When I was browsing sounds I was hearing a sound that I recognized from one of my favorite songs, and so I decided to do some research and found out that the sounds come from a library I am already subscribed to. Goes to show you that you can use loops and get placed on a major album. How about that?
I also used FL studio to make the beat , but honestly you can use any platform to make this track.
The sample libraries used for this beat remake are:
VOX – The Vocal Toolkit Vol. 1
Medasin – Microdose Vol. 1
Both of these sample libraries are available from Splice:
If your interested in getting some sounds for yourself, please use this link:
For the 808 I used the RSOUND Dillie BASE plugin:
This plugin is exclusively available on DillioT2K.com
1.Practice your craft every day
When you are starting off it is important to stick with developing your craft every day. Rather it be music or anything else, it takes time. It takes time to play your songs well, and also it takes time to perform your songs well. I always looked at this way when it comes to other things that I enjoy. I would play video games a lot and I thought to myself if I all the time I used to get good at a video game was used to improve my craft, how good at that would I be instead. I have nothing against enjoying hobbies like that as I am a gamer myself, but don’t enjoy it so much that it eats up all the time you can spend developing yourself in the direction that you want to go in life.
2.Pic one platform to recorded music on.
There are tones of platforms or D.A.W’s (Digital Audio Workstation) that you can choose from. At the end of the day your the listeners to your music will not care and not be able to tell what you use. If you want to use, Logic, Pro-tools, Ableton or anything else like Studio One, FL Studio use it! Stick with it until you master it! If you keep switching from one platform to another without mastering the one that you are using now, you will waste time learning how to record on the next platform instead of creating and recording the music that you want to share with the world.
3.Don’t be afraid to use royalty free loops on your projects.
Even I at one time got into this phase where I had to create every single sound myself, and to be honest not even other producers or music creators genuinely care. Loops can be a tool to fill in the gaps of your music creation and in today’s age it is more common place than ever to use them. My favorite place to go for loops other than dilliot2k.com is Splice. Splice has a ton of royalty samples that can fit any style or genre that you choose. It is a great tool and I have a link right here should you want to check it out and subscribe.
4.First Focus on Singles and E.P.’s not albums.
It is easy to get caught up in the idea that you have to release perfectly recorded albums as a independent artist and that is not the case. When you focus on making perfect albums in the real world, it can take often years of you trying to get it together, especially when your wrestling with real life circumstances in that life brings you. It is ok to do albums, but it’s also ok to release a single and there is really no excuse not to have your music online on all music streaming platforms, it is now more affordable than ever before and easier than ever before to have your music distributed. The harder part is promoting your music but as you keep sharing your music with the world , the more people will learn about you want what you want to bring to the table when it comes to your music. I recommend a platform like distro-kid because it’s only $20 dollars a year and it enables you to release unlimited singles and albums on all streaming platforms fast. If you want to use that tool, please use this link if you want 7% off your first year.
5.Build an email list
It may seem like a hassle but building an email list is a good way to let people about your new releases and projects. When social media platforms come and go you will always have your mailing list. I personally recommend Mail chimp or even band camp. One way to build your email list is to give a free song away in exchange for an email.
6.Create branded Content on the platforms that you choose
This can be on YouTube , Instagram, twitter and etc. We live in the video age now and now it is just as important for people to see you as well as hear you. When you create these channels try not to go to far off in too many directions as it can dilute your audience and they will not know how to identify you properly and no know what to expect. Create content as consistently as possible at a rate that realistically works for you.
7.Document the process
Don’t be afraid to show people what is coming up in your next project and also don’t be afraid to show a inside look as how you practice your songs and record them , or how you create tracks, document yourself doing shows or the challenges that you face on your journey. It will help your audience get to know you.
8.Participate in self improvement
One of things that I know that you will run into our courses on how to do things. Trust me I know myself as I continue to develop in my journey. Online courses can provide focused training on an skill. This can be courses on how to do anything from selling your music to selling beats, how to improve your vocals or your musician ship. There are virtually an unlimited amount of courses out there that are available. I even have a course myself teaching people how to design their own sounds. Also know this , it can feel a bit risky some times because you don’t know if the course you are looking at will help you our not. My advice is to go for it and try it, you never know what can happen and you may find that one nugget of information that can change your life.
Also one thing I recommend is audio books. Audio books are great at getting you information without you having to sit still and watch a computer screen , or it can provide something constructive as you sit in your car in traffic.
If you are a creative person like me. You have a lot great ideas that pop into your head on a regular basis. It can take a lot of extra effort as you go through your busy day to consciously remember these ideas there for it’s a good idea to keep a journal. You can write down information from phone calls, lyrics and ideas for songs, tasks that you need to do. This helps you maximize your time and make your more efficiency in keeping track of progress, coaching yourself, and helping you keep yourself accountable for all of the tasks that you need to take care of. I keep a small book in my pocket with a pen at all times to help me stay focused.
There are millions on people online who are trying to do the same thing as yourself, why not meet them and create music with them as well, you can both expose each others audiences to each other which helps to increase brand and awareness. Also don’t be afraid to use someone else production on your project. In fact you can use some beat of mine that I have online for free!
