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What Do I Need To Get Started

Beat Kitchen School

Want to take a class? Read about what you do (and don't) need.

Sometimes all you need is a single sound to really get you going. A recent demo for the DTC's A Diamond is Forever ad campaign demanded a dreamy ambient pad. 

Live Drums in Pajama Sam

Nathan Rosenberg

Good. Fast. Cheap. You can pick any two, but you can't have all three." Have you ever heard this axiom? It is a useful mantra in the world of music production.In a perfect world, live instruments would be used for the lion's share of music recording. Synthesized instruments being reserved for what they do best: sounds not occurring in nature. But producers must often substitute samples for live instruments in order to save time and overhead.Surprisingly, there are some methods whereby live instruments actually lower cost and speed up production. This short series demonstrates a few techniques that may allow you to have your cake and eat it too.

Recording The Grand Piano

Nathan Rosenberg

I started recording piano before recording anything else, probably because I am a pianist. It is a notoriously difficult instrument to record, so when the editors of Recording Magazine asked me to write about miking acoustic pianos, I began by asking myself "What if I had known then what I know now?"

A follow up to our article on recording the grand piano.

The Otherworldly Vocal

Nathan Rosenberg

Jill Cunniff's angular rhythmic sensibility and agile voice made Luscious Jackson a household name in the nineties with smash hits like Naked Eye. For her upcoming solo work, an equally infectious pop album with a more mature, introspective edge, we created a special vocal sound for the song, Eye Candy.

One of Logic’s greatest advantages lies in it’s ability to be customized; but, out of the box, Logic is “dumbed down” to the lowest common denominator. Not to worry. I’m  going to pimp your Logic install. Follow the guidelines below and you’ll be off and running. You’ve been driving an automatic, economy car. It’s about to become a Formula-One monster. When we are done with your Logic Pro settings, all that will be left is for you to learn how to drive it.