How The Levels Changed My Approach to Writing Vocal Music

In the past couple of years I’ve been working on a lot of vocal tracks as part of our new project, The Levels.

I wanted to share with you something important I’ve learned while doing this.

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Reflecting 2014

As we begin our journey into 2015, I wanted to take a moment to look back into the past year and make notes of some of my personal highlights.

Workflow things, books, plugins, tools, music, websites, general wellbeing and productivity… This is a very personal list and some of the stuff I’ll be mentioning doesn’t sound like anything to do with music production. Never the less it all has made a difference for my work.

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How to EQ: Additive vs. Subtractive EQ

Subtractive vs Additive EQ

This article is a guest contribution by my friend Kevin from thesoundcoach.com. How to EQ in different situations? You’re about to find out. Take it away Kevin!
-Ilpo

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FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Review – Is It Worth the Price?

I recently bought the brand new FabFilter Pro Q 2 EQ plugin.

I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and I have to say it’s become one of my favorite plugins ever! However as far as plugins come, at 149€ it may seem a bit costly.

I am all about sharing information about the stuff I like and use so let’s see what the deal is. Here’s my little review.

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Magic AB: Setting New Standards for Referencing

Every now and then a tool pops up that revolutionizes the way you work (or some aspect of it), and after a while you’re thinking “How did I ever manage without this before?”Continue Reading

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The Best Free AAX Plugins (2014 edition)

I’ve recently jumped on Pro Tools 11 for mixing. I’ve only worked with VST/AU compatible hosts before (Logic, Ableton Live). Now with Pro Tools I’ve been introduced to a new plugin format, the AAX.

The plugin fiend I am, I’ve been scouring the internets for the best free AAX plugins to add to my fresh Pro Tools setup. I’ve posted about the best free VST and AU plugins before and now it’s time to take a look at what’s available in AAX. And boy do we have some goodies on offer! Continue Reading

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How to Use iPad as a Spectrum Analyzer (Without Buying an Audio Interface)

Just a quick post today to show you guys a new workflow improvement I’ve started implementing.

I’ve always fantasized (yes) of having an external spectrum analyzer and/or a loudness meter as part of my studio setup when mixing. I recently bought an iPad Air and started wondering if I could use it for that purpose. Sure enough!Continue Reading

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What Sample Rate and Bit Depth Should I Use?

 

What Sample Rate and Bit Depth Should I Use?I have been encountering questions about sample rates and bit depth a lot recently and been looking into the topic in the past week. I have been reading different articles around the web and browsing forums like Gearslutz to try and develop some sort of understanding of the general consensus in the field at the moment.

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New resource page is up!

Last week I asked my email subscribers what kind of content would they like to see here in the future. Your response was overwhelming (a big thank you is in order – I think I’ve got back to most of you by now but apologies if I missed someone!). One of the most common requests I received was to hear more about which plugins, sample packs, books, websites, tools and so on I like to use in my craft.

To answer your call, I have created a new page that lists the things that I use and love the most. I have also included comments for each resource on why I like it/how I am using it.

I’ll be adding more too as time goes by, so you may want to bookmark the page and visit every now and then.

Have a look.

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My Music Production Tutorials @ Waves Audio

Recently I have been working with the good people at Waves Audio. I’ve been writing some music production tutorials for them, utilizing their excellent plugins. You may have seen these tutorials appear on my Facebook and Twitter pages. But in case not, I am linking them up for you here. More is on the way too so keep watching the articles page at Waves.com. Enjoy the tutorials and if you have any thoughts on what you would like me to write about in the future, let me know!
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