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Producing & Programming Hi-Hats

This week we will look at producing and programming hi-hats. It is essential that you get your hi-hats correct, use good source content, EQ like a pro and know what Ableton plugins to use to add presence. To get the dancefloor going, your hi-hats need to pop. Hi-hats are often played endlessly...

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Rhythm Programming & Production Techniques

It is always worth exploring programming drums and percussion in more depth. While kick drums and hi hats can add the drive to your composition, percussion adds the groove and can keep a track interesting throughout. Producers can focus on rhythm programming using polyrhythms and additive...

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Overcoming Writers Block

What causes writers block? It happens to the best of us. Producers sit down in their studio and for some reason, they just cannot formulate any ideas or they formulate ideas that are not up to their personal standard. It can be frustrating, demotivating and is completely normal. Some of the...

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Will Kinsella (Hybrasil) music production advice with Attack Magazine

Elevator Program founder and creator of the Artist Development Program, Will Kinsella, recently shared his production tips with Attack Magazine. We break down his five main points from the article: Master your synth and drum machine His first piece of advice is to learn the fundamentals of...

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Ableton Drum Programming Tips

Whether you are making big room Berghain techno or jacking FUSE London house music, the drums set the tone of your record. When you sit down to start your track, be clear on where you want that track to be played - what is your vision for it? What sound system do you see it on? Is it a...

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5 Reasons to Take the Artist Development Program

Whether you are just starting out or in the middle of your music production career, the Artist Development Program will help you push past your limits. It is designed for artists who want to get their music to a world class level, where they feel confident playing their tracks at clubs and...

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Creativity & Focus in Electronic Music

With the decade coming to a close, I began to reflect on common themes and questions that artists have shared with me over the past few years. One that comes up again and again is focus and creativity. There are a number of different aspects to focus. Firstly, it takes 15 minutes of doing...

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Review: Amsterdam Dance Event 2018

This year was my thirteenth trip to Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). Now in its 23rd edition, ADE took place from October 17 to 21. This year it welcomed over 400,000 visitors from more than 100 countries for an extensive day and night program featuring over 1000 events and leading artists and...

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Label Talk with Matador (RUKUS)

We caught up with Gavin Lynch aka Matador following the release of his debut album “Ructions” in 2016 to discuss his creative process in making the album and his label RUKUS. Firstly congrats on the debut album. How did you find working on an album versus an EP? Thanks very much. It was a...

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Studio Talk with Fran Hartnett

When I purchased the Elektron Octatrack the first person I contacted was Fran Hartnett. It was his live show that made me look towards that machine as an alternative to what I was doing at that time with laptops, drum machines, controllers and sound cards. Apart from being a master user of...

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