Artistic relationships are essential aspects of creating music, and collaboration doesn’t have to stop when you can’t meet with other musicians in person. Remote music collaboration can result in productive work and great music, however, you have to make a plan and use the right tools.

Here’s how:

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Rhythm is one of the fundamental aspects of music theory.

To make great harmonies and melodies you should know how rhythm works and how it is used in your tracks.

Rhythm can get difficult very quickly, but if you learn a few simple concepts it’s not as hard to understand as you may think.

In this guide, we’ll unpack everything you need to know about rhythm and start applying rhythmic or polyrhythmic concepts in your creative process.

You’ll know how we subdivide rhythms in music, how time signatures work, and how to begin understanding compound and odd time.

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Putting your music on a digital distribution platform like Spotify is your first step of something new. That your music will be out there for the world to hear!

Your track could even get featured in a major playlist and reached new fans by an algorithm recommendation.

However, what can you do to encourage people to listen to your tracks over and over again instead of playing them just once?

You may find it hard to capture the hearts and imaginations of your audience. So, you need to combine some kind of plan to promote your music.

The perfect way to reach true fans if to be yourself and share your truest personality in a meaningful and personal way.

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Continue reading part 2 of “Making music with samples: a complete guide” to explore the way to use samples in your tracks.

How to use samples in your track

Having access to a library of royalty-free samples opens up creative opportunities to experiment with interesting textures and flavors.

An instrumental track might benefit from a chopped and screwedvocal take.

In case your drum track sounds thin, sample replacement may help to fatten up your drum loop.

Discovering that perfect kick sample can make your tracks thump.

Sometimes a track needs an ambient SFX sample floating in the background to add a layer of depth.

Listen to your arrangement and try to hear what the track is missing. Be artistic!

And to get away from sounding like everyone else listen to what your track needs and blend the samples in properly.

Follow the key signature

Always try to match the key of the sample to the key of the track you are working on.

To make it easy sample libraries often tag the key in the name of the sample and there are key finding tools that may help too.

Having a little bit of ear training practice under your belt may help you know the way totranspose the sample.

Pay attention to the mix

You’ve found the sample that your track wants and you’re comfortable with how it fits into the arrangement.

Now it’s time to fit the sample nicely into your mix.

Make sure your samples are prepared properly to make your mix process easier.

In case you’re stuck there are a few sample processing techniques that may help if something in your mix isn’t working.

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The way to sample in your DAW

Now that you’ve found a sample and you’re 100% sure you have the right to legally use it, it’s time to get into your DAW.

You may be wondering about the way to create a sample in your DAW.

Sampling workflows are generally the same between DAWs.

Often it’s as easy as dragging and dropping the snippet of audio into your track timeline.

With a little bit of cutting and chopping you can make your sample work on your track.

Most DAWs come stock with a sampling tool. However, in case you don’t like the one your DAW came with there are many nice sampler VST plugins that you can try.

The most difficult part is ensuring the key and tempo of your sample matches your track and fits nicely. It takes time and practice to get good at this.

To get you started here are many recommendations on getting started sampling in some popular DAWs.

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How to Sample in Ableton

Ableton’s entire workflow is based on sampling. Any audio clip you use in Ableton can be treated as a sample with its Warp feature.

Ableton allows you to adjust the timing of a track with warp markers that you can slice a track up by clicking into it.

Once your warp markers are set, all you have to do is right-click on the track you tagged and slice the track into a new MIDI track.

You may also use Ableton’s dedicated sampler plugins to do your sampling.

Simpler is Live’s most straightforward sampling tool. It only loads a single sample at a time, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a super creative tool for you to slice and playback samples.

Sampler is Ableton’s full-featured sampler plugin. Sampler is suitable for everything from basic sampling tasks to realistically simulating acoustic instruments

However you prefer to work, Ableton Live has powerful workflows to integrate samples.

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Sampling music is enjoyable, helpful, and inspiring. You hear samples used in almost every genre on the radio. Making music with samples is an essential skill that all the producers need to master.

With modern sampler plugins, DAW software, and impressive libraries of samples such as from LANDR it’s easier than ever to use samples in your tracks.

