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Category Archives: Technique

Another video – inching toward a full song

by Kim Lajoie on June 28, 2015

No, it’s not a full song. But it’s getting closer. The style is a lot closer to what I’m developing over my next creative period. No longer is the deep atmospheric lumber. That was fun while it lasted. But now I’m taking a turn toward a kind of electro/funk (and eventually pop). Upbeat pop tempo, heavy […]

I made a YouTube video of me playing a YouTube video. And sampling it.

by Kim Lajoie on June 14, 2015

So, first of all, this is not a compositional masterpiece. It’s four bars with some funky guitar hits and seventh chords. If you want to know more about Glasfrosch, I reviewed them here and you can read more about them here. You might be mildly interested to have a peek into how I sample and sequence using […]

How to know if you’re any good yet

by Kim Lajoie on May 27, 2015

See, here’s an interesting observation. I’m obviously not using enough EQ. There’s a stereotype in our industry of the delusional artist/producer – the person who thinks they’re much better (and deserving of success) than they really are. Interesting, I hardly ever meet these people. In fact, I often come across the opposite – people who […]

Just quickly record some vocals?

by Kim Lajoie on April 24, 2015

 So, I was recently asked about recording some vocals for a song. And so I had the opportunity to describe the process of finishing a song and the various factors that determine how long the process takes. 1. Record vocals. – This might mean just running through the whole song a few times, or it might […]

Enter the iPad

by Kim Lajoie on April 10, 2015

 So, this is interesting. In my quest to simplify my computer setup I’ve been reducing my plugins and other software to bare minimum. Nowadays I’m almost running pure Cubase 8 (fortunately it comes with some great stuff built in). And I’ve been adding more hardware – mainly EQ and compression for some different flavours and to save […]

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 […]