Conga samples, finger snaps , low tom sourced from splice.
Lin Drum Samples can be found from any Free Linndrum library online
Bass sound Preset: KS2 Artbase from Khemikals Season 2
The Marimba sound comes from the Roland Cloud JV-180. Preset: Warm Vibes
Pad Sound Preset: KS2 Artpad from Khemikals Season 2
The voice sound is from Arturia CMI V. Preset: Sararr
Noise sound preset: KS2 Art Noise from Khemikals Season 2
Orchestra hit sourced from Arturia CMI . Preset: Orch2
Exporting steps is the key part of taking your tracks from FL studio and putting them into the hands of an engineer so that I can be recorded upon in Protools, Studio and ect. Follow this quick step by step sequence to help you get your tracks from the screen to the radio!
Step 1. Highlight the the top track selector in your pattern.
Step 2. Double click to select all the tracks in the pattern.
Step 3. Access your mixer window
Step 4. Select Channel 1 on your mixer window
Step 5. Press and hold Control,Shift, and L.
Step 5. Click on file, Export Wav and select your file destination.
Step 6. Click on Split Mixer Tracks
Step 7. Click Start and your done!!
Antares strikes again with their signature product at a more affordable price.
Auto-Tune for all.
For a long time I wanted to invest in a new version of auto-tune however the price point was a little steep for my taste. Earlier this year Antares rolled out Auto-Tune Access, a $99 entry level product. It’s design interface is clean and refined and far cry from back when it was green and red. I found this product interesting and I wanted to get it however I felt like it was missing the features I am used to having from this product. They later roll out with Auto-Tune EFX+. This version ads live effects to the plugin that you can tweak with an Kaoss pad X/Y style parameter.
I like it better than Waves Real Time Tune
When I used the waves version of pitch correction, it would do it’s just but for some reason it felt like something was missing. It took more work to find that sweet spot between it sound to normal and too tuned. However when I tried to achieve the same goal with this plug-in, it did not take me long to find just the right settings to make it sound great.
Limited but balanced features.
With this version of Auto-Tune, you do not get the full piano keys on the bottom like you do the pro, so sometimes if your trying to correct a vocal on a particular scale it can be challenging. One way around it is to open up another track and put the audio that needs that different scale on the track and go from there. You will get pretty similar results. On this version you don’t get tracking parameters or formant parameters.
The EFX+ Part
So this version of auto-tune comes loaded with a good amount presets that you can choose from, some of them seem pretty practical while others may be skipped over frequently. My only gripe about this is that I personally believe that there is a lot more under the hood that meets the eye. As a sound designer I’d like to have access to that.
At a price point of $200 dollars, its not to steep of a price point to come into the Antares world. I personally would like to have more options to tweak and use but it does give you that classic industry standard pitch correction. Definitely a worthy investment and I will be using this plugin for years to come.
So like how I see most things online, I caught wind of the flyer for this event. I was sorta playing double dutch because I am often faced with the fact of that I find out an event that I’d love to perform or participate at the Day of. I typically like to be prepared before I go. Thankfully I found out about this event with enough time to at least put in my calendar.
One thing you will learn about me as that if you want to ask me to do something last minute and it puts me at a great convenience the answer will typically be no.
Lets get onto the beat battle experience. So the entry into the competition is $25.oo. That is not bad considering a lot of battles can get very costly and yield very low R.O.I so while it may seem like the move, I think its best to check out whats going on with the producers who have won the previous battles.
The rules were simple and I think they are doing sort of a seeded tournament thing where as the higher your score is the better position you will be at for the final tournament. It was kinda confusing when I heard it but I kept it moving.
Each producer was required to play 3 tracks for 1 round which is very different from what I am used to and then you are given scores by the judges who are presiding.
After each round the judges would provide their feedback and to be honest most of it was mixed. This is where I think one of my bad habits ring out. I have a bad habit of looking for depth in the wrong places.
When the judge asked me about if I knew about music math I felt a little bit confused, I asked myself doesn’t every music producer know “music math” . Long story short he said that the beat should change every four bars. I can agree when its needed in the context for a beat battle, but not for actual records. Other comments from the other judges were, that this or that could be better or that it was just dope
What I did like was meeting different people and networking and I also met a producer who I have seen online who represents the airbit brand. He was a really nice guy by the way.
After the event I was met with more produces who also shared their opinions with me about what I understand to be more of the same feedback. Which was cool.
Again for me it was just an experiment to test the waters an see whats going on at these battles. For the most part it’s the same and I think that If I compete again for fun, cause thats all your really gonn get most of the time, that I format the tracks I bring to more of a faster to the point battle format vs the song writing format.
Over all I give a experience a 2 ish to 3 out of five. I think that judges should provide more insightful feedback but like I said before. I have a bad habit of looking for depth in the wrong places.
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These are some of the best practices:
- Feature a picture of the artist that you feel that is beat sounds like.
- Use saturation and sharpness to add character to the picture.
- Use full length tittles as your keywords
- Use Vid I.D. to analyze successful producers.