A Guide to Mixing Drum Samples

Drums can be a real nuisance when it comes down to the mixing stage of your track. They either sound like they’re popping out of your speakers, flat with no groove whatsoever, or they just don’t sound that good. In this example, which combines claps and snares, adding them together permits you to make modified sounds that are entirely new and original. It can add a truly new measurement to the sound of a melody and can take your work far past what an unaltered example may offer. If you’re into sound design, then this guide is for you. However, if you want to learn how to tune drums, then I suggest looking for different examples.

Pick Your Specimens 

Your snare specimen ought to be rich and full, to begin with. This provides for you more crude materials to work with and permits you to tweak the sound intensely.

The clap sound you select ought to be put straightforwardly over the snare. The thought is to get the clap sound set up so it adds to the snare, as opposed to adding a fully new sound to the mix. The ambush stages for the two sounds will be distinctive and the shape will be diverse, also. You’ll need to tweak the sounds until they supplement each other.

Increasing the Sound 

Deferral might be utilized to add some width to the sound of the snare. One strategy that works well is utilizing distinctive deferral times—both of them ought to be short—in the right and left channels. You may need to make the snare sound additionally intriguing by adding some dyamics to it.

Enlarging the Clap

The clap sound will need to be enlarged, also. This is most effortlessly finished by copying the sound, spreading the copies over two tracks and panning them cleared out and right. When you apply your EQ to the track, utilize an EQ that is complimentary, so the EQ on one channel reflects that on the other.

Separating the Sounds 

When you have the sounds set up the way you need them, you can get distinctive impacts by moving them rearward or advances in respect to each one in turn on the track. Exceptionally minor moving in this respect can prepare drastically distinctive outcomes.

Completing the Sound

Reverb might be utilized to give the finished come about a greater amount of an encompassing feel. You can select the reverb dependent upon how huge you need the finished consequence to sound. You can additionally include reverb specifically, so certain beats have more feeling to them than others.

Noise gates and different impacts might be utilized to complete the sound and to get precisely the effect you need. This straightforward layering and tweaking can inhale new life into a snare sample. Also, take a stab at exploring different avenues using EQ, and just play the settings. You will in the long run discover your style and make you tracks stand out from the rest!сео оптимизацияСео

Tips for Styling Music Tees

Don’t we all have the friend, or friend of a friend, who insists on wearing band tees despite never having heard of the band? Maybe “the friend” is you; it’s certainly been me at one stage! I don’t know what it is about them, but music tees literally never go out of style. Not just a nod to your favourite band, the music tee is fast becoming a fashion statement. Whether it’s one that belonged to your dad, or you’ve found in a thrift-shop, music tees are fashion with edge, and need to be worn accordingly!

Get Creative

The boring box t-shirt look not really your thing? Grab some scissors and a sewing machine (or needle and thread) and shake things up! Cut off the sleeves, and turn it into a tank; tear away the midriff for a crop worn with high-waist denim, or even just distress it a little. The great thing about music tees is if they are pre-loved and have already softened and the fabric has relaxed making it easier to make your own look!

Dressed Down Denim

Make the casual music tee your weekend standby with your favourite pair of slouchy boyfriend jeans. Light denim offsets the ‘grunge’ of an old music tee, especially when paired with ballet flats or statement heels for a no fuss look for your Saturday afternoon.

Get Polished

They offer cool contrast to polished pieces too, if styled right… Add a touch of je ne sais quoi to your easy-going vintage tee by coupling it with a flowing maxi skirt and tailored blazer. Think monochromatic: black, black and more black for a “I’m with the Band, but I’m also in charge” look.Check out these great music T-Shirts from Spencersonline.com.

Make a Statement

Thought a statement tee was enough? No no, for the truly fashion fearless a pair of bright denim are a must. Blue, orange, red: whatever the colour, throw your favourite graphic music tee over the top and you have an outfit that will truly turn heads.

Shine on You Crazy Diamond

If you prefer your style to be more subtle and understated than colourful denim, opt for metallic tones and jewel accessories instead. Draw the eye away from the clothes and onto the necklace, or the bangles up your arm. Depending on the band of course, many music tees are quite limited in their palette – with accessorizing you can go either way. Black and gold complement one another perfectly, and silver works with most all colours – whether it’s a Ramones or more a Hendrix look.

Feminine Chic

Band tees don’t always have to carry the ‘punk’ edge they once did. If you’re more of a “girly-girl”, knot your band tee to give a more flattering, feminine silhouette. Don’t be afraid to pair your band tee with floral patterns either – the skirt in the closet that you think only looks good with lace? Give it a go! For more ideas on styling music tees, check out the styles of fashion site Lookbook.nu.

