
  • Learn the basics of mastering. I will show you how you can make your track sound bigger, fatter and wider.

These simple tips will give your track the professional boost you have always wanted to get!

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Featured Songwriter & Producer: Teemu Brunila

As a Finnish blogger I feel I must write a post about Teemu Brunila. He is a Finnish producer/songwriter, lyricist and musician.

I got to know his work when I became a fan of a band called The Crash. As a lead singer and composer of the band he melted my teenage heart, but now as a young professional I found him again through production and composition.

One of my favourite aspects of Brunila’s songs is the way he writes the lyrics. Finnish language is really difficult to use in pop music, but when it is done well, the song can be brilliant. The words are honest, about important/interesting subjects and written like a story that you need to hear until the end.

In his songs Brunila uses clean deep beats, with a melodic bass and edgy guitars. There is always some type of cool synth melody and hooks that catch your attention either in the beginning or in the chorus. As an element of surprise he might use instruments like banjo, accordion or xylophone as a lead melody in parts of the songs.

Some of the artists he has worked with are: Studio Killers (?), Tray Songzing,  David Guetta, Jenni Vartiainen, Anna Abreu etc.

Studio Killers is a band that started in London in 2011 and even though the names of the band members haven’t officially been announced, it is speculated that the lead vocalist, songwriter and producer of the band is Teemu Brunila.

This one is for my teenage self. You should totally check The Crash’s albums Comfort Deluxe, Wildlife, Melodrama and Pony Ride.

 

The Superheroes We Look Up To

“Read/watch biographies of people you admire. I’ve learned more from this one practice than from anything else, really. Also, if you’re around someone who does what you want to do, ask them questions and watch them work.” -Grimes

When I was growing up in Finland I learned early that as a woman I can do what ever I want to, but what I was till missing is role models doing exactly what I wanted to become. There were plenty of men that I followed as a music producers and composers, but they didn’t fulfil the criteria of role model for me.

As a young girl growing up in the world where all of the people you admire are men, it gives you a sense that you are missing something. A penis.

When you feel that you can’t ever be like the people you are looking up to, it makes you feel that nothing you do will ever be as good as their work. Right now I am in my mid twenties and  I am still questioning if my video tutorials of music productions would be laughed to, or if I can talk about my favourite producing equipment without judgement. And only thing I can think is: “just do it and forget what other people say”, but it doesn’t take a way the doubt in the back of your mind.

“Just because someone has more qualifications than you doesn’t mean they’re better than you.” -Grimes

And now I found someone I can actually look up to: Grimes. She is everything I want from my career. Independent, true to her self and she is not taking any shit. She is talented and she knows what she wants, doing her work whiteout apologising.

The sad thing in this is that, all tough I look up to her because of her talent, a lot is about the position she has given herself as a musician and a woman. In 2016 I should be able to admire someone just because of their talent, not also because they are actually in the position to be admired about.

“Really, the most important thing is eliminating self-doubt. This is basically impossible for me, but I’ve found that if I act like a boss, I can convince myself that I am a boss when I need to be one. I copy things that I’ve seen politicians and actors do; I make eye contact with people; I try to keep my shoulders back and my head high; I gesticulate wildly and sometimes take long pauses (silence can be very intimidating).” – Grimes

So next time you say that women just aren’t interest some subjects, think first if they have enough role models from that aria. And if you are a girl who doubts if you are enough for what you want to do… you are not alone and let me just say: we can do what we want to. It is the only fact and a rule that will never fade away, but it is only about ourselves to obey it.

Here is Claire Boucher’s (Grimes) full essays for young women in music: http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a15028/lessons-from-grimes-on-how-to-be-a-boss/?click=hprc

I would like to know what you think about role models? Who do you look up to?

Why I Really Love This Video

So today I came a cross a video which is Pharrell Williams visiting Students at NYU Clive Davis Institute. In the masterclass they are talking about creativity in music, bringing out the key point, which we are so often missing in commercial music; in the end it all comes down to the artistry of the music maker.

See Pharrell’s reaction to the last song. That part made me love this video. He reacts so powerfully to something  that is unique, creative and produced by an artist.

This made me think about couple things about artistry in production.

When technology improves it becomes more and more convenient for people to make music from home and with any equipment they have in hand. In the way I hate when such a craft, as mastering a analog studio is slowly fading away, but on the second had this new wave of amateur bedroom engineers bring a new level of creativity in the industry.

In our society we have assumptions of artistic people not to be to technical and technical people not to be artistic. But that is the glory of 2016, we can crash these stupid generalisations and bring these two elements together. We need to stop thinking too much about genres and where we belong. Instead of trying to be part of a genre, create a new one

It doesn’t matter if you do your music with karaoke microphone and Garageband or in a professional studio. If you know how to handle the sound, if you see outside of the box and extend of all the potential of your sound, you can create anything.

5 Best Music Youtube Channels You Should Know About

1. Sina-Drums

I love these videos! I am not that good drummer but these videos do inspire me to learn. Super impressive channel and artist!  ❤

2. Gina Gleason

This is a channel for all of you who wanna learn guitar from a master. She will show you how to shred like a pro.

 3. Sound On Sound Magazine

Yes one of the biggest Youtube channels and magazines there is for sound engineering and producing, but I do enjoy their interviews and tutorials.

4. Dubspot

For everyone who loves Ableton Live or wants to learn to create house… then this is your channel!

5. Chelsea Laing

This Canadian musician writes her owns pieces, and performs them with awesome Loop techniques. Take a note of her!