Producing music is hard work - and even when it's a daily routine, it can be easy to forget important techniques and elements that make a song a real winner. Today we're rounding up a few lessons from a powerful discussion on Reddit, with some incredibly useful tips for avoiding overlooking key production techniques.
Last time we were talking about Vekked's DJing skills was when he won the DMC World DJ Championships in October. He has since been back to talk to DJTT about buying turntables in 2016, but now he is back with a golden set that continues to show DJs what it takes to make a world championship routine.
When sitting down to work on a DJ mix, a new track, or any task that you might need to spend time in your studio with, it's all too easy to get distracted and develop bad habits. In today's article, guest contributor Sam Malta shares his tips for optimizing your music production environment and getting the most out of every session in your home studio.
Native Instruments' Stems have been out for a while now and some DJs have already started incorporating them into their sets. DJ Shiftee also took advantage of the added hardware support that is included in the D2 controllers. His routine blends old and new hardware that shows a new way to play with Traktor's Stem Decks.
Graeme Sinden has been making waves in clubs around the world since 2008 and recently he caught up with Serato to talk about his current productions. Sinden has a unique way of blending DJ elements into the way he produces and the routine video below shows how the Pioneer DDJ-SX2 can evolve from a 2-deck controller into a sound design tool to create a his brand new track "Hands".
One of the most important things in making time spent in any repetitive software as efficient as possible is to learn as many handy keyboard shortcuts as possible. Knowing great shortcuts speeds up workflows and makes the software less of an obstacle and more of an extension of your mind. Today Gary Harper shares his top five Ableton Live keyboard shortcuts in a quick tutorial.
DJTT is good friends with the incredible producer Amp Live, who has been crafting beats and producing records since the 1990s as a part of Bay Area rap group Zion I. Recently we had a chance to bring him into the DJTT studio for a class and interview, and he shared some of his insights on being a modern producer and how being an artist has changed over the last 20 years. Watch the full 8 minute video now.
One of the most important aspects of producing is finding the right sample whether that be layering a kick or looking for a vocal shot to use as an instrument. Sample packs can be cheap or insanely expensive and a lot of the time a producer will only use handful of samples out of an entire pack that contains hundreds. Splice is looking to fix these problems with their new subscription service Splice Sounds.