Remember, fashion is fun and exciting. There is no right or wrong way to style anything, only a few suggestions here and there. Let us know how you rock your fave band tee!

Copyrights, Permissions and Licensing: The Legalese of Using Music in Professional Media

When you create a video to upload to a site like YouTube, you may want to use some music in the background. However, whatever the purpose of your video, if you use music that is copyright protected, you could find yourself in hot water.

So what do you need to know about using music in videos, slideshows or any other professional media?

Copyright: A Complex Area

Using copyright protected music in professional media is a very complex area. Even if you simply want to create a video to share with your family and friends that they can download from YouTube using YTD, you still have to be careful to respect IP when using downloaded content.

By using music in your video without permission, not only could you find that YouTube or the other video sharing website may remove the video, but you could also find yourself facing legal action.

If you find a track that you want to use that is copyright protected, you will usually need to get permission to use it from the record label and the music publisher, which is not always an easy process. Don’t assume that you can just give credit to the artist of the record label and that this will be okay.

You may also require permission to use a cover song, even if you created your own cover version, because in doing so you are producing a derivative of copyrighted content.

Seeking Permission

If you need to seek permission to use any copyrighted music, the best place to start is probably a licensing agency. Many agencies exist that provide permission to use songs as well as images, drawings, videos and more, and these can make the process easier.

You should also find out about internet rights when you request permission to use a song. Sometimes you may only be given permission to use the music rather than to upload it online, so just make sure you are fully aware of what exactly your permission covers.

Recording Your Own Music

Due to all the complexities involved, some people choose to record their own original music to use in their videos. If you choose this option and hire someone to record the music, make sure you have a written agreement in place that clarifies exactly how you will use the music and which also specifies how you plan to use it in the future, which could include editing the original. In this case, professional legal advice is the best option.

Try Out AudioSwap & Audio Library

Another option you could consider is to use YouTube’s AudioSwap feature. You can use this to add music to any video from its library without requiring any permissions, and without paying for it. It will remove the sound from your video, so is not an option if your video contains dialogue, but it could otherwise be worth considering. You can browse music in the AudioSwap section, and then preview and publish it with ease.

Alternatively, use Youtube’s Audio Library, which provides a selection of free background music to choose from without any issues surrounding copyright infringement.

Always Use Music Responsibly

It can be frustrating when you want to use music in your video but cannot due to copyright issues. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry. So always make sure you get the correct permissions for any music you use, and remember that it is a good idea to seek expert legal advice if you are unsure about any aspect of using music online.

6 Common Hiphop Mixtape Mistakes to Avoid

In the competitive hip hop game, sending a music producer your mixtape can be your best chance of getting into the limelight as a professional artist. But before you throw together a sampling of your best beats and tracks and email the file to your producers of choice, you need to stop and think about the opportunity here. This is your chance to make a name for yourself and put your best foot forward. Every year, thousands of talented rap artists are thwarted by their own devices by creating low-quality mixtapes that end up lining a studio’s trash cans. If you plan to be a serious rap artist, then you need to take your mixtape and your image seriously. Read on to learn the most common mistakes made by rookies in the industry and how you can avoid them.


Poor Track Selection

One of the most common mistakes that new emcees make is to put too many or not enough tracks on their samples. Including too many tracks says to producers that you don’t know how to edit. On the other hand, using too few tracks indicates a limited range. Shoot for the middle ground when arranging your tracks. Use the songs that reflect your overall style, tone and ability, and limit them to an appropriate number. You may only have 30 seconds to impress a producer, so start with your most impressive track and follow it up with some complementary singles that keep the momentum going.

Unprofessional Engineering

In the pre-digital days, making a mixtape was a labor of love, and producers were less likely to fault people who didn’t have professional equipment to remaster and mix their samples. Today, there’s no excuse for poor sound quality. As Stef from Rainbow Music puts it, “You don’t have to spend a fortune having your songs remastered, but you should invest in quality engineering software and use it appropriately. If you can, you should consider utilizing the skills of a professional music engineer. With thousands of samples bombarding the music industry on a daily basis, you need to present a sharp, clearly edited and remastered mixtape to stand out from the crowd.”

UK Rap Up 2012 by @Mysdiggi

Mystro aka Mysdiggi is back for the UK Rap Up 2012. Production by Black Einstein and artwork via DJ esSDee.

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