Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 11/25 thru 12/1

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. We do our best to relay what we think is the most important details, but it's very possible for us to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

  • Laura shared a cool video by an artist that builds loops into his live production
  • Allison shared a deal from Izotope for Nectar elements
  • Juli shared a link to a guy that made his own plate reverb
  • Kaeli shared a link to a song she's be working on and wanting some feedback
  • Chelsey asked a question about the assignement sheet that is in the course
  • Zion shared some pictures from Hobbiton in New Zealand
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • There will be two Office Hours this week, to make up for last week! This Tuesday and Friday, you don't want to miss it!
  • If you are in the Access Course and have interest in joining the Triple Threat Artist group, please let Zion know, we've got an amazing discount waiting for you.. Now $49/m, with coupon code 49FORLIFE.


The Access Course 

  • Robin posted about his uncomfortable pay-the-bills job, and the boss that knows about but doesn’t support his musical ambitions. Lots of others responded with similar stories.
  • Lori requested help with motivation
  • Marie and others shared success stories of themselves and others
  • Mikey posted a Songwriting for Guitar lesson, and offered to send others to those who signed up. Thanks, Mikey!
  • Josh is looking for singers
  • Bethany and others posted songs for feedback
  • Victoria posted the replay of the 11/26’s feedback session.
  • Matthew posted a video of what he does (Artist Development) for a living.
  • Cathy posted a message from a very happy and grateful former student.
  • Rick requested advice regarding congestion
  • Mark posted a very useful article about monitoring the play your songs may be getting
  • Eric recommended Real Artists Don’t Starve.
  • Joan asked for and received the dates for the March event.
  • .Amira posted a question about the Super Bowl assignment.
  • Christine posted a question about grouping tracks for stems.
  • Richard required information about the Teachable site where the course is stored.
  • Bev asked for Ann Kline’s contact info (of the Good Doctor)
  • CTM posted Signed Songs and Allmost Made It Songs for the TV Show search
  • CTM posted Fashion Campaign search update
  • Rebecca asked producers to offer opinions about jazz vocal sample libraries
  • Jim is looking for a bass/baritone that can sing dancehall music
  • Gen asked about the animation op from October
  • CTM posted Cathy’s November Class replay
  • Victoria  posted the replay for the 11/29 listening session
  • Tobias posted comments and questions about publishing/registering a song, US vs Germany
  • Tamara posted successful results with TAXI
  • Nicole posted something she made in Studio One
  • Cathy posted a song she mentioned in the Instagram Story Q and A on Friday
  • Cathy reminded people to watch the replays of the sessions they missed.
  • Moana asked if folks would share their split sheets for comparison.
  • Marty asked for Alexandra Patsavas’  contact info
  • Kristina asked for submissions for her Christmas playlist
  • Moana posted her Co-Writing and Song Publishing Split Sheet.
  • Marty posted a video of the Heath High School Memorial Service in Paducah, KY, in which he appears.

 

 

Huge thanks to Jan Seides for her help in summarizing the Access Course.

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Best Collaboration Tool Ever. 🤝

When you collaborate on your mix or your production, or even when you song write, there are times when it's imperative to know what your collaborator is doing when making changes in their DAW.

That's where this plugin comes in, it's called ListenTo, and it's super easy. It's just a quick little plug-in you install on your Master bus that sends the mix to a FTP site where it can be listened to in real time by anyone with the link you give.

I can't tell you how much of a time saver this has been for me.

This plugin can be purchased here https://listento.audiomovers.com (I have no affiliation).

Seriously, if you haven't checked out our Producer Course than you should. I teach lots of other down to earth tricks to get your production clicking and banging!

(Oh and the VI Resonator Guitar used in this tutorial can be found here: http://www.indiginus.com/resonator.html)

Let me know if you have any questions, and happy producing!

Zion ‍

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Side-chaining synths to kicks ⛓

 

The topic of sidechaining or "ducking" came up this week in the class. This is more of an advanced trick for some of you guys, but it worth talking about because it's really not that hard.

The advantage of this is that it brings out the kick drum really nicely in EDM music, or can be used as a "pumping affect", like in Titanium by David Guetta and Sia. 

