Ducking Your Basses (Triple Threat Quick Tip)

 

This is mainly a little mixing technique, but it's a really great one to learn.

Knowing how to dip frequencies sometimes is key to getting great separation in your mixes. This is often called ducking or "side-chaining". We've touched on this in past videos, but I want to demonstrate how I do it in this song.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Zion

PS: the song featured here (Happening Now) is now available here: www.fanfiqtion.com/music 

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🥑 Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 10/21 thru 10/27

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

  • Shelley shared a link to a song and video she released, and asked for feedback
  • Emma shared an article about 72 Music Production tips, great little reminders 
  • Zion shared a meme and checked in with everyone
  • Office hours were so good this week. We chatted a little about studio office chairs, legal forms such as split sheets, lawyers, Ableton Live shortcuts, and splits for singers and cowriters. Alex just got signed on with Catch the Moon as an exclusive artist, so we were all congratulating him on his success also!
  • Zion shared a new track he's releasing and getting pitched
  • We had a discussion about resources we never use and are wasted by not knowing or appreciating them.
  • Amber shared some frustration she's been having with learning her DAW (Logic), and some solutions she found.
  • Blake shared a song he did with his friend Shawn and is looking for vocal hook ideas.
  • Eymard shared some info about a pitch from Taxi looking for a jingle for Rooms To Go.
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Tuesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • 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 

  • Rehya reported on airplay for her new single.
  • Lori posted about her new audio equipment for her studio
  • Dustin shared his placement win
  • Wendy posted a question about BOX and metadata
  • Sal and others posted Christmas songs
  • Mikey shared a co-write he did with Cooper Baker.
  • CTM posted about the 2-day event in November
  • Bev requested information about uploading tracks to CD Baby.
  • Dwayne and more than a few others posted a pic of their copy of The Aftist’s Way.
  • Mikey posted a video about failure.
  • Danny posted an announcement about his newly re-designed website.
  • Kayte asked if anyone had a +1 for the TAXI Road Rally that she could use.
  • Lori asked how to import her songs from iTunes to Dropbox
  • Victoria posted an opportunity for a Christmas Song similar to Norah Jones’ “Not Christmas Til You Come Home”
  • Celestialbllue asked for help with getting good-sounding handclaps.
  • Lori asked for information about filing one’s own live performances with one’s PRO
  • Victoria posted the replay of the session with Tim Adams of Massive Music
  • Michael asked about submitting songs that were written by friends of his.
  • Jaymie is looking for a schedule for the 2-day event
  • Lori requested info about CD Baby’s sync and pubishing services
  • CTM posted feedback on the September assignment almost-made-its
  • Jamila asked about production companies taking the publisher’s share
  • Victoria posted the replay of the listening session from 10/2
  • Tamara is looking for female composers of songs with hip-hop elements
  • Rehya posted a review of her new album
  • Rehya also posted about the 2nd placement of her song “Magnetic”. Congrats!
  • Samuel asked about Crucial Music
  • Jaynee posted encouragement.
  • Bev asked about the wisdom of submitting songs to Secret Road, since they announce on their website that they don’t accept unsolicited material.
  • David asked about submitting songs that have been signed by a publisher.
  • Lori posted pictures of her experience at the Sesame Workshop Alumni Network.
  • Halley is looking for collaborators.
  • Dwayne and Cathy both asked about progress with The Artist’s Way
  • Victoria posted a tentative schedule for the event in November
  • Tamara posted a very helpful article about using Similar-Artist.com, Tunefind.com and IMDb.com to find shows that use the kind of music you write.

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

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Layering Synth Sounds (Triple Threat Quick Tip)

 

One fun little trick in keeping your production elements moving and changing is to take two monophonic synth sounds, and blend them together. Then throughout the production bringing one louder than the other, and vice versa. Add a little filtering to it, and voila! 

Check out what I'm talking about in this week's Triple Threat Quick Tip.

Enjoy!

Zion

PS: the song featured here (Happening Now) will be available through www.fanfiqtion.com/music on 10/30/18

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 10/14 thu 10/20

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

  • Zion let the class know he was sick on Monday and needed to cancel the office hours this week. (strep throat ugh)
  • Kaeli shared an incredible track she's working on with a co-producer, and shared adjustments she made after feedback
  • Alex shared a song he's working on with Tamara and a really great bass line he wanted to show off to us.
  • Zion checked in with a video call and updated everyone on the power of grit and consistency (what sets us apart)
  • Shelley posted a track she's been working on with a video, and gave us an update on what she's been working on.
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Tuesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • 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 

