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Posted by Ms.Tris On April - 5 - 2012

It’s Thursday, almost through another week. I was looking online for a bit of music theory. I’m returning to my guitar lessons. I just got my guitar back after lending it for a few studio sessions. I made a club track which I used a guitar vst. I knew it would sound better with live guitar so I had to find an advanced guitarist. It’s a shame ..I wanted to play the part on my guitar so bad :(… but hey, it’s always great to collab and learn from those who already know what you don’t…

This site has been around for a long time. Today was my first time checking out the macProVideoDotCom Youtube channel. Honestly this has to be my best find in 2012. Music tutorials galore, and even more important for my college courses..Web Design help!

Here is one of the Music Theory videos:

How about Reason 6 help?:

If you can’t find something you need here then I’d be shocked. They offer free very short tutorials. There are very extensive tutorials on the official site. You can even see previews before you even join the site:

Melodyne Preview

Maschine Master Class Preview

The cost for full access to all tutorials is 199.00 per year or 25.00 per month. Although the site is geared for Mac users, there is a lot for those who use PC. I know there is enough information for me to join for at least one year. I am already in class mode, so this is perfect timing. I will be helping promote and using the site often. Knowledge is Power!!(I know so cliche, but true)

Check out the official site, this may be something which will help you grow in several areas. I could barely take it all in! Here is a list of categories offered:

A/V Fundamentals, Ableton, Live, Acrobat, After Effects, Aperture, Apple Color, appOmator, Audio Plug-Ins Compressor ,Cubase, Dreamweaver, DVD Studio Pro ,Edius Pro, Encore, DVDFinal Cut Pro ,Flash, Game Audio, GarageBand ,Hot Products, iBooks Author, iDVD, Illustrator, iMovie, InDesign, iPhoto, iWeb, iWork, iZotope, Lightroom, Logic Pro & Express, Mac OS X, MainStage, Media Composer, Media Encoder, Melodyne, Microsoft Office, MIDI, Motion, Music Theory, N.E.D. & N.E.D.i, Native Instruments, Photoshop, Premiere, Pro Tools, Reason, Redmatica Keymap, Sibelius, Soundbooth, Soundtrack Pro, Spectrasonics, Studio & Recording Techniques Superior Drummer, WaveLab, Web Design

If this is something you are interested in, please remember to go through my affiliate link below which helps support 🙂

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later….

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Waves Audio Webinars +L2 Optimize Audio Tutorial

Posted by Ms.Tris On December - 14 - 2011

Hey Hey All! What’s goodie with you? Everything is going as planned with school,mixing,and beats on my end. (ALL A’s so far woo hoo)….I’m in super learn mode so I thought it would be great to share some of stuff I’m finding as far as tips, tutorials, and webinars(web based seminars).

If you don’t have any Waves Bundles they have released a few solo plugins at a reasonable price this year. I had the chance to give them a test run, and I think the Platinum/Complete collection is one of the most impressive plug in bundles ever. I was blown away by a few like the L2, and L316 Maximizers. I hear the entire bundle is pretty expensive, so I may settle for one of the older bundle packages instead.

Here’s a very informative video about limiting and optimizing audio using Waves L2:

Waves is offering free Webinars on several plug ins and mix techniques. Waves is covering EQ, Compression, Limiting and more.The webinars are GOLDEN!! I’ve cleared time for a couple so far and I learned so much. Sign up and hope to see you there 🙂

Waves Webinar Homepage Screenshot


Happy Beat Making To All!~
Pz Til Later…

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Point Blank Online:Eq, Low Pass & High Pass Filtering

Posted by Ms.Tris On November - 30 - 2011

College has begun! Woo To The Hoo :)….I’ve been up early working. 1st assignments are complete. I am now editing my second artist interview video. I hope to post it this week or maybe later today. Taking a little break to check out what’s new over at:

Award winning music production courses
Point Blank Online

You know I found a gem! The article goes into great detail on how to filter and layer kicks using Logic. I don’t have my Mac yet, so I’ll be trying it either in Reaper or Studio One. This can be done in any DAW, including Fl Studio. All you need is the proper eq plug in.
PointBlankOnline How To Layer Kicks In Logic…

Here’s a FREE Eq that may work:

Download Free EasyQ Here

Happy Beat Making To All!~
Pz Til Later…

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Chord Secrets: How To Add Chords To A Melody

Posted by Ms.Tris On November - 16 - 2011

Great morning to you! I have had a very productive week so far. Kind of getting my schedule and routine down as I prepare to start my college courses. I have it just about worked out, and you will see waaaay more post :)…3 so far this week woo hoo!

I should do ten cartwheels right now! This next tip is what I have been searching for. I’ve gotten a lot of music theory down, but I still struggled with understanding how to fit chords to my melody. I’ve even posted about this before: Still hadn’t quite grasped the concept the way I’d like. This musical glitch had me stuck doing chords first almost 90% of the time. I must add, there is absolutely nothing wrong with working chords first. Since I am still learning chords, and only know a few, I was beginning to feel a bit limited.

I guess some days I have to be in the right mind state,today I found a site that seems written for producers like me:

Chip out a block of time for visiting this one. There are tons of tips to help you take your music to the next level..

Here is an excerpt from:Putting Chords to an Existing Melody, the article I am jumping for joy over 🙂

What you should get from this section:

After completing this section, you should be able to take an existing melody and put chords, and a bass line to it to create a strong structure.

