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Episode 056 – 10 Reasons Why Producers Don’t Complete Tracks

Xenflex is the founder of BassGorilla. He has been producing music since 1996, starting with an Akai MPC drum machine sampler.

He has released records with Adapted Records, Maxxed Music and Hopscotch Records and his music has had support from EDM.com, Ni12, The Glitch Shop, and DJ support from Stickybudsand Tantric Decks, among others.

Xenflex has interviewed numerous world-famous music producers, who have shared their music production secrets with the BassGorilla community.

Several years ago, Xenflex founded BassGorilla to teach what he has learned through his life as a music producer. He has published close to 1000 tutorial videos, designed and taught various webinar courses and written over 100 articles on music production tips.

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Joe Ford Drum & Bass Masterclass – Frequently Asked Questions

Good news –

The Joe Ford Drum & Bass Masterclass opens for enrolment less than one week from now!

Thousands of people are getting pumped about this masterclass –  my inbox has been blowing up with questions

Here are the new details you’ll want to know:

  1. How will the Drum & Bass Masterclass be delivered?

Via five weekly LIVE web classes in a webinar room. You’ll see Joe’s computer screen and hear him teaching his newest techniques in real time, building a track from the ground up.

This video explains it pretty concisely:

  1. What are the advantages of a live web class?

You can get Joe’s insider secrets to your questions as he produces in front of your eyes. It’s like sitting in the studio with a world class producer while enjoying the comfort of your own home –  

No need to need to catch the bus to a studio or blow thousands to fly to the tropics of the UK…

You’ll have time to practice your new discoveries each week to solidify your skills. You’ll get feedback directly from Joe on how to improve your track in Week Five.

Even if you miss a session, or part of one, you’ll get your own download of the recording.

 

  1. How long will each live web class last?

Each session will be three hours long. There’ll be five live classes totalling 15 hours of live coaching.

 

  1. Who can enrol in this masterclass?

Anyone who takes action quickly when enrolment opens will be able to attend.

We have to be strict on group size so that each student has plenty of chances to ask questions to Joe Ford directly

 

  1. When are the sessions?

The first session starts on Sunday June 3rd at 6pm UK time. That’s 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific.

Use this time converter to find out the time in your location.

There’ll be one web class every Sunday at the same time for five Sundays in total.

 

  1. What’s included with this Masterclass?
  • 15 hours of live coaching by Joe Ford
  • Ask questions, get answers
  • Recordings of each web class session (lifelong ownership)
  • The Ableton Live project file from each web class
  • Optional weekly assignments
  • Joe Ford’s personal critique of your track or work-in-progress in week five

 

  1. How do I enrol in the masterclass?

When enrolment opens, you’ll receive an email from me with a link to the course info page.

You can complete your order online using our secure web page.

 

  1. I don’t live in the UK. How do the videos work? Can I watch them back at a later time?

You’ll be able to download them to keep forever. You can watch them at your own pace on any device without an internet connection.

 

  1. Which Digital Audio Workstation will Joe Ford be teaching with?

Ableton Live 10. But if you use a different DAW, don’t let that stop you from discovering the best-kept secrets of a chart-topping pro.

Most DAWs these days are very powerful. You can do almost anything in any DAW that you can do with Ableton Live. So don’t worry.

 

  1. What other 3rd party synths will he be using?

Only the most commonly used ones – Serum and Massive.

Possibly some FabFilter plugins (Pro-Q 2 EQ unit, Pro-L limiter) and iZotope Trash 2.

 

  1. What skill level is this for?

Intermediate or advanced. If you’re a beginner, you’ll need to pay close attention to keep up.

It doesn’t matter how advanced you are – There are several very well known producers who can’t wait to attend this masterclass.

If you think you can’t learn anything new from a guy whose album has just smashed #1 on the BeatPort Drum & Bass Charts, this isn’t for you.

 

  1. Is this only suitable for Drum & Bass Producers?

It’s for anyone who loves bass heavy music. The techniques you’ll uncover can be used to produce many different styles and tempos of music.

Joe Ford’s recent #1 album Colours In Sound features tracks like Enemy, which is more similar to electronic hip hop or glitch hop than drum & bass.

 

  1. Do I have to do the weekly assignments?

Weekly assignments are optional – you can practice your new discoveries, or don’t.

You can send in anything you like to get feedback from Joe in week five – a 4-bar loop, a work-in-progress, or a completely finished track.

