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And now, a full song

by Kim Lajoie on July 24, 2015

Well, how about that. It worked out pretty well, considering. So, Melissa heard the instrumental jam from three weeks ago and offered to add some vocals. She brought some lyric ideas to the first session and we workshopped the song structure. She then spent a couple of weeks practicing and preparing for the recording. The […]

Well, I made another funk

by Kim Lajoie on July 14, 2015

  Not really a full song yet, but this time around I put some more thought into some kind of definitive beginning and ending. Some more buildups and breakdowns would do well, but in the absence of an actual song, I feel that it’s more like a jam. Also, it’s pretty clear I need to start […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: http://resoundsound.com/breaking-workflow/. 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 […]