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The Frequency Spectrum for Electronic Musicians

16/04/2014

audio_spectrum One of the most common requests of new producers who are struggling to get to grips with mixdowns is for some kind of ‘guide’ to the frequency spectrum. What should go where, and which are the problem areas to look out for. We’ve seen a few of these around the internet, but mainly tailored to live and orchestral music. So here’s our potted guide to what electronic musicians...

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Budget Analogue Synths Roundup

16/04/2014

microbrute-synthesizer-e1382303920851 We’re big fans of all things digital here at Prime Loops. From virtual synths to samplers, audio manglers and classic emulations, there’s pretty much nothing you can’t do with a laptop. But over the last few months, the hardware companies have been striking back with a range of clever and creative analogue hardware, that just urges you to get your hands dirty tweaking dials and j...

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Motion Capture – The Future of Music Technology?

10/04/2014

minority-report1 Music technology is moving on. Over the last decade or so, we’ve become accustomed to the computerisation of every aspect of electronic dance music. Music production? For many people, it’s done with a laptop and a mouse. Live sets? Often a laptop, again. DJ sets? Ableton and digital DJ systems are busy taking over. Fortunately, the last few years have seen a slew of new-style controlle...

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The Lowdown On Breakdowns – Part Two

09/04/2014

keep-calm-and-drop-the-bass-182 Last week, we looked at the world of breakdowns in electronic music. What’s the point of them, why do you need them, and what you should be trying to do with a breakdown anyway? We also offered up plenty of tips on how to make your breakdowns really pack a punch, but there was so much to talk about that we ran out of space. So if you’re still hankering after some more tips that may spa...

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The Lowdown on Breakdowns – Part One

04/04/2014

handsintheair If there’s one thing that unites pretty much all sub-genres of dance music, it’s that they all tend to use breakdowns. Whether it’s an epic trance build-up with symphonic synths, or a gnarled electro crunch that sets new standards in editing and complexity, the basic premise is usually the same – it lands somewhere near the middle of the track, gives the dancefloor a bit of a b...

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Five Music Production Habits You Should Give Up

31/03/2014

stop-bad-habits You might not be an avid church-goer, but still you probably know that around this time of year, people start talking about giving things up for Lent. Like chocolate, booze, or standing around in doorways trying to remember what you came into the room for. It’s not a bad idea, and it can apply especially to music production, where people get so stuck in their ways, they end up with all sorts...

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