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Using WavTool Bridge with Martinic Plugins

If you haven’t heard of WavTool yet, pause here and bookmark their site. WavTool isn’t the first browser-based DAW, but it sure is a cool entry into that growing area. The main thrust of WavTool is AI-assisted composing, audio generation, stem separation, audio-to-MIDI, and other generative AI tools designed to assist you rather than replace you. But WavTool also has one particularly cool feature that we wanted to point out.

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Underdubbing: The Power of Getting Rid of Stuff for making space in a mix

Back in the day, mixdown sessions consisted of 24 tracks, max. Now, it’s not uncommon for a DAW session to consist of 100 or more. In addition, mixers continually face the problem of “let’s lay it ALL down!” – where every idea, lead line, extra part, and party background is included in the session.

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Making the Most Out of Not Much Audio Gear

There are no artists who don’t suffer from writer’s block occasionally. It may seem that some don’t, because they consistently generate great work, but they’re human too. In reality, professional songwriters simply have tools they can use to get out of a slump, and to prevent writer’s block in the first place.

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The NYC Drum Trick

Coined by Bobby Owsinski in his 1999 “Mixing Engineer’s Handbook”, the New York City Compression Trick (or NYC Drum Trick) is a trick used by many New York mixers around that time and before. Once you try the NYC trick it’s hard to imagine not using it on every song. This trick fattens up the rhythm section and makes it rock socks in almost every case.So, it seems like a good idea to go over a little bit about EQ’ing for these very different beasts, even if they may have been played by the same person!

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How to Handle Writer’s Block 101 for Musicians

There are no artists who don’t suffer from writer’s block occasionally. It may seem that some don’t, because they consistently generate great work, but they’re human too. In reality, professional songwriters simply have tools they can use to get out of a slump, and to prevent writer’s block in the first place.

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Killing Two Birds – Filming Live Performance Videos in the Studio

Music is rarely divorced from visuals, and in today’s music business, video is crucial for finding fans – but the traditional music video isn’t the high-value investment it once was. In fact, music videos consistently underperform on social media compared to candid videos like live performances. This is great news for independent musicians. It means you don’t have to spend twenty thousand dollars on a music video, because you’ll do better with something more doable.

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Hold Up: You can sidechain reverb???

Reverb is awesome. Reverb is good. Reverb is necessary. But it’s also the number one thing that makes mixes muddy and noisy – if you don’t wrangle it right. But by now you certainly know about the Abbey Road trick and its cousins. That’s an amazing way to clean things up in the verb. But there’s another trick that’s not talked about as often (or at least it didn’t used to be): using sidechain compression on the verb.
So, it seems like a good idea to go over a little bit about EQ’ing for these very different beasts, even if they may have been played by the same person!

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5 Ways to Pare Down a Song

We all remember 2020. Concert venues were closed, tours were cancelled, and live music in general had an unprecedented slump due to COVID restrictions. Live musicians struggled. If playing out was your main or only source of income, you needed an alternative, at least for a while. Now, people are back on stage, but not everybody. People like me, for example, who are immunosuppressed, still have to be careful out there. Plus, maybe you’re not into gigging….

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