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Forget Tech, It’s About the Notes

by Kim Lajoie on January 24, 2013

Jeff Tolbert: Nobody writes their best work sitting in front of a DAW loaded with samples and plugins. O RLY. But, reading on: [W]ith the plethora of excellent sample libraries, effects and soft synths out there today, it’s easy to make anything sound amazing, even if it’s musically bland. When you write on piano, you […]

An easy way to approach acoustic treatment for your studio

by Kim Lajoie on January 17, 2013

When approaching acoustic treatment for a home studio, you should consider two aspects: reflections and resonance. Reflections are caused by hard surfaces and can make a room sound echoey or fluttery. They blur the sound your hear. Reflections are best addressed by using mid-high frequency absorbers in places where the sound will bounce from your […]

Another perspective on gear vs skill…

by Kim Lajoie on October 23, 2012

Tenzing Norgay:  As I looked at the work of the young me, I realized a couple of things: (1) I wasn’t half bad as a young kid, and (2) The pictures had a lot of technical imperfections and limitations. Uh oh… another project began to form in my mind. I needed to find out whether […]

What does it mean to ‘make a record’?

by Kim Lajoie on September 11, 2012

A recording used to be a record of an event. A record of musicians playing a song. Recording (the verb) was what we did to make A Record (the noun). As you know, studios become more capable, and we developed greater capabilities for modifying the recording (using tools such as EQ and compression). Then multitrack […]

Mobile music apps: Fast-tracking creative development

by Kim Lajoie on August 19, 2012

This is interesting. Remember loopitis? What a terrible term. In fact, I think the term is worse than what it describes. Anyway, it’s a bad habit of being unable to develop a piece of music beyond a cleverly-crafted loop (usually 4, 8 or 16 bars). Well, like other aspects to making music, there are no […]

If the gear doesn’t matter, how do you choose what to get?

by Kim Lajoie on June 14, 2012

There’s a lot written about how the gear doesn’t matter. It’s true. The most important parts of any music creation is people. The gear is just a conduit. Having said that, a little clarity is in order. The choice of gear doesn’t matter to the listener. As I’ve written before, when most people listen to […]

Maybe you should worry more about performance and not recording?

by Kim Lajoie on June 1, 2012

Larry Crane: Look, if you’re gonna burden your recording with little rules that dictate how it is recorded that’s great. Fine. Whatever. But when you do so please think about what that will mean. Is it helping the songs? So true. Recording is an artform, but only to you and me. When regular fans and […]

No more IK Multimedia

by Kim Lajoie on April 28, 2012

Those of you who have known me for a while know I used to be a rep for eSoundz and IK Multimedia. From back in the SampleTank 1 days. I have been a heavy user of SampleTank2, T-RackS, CSR and Amplitube3. They hit the right spot for me – the right balance between editability and accessibility. […]

Clicky keyboards

by Kim Lajoie on April 25, 2012

Shawn Blanc: As someone who writes for a living it befuddles me why I never thought to research a proper keyboard. As a computer-nerd-slash-writer, I am always looking and advocating for the right tools. But for years, I have always equated “writing tools” with “software” — I own more text editors than I have fingers […]