Put in as much or as little time as you like. The more effort you put in, the bigger results you’ll get from this.

 

  1. What if I miss part of a web class or I can’t attend a session?

You’ll get the recording of each live web class within 72 hours of it being recorded. You’ll also get that week’s project file to dissect.

You can learn at your own pace, even if you miss a live workshop or want to re-watch parts of it.

You’ll have lifelong access to all video recordings and all Ableton Live project files from each week’s web class.

 

  1. Is there a guarantee?

Yes. We guarantee you’ll uncover the newest ways to make cutting edge bass music from a chart-topping producer, which will change the way you make music forever.

If you’re not happy after the first session, you’ll have 72 hours to request a refund.

 

  1. Do I need a mic to ask questions to Joe?

No need for a microphone. You can ask questions via live chat box. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and a good pair of headphones or monitor speakers.

 

  1. Who this is for? Who is it not for?

This is for passionate producers and “aggressive learner” types who are serious about upping their game this year.

It’s not for “flakes” and “floozies” who aren’t really interested in making next-level music.  

 

  1. Is this masterclass sub-genre specific?

You’ll be witnessing Joe Ford’s unique style of drum and bass being made in front of your eyes.

Joe’s style transcends sub genres. It’s not going to be pure “neurofunk”, or super “jump-up”, or 100% “liquid funk”.

It’s gonna be the Joe Ford style of DnB, which conjures up influences from across the drum & bass spectrum and outside of it.

 

  1. How much will it cost to enrol?

To be revealed when enrolment opens. Stay tuned…

 

  1. Where can I see a detailed outline of the course syllabus?

The course outline can be found after you sign up for the Early Bird List here

I hope it helps you make an informed decision when the doors open.

Hope to see you in the masterclass!

Luke

P.S. Join the Early Bird List here so you can enrol early (places will limited)

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Episode 055 – Interview With Rage Logic

Rage Logic has been playing guitar and piano his entire life, but got into producing electronic music 5 years ago after coming across dubstep and other experimental genres.

His music has been featured in Adult Swim, and he’s released collaborations with josh pan, sober rob, Manitee, and Mo Vibez.

He draws from almost all genres, but his signature sound is a mix of rattling basses, searing hot synths, and irresistible, unpredictable melodies.

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Episode 054 – Interview With VORSO

VORSO emerged with inimitably dynamic force in 2017, with his fresh approach to production and distinct, intricately heavy sound making immediate ripples and garnering widespread attention from open-minded listeners.

Initial releases on the exploratory US bass imprint UPSCALE left a searing impression, with his dynamic touch and exceptional funk attitude coming through in a series of collaborations with artists such as CLOCKVICE, CHEE & FREQUENT.

Later, his track NEEDLE on FLEXOUT caught the ear of APHEX TWIN, who was heard playing it during a tour that touched down at Spain’s legendary Primavera festival, as well as the prominent INSPECTED label which picked up and released the VIP in 2017, a year that finished with his self-released SPECTRE EP dominating the bass music scene.

With influences spanning a list of artists that includes Noisia, Ivy Lab, Emperor, Alix Perez, Joe Ford and KOAN Sound, and with many of these artists supporting his output on tour, Vorso’s spirit is firmly rooted in a diverse range of bass music, with ultra-refined production values.

A fresh wave of material is under construction, and with his recruitment into the ranks of the MethLab collective and agency – expect to see Vorso at live shows across Europe very soon.

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DAW Wars: Revenge Of The Synth

“What’s behind this analog synth craze?”

“What has analog got over great soft synths like Serum / Massive / Sylenth?”

These are questions I’ve been asked lately.

Just when the music software and DAW makers thought they had the market cornered, vintage analog synth makers have been coming back with a vengeance…

But WHY?

Here’s my 2¢ –

The electronics of early analog synths led to “flaws” such as –

Drifting tuning. Distortion. Noise. Subtle variations in waveshape, frequency, amplitude.

You may be thinking, “Those are all bad things,”

But in the right amounts, these “flaws” are the most attractive thing about analog synths –   

They add a natural ‘acoustic’ complexity.  

It’s pleasing to the human ear.  

Digital synths and soft synths erased all of the “flaws”…

But while digital is more precise, the lack of variation led to sterile and “cold” sounds.  

The cries of “too cold, too sterile” got louder,

But producers remembered the synth sounds of the past, and started buying second-hand synths from the 60s and 70s.