Happy producing,

Zion

 

 

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Most underutilized feature in your DAW

 

One of the most under-untilized production tools is something that's been right in front of you and built into most every DAW. For some reason, most beginning producers don't take advantage of this.

What am I talking about? The concept of SWING, in your grooves. Check out this video to see the power of injecting swing into your tracks. 

You Got This.

Zion

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Triplets (Triple Threat Quick Tip)

Using Triplets in your production is soooo much fun!

Here is an example of how I integrate a 1/8th note triplet in a bassline with the groove. It gives it a nice little flavor, check it out.

Zion

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Fades (Triple Threat Quick Tip)

You may not know this, but your DAW most likely injects tiny little volume fades on your audio tracks every time you import or split them. It's something to keep in mind when you're inserting audio into your track because you may not always want them.

But today I show you why they're useful, and how to use them to your advantage.

What are some creative ways you use fades?

Zion

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 11/18 thru 11/24

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. We do our best to relay what we think is the most important details, but it's very possible for us to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

  • Shelly started a conversation about what Black Friday gear to keep an eye out for. Other students jumped in and shared what equipment they were looking to get.
  • Zion shared a video describing what his go to gear is and what equipment to look into. Also he let the students know he would be on vacation for 2 weeks.
  • Jeb shared a link to 55% off Slate gear
  • Tobias shared a link to drum VI's on sale
  • Laura shared a track she and Zion wrote together
  • Tobias asked a question about what channel strip emulators to get.
  • Zion checked in from New Zealand asking about what software students had purchased in the last week.
  • Mikey shared a new online guitar course he's coming out with
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • There will be no Office Hours this week while Zion is on vacation. But an extra one will be held on Dec 7th to make up for the absence. 
  • If you are in the Access Course and have interest in joining the Triple Threat Artist group, please let Zion know, we've got an amazing discount waiting for you.. Now $49/m, with coupon code 49FORLIFE.


The Access Course 

  • Joan and others requested feedback on a song.
  • CTM posted a success for Bev  and Sid & Tracy
  • Rick showed off his new headphones
  • Trevor requested info re East West Sounds
  • Dree invited us to share our first placement experience
  • CTM posted a replay of the Monday Music concerning a Nintendo Super Bowl ad using “Believer”
  • Angela introduced herself and posted  a desire for co-writers and producers. Also posted a video
  • Emily requested workout songs for her cycling students
  • Josh is looking for a co-writer for November
  • Terry asked for the name of a movie that Cathy recommended. It was “The Search for Greatness”
  • Lauren requested opinions about whether her song is for sync or for art.
  • Alex posted his willingness to analyze mixes and production
  • Tobias alerted all to the 50% off sale going on at IWANTTHTSOUND.COM
  • Mikey reiterated Cathy’s recommendation of GRIT by Angela Duckworth.
  • Victoria announced Cathy’s November class on Nov. 26th at 11 am PS
  • Celestial Blue posted an article about mindset and leveling up
  • Wendy inquired about the date of the March event (March 7th & 8th)
  • Juli posted about the launch of Drip Library, the go-to source for Hip Hop Production
  • Eric posted video of a song that was signed by CTM
  • Wendy asked about the October pitch opportunity
  • Bev requested input regarding a relative investing in one’s career. Very interesting discussion
  • Tamara posted an announcement on a show on which her music will be played.
  • Lauren made a post/place for people to post about Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales on music gear.
  • Lindsey wants to leave Pro Tools and requested info/opinions about other DAWs
  • Tobias requested opinions about de-essers
  • Trevor wondered if there was a Google or Apple calendar with all the ACCESS events on it. Great idea!
  • Bev requested info about YouTube monetization.
  • Alex posted a production feedback video
  • Bev advertised for a vocalist to match a vocal on one of her songs.
  • CTM posted a replay of the listening session with important information about song feedback and submission opportunities.
  • Kathrin posted a complaint about week 4 of The Artists Way.

 

Huge thanks to Jan Seides for her help in summarizing the Access Course.

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Metadata (Triple Threat Quick Tip)

Whenever you send or share an MP3 or AIFF file you should include all kinds of metadata with it.

Did you know that WAV Files can't contain metadata? I know I didn't when I first started.

Today I'm going to show you what metadata is, how to inject it in your songs using iTunes, Tag Editor, and Disco.

