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Opportunities for Music Producers and Composers – 2017 Survival Guide

Technology has changed the music production world forever and we must come to terms with this as music producers. The large scale democratization of music production tools has given everyone an opportunity to participate in the world of music making. Aspiring music producers can now begin writing, recording and producing their own music at home for a fraction of the costs of recording an album 20 years ago. Software instruments, effects, affordable computers and audio interfaces have forever changed the climate of the music industry as more producers are finding ways to create at an unprecedented rate. On top of this phenomenon, we are faced with the widespread availability of information surrounding the tools and techniques necessary to create music. Any would be producer can simply search on YouTube today and instantly find a wealth of information and tutorials on the subject of music production.

With these technological changes comes the requirement for the music composer and music producer to begin to shift their thinking about the traditional function of their respective roles in order to stay relevant. Vocal artists and songwriters have access to the same tools and information that music producers have access to which means that the relationship between the vocalist and producer will never be the same. Gone are the days of a rapper, singer or songwriter needing to wait for studio time in order to produce music or even record an idea for that matter; it can all happen in the comfort of their own home studio. Vocal artists are now at a point where they need to weigh the costs and benefits of purchasing beats from music producers today versus buying the tools to create music themselves. This ultimately means that the music composers and music producers of today need to reassess the positioning of their productions and skills in order to stay relevant.

In this video I discuss the challenges that music producers face today as well as the importance of including sound content creation as a part of your repertoire in order to continue providing value in this music space. Sound content development is a huge opportunity for music producers as the products can range from individual drum one shots and music loops, to full fledged software instruments and effects. These sound content products will always be a necessary ingredient for anyone looking to create music, but especially for those who do not have the time and skill to develop this content on their own. Music producers and composers provide a level expertise in sound and music arrangement that will always be relevant and continue to grow in importance as more consumers explore music making. This video includes content development strategies and resources that every music producer should be incorporating in order to survive and continue to expand their brand and their value in this music industry.

If you’re interested in going deeper into the topic of Sound Content Development make sure you purchase a copy of my e-book “The Sound Mind”

Maschine Sampling Workflow with PO-14 Pocket Operator (Finding the Funk Ep.1)

In this video I walk you through my sampling and sound design process using the Teenage Engineering PO-14 (Sub) Pocket Operator with Native Instruments Maschine software.

Watch as I take synth tones that I shaped on the PO-14 Pocket Operator and create sample based synth instruments inside of the Maschine sampler, which are then used to create a funky groove.

During this video I highlight some important sampling and sound design techniques such as tuning and sustain looping. During this video I also sampled a children’s glockenspiel and created a synth like bell tone which I used to give the production a bit more of a spacey vibe.

This video is all about pushing creative limits with music production equipment and technology.

If you’re looking for creative inspiration, I believe you will get a ton of value out of this presentation.

Equipment Used:

SM57 Dynamic Microphone
Children’s Toy Glockenspiel
Teenage Engineering PO-14 Pocket Operator
Maschine MK2 w/ version 2 software
Scarbee Vintage Keys (Rhodes)
The Gentleman (Piano)
Motif ES6 (MIDI Control Only)
UAD Apollo Quad FW Audio Interface
Guitar Rig 5 (for tuning)

3 Ways to Use Synths in the Akai MPC Series Grooveboxes

This latest video was made based on the request of several producers in the community. In this video I’m providing a demonstration of 3 workflow techniques that I use to integrate synthesizers into my MPC/Groovebox based productions. In this video you’ll discover:

1.) How to incorporate MIDI hardware synthesizers into an MPC based workflow

2.) How to create unique chords and one shot samples using virtual synths and mobile apps (Korg Gadget)

3.) How to use virtual instruments to create keygroups inside of the Akai MPC 4000 (and JJOS based systems)

During the process of this video I construct a Funk driven beat using all three of these workflow techniques to give you a highly practical application of these methods.

It is my hope that this video inspires you creatively and helps you to get more out of your Groovebox based workflow.

Let me know if you have any additional questions on this topic.

Be Blessed,

J. Myracks