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Producers vs. Beat-makers – What’s the difference?

This is a question that I’ve seen come up on various platforms over the years, so I decided to offer my perspective.

Regarding producers, they can be the visionary for a song, or the director of a project. They can create an idea for a track and create a plan for how it will be fleshed out in the studio.

Producers can be:

  • songwriters,
  • composers
  • arrangers of the music
  • and don’t necessarily have to assist with beat production.

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What’s Your Favorite Free Plug-In?

Sweetcase EP!!!

If you’re a music producer that likes to tickle the ivories like me, then you may want to check out the Sweetcase Vintage Electronic Piano VST.

It’s one of my favorite Rhodes piano plug-ins. I love the classic warmth it gives my tracks in Logic. It’s great for West Coast boom-bap beats or any type of track that requires that legendary deep and rich Rhodes sound.

You can tweak your sound if you need to. But in my opinion, the VST is mix-ready and doesn’t require you to do much. That said, my favorite parameter is the tremolo. I love to how easy it is to adjust to get that smooth and wavy sound. It’s pretty dope!

Go ahead and download a copy for yourself. After all, it’s free. 🙂 And let me know if you have any questions, enjoy!

Can beginners Start with Logic Pro X?

Of course, you can!

As a beginner, you really can start on any DAW. I’ve used many throughout the years. I started on Fruity Loops. Pro Tools and Reason were then introduced when I went to school for audio engineering. Since then, I’ve used Ableton, Cubase, Cake Walk, and Sonar to name a few.

That said, Logic Pro X has always been my personal favorite.

Being a longtime mac user, I really enjoy how easily Logic integrates basic apple keyboard shortcuts. I didn’t have to spend more time learning shortcuts in Logic because I already knew a lot of them from using my MacBook throughout the years. So my transition to Logic was a smooth one.

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How to Learn New Drum Patterns – FAST!

So you’re in the lab cooking up some new ?.

You’ve laid a sick chord progression and you’re ready to add some banging drums!

The drum pattern you’ve put down is cool, but it’s flat. Something is out of place.

The beat is nice but it doesn’t have your head nodding back and forth yet.

You start to panic because your new artist has a deadline that’s quickly approaching.

The last batch of beats you sent out were straight bangers! So you know you GOTTA come with that heat rock again.

And there’s no way you can disappoint.

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What is Sidechain Reverb?

Sidechain reverb is a trick used to keep the reverb clean and punchy.

While reverb is a great way to bring out vocals and synths, it can often be harsh and overpower elements in your mix.

Sidechaining the reverb enables you to have more control over how much of it is processed.

You can sidechain pretty much any effect you’d like.

I mainly use Logic Pro these days, but I only have access to Garage Band today on this computer (my daughter is on my main MacBook now doing homework lol) so I can’t get into Logic at the moment.

However, I found a great tutorial online that walks you through using sidechain compression. I’ll post the steps for you here:

You’ll need 2 things:

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