Zion

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 11/11 thru 11/17

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. We do our best to relay what we think is the most important details, but it's very possible for us to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

  • Monday encouragement was given, and weekly checkin
  • Fox shared a link to Airtable, a great organization tool
  • New Q&A coming up with Josh Doyle! On Jan 16th at 10a PST.
  • Office Hours on Tuesday included a lot of conversation about EQ plugins, studio monitors, desk chairs, channel-strip emulators, compressors, preamps, and mixing and mastering software.
  • Zion announced a second office hours for this week for Friday, since he'll be on vacation for the next two weeks.
  • Brickwall limiters were discussed
  • Zion shared a video to help students walk through changing their method of payment if they need to.
  • Juli shared a really great deal on Microshift, a vocal width plugin.
  • A second Office Hours was held on Friday, where we discussed mixing techniques for instrumental tracks
  • Alex shared a great ear training video from Pensado's Place to help us get more familiar where sounds are located in the freq range.
  • Shelley started a discussion all about Black Friday deals coming up, and which ones we would recommend looking at. Zion and Tobias are helping the class with links to deals they find.
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • There will be no Office Hours for the next two weeks, while Zion is on vacation. But an extra one will be held on Dec 7th to make up for the absence. 
  • If you are in the Access Course and have interest in joining the Triple Threat Artist group, please let Zion know, we've got an amazing discount waiting for you.. Now $49/m, with coupon code 49FORLIFE.


The Access Course 

  • Joe passed on advice from supes to make sure the metadata is in order on your mp3 and aiff files
  • Joe also posted a link to “Explore Music by Mood on AllMusic
  • CTM posted a video of the Access showcase
  • Juli posted the contact form from the Chop Shop and was advised to email the Supe directly.
  • Joan posted about The Artyists Way
  • Angelique offered her services as a vocal producer.
  • Matt posted contact info from Ben Panfil
  • Joe reminded everyone of the sales on plugins, etc that occur at this time of year.
  • Halley asked about pitching “reels” to ad agencies
  • Joe and others posted songs for feedback
  • David posted a link to a Rufus Wainwright song.
  • Mark posted about the fires in California
  • Jaymie asked for and received Russel Nygaard’s email.
  • Josh asked for co-writers for November
  • Prita asked about finding supes’ current projects
  • Andria asked about licensing songs for podcasts
  • Josh asked for info about re-titling.
  • Jamila posted an article about Ann Dowd finding success in her fifties.
  • MaShanda asked about samples
  • Tamara posted about her successful pitch for Hustle in Brooklyn
  • Lori wanted to start a conversation about everyone’s first placement.
  • Marty shared his first placement.
  • Bev asked for an invoice template.
  • Robin posted pics from the Access show at Hotel Café
  • Kristine posted a playlist of Christmas songs.
  • Gen offered to co-write with Nashville Access members.
  • Dwayne posted a video of his recording.
  • Tobias shared a video that includes his song from an album of songs to walk to.
  • Zion posted good advice.
  • CTM reminded everyone to check the submission maximum for each opportunity
  • Lindsey asked for advice about Studio One
  • Rebecca is looking for other members from the UK.
  • Jamila asked if anyone else is having difficulty talking with non-licensing musician friends.
  • Mark posted a playlist of ad songs for 2018
  • Mark posted about his success placing a song on NOVA Wonders on PBS
  • Emily requested photos or videos of the Live Event that they wanted posted on social media
  • Victoria posted the replay of the Listening Session fro 11/15/18
  • Danny posted a video about adding guitars to pop/hip-hop productions
  • Lori asked for info re Songtradr
  • Tobias reported successes via Taxi
  • Matthew asked about the October assignment results.
  • Victoria updated about her new song about home, inspired by being evacuated and returning to find her home intact.
  • Moana posted a reference playlist for the November assignment.

 

Huge thanks to Jan Seides for her help in summarizing the Access Course.

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Using Sound FX in Production (Triple Threat Quick Tip)

Sometimes having a little sound fx or ambient noise can add to your production in a cool way. Sometimes I like to add party or club sounds to my mix to give my track more of an exciting feel. In the two examples shown here, I use both restaurant, street noise, party noise, and rain. Check it out and let me know how you would do this.

Zion

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