Music Producer Starter Kit

As a minimum, you need a computer, a music sequencer software and a pair of headphones.
Then you can add a sound card, a microphone and a master keyboard/drum pad.
The computer is probably the most expensive piece of hardware you’ll need.
I would recommend the Mac computer as the first option because it’s what I use. Still, you can do well by using Windows-based computers or with some limitation even using a Linux computer, an iPad/iPhone or an Android device.

Let’s assume you only have a mobile phone or a tablet, and you want to start right away. Probably the best solution would be to get Cubasis 3

https://new.steinberg.net/cubasis/

Cubasis is an advanced well-thought … Read the rest

ZED.RUN needs your music

ZED.RUN and Emanate bring a music production from the future

Here’s a shot to become part of history and paint your sound in the online racing game. Win $1000 USD of cash + Emanate Pro-Connect packs up for grabs over 10 tracks!

ZED is a horse racing ecosystem that exists in a parallel universe to ours, well into the future. Huge dystopian cities that carry a resemblance to our time and cultures have been re-built with the latest technological advances.

Digital horse racing reigns supreme and gives everyone hope. The power of ZED is that anyone can own a horse, giving anyone from anywhere a chance at changing their lives.

ZED.RUN needs your music, Here’s the brief:

It’s the year … Read the rest

My Favourite Plugins Reverb, Delay & Saturation (Part 3 of 5)

This is part 3 of a 5, you can find part 1 here and part 2 here

1) Channel Strip and EQ
2) Compressors and Limiters
3) FX including Reverbs, Delay and Saturators
4) Space Enhancers Chorus / Flanger, Utility and others.
5) Virtual Amps and Virtual Instruments

Like with everything we have now a tremendous amount of plugins out there, almost every DAW comes with at least a quality reverb and a delay. I rarely use plugins that come included with DAW (Digital Audio Workstation, aka Music Sequencer), not because they aren’t good but because I don’t like to be tied up with a particular DAW. 

I recently moved from Cubase Pro to Reaper, and the process was … Read the rest

Remix Contest: ‘Love’ by Les Amazones d’Afrique


West African musical collective Les Amazones d’Afrique invite you to remix their recent single ‘Love’, taken from the new album Amazones Power.

Participants are invited to submit their work as part of a remix contest hosted by Real World Records in association with Universal Audio, who have provided a package of prizes for the best tracks. The winning tracks will be chosen by a panel which includes producers Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers, Snow Patrol), Che Pope (Kanye West, Lauryn Hill) and the engineers of Peter Gabriel’s world-renowned Real World Studios.

The brief

Just as producer Liam Farrell did with the original session recordings, we encourage you to take the song to new and unexpected places. The mix pack includes … Read the rest