TASCAM and iZotope Collaborate to Bring a Streamlined Workflow to Music Production

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TASCAM Includes Free Full Version of iZotope Neutron Elements with TASCAM SERIES 102i and 208i Audio/MIDI Interfaces

TASCAM announces that it is now including a free full version of iZotope’s Neutron Elements, a suite of machine-learning music mixing software, with its SERIES 102i and SERIES 208i audio/MIDI interface units. This collaboration between TASCAM and iZotope brings a streamlined workflow solution to digital and desktop music producers, recording enthusiasts or those seeking to create and mix professional-quality music in the studio or on the go.
 
TASCAM’s SERIES 102i and 208i audio/MIDI interfaces and iZotope’s Neutron Elements music mixing software both sit at the forefront of modern advancements in digital music production. Both the TASCAM SERIES 102i and 208i set a new audio standard for affordable professional quality recording devices, offering up to 24-bit/192 kHz sample resolution, transparent, natural-sounding, ultra-low noise Ultra-HDDA mic preamplifiers and XLR/TRS combo mic/line/instrument inputs.
 

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Old school organ style backing track

 

Happy Improvisation!

 

10 Essential Elements of an Amazing Music Blog — The Blogging Musician

The purpose of music is to deliver both a message and a feeling to its listeners. However, good and purposeful music doesn’t get to be heard if it isn’t marketed the right way. 16 more words

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Invest In Time – Habits For Music Producers

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I take that because you’re on this website and you want to become a better producer. You want to make better music and you have long term goals.

Things that we think “If I do this it will be a waste of time” It is mostly because there is no immediate reward. But if you do it anyway it will pay you in long term and you will enjoy fruits of your “Not that cool” activity.

Invest in time activities are sometimes those which are “boring” while you are doing it.

So what are the best habits to become a better music producer

1. Remaking

Remaking seems the waste of time sometimes because you are not creating anything new, you are just recreating another’s song. But doing this you will learn a lot. chord progressions, song structures, DAW techniques, Beat making, Making synth patches, Basslines it is endless. It is the No.1 practiAny kind of effort brings tension, and this is bad in long run, so make your workflow as effortless as possible so you will go much much further.ce if you want to improve your production.

2. Synth Patches

The track you are making is going just dope, the groove is so right, and chord progression is from like heaven! and above that the synth patch you’ve just made after two and half hours of experimenting is totally killing it. So! Save it. Not just in that session but in that synth also. If you got free time, use that time and save patches.

3. Making Templates

This will help you when you just got an idea and want implement in session as quickly as possible. not wasting time on creating tracks, routing, adding effects ( Delay, Reverb Etc.)

It will sure take time to create the template with all instrument loaded, tracks routed with and basic inserts like eq, compressor, but take the time and make it, an hour? two hours? you just saved a hell lot of time on setting up the whole session from blank – EVERY TIME!

4. Making / Using Keyboard Shortcuts

We all know our DAW or any software’s basic shortcuts. Good! Learn more! and if your software allows you to make the new ones, then take some time to figure out where you waste time or wat to speed that part and make a shortcut for that. the time you spent figuring out and making the shortcuts is invested time for the future time waste.

5. Practicing Your Instrument

This is not a new thing and it’s very obvious to say that practice your instrument daily.

But practicing your instrument is the best investment you make in time.

It will help you improvise new melodies, harmonies when deadline is very tight. When you regularly practice you will find easy to improvise and stretch your boundaries of playing and composing music in general

No doubt music theory helps and you need to apply that on musical instruments. So with time it will become easy to create new chord progression, new melody, new scale for particular mood.

It is the best investment of time.

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Any kind of effort brings tension, and this is bad in a long run, So make your workflow as effortless as possible.

2 Best Websites For Creative Freelancers In 2018.

There are countless other great websites for creative freelancers in-general but these two really caught attention.

So let’s see…

1. Fstoppers

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A great educational purpose website for photographers and creative professionals.

Covers a wide range of how to’s, tutorials about photos, posting, effects, latest lenses, gear reviews, business tips, and even social media marketing tips. You can also share your work, and receive valuable feedback from the Fstoppers team. life is around photography? this site is for you!

2. Storyhunter

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Got an amazing story to share with the world? The storyhunter team is ready to help you with the world’s largest network of video creators with over 20000 professionals in 180+ countries. This one is for videographers mainly. as a freelancer, this is useful to create a portfolio and build relations with top-level people in the industry.

The social media market is becoming a necessity for any profession today

it is wise to simplify the process of making your craft. so you will be consistent in doing what you’re doing, which is more important than anything.

(Ch. 5) Sound Advice

The Film Critic

“What we hear on screen gives auditory clues to our brains and works in concert with what we actually see, and in essence, that unique collaboration provides meaning for the viewer.”

– Benny MacGyver, Award-winning film sound designer

The importance of understanding sound design and the use of music is something that directors think about in nearly every stage of the filmmaking process (pre-production, production, and post-production). Many directors know exactly which composer or music director they want attached to a film before they even sign on the key cast members. The also have an understanding about the atmospheric sound they want as well.

Film sound can come in many forms and fashions; let’s take a look (and listen).

There are four types of sound used on film:

  1. Vocal (dialogue and narration)
  2. Environmental Sounds (ambient, sound effects, and Foley)
  3. Music
  4. Silence

To fully appreciate the “Art of Sound” take a…

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The 80/20 Rule

The 80/20 Rule also known as the Pareto Principle, was invented by an economist from Italy named Vilfredo Pareto. Yes, the rule is named after him.

Basically, It Says, 80% Of  Your Results Come From 20% Of Your Actions.

 

“Pareto’s Law can be summarized as follows: 80% of the outputs
result from 20% of the inputs.” 

― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek.

 

No, we are not going to do statistics and math here, But the good thing is you just need to find out the “Vital Few” the 20% and work on them to get maximum outputs. The 80%. This rule can be applied to anything in life. E.g Relation, Business, Time Management, Marketing etc.

Now, What Can We Get If We Apply It To Music Making?

Let’s see…

  • 80% Of The Quality Of  Your Mixes Come From 20% Of The Mix Tweaks We Do.
  • 20% Of Your Tracks Brings 80% Income.
  • 20% Of Your Plugins You Use, Get 80% Work Done.
  • 20% Of Your Synth Patches You Use, Get 80% Work Done.
  • 20% Of The Gear, You Use 80% Of The Time.
  • 20% Of Your Music Theory Knowledge You Use 80% Of The Time. (We don’t use the Blues Dorian Hexatonic Scale Everyday.)
  • 20% Of Your Instrument Practice Time Brings 80% Of Your Total Progress.

So, find out what are your 20% things for maximum outputs.

Got other ideas how we can apply the rule? please write in comments.

1-Minute Tutorials

Hello, everyone, NotesAlive Music has started 1-minute tutorial series on YouTube, Showing various topics like mixing, songwriting, production techniques under 1 minute. currently using Cubase for these tutorials, but you can try these techniques and tips with your DAW or any other DAW. So stick with us and check other videos on the channel, and don’t forget to like and subscribe. Have fun!

Here’s the recent one on Creating Templates.