At first these forgotten synths were very cheap…

But as analog interest grew and scarcity of vintage synths went up, so did their pricetags…

Vintage synths that were cheap in the late 1980s are now worth thousands of buckaroos.

But Here’s The Good News –

If you don’t have thousands of buckaroos to invest in analog gear, fear ye not –

Your boy Lukavich BassGovski has you covered –

There are certain “tweaks” you can make to many soft synths that will give them that analog warmth…

But only if you know how to “warm them up”…

The sound design and synthesis courses in our member’s area will reveal exactly how to do that, and…

Right now there’s a no-obligations trial, but it’s ending very soon.

Details can be found here → https://store.bassgorilla.com/pricing

Until next time young Padowan,

Luke

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7 Habits Of Successful Producers

Ever wonder how some producers can be so damn “prolific”?

I bet you know a producer who’s always smashing out new tracks, collabing, touring and sharing new stuff with the world…

Here are 7 secret habits they use to consistently achieve such monumental feats:

7. They’re Proactive AF

This type of producer knows the importance of “G.S.D.” – Getting s%&t done!

6. They begin with the end in mind

This producer never starts any new song, new EP, new album, new project until they’ve clearly visualized the end goal.

5. They focus and prioritize ruthlessly

Don’t try to be the “checklist task master”…

Some things are more important and urgent than others. If anything isn’t important, forget about it. If it’s not urgent, do it mañana, mi amigo!

4. They collaborate with other producers

Whether it’s remixing another producer’s track, or collabing with other artists, they’re always teaming up (think about how prolific Mr. Bill is at this).

3. They look after their health

They eat right. They exercise. They get enough rest. They value having emotional balance. They don’t let things stress them out too much.

2. They keep their minds stimulated

Inspiration can come from anywhere. But you have to keep your mind open. Books, art museums, movies, cartoons, comics, weird music, stories are all good sources.

1. They’re constantly “sharpening the saw”

They’re always studying their craft and learning new techniques, new styles, new ways, new approaches – for everything!

From unusual little edits to new soundscapes and textures. From chord changes to bass filter movements…

If you need a convenient source of knowledge, wisdom and inspiration, that you can access from any device 24/7,

you’ll see exactly how world class artists are finding inspiration to create new music in the BassGorilla members area

Our latest courses can be found here –> https://store.bassgorilla.com/product-category/courses/

That’s all for aujourd’hui, mon ami.

Luke

P.S. We just released two new start to finish courses – a liquid drum & bass course and an IDM Glitch course. And they’re both waiting for your viewing pleasure here.

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How To Complete Songs (& Why You Aren’t)

Many producers aren’t sure how to complete songs.

Have you experienced this?

“Luke, how can I complete more songs? My hard drive is full of unfinished tracks just gathering dust…”

I get questions like this all the time from producers all over the world.

(Interestingly, our members who have taken our start to finish courses don’t seem to have this problem so much)

Here are some of the biggest reasons why producers aren’t finishing enough tracks

(are you guilty of any of these too?)

1. Not removing distractions (Flakebook, turning off their WiFi connection and cell phone, etc.)

2. Not mapping out the song structure in their DAW so they know what sections are needed

3. Not knowing how to write a solid B-section that matches their A-section

4. Getting stuck and spending too much time trying to fix small things (like tweaking a hi hat for three hours)

5. Not breaking up the production workflow (sound design then songwriting)

6. Not starting out with a well thought out musical idea

7. Giving up too soon without experimenting and exploring new ideas for a track

8. Not taking enough breaks, leading to ear fatigue and boredom of hearing the same loop play over and over a gajillion times

9. Not bothering to work on the finishing touches that make a track sound complete (fills, edits, transitions, FX)

10. Not dedicating enough time for producing or learning how to produce properly

If you struggle to complete tracks, our start to finish courses can help you uncover the exact workflows and methods that A-list producers are using to write chart smashing tracks step by step.

We just released a new Liquid Drum & Bass start to finish course in the members area today too.

All courses can be seen here

Related video:

10 Reasons Why Producers Aren’t Completing Tracks

Tootlepip,

Luke

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Are You Making These Music Production Mistakes?

No matter how advanced you are at music production, there are common music production mistakes that every producer makes…

Are you making any of these music production mistakes?

