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Production Tips

Breaking down electronic production elements

By Beatport News Editors
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When it comes to learning any new musical instrument, the old adage is true: Practice makes perfect. The same could be said of electronic music production. You’ve got to wake up every day and master it a little bit more. Dig deep and deliver. Well, Resident Advisor is here to help you polish up your studio skills. In a new feature-length, tech-focused article, the UK-based community site delves into the rhythmic elements of groove including simple patterns like straight beats and bass, swung beats and straight bass (shown above), and swung beats and bass, as well as tips and tricks relating to quantizing, adding delay, using loops, and much more.

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Catch DJ Tech Tools' three-step guide to creating musicality in key

By Beatport News Editors
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Craving to craft more musical tracks but don’t know much, if anything about scales and harmony? Take heart. In their latest step-by-step production tutorial, DJ Tech Tools guides you through a combination of tools and hacks that will give you the agility to add chords, melodies, and even basslines to your next production, in the proper key and with little or no effort. Sound good? We thought so.

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Dusky deliver their top five ways to craft effective, club-friendly tracks

By Beatport News Editors
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London-based house duo Dusky (aka Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman) certainly know a thing or two about creating jackin’ tracks that will effectively move the masses on the dancefloor. Their latest Love Taking Over EP, the formidable follow-up to last year’s massive “Careless” is certainly evidence of that. In a new feature-length article, XLR8R tapped the dynamic dance twosome about their top five production techniques that breaks down the process of building punchy tools that will leave space for character.

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Discover Attack's top 10 tips for better drum sounds

By Beatport News Editors
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Let’s face it. We all want our original productions to sound the best they possibly can. So let’s take it from the top with a killer beat. Need help? Well, Attack’s got you covered with 10 essential tips for getting the most from your drums on vital topics including a variety of compression options, sample layering, hardware drum machines, breakbeats and loops, advancing drum programming, and so much more.

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What you need to know about DIY mastering

By Beatport News Editors
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The more in-the-box we get with producing tracks, the farther away we get from the traditional methods of recording—obviously. When it comes to making tunes in your bedroom, there’s a good chance you’re not employing musicians to play instruments, an engineer to record, and another producer to oversee the whole thing; and in that spirit, there’s a good chance that while you’re mixing your tracks, you’re experimenting with mastering in the process. But should you be, or should you hold off til the very end before you start messing with the track’s final output?

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Here's how to deconstruct Todd Terje's "Delorean Dynamite" in Ableton

By Beatport News Editors
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One of the first jams off of Todd Terje’s instant-classic It’s Album Time was the Italo/kosmische-influenced “Delorean Dynamite”; its motorik arps and slappy bass got every Terje fan out there stoked for the record’s impending release. Now, those same fans, particularly those with a penchant for making tracks on their computers, can see, more or less, how the man made that awesome track via a Point Blank-produced video segment that deconstructs the tune.

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Hot Chip's Joe Goddard teaches a remix masterclass with Point Blank

By Ken Taylor
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Hot Chip’s (and 2 Bears’) Joe Goddard is more than just a dance-pop producer extraordinaire. He’s also a bit of a remix master, having reconstructed tunes by Breach, Dirty Projectors, Disclosure, and oodles more. So it was a pretty sweet move on the part of Point Blank Music School and the London Electronic Arts Festival to bring the man in for a remix masterclass.

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Mute founder Daniel Miller teaches a modular-synth masterclass

By Glenn Jackson
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Perhaps best known as the founder of Mute Records (a label responsible for bringing the likes of Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Moby, and others to the world), Daniel Miller is a luminary in the electronic music world, and one who’s knowledge of synthesis is heralded far and wide. At last year’s LEAF conference in London, the Point Blank Music School invited Miller to share his knowledge at an intensive masterclass, helping those curious to navigate the often confusing world of modular synthesis and its inherent mess of modules, patch cables, knobs, buttons, bleeps, and bloops.

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