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Unique UI: Plugins and Synths That Change How We Interact With Music

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but what is the mother of creativity? As music tech continues to develop and evolve, so has the UI (User Interface) behind it. From effects racks in fancy studios lined to the walls with sleek, nearly identical gray boxes of colorful effects, to plugins made by a programmer in his bedroom, User Interface is vital to the musician's workflow. The design philosophy behind most electronic music devices and plugins has remained  [...]

May 28th, 2021|

3 Essential Music Projects Created During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Charlie XCX, Gorillaz +

Musicians are no stranger to the concept of recording at home nowadays. With the development of more affordable, better-sounding tech in the reach of most musicians it’s easy for virtually any artist to get started producing almost studio-quality music with a sock on the microphone and a laptop (If you’re willing to put in that extra work in post!) But this year was different. No matter who you were before it, the lockdown forced a work-from-home mindset to be [...]

May 20th, 2021|

Music and NFT’s : Cracking The Code Behind Crypto Art in The Music Industry

On March 16, 2021, Multi-Platinum Hip-Hop Producer Kenny Beats dropped what could be considered his most interesting project to date: A few 30-second, original and unreleased tracks set to trendy animations by illustrator Drew Pulig of an anthropomorphic smartphone, or a kid on a flying motorcycle on loop. While this seems like the average cute and unexpected way that music and media on the internet combine for some likes on Twitter or Instagram, what’s interesting to note is this [...]

May 13th, 2021|

How To Incorporate Serato Video Into Your DJ Sets and Live Streams

How To Incorporate Serato Video Into Your DJ Sets and Live Streams While venues are still gearing up to reopen later this year, there are still many ways for you to perform for your audience in the meantime. Live streaming has been especially popular with DJs this past year as online streaming gives DJs the opportunity to do what they love which is being creative in the moment and performing for a crowd while keeping the party at [...]

May 5th, 2021|

A Comprehensive Guide to MPE in Ableton Live 11

A Comprehensive Guide to MPE in Ableton Live 11 Earlier this year, Ableton Live released Live 11, the most recent version of their music production software. Live 11 comes with lots of updated plugins and new features like comping as well as a handful of new devices. Live 11 also features enhanced MPE controller capability which is great for creating more expression in your music. Live 11 now makes it possible for you to record [...]

April 28th, 2021|

How to DI Guitar or Bass and Boost Your Input Signal in Logic Pro X

How to DI Guitar or Bass and Boost Your Input Signal in Logic Pro X When it comes to recording guitar or bass, there are several ways to get the job done. The standard for many decades has been placing a microphone in front of an amplifier, channeling your microphone signal into an audio interface, and then have that signal be recorded onto a tape machine or into a DAW. But for many reasons (maybe you don't [...]

April 21st, 2021|

How To Use Logic Pro X’s ChromaVerb Reverb Plugin

How To Use Logic Pro X's ChromaVerb Reverb Plugin Logic Pro X from Apple is one of the most popular DAWs on the market and comes stacked with some great stock plugins. The software comes with an array of super useful compressors, distortions, delays, amps simulators, and more. Last year, Logic Pro X had a major update which introduced some new and powerful sampler plugins as well as the ChromaVerb plugin. ChromaVerb is a versatile [...]

April 14th, 2021|

Women’s History Month: Female Innovators In Music

Women’s History Month: Female Innovators In Music As Women's History Month comes to a close, we wanted to recognize some of the women who continue to shape the music community that we know today. There are hundreds of influential women who have had a part in sculpting the current music landscape but below are a few people that we believe have made the music community a better place and are true pioneers with incredible and [...]

March 31st, 2021|

Tracklib Collegiate Beat Battle

Tracklib Collegiate Beat Battle Calling all students from the University of Illinois, University of Florida A&M, and The Collective School of Music! Tracklib is hosting it's first ever college beat battle for all students of the University of Illinois, University of Floria A&M, and The Collective School of Music.  Judged by Mixx Mixx has 8 gold plaques, 6 platinum plaques, and 5 #1 Billboard awards working with artists like Teyana Taylor, Polo G, French [...]

March 30th, 2021|

FREE LIVE WORKSHOP – Music Theory in Ableton Live with Rosemary Minkler 4/1 at 7pm ET

Join us Thursday, April 1 at 7-8pm EST for this FREE workshop! EMC Mentor, Rosemary Minkler, will be following up her previous workshop to further discuss using music theory while producing in Ableton Live. Rosemary will be demonstrating her process for creating chord progressions, basslines, melodies, and more. Music theory is the basis of any great sounding track and an excellent tool for any music producer looking to get the most out of their compositions. RSVP [...]

March 24th, 2021|
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