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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 […]

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 […]

The Case For Starting Your Mix With Drums

by Kim Lajoie on July 11, 2013

Graham Cochrane: In my workflow I like to [send the drum tracks to a single group/bus] and then even hide the drum tracks. Why? So I’m not tempted to go fiddling with the individual tracks again. One slight change and the whole drum mix can fall apart. That’s what is so tricky about mixing drums. […]

What if you only had ten tracks?

by Kim Lajoie on June 30, 2013

Moeneeb Galant: When I started on the main mix, now only 10 tracks, instead of 90, I was able to reach my goal/vision a lot faster as well. No more of, “maybe I should push the snare up by another db” or “that hi hat needs some more upper mids”. Instead, I had to listen […]

Breaking workflow (or: If you’re getting stuck, you’re working on the wrong problem…)

by Kim Lajoie on February 6, 2013

This post was originally published on Ilpo’s excellent blog: You probably get stuck sometimes. I know the feeling. I’ll be looking at a half-finished song and my brain is fixated on the next step. But the solution isn’t coming to me. As you probably know, I tend to be pretty organised in my workflow. Step […]

New Year’s Resolutions… really?

by Kim Lajoie on January 4, 2013

This is a nice big long post and I’m going to give you some gold in the second half, but first let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions. Ok, what are some of the usual suspects? “I’ll spend more time making music” “I’ll buy less gear” “I’ll read the manuals for all the gear I already […]

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 […]

Muscle memory and why workflow matters

by Kim Lajoie on June 19, 2012

Dalton Caldwell: What is fascinating to me is that Great creation stories all sound surprisingly similar. Something along the lines of “yeah we went in the studio and put down some tracks, and they sounded pretty good, and we had to redo a couple of things, and then when put out the album.” Disappointing, right? […]

Quick question – long long does it take you to mix?

by Kim Lajoie on April 5, 2012

I know I haven’t been around much lately. Sorry about that. I’ve been busy. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about efficiency and productivity a lot. And I’ve been thinking about why we do things like optimise our workflow and find ways to waste less time. So I’ve got a blog post or two coming up very soon […]

Workflow example: Dance music and vocals

by Kim Lajoie on March 21, 2012

Satoshi Tomiie: When I work with a vocalist, I tend to provide the basic rhythm and melody of a song so they have something to build on. However it’s important not to overdo the production beforehand, so as to leave enough space for the songwriter to come up with ideas. It’s always interesting to read […]