1. Trying to produce a track without having any strong musical ideas

2. Focusing too much on sound design instead of songwriting

3. Now organizing your DAW, files and workflow to make life easier for yourself

4. Writing arrangements that are too crowded with different sounds that have clashing frequencies, making it almost impossible to create a solid mixdown

5. Applying effects using plug-ins without knowing how to properly use them

6. Not making use of the stereo field to have each sound sit in its own space (or making your mixes too wide)

7. Applying too much processing on the master channel instead of fixing each issue individually in the mix

8. Not taking enough breaks to rest your ears (and your mind)

9. Not backing up your projects in at least three locations (I save every project in two cloud folders, one external hard drive and on my computer)

10. Over compressing, over limiting and over EQing your sounds, making them feel unnatural

11. Not investing enough time to get better at producing because they prioritize other things

12. Giving up on a track too soon before exploring new musical ideas for different sections and layers

13. Using poor quality audio material (never sample an MP3!)

14. Using untuned or out of key samples because they don’t have a firm grasp of basic music theory

15. Mixing with a muddy low end

16. Not getting to know your sub genre inside out (if you don’t know it well enough, how can you expect to create music that pushes that sub genre forward in new directions?)

I could go on, but then I’d be guilty of music production mistake #11 (spending too much time on other things than producing).

Talk soon,
Luke

P.S. If you’re making any of these mistakes, you can find out how numerous A-list producers are solving each of these problems to create musical masterpieces.

The no-obligations invitation to start your trial is still open, but we don’t know for how much longer…

Details can be found here

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The #1 Reason Why Producers Plateau

I was first introduced to Ableton Live back in 2001 by my good friend Dan.

We used to spend hours in his home studio making tunes night after night.

I’d been making music for about five years in my AKAI sampler and Propellerheads Reason.

Dan was completely new to making music inside the computer.

But what I loved about producing with Dan was his passion as we got to grips with Ableton Live every night.

Even though he was new to making electronic music, Dan’s skills jumped by leaps and bounds every single night.

Within a few months, we knew our way around Ableton inside and out.

We could design fairly decent sounds, compose and arrange sequences and layer them into sections of a track, then write each section of the song structure to produce a full song.

But as time went by, our music (and our skills) started to plateau.

Sure, we could write tracks, but they weren’t sounding like label-worthy masterpieces.

As our skills plateaud further, I noticed that Dan’s passion also started to drift off.

He wasn’t as excited about producing new tunes like he used to be.

And then one day it hit me –

When you’re brand new, your skills are so limited that figuring out how to do anything creates a major step forward in your skills

(Remember the first time you mapped an LFO to a synth parameter to make the sound move? Felt like magic right?)

But as you figure out the basics and settle in to your own habits, those habits become extremely hard to break out of to propel yourself to that next level.

Unless you’re constantly being exposed to new methods and ideas, you’ll eventually run out of steam and become a sitting duck stuck in the water. 

Sure, there’s YouTube tutorials, but 99% of them are being pumped out by bedroom producers who aren’t much better than you (and many of them are probably worse than you!).

And if you’re learning from people at the same level as you, how can you expect to grow?

It wasn’t until I quit my job, moved to a completely new country and dedicated an entire year to working on my music that my skills started to accelerate to new levels.

That was one year before I started BassGorilla. It was also the year I got signed by a label for the first time and got featured on BeatPort.

From there I started interviewing tons of A-list producers for the BassGorilla podcast. Any money I made was reinvested into hiring these A-list producers to share their secrets with our audience. And that’s how BassGorilla’s Full Access Pass was born five years ago.

Since then, dozens of our members have been signed by labels, won remix contests, got paychecks for making music for film and television and even had their music played by big producers at festivals around the world.

Coincidentally, I met up with Dan recently. He has a wife and a baby now.

He told me that even though he’s happy, he often regrets not chasing his dreams of producing music. But there’s no going back for him now…

Here endeth the lesson.

Luke

P.S. If you feel like your skills have plateaued and you need a fuel injection of high octane knowledge to break out from your current skill level, the time to give us a shot is now.

We’re running a no obligations trial right now, but it could end at any moment.

Details can be found here

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Neuro Bass Synthesis With Slynk

Want to know some killer neuro bass synthesis techniques?

In today’s sneak preview from the BassGorilla Full Access Pass courses, Slynk reveals some epic ways to design moving, morphing, living, breathing neuro basses.

And the coolest part is that you can use these amazing sounding basses for any style of music! From dubstep to drum n bass, electro house to bass-heavy techno, even future bass tracks can benefit from having some neuro basses carefully placed here and there.

[This is a sneak preview from the BassGorilla Full Access Pass member’s area].



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