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Category Archives: Technique

The importance of physical proximity

by Kim Lajoie on March 11, 2015

Let’s talk about being close with your artist. Like, really close. Like in the same room together. I recently had a couple of interesting experiences. One of my previous artists approached me to produce her next release. We’d worked together before, and it’s been one of the best working relationships I’d had with an artist. […]

How not to be a producer

by Kim Lajoie on February 14, 2015

So, I came across this gem last night. And isn’t it just amazing. This is an excellent example of how not to be a producer. The producer and the singer are meant to be collaborating on writing a new song and demonstrate Ableton Push. They hadn’t met each other prior to the session, and they […]

Always remember the emotional connection

by Kim Lajoie on February 9, 2015

Why do you make music? It’s probably not the fame and fortune (well, at least not the fortune). It’s not the stable income or cosy retirement. I hope it’s not because your parents told you to do it. I’ll bet you’re making music because you love it. You love music, and creating your own music […]

If it doesn’t change you, is it worth doing?

by Kim Lajoie on February 8, 2015

So, I thought I couldn’t edit my performances after I’d recorded guitar into Maschine. Well, I spent a bit of time with it and it turns out I was wrong. Maschine, being a groove sampler, can slice a recording (such as a loop) and assign each slice to its own pad. And thus I can […]

Dynamic EQ

by Kim Lajoie on January 26, 2015

Dynamic EQ is like a regular EQ, except that the gain of the bands can automatically respond to the level of the audio. There are many different variations of dynamic EQ – ranging from automatic, with few additional controls, all the way to fully configurable (with all the complexity that goes with it). Some dynamic […]

Three ways to critique your music (or: how to shake up your subjectivity)

by Kim Lajoie on January 23, 2015

Of course your should be critiquing your own work. You probably do it constantly. But you probably rely too much on your intuition. Going with your gut and what feels right. While this is important, you should also be aware that our intuition can be skewed by factors such as tiredness and conditioning (listening too […]

Multiband compression

by Kim Lajoie on January 12, 2015

Multiband compression is a complex and subtle tool. Compression itself is one of the more complex processes commonly used in mixing. Multiband compression multiplies that complexity. Compared to regular compression (also called ‘full band’ compression), multiband compression is much more complex because it works by applying several compressors in parallel, each operating on its own […]

Amazement and anticipation

by Kim Lajoie on December 29, 2014

Amazement is a departure from minor or dissonant tonality of aggression. Instead, high energy and instability are used to create a sense of surprise or wonder. This can be difficult to do well – the new material must be familiar to the listener. The best way to do this is to express ‘amazement’ later in […]

Disgust, fear and aggression

by Kim Lajoie on December 15, 2014

In this context, ‘disgust’ doesn’t mean disgusting music… It’s a certain mood evoked by minor tonality, and slightly more energy and less stability than sadness. For example, a lot of late-90s trip-hop falls into this category. With more energy and less stability, disgust comes across as having more momentum and direction than sadness or despair. […]

Expressing sadness and serenity in music

by Kim Lajoie on December 1, 2014

Serenity is similar to the ‘joy / love / hope’ group of emotions, except with less emphasis on the happy or uplifting components. Like joy, serenity is best expressed using stable musical material. Unlike joy, however, serenity also comes through best with a low energy level and a gradual rate of change. The stability provides […]