The modes of the Major Scale can be intimating to learn. There’s a certain cloud of confusion surrounding the modes. I know I had a difficult time grasping their function in music. It’s one thing to know what they are, and another to put them to use in writing. This article will look at 5 different ways to understand the concept of modes so that we can better use them in our music!
As with most jobs, we need tools in order to do them correctly. Mixing requires mixing tools. This can be outboard hardware or ‘in the box’ software. This article focuses on software Digital Audio Workstations and their mixing tools, most of which are called plugins.
There are plenty of plugins out there, both free and paid. DAWs come with their own stock plugins, which are often times of very high quality! 3 stock Logic X plugins are pictured in this post, but any DAW comes with (in my opinion) the 5 Essential Mixing Tools in Your DAW.
Whether you’re a mix engineer or a bedroom producer, the following 5 mixing tools are a must!
The bedroom producer: An emerging breed of musician. We utilize the power of computers and the internet to develop our craft, produce our music, and share that music with the world. Whenever, however, wherever we want.
Okay, maybe “emerging” is a strong word. DIY artists, at-home recordists, and computer musicians have been around for a while. However, I believe that “bedroom producer” is what a lot of musicians are becoming. Musicians producing their own music will soon be the norm, if not already the norm.
Welcome and thank you for visiting Arthur Fox Music!
My name is Arthur Fox, I am a “bedroom producer,” and this is my blog 🙂 By bedroom producer, I mean I write and compose my music, produce my music, (play the instruments, program the samples, design the synths, mix and master), and promote my music almost exclusively from home.
There are multiple reasons as to why I have started this blog. It helps me get my thoughts down online. The blog may help promote my own music. I’ve always wanted to have my own website.
But the main reason is to share my knowledge, insights, and creativity with the world.
Arts programs in schools are, for the most part, underfunded. College and University are huge money and time commitments with small odds of leading to a “real job.” And the music industry is changing rapidly.
I believe that anything that’s taught in school can be learned online. I’ll admit that I’ve graduated from an Audio Engineering program at the Nova Scotia Community College (which I’m still paying for…), but most of what I’ve learned has been from online research. And then, there’s quite a bit I’ve learned from working jobs in the music/film industry.
Here I’ll add that my “day jobs” involve live broadcast audio and camera work; composition/scoring for radio, film, and television; recording music and voice overs for radio, television, film, animation, audiobooks, etc. among many smaller tasks having to do with audio/visual.
I’m no expert on the subjects I like to talk about on this blog. Far from it. But that’s the beauty of creative arts. There are rules, but they can be broken in the name of “artistic vision.” That’s also the beauty of the internet. Someone without a Masters in Music, or 30 of Audio Engineering experience has the opportunity to share their thoughts and work with those who are willing to listen.
Some of you won’t go to school for music (I wouldn’t honestly recommend it), and some of you won’t get a job in the music industry. But for those of you who are interested in learning how to be the best musicians you can be, I salute you, and hope to help you in your mission.
That’s the main reason I’m here. And I’m glad you’re here too!
In this Blog,
We’ll be discussing music production, theory, and promotion. We’ll talk about productivity/motivation in the home studio. And, of course, we’ll add in some of my work as a composer and artist as well!
I appreciate you joining me on this journey of becoming the best musician I possibly can. I hope this blog provides value to you 🙂