PRIZES FOR THIS MONTHS WINNER!
One free track mastered by Toni P (http://www.umastering.com/)
A drop from Jonny Storm of Grind Time
Music feature from Lil Young of Swisha House on the winning entry
Before applying any effects on your instruments you need to think about the following :”What do I want to achieve?”
Do you want to shave 1dB of the peak of the kick? If yes, then by all means do it, its how it sounds in the end that matters, how you get to your vision is not important.
My way to have everything to blend is as followed.
1.Set your master to MONO
2.Set all faders to -inf.
3.Move the fader up with the most important element
4.Move the other faders up 1 by 1 picking again the more important elements first EG: after you have your vocal level, start doing the kick and snare
5.Once you have a nice balance in MONO (you can hear all the elemements the way you want them, change your master to STEREO
6.Now you start panning to give the instruments that need to be panned their own space (there are no rules as to what should be panned where, its all preference)
7.Start EQ’ing, but dont boost anything, use it strictly for filtering and cutting resonances.
8. I use a different EQ at this point for boosting, again, no rules. If you prefer the EQ you are working with, then stick with it.
9. Start compressing where you feel an instrument needs compression. Usually if you hear an instrument isn’t sitting quite right, compression will help you here.
10. add your delays and reverbs
11. add additional FX :phasers/flangers etc…
12. Draw in your automation if you plan on using it.
13. if you are not mastering your music yourself, leave the master buss untouched, unless its for shaping the sound of the overal mix, but always be subtle, nothing drastic
If you are planning on mastering it yourself, then again, go for what you think is needed. Typically you will have an EQ, followed by a compressor, followed by a limiter.
Thats what I do as a quick master.
Use something between a 1.5:1 to 4:1 ratio, slow attack, medium to slow release, look for about 2 to 4dB of gain reduction, and use 2 to 4 db of make up gain.
Limiter on the end to match the loudness of the reference. Usually I go for -3dB gain reduction when I’m using the L2
The Producer’s Union (7/19/11)
There have been many sick visuals posted in the facebook group the past few days and I wanted to highlight them. Its great to see The Producers Union has grown to 169 members!
Phivestarr Productions and Bubba Sparxxx in Phivestarr studios:
Phivestarr Productions working in the lab:
Poetiq Beetz Soup Kitchen:
Sultan’s Production Studio:
AndreyAE Studio (Running Logic 9 on a 47″ Flat screen):
MG The Future’s Production Lair:
Reason of 4AR productions highlight reel from winning the 2011 Milltown Beatdown Championship:
Soleternity Breaking Down The Instrumental Session to Tech N9ne “Technicians”:
Nappy Roots “Ride” (Produced by Phivestarr) Music Vid:
N.I.P. Productions Doing a Live Beat Set With Maschine:
Chuuwee “Post Mortem” (Produced by ThuggyFresh) Music Vid:
Phillip Drummond interviews Max Kane in his studio:
DynamicProducer.com interview of Def Jam VP of A&R Lenny Santiago:
Patience “Summertime Blues” (Produced by Optik) Music Vid:
(Producers Union Logo Created by Rahlo)
The Producers Union Updates (7/15/11)!
This past week saw The Producers Union grow from 45 members to 155. The group is open to valuable participants related to the music production-aspect of the music business. The Producers Union contains platinum and gold producers, leading music business professors, and professionals in producing, mixing, mastering and engineering from around the world.
Popular discussion topics this week have included: Producer Royalties & Publishing, Reason 6.0 Coming soon, Marketing & Selling Beats Online, Mpc vs. Maschine, Plugins (Soft Synths + Mixing Plugins), bringing a lawyer to a meeting vs. going solo,
Below are some of the updates from members over the past week! Members of The Producers Union are updating the group with new music, videos, articles and insight daily! Followed by discussion of each!