There are several things you can do to help you put a chord progression to an existing melody that will make your life a lot easier. Here are a few of them:

The first thing you should try to do is work out what key it’s in. This will make it a lot easier, as if you know what key you’re playing in, you can pick chords from that key (see section on theory). How do you do this?

Well, first of all, play the melody. Are there lots of sharps or flats in there? If so, look at the key signatures in the theory section and see what ones match the notes you’re playing. Do they match any particular key? If there are F#’s in the melody, but C naturals, then it might be in G. If there are lots of Bb’s and Eb’s but natural A’s it may be in Bb major.

If that hasn’t helped, then see what note the melody starts and finishes on. Quite often a melody will start and/or end on the note of the dominant chord in the key. So if it’s in A for example, it will quite often start on that note and/or end on that note…………

Click here to read more—>Put Chords To A Melody

You’ll need a little knowledge of music theory to fully understand. Don’t know any?…No problem… the website has all the help you’ll need!

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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Mixing Tips by Toni P Music: Producers Union Blog

Posted by Ms.Tris On October - 20 - 2011

What a wonderful nice outside. I am closing my blinds because I have much to do inside…:). I’m about to mix a beat I did yesterday. I found a cool post on The Producers Union Blog. It’s a great article with “Steps To A Great Mix“. There are a few extra tips here that I have never tried, so I am eager to get to work.

Here is an excerpt from the post…
Before applying any effects on your instruments you need to think about the following :”What do I want to achieve?”
Do you want to shave 1dB of the peak of the kick? If yes, then by all means do it, its how it sounds in the end that matters, how you get to your vision is not important.

My way to have everything to blend is as followed.

1.Set your master to MONO
2.Set all faders to -inf.
3.Move the fader up with the most important element
4.Move the other faders up 1 by 1 picking again the more important elements first EG: after you have your vocal level, start doing the kick and snare
5.Once you have a nice balance in MONO (you can hear all the elemements the way you want them, change your master to STEREO

Continue reading entire entry here:
Steps To A Great Mix by Toni P

I can’t wait to try the “MONO” on the master 1st technique..makes so much sense to work this way…
Happy Mixing To All!~
Pz Til Later..

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Moving Native Instruments Sample Content or Maschine Directory

Posted by Ms.Tris On October - 19 - 2011

Quick Update:*Waving* HHheeey You! What’s been up? I had to handle the school business over the last 2 weeks. Yes, I will finally finish my degree after a long time away from college. I had a hard time deciding what my major would be. I already have two years in communications, with a secondary in Art. I know some are surprised, but I didn’t go with music as my 1st choice. I am really into the whole web atmosphere, as well as music. I will study Web Design and Interactive Media at Art Institute, and take a few course through point Blank Music Production School. I figured this is a win win for all of us. I’ll be able to upgrade my site, help you with yours,makes apps, and do my music..woo hoo words can’t describe how happy I am today…Expect wonderful changes here as I learn..:)……….

I’ve been meaning to share this with you since I upgraded to Maschine 1.7…..
I had a time loading 1.7, as well as moving my Kore 2 content. I installed Maschine on my second hard drive instead of main c drive. The second drive failed. Later i re-installed on the main drive. NI suggest you load everything on one drive (the c drive), but for some, it may be better to place content on different drive. If you move content after initial installation (ex:second drive fails etc.),your software will search 1st database location.

In my case, when it came time to upgrade, the software searched for the “D:” drive, which I no longer had connected. No matter what I tried I got the error:\”invalid drive d\”. Along with upgrading Maschine, I also needed to move my Kore Player 2 Sample Content.

There are two ways to fix this.

1.Replace faulty drive, and do a new install maschine/content, making sure the drive letter stays the same as before.

2.Install Maschine or Content on “C:” .Change the directory path by going to the Windows registry by typing “regedit” in the Search bar located in the
start menu.
From here….

(For Maschine)
Navigate to :
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Native Instruments\Maschine
Make sure the “InstallDir” key is correct, and if not modify it to reflect the
correct path of the Maschine.(or drive installed Maschine)

For other NI Software Sample Content
Navigate to:
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\NativeInstruments\Kore 2\Kore 2 Sample Content\
Make sure “ContentDir” key is correct,and if not modify it to reflect correct path of Sample Content on your C: drive. (or which ever drive u placed content)

Here is what my corrected “ContentDir” path looks like:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Native Instruments\Kore 2\Kore 2 Sample Content\

Now everything is working smooth…I know this is a little techy, so if you have any questions hit me up in the comment section…

Happy Beat Making To All!~
Pz Til Later…

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How To Raise and Tilt Native Instruments Maschine

Posted by Ms.Tris On September - 14 - 2011

Great Evening To Ya!Been out and about today handling family and dog biz..back at it with a quick tip…:)

I posted about NI Maschine customization a few weeks ago. I have been meaning to give you my lil option as well. I am always tinkering with things, and I am sort of a build it yourself type of producer. I’ve done my make shift booth, and my work desk shelves. In a blink of an eye, I have raised Maschine efficiently… 🙂

What You will need:
Two Clamps w/rubber tips so maschine won’t slide
1 2x2X5 Wood Block (approximate height)


You can get the clamps through my affiliate link at amazon(which helps support the site):

or your local walmart, or hardware store. The lumber is from Leow’s hardware store, cost about $2.00 USD. I had them cut a long piece into small 5 inch blocks.

With a few adjustments of the distance between clamps, it’s a very sturdy work around until you order your custom maschine plates:
Ni Custom Designs Post

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!

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