  • Jeremy posted a Billboard article about Women in the recording studios
  • Jamila posted an article about speeding up your songwriting
  • Jamila also posted a pitch for her favorite producer, Thomas
  • Pete expressed his appreciation to Cath for recommending The Third Door
  • Dustin shared a trailer he scored
  • Rehya announced a placement for one of her songs
  • Naomi and others introduced themselves to the group.
  • Dwayne expressed his delight in the group.
  • Victoria posted the replay of the Charisse Presley session. If you weren’t there live, now is your chance to see it.
  • Rick asked for opinions of pre-cleared samples.
  • Lori offered herself as co-writer on children’s music
  • Matthew offered a spreadsheet to keep track of one’s songs, co-writes, etc
  • Emily posted a submission opportunity for female hip hop.
  • Kayte asked if anyone knew a recording studio with a good piano where she could record economically.
  • Lori wondered if she could submit more than one song for the October assignment. Emily said no.
  • Bev posted her first lyric video
  • Ben requested help booking shows in Northern California
  • Alex posted a song and asked if anyone recognized the bass line (He hoped not)
  • Tamara asked if anyone else was paranoid about DISCO “activity”
  • Meg posted about press she received on one of her songs
  • David’s son expressed his appreciation of Meg’s song Give It Back
  • Rehya posted a review of her new Christmas album
  • Prita and others posted songs for feedback.
  • Susan reported her success reaching out to licensing agencies
  • Cathy posted the replay of her live class, which was great, and included the suggestion to do the program in The Artist’s Way
  • Tobias suggested how the feedback from Cathy, et al, could be streamlined.
  • Marty challenged the group to pitch to their favorite shows that they’re scared to reach out to.
  • Wendy expressed frustration at trying to find producers to make her songs sound pitch-worthy.
  • James asked for opinions of Soundvault.
  • Michelle made a playlist of the songs Cathy used in her live class as good examples.
  • Matthew seeks someone good at drum rhythm programming/playing.
  • Robert is seeking people who have music on SoundDog.com
  • Dani looked for classmates in Nashville.
  • Victoria posted a replay of her listening session from 10/18
  • Victoria posted the signed songs and the almost made it songs for the TV show search.
  • MaShanda and others posted about the Artist’s Way assignment.
  • Marty posted contact info for Jennifer Pyken, music supervisor for This Is Us. He requested that emails to her not all be the same, so that she would be turned off by a
    flood of similar emails.
  • Joe seeks and Accountability Partner
  • Bev posted her success with a song she co-wrote with Sid and Tracy Sosa. Congrats, Bev.
  • Bev seeks contact info for Whirly Girl Music
  • Jim offered his help for melody, arrangement or production.
  • Victoria announced the signed songs for the Female Hip Hop search
  • Jake posted a link to the Song Exploder podcast that explores Water Fountain which
  • Cathy offered as an example of good production in her live class.
     

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

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How to Ask For Feedback on Your Music's Production (Triple Threat Quick Tip)

 

Piggy-bagging on last week's topic, today's quick tip is all about how to ask for feedback from other's concerning your music production. 

There's a couple little tips on doing this, take a listen and let me know if I've missed anything.

:)

