Mastering has all the time been a bit of an enigma within the music-making process—its definition has shifted over time and over time its significance has modified.

At present, having a great mastering engineer is still key to releasing a good-sounding record.

However, what precisely can a mastering engineer do for your tracks in 2021 and when should you hire one?

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Polyrhythms may be one of the most misunderstood rhythmic concepts in music theory.

If you’re just getting began with music you might have written polyrhythms off as being too difficult and hard to understand.

Sure—you’ll need some basic understanding of rhythm and meter.

However, with a number of basic ideas, polyrhythms aren’t actually that difficult to understand.

The truth is, polyrhythms are actually cool and they can add another dimension to the rhythms you write and play within your own music.

Once you’ve studied and discovered them you’ll hear them used everywhere in music, from the top 40 charts down to the most complicated avant-garde compositions.

So let’s check out how polyrhythms work and learn some simple ways to feel their unique rhythmic characteristics in your own playing.

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Browsing through piles of samples to seek out the right sound for your beat is like looking for a needle in a haystack. To hear the way a sample sounds in context with your beat it has to match your beat’s key and tempo. The best way to do this is with pitch shifting and time stretching. The best part is free time stretching and pitch shifting tools exist that will help you independently change the tempo or key of any sample you discover. It’s remarkable how this technology changes all the things about beat-making. In this article, we’ll explore why time stretching and pitch shifting tools are so useful to every music producer—and we’ll take a look at specific ways you should use them in your music-making workflow.

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Recording music is a tricky process. There are many technical details to take care of before you start laying down takes. And even then, getting an excellent performance takes dedication.

That’s the reason why producers developed the modern music production techniques that help craft the polished sound of a final track.

One of the best and most helpful tips for tracking known as punching in. It’s a hard true technique that helps you record your tracks cleaner, faster, and more easily.

In this guide, we’ll explain what punching in is and you’ll know the way to use it for a better workflow.

Let’s get started.

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Editing vocals is the crucial step that comes just before mixing in your vocal production workflow.

Great editing is important to a polished vocal sound. It’s the process that cleans up all the problems in a raw track so they’re ready to be mixed loud and upfront in a song.

But vocal editing can be frustrating. It takes time and there are lots of small details to get right.

Even so, it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Editing vocals is easy as long as you understand the basic concepts behind them.

In this article, I’ll go through everything you need to know to get a perfect vocal edit.

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The vocal is the centerpiece of a song. They need to draw listeners in and hold their attention all the way through the track. That’s why inventive vocal processing has become an important part of modern vocal production.

Vocal processing means the creative production techniques that transform raw vocals into stylish studio sound design.

In this article, we’ll go through 10 processing types that will give your vocals a unique texture—and even turn them into something completely new.

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