When it comes to songwriting, a great chord progression or melody is obviously at the top of your priority list but if you want elevate your songs from ones with a solid melody to those magical songs people just can't get out of their heads then you're probably going to need a "hook."
In this Super Neat Beat Cheet Sheet episode, Ryan introduces us to the concept of hooks, clears up some common misconceptions, and walks us through some techniques we can use to add hooks to our own music.
If you've ever had the unfortunate experience of taking a mix you've done outside your studio only to find out it doesn't sound nearly the same or nearly as good on other playback systems and devices, it's time to take your stereo mixes into the mono realm.
If mixing in mono for better stereo results sounds counter-intuitive right now, watch as Ryan takes you through some of the benefits on a huge multi-track production by songwriter Matt Tinsley.
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Often times perfect vocal takes aren't captured, so much as they're crafted. The exactitude in modern recording technology from pitch perfect synths to quantized MIDI sequences has placed responsibilities on vocalists and producers to match that meticulous level of precision in their audio tracks as well. Now, thanks to Pitch Edit mode in Reason 9 meticulous doesn't have to mean tedious or difficult. In a special Reason 9 tutorial, we'll walk you through the basic process of taking a vocal by our own in-house resident untrained singer, Ryan, and getting his potential up to match the rest of the song.
Throughout this tutorial you'll get a basic walkthrough of Pitch Edit, its various workflows, and how to take the techniques you learn here and apply them to your own music, creativity, and advanced experimentation if you want to dive deep.
When Daniel Snow sets out to record he starts out by clearing the dinner table first, not because his mom raised him that way but because that's where he makes his home studio. Daniel Snow is in many ways the epitome of the modern musician. He records at home in a room that lacks five-figure acoustic installations and six-figure consoles. In fact, he has little else than a collection of instruments to play, Balance and Reason. Yet Daniel's music sounds fantastic. He has passion, character, talent, and everything else you can't buy off the shelf.
We visited Daniel Snow in Albuquerque, New Mexico while he was recording a track on his upcoming album to see his process first hand. The song he put together that afternoon is stunning, sounds great, and is a testament to how much you can achieve at home when quality tools meet great ideas.