Zion

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 10/7 thru 10/13

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

  • Ashley asked a question about how many mixes are typical when producing a track
  • Office hours on Tuesday was all about drums and VI drumsets.
    We chatted a lot about NI Battery and drum racks native to DAWs. We also just spent time catching up and hearing about what we are all working on, and how to help one another. Great stuff
  • Jeb shared a song he's working and got feedback on it from other students
  • Alex shared a spreadsheet that suggests frequencies for cutting when editing specific instruments, such as grit for snares, boominess for bass, etc.
  • We had a great Q&A with Phillip Nichols-Wright on Wednesday for Triple Threat students, where we connected about a myriod of topics including, acoustic treatment, vocal processing, analog vs digital, hardware emulators, etc.
  • Alex shared a track he had previously had feedback on in the group, and wanted to know if his changes were helping the mix.
  • Juli shared a song she's working for the Access course.
  • Amber shared a great video from Graham on three mixing tips
  • Osie shared a track for tv sync he's working on, looking for feedback
  • Zion shared an article about how women are rising from songwriters to be more in the producer role.
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Tuesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • 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 requested an Accountability partner
  • Joan also requested info about who had signed songs with CTM, and been placed
  • Dustin and other new students introduced themselves. Welcome to the family!
  • Mikey and others offered their songs for feedback
  • Bev wished the Canadian members a Happy Thanksgiving.
  • Robin posted an episode of The School of Greatness podcast with James Clear
  • Victoria shared an encouraging quote
  • Matt announced his meeting with Trevor Willmott.
  • Jeremy shared his success in pitching.
  • Sherry announced that a library she’s in touch with needs pubic domain Christmas covers
  • CTM shared a breakdown of a FloRida song being used by Life cereal
  • Bev shared her success with TAXI
  • Matthew asked for info on watching the supervisor sessions.
  • Joan shared pics of her recording space in the making.
  • Joan asked for references for the October assignment.
  • MaShanda asked for information about using the course lectures.
  • Victoria posted a new submission opportunity
  • Chelsey posted a success
  • Joe and Tim asked about the meaning of “one stoop ideas”
  • Juli posted an article about Metadata according to Music Supervisors
  • Lachlan posted a success with Songtradr
  • Meg posted a song she signed with CTM from the 8-day Challenge
  • Lindsey requested info about a “song exploitation letter”
  • Tobias posted a very helpful article about which holiday songs are and are not in the Public Domain
  • Halley requested info about quoting a rate for ad agencies
  • Victoria posted that the Charisse Presley interview has been postponed iuntil Monday, 10/15
  • Helen posted about the artist showcase at The Hotel Café for those attending the November event.
  • Zion posted a very helpful instruction about how to give feedback on someone else’s production.
  • Dani posted a question about Pro-tools.
  • Kimberly shared an announcement about Sync Con.
  • Victoria posted a new Submission Opportunity
  • Dwayne asked for help finding the new submission opportunity
  • Dawn asked if she could submit a friend’s song.
  • Carmel posted a success with SongTradr
  • Juli posted a new announcement by NBC about a songwriting competition.
  • Marty requested contact info for Jennifer Pyken.
  • Rebecca asked for info regarding assigning ownership on a CTM submission.
  • Mar asked about registering songs with one’s PRO prior to submitting them for an opportunity.
  • Victoria announced Office Hours which are now up as a video for your watching enjoyment.
  • Rick asked if there was a way to put metadata on your songs online in real time.
  • Dawn had a submission question about split sheets, etc.
  • Victoria  announced Cathy’s October class.
  • Victoria also announced an Instagram Live broadcast
  • Mikey offered his Cable TV submission.
  • Ben is looking for a co-writer
  • Rick asked for opinions of Music XRay
  • Ian posted some helpful advice he received

 

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

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How to Give Feedback on Another Artist's Production (Triple Threat Quick Tip)

 

Have you ever been asked to give feedback on someone's song, and you didn't really know how to respond? 

Here a few tips that should help you give your feedback without hurting feelings, but staying authentic and constructive. 

If you have some thoughts on this, please let me know!

Enjoy.

Zion

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 9/30 thru 10/6

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

  • Kaeli asked for suggestions on software/hardware for backing tracks for live performances. Discussion ensued. 
  • Kaeli asked for some advice on fitting an SM7b with an Alctron acoustic shield
  • Brad shared a holiday song that he and Chelsey wrote, for feedback and discussion
  • Blake shared a track he's working on and asked the question about how to take certain feedback he's gotten from sups
  • Upcoming Q&A session with Mixing engineer Phillip Nichols-Wright on October 9th, open for all Triple Threat members
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • Office Hours were amazing on Tuesday. We discussed a bunch of stuff. First off, Zion reminded everyone about the Live Access event Triple Threat Social on 11/7. Location TBD. Next we talked about what each person was working on, and delved into talking about how important processes can be in music production. Process of mixing, recording, mastering, organizing, etc. Next we talked a lot about social media presence as an artist, and tricks to getting something up quickly. Lastly, we got into talking about using saturation plugins, specifically Decapitator by SoundToys. Alex has been nice enough to show us how he uses it on 808's on 10/3 at 10am. You don't want to miss it!
  • Tobias shared a track he's working on for feedback
  • Amber shared a track that she had presented at the Access Course, and she and her husband and nephew had remixed.
  • Tobias suggested a youtube playlist with all the office hours and q&a's from our class. Zion thought this was a great idea sent links to course members
  • We had an awesome live tutorial by Alex on Wed, where he explained how he uses Decapitator, for 808's, vocals, etc.
  • Blake shared a song he's working on, looking for input. As well as asked if anyone wanted to team up for some writing collaborations.
  • Zion shared some thoughts on striving toward goals and never giving up.
  • Alex shared a track he's working on, and asked for some feedback.
  • Zion shared a song he's looking for background gang vocal volunteers on
  • Juli shared an amazing video on gated reverb sound that's coming back into style
  • Ashley asked a question about how many mixes are typical when producing a track
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Tuesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • 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