+ The Producers Union – Blog On WordPress
+ Godxilla – Road to Success Artist Summit III (7/16/11)
+ PhiveStarr Productions – Beat/Song Demo Reel on Soundcloud
+ Young Mars – New Beats On Soundcloud
+ Þórir Smitamson – New Beats on Soundcloud
+ BeatCore.com – New Beat Uploaded Every 24 Hours
+ Soleternity – New Beats On Soundcloud
+ KrazyJay – New Beats on Soundcloud
+ Vandalyzm – The Proposal EP on Bandcamp
+ Referenz – Beat Sampler on Soundcloud
+ Bliz Beats – New Beats on Soundcloud
+ PHHAT Productions – Music Video For MMA Fighter David Aranda
+ RadioFriendlyBeats.com – Blog with gigabytes of free drums
+ New Propellerhead Reason 6.0 – Slated to Be Released
+ Poetiq Beetz – New Beats on Soundcloud
+ City Block & Dirty Deeds – I Don’t Want To Go on Soundcloud
+ Inertia battling in Istandard Beat Battle in Atlanta
+ Marvelous One – New Beats on Soundclick
+ BlackSoultan/Que Music – New Beats on Soundcloud
+ AndreyAE – New Beats on Soundcloud
+ Bodirock shared a great video from Rodney Jerkins
+ Hugh Dub – 5 Flips of The Same Sample on Soundcloud
+ Crush Congregation – Caliwide Beat Battle Finals Aug 13th
+ Hojo The Boss – New Beats on Soundcloud
+ John Bilgen – New Music on ReverbNation
+ Surrender to Sound Beats – New Beats
+ Purebread Productions – New Beats on Soundclick
+ Toni P Music – New Song & Video on Youtube
+ Rokem – New Beats on Soundcloud
+ The Day Dream Sound – Live Broadcasts via Ustream
+ AJ The Producer – Ipad Beats via Youtube
+ Anthony Ton – New Beats on Soundcloud
+ Aspect 1 – Join FB Group and Check Out Free Instrumental CDs
+ AF The Naysayer – Album Sampler on Vimeo
+ Joey Jeff Sumbitted – Article on RIAA Sales Figures
+ Tenkodrome – List of Sample Sites To Check Out
+ B.Lewis – Sciecne Within Reason Beat Album on Bandcamp
+ Little Zaint – Ya Habibti (Remix) on Soundcloud
(TheProducersUnion.com contributor: Toni P)
TheProducersUnion.com: New Music & Discussions
Some of the new work that members have shared at www.TheProducersUnion.com facebook group:
:: Referenz has created The Producers Union Blog
:: Cache – Beat Tape Vol 1
:: Bodirock Beat Snippets – Pop & R&B
:: MG The Future – Free Drum Kit – Blowin Money Drum Kit
:: Poetiq Beetz – New Beats From Cali vs Vegas Beat Battle
:: Check out the track and vote for Covelli Productions and Illatribe
:: Aspect1 featured on “Behind Closed Doors 3″ DVD
Some of the popular topics discussed at www.TheProducersUnion.com facebook group:
-”Who is doing music for a living? How long did it take you to make that step? Tell us about it. I’m looking to make the jump soon, so I’m definitely looking for advice.”
- “Differences between making your label a Corporation or LLC, what are the pros and cons?”
- “1. How do you make your 808s stop clashing with the bass line. 2. Good tips on mixing 808s and bass?”
- “Anyone good with the reverb? I use it, but randomly as a send. I don’t know the “proper” or “standard” intended use for the types..room, hall, chamber, etc… I know hall is usually for strings…but what about snares? The just blaze BIG snare always troubled me…not sure which snare that is. And usually, how much reverb do you use? Every sound? certain elements? And if you could…as a send? or on the insert? Examples….i wanna be much better at creating depth creatively and professionally.”
Written by: Soleternity
Welcome. I’ve always had problems finding a good resource for mixing hip hop beats so I decided to compile the best information I found into one spot. Here! We also offer production tips. If there is something that you want to know we would be more than happy to help you with it. Also, visit our website for valuable information for all your production needs at http://www.theproducersunion.com/
I know a lot of you have wondered how to incorporate dubstep elements into your hip hop tracks and here’s your chance!
Load Albino 3
Under master load diverse sounds
Then z_initial preset
Under Osc 1 Set to digital drop the octave to -1 and make sure under wave Sqaure1 and Sine are loaded
Osc 2 set to -2 octave
Under filter set both to cream
On filter 1 change the cutoff anywhere from 40-250 and press 3 above the saturation.
U can tweak the saturation to get the certain sound you’re looking for.
On the right side click mx then right under Mod Matrix select LFO1 and to the right of it click the open space and select fil 1/fil 1 cutoff
You can then click in the middle of the two where it says 0.0000 and bring it up to get the right dub sound.
Click L1 on the right and choose anywhere from 1/4 – 1/16 to get the right time scale and you’ll be on your way to making those grimy dubstep wobble basses!