However, where do you begin?

Knowing where to find samples and the way to use them without legal issues is intimidating.

In this guide, you’ll learn where to find the perfect samples, the way to use them to make tracks, and how to avoid some common mistakes when using samples.

  • What can I sample legally?
  • Where to find your samples
  • How to use samples in your track
  • The way to sample in your DAW

What is sampling?

Sampling is a music production technique where artists take a piece of existing audio and repurpose it into a brand new creation. Artists will use a hardware sampler such as an Akai MPC, a sampler plugin or their DAW to create a sample. These track snippets are usually looped and modified, sometimes beyond recognition.

Sampling originated in the 80s and 90s hip-hop and dance music. However today it’s used in everything from rap, R&B, rock, country, and even modern classical music.

And although some critics have questioned the legitimacy of sampling–the Grammys only recently allowed songs with samples to be eligible for song of the year– so many producers use the method it would be challenging to discover a genre of music that doesn’t use it.

Whether you’re paying homage to the legends of the past or you want to create something unrecognizable and new, sampling is a technique you need in your toolbox.

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Lyrics are the heart and soul of your song that help you create a unique and personal connection with your listeners.

This is the reason why making your lyrics accessible to fans is so essential. It’s more important in the case that you are on special platforms where people listen most like Spotify.

However, you are wondering what the most effective way to get your lyrics up is.

Here we will provide you with a complete guide to get your lyrics on Spotify step-by-step.

Let’s check it out!

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In the previous article of this series, we’ve known 4 first steps to start making music.

Here, we will continue finding out 4 more steps of this complete guide that help you come to release your track.

5. Mixing Music

We all know that Mixing music is how you are taking each factor in your track and mix them to create a satisfying tapestry of sound.

Mixing is virtually its art form. It’s the part of the process that many producers are the most excited about.

Previously mixing was reserved for skilled professionals surrounded by huge racks of gear.

Not anymore. With today’s instruments, you may get great outcomes from mixing your music.

There’s a lot to learn. Turning into an excellent mixing engineer can take time.

However, creating a compelling mix that presents your track in an excellent light is an attainable purpose for everybody.

Learning to mix is one of the most worthwhile skills you may acquire in music.

An excellent mix makes an enormous difference to your listeners. The polished, balanced sound of a professional recording is how your track can hold its own against different songs in your listeners’ libraries.

In in-depth material on mixing takes on every method you should know to mix your track effectively.

From the basics to the finer points, there’s a wealth of knowledge here to get you started with one of the most enjoyable phases in the life cycle of a track.

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To move forward with your creativity, the first step that you need to do is to start the music.

However, we all know beginning a new creation can be tough. You will find it intimidating, lonely and there’s a ton of things to learn.

Even so, the payoff is huge. Music is one of the greatest ways to show off your creativity and express yourself artistically.

To feel confident and have the right tools to embark allows you to ready to start.

In this article, let’s find out the first steps you – a modern musician – need to kickstart creating right away.

First steps to start making music: the lifecycle of a track

Making a song from idea to finished release needs tons of steps

We will show you each step and link to sources that may help you master each phase in this guide.

1. Songwriting

The very first spark of an idea can turn into a completed track that guidelines the airwaves. However, it has to turn into a song first.

Songwriting is the fundamental material of music creation. The term may sound old-fashioned, however, it’s broader than you may assume.

Songwriting encompasses all the things from music ideas to production. In the modern music era, each music creator is a songwriter.

This means each musician and producer can profit from learning the tools and techniques of songwriting—particularly once you’re just getting started.

Whether you’re looking for a brand new source of inspiration or you just want to write your first track, we will help you started creating music as quickly as possible. Let’s check this link below to find out more.

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Spotify is a great and famous music streaming website all over the world. You could either subscribe to it as a listener or an artist to make public awareness about your music. Spotify brings together not only different types of music genres and they also have been connecting between new and veteran artists in the platform. If you are an artist, have you ever thought about how to gain more Spotify followers?

To kick off 2019, we have got some practical resolutions to help you gain more Spotify followers and ultimately boost your song. Let’s do this! Continue reading →