  • Chris and others posted their Holiday songs for the Submission Opportunityfor feedback
  • Brenda posted a question about licensing a cover song. Who pays the publisher?
  • Tom needs both a male and female rapper
  • Victoria posted the October assignment
  • Tamara posted about her experience as a panelist at the Music-Preneur Mindset Summit.
  • Sal posted a Holiday song that was signed by CTM last year.
  • Richard inquired about anyone’s experience with TrepStar
  • Nancy inquired who wanted to perform at the post-event show at Hotel Café.
  • Pete posted an article from the Onion about ProTools
  • Joan and others announced their new membership, and introduced themselves. Welcome all!
  • Marie encouraged everyone to PM their song to her for honest feedback.
  • Victoria posted a new Holiday search
  • Halley seeks a collaborator to try and have something really ready by the deadline.
  • Catch the Moon shared Target’s new ad in the Monday Music Breakdown
  • Augustine is looking for a collaborator
  • Rick posted a conversation starter
  • Tobias posted a gear question
  • Halley posted a list of the best creative agency in each state. Thank you Halley
  • Joe posted good news for him from Songtradr
  • Rebecca inquired where the “files” section was to be found, and was pointed to it.
  • Cathy posted encouragement to the new members
  • Michelle posted some very useful advice from an associate creative director at a well-known ad agency, about pitching.
  • Victoria has posted video of the Office Hours for 10-4
  • Madeline asked about balancing writing songs for sync against writing songs for art. Janet gave her a very good answer
  • Laura asked about making her sync catalog of songs public, or keeping them private.
  • James is looking for a collaborator
  • Rebecca posted a link to a podcast giving advice on targeting your music to Film and TV from “Ruele”
  • Victoria posted the songwriters whose songs were signed for the Holiday search.
  • Amber posted a video of herself talking about vulnerability
  • Marie posted a playlist of songs from animated films

 

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

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Reverse Sample Pads (Triple Threat Quick Tip)

 

Have you ever played with Synth Pads created from reverse samples? Kind of a strange concept if you've never tried it.

Today I show you an example of using a pad created from reverse samples, through a VI called Output Rev that I recommend. 

Creating pads this way gives your production a really cool interest. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Zion

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 9/23 thru 9/29

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

  • Zion posted a link and article about antivirus software needed or not needed for the Mac.
  • An announcement was made for an upcoming Q&A session with Mixing engineer Phillip Nichols-Wright on October 9th, open for all Triple Threat members
  • Lina started a discussion about the Kaotica Eyeball and alternatives. Lots of people jumped in.
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • Office Hours were amazing. Amber, Blake and Zion discussed new efficiency tools for working smarter, keyboard controllers - specifically mod and pitch wheels and CC values. Installing plugins and external hard drives, sampling software. We also talked about tips about being a high performer in our pursuit in music. Enjoy!
  • Blake shared a song he's working on, looking for input. As well as asked if anyone wanted to team up for some writing collaborations.
  • Zion shared a video about what he recommends for sleigh bells for Christmas songs.
  • Tobias rejoined our tribe. Welcome back buddy!
  • Tobias shared a track he's working on for some feedback
  • Jeb started a discussion about Loop Loft and whether or not its worth it.
  • Juli asked a question about how to send stems, and what the standard is for this.
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Tuesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • 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

  • Janet asked about sharing addresses of Music Supes and Broadcast Producers
  • Christopher expressed his compliments on the Evelin Garcia interview
  • Marty requested contact info for Evelyn Garcia
  • Victoria posted the Evelyn Garcia session video
  • Christine posted about her pitching efforts
  • Nancy also talked about her connections to producers and music supervisors
  • Rich asked what your greatest hindrances tp songwriting are
  • Tobias posted a source for bell sounds
  • Joe and others posted a song for feedback
  • Sonnet posted a new supervisor event
  • New Monday Music Breakdown video posted
  • Kayte requested Logic Pro X advice
  • Debbie posted a Songtradr brief
  • Helen posted a signup sheet for those wishing to perform alongside the November event
  • Rick posted that Sirius is buying Pandora
  • Angelique posted about Netflix shows and their Music Super.
  • Tobias requested information about cover song licensing
  • Cathy posted a video
  • Sherry wanted to know if anyone would be in Durango
  • Halley asked  Victoria and Emily about songs that are now ready, though past their deadline.
  • Debbie posted about Advertising Week in NYC
  • Mikey posted a breakdown of  a Fall Out Boy’s song
  • Tamara posted the results of her pitch efforts
  • Jamila posted about positive results from her pitching efforts and building relationships
  • Michelle posted a search for holiday music
  • Tobias weighed the relative value of attending the November event vs. working on his product
  • Victoria posted a new Music Supervisor session
  • Mikey posted positive results from Songtradr
  • Victoria  posted a video of the Listening Session from 9/27

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

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