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    Stay-at-home deals

    Software to keep you sane during self-isolation

    We round up some of the best software bargains and freebies to help get you through the quarantine.

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    Plugin Boutique Scaler 2

    Scale Detection & Generation Plug‑in

    Scaler 2 is just the thing to get you out of a songwriting rut.

    Reviews . Sep 2020
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    Nextmidi Divisimate

    Arrangement Software

    Suffering for your orchestral arrangements? Divisimate can help.

    Reviews . Aug 2020
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    Vangelis

    The Role Of Synthesizers In Music

    In a rare interview, legendary composer Vangelis shares his thoughts on the role of synthesizers in music — including his beloved Yamaha CS80.

    People . Jun 2020
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    ConnectionOpen: “Skype for pro audio”

    Remote recording software offers lossless streaming in your DAW

    Self-isolation can be a lonely experience, especially for musicians who are used to collaborating with others. Could that be about to change?

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    Illmind

    !llmind - From Raw Vocal To Killer Track In ONE HOUR

    SOS Video Feature

    New York-based producer/engineer, songwriter and music educator Illmind has wide-ranging credits extending all the way from 50...

    People Jan 2020
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    The site offers lyrics in a variety of styles and languages.

    Premium Lyrics connects musicians and wordsmiths on line

    Web-based service enables you to license lyrics for music

    This web-based service aims to connect modern-day Elton Johns and Bernie Taupins in the on-line age.

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    Louis Bell: Songwriter & Producer

    Post Malone | Jess Glynne | Selena Gomez

    Louis Bell's unique perspective on songwriting and production has brought massive success with acts such as Post Malone, Jess Glynne and Selena Gomez.

    People Aug 2019
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    From DAW To Score

    Modern Orchestration For Film, TV & Games

    What does it take to transform a composer's sample-based demo into a form that real musicians can read and play?

    Techniques Aug 2019
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    Ryan Elder: Scoring Rick And Morty

    Composer

    We visit the tiny home studio scoring television animation's biggest hit since The Simpsons.

    People May 2019
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    Dom Jones: Composing For Dubai's New Year Spectacular

    Wall Of Sound

    Dubai welcomed in 2019 with one of the biggest spectacles ever staged. Dom Jones created the epic soundtrack.

    Techniques Mar 2019
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    SOS author releases eBook for library music composers

    A Composer's Guide to Library Music Available Now

    Regular readers may recall Dan Graham's SOS series on composing, arranging and selling library music for a living...

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    Art Of Moog

    Arranging Bach For A Synth Ensemble Performance

    To mark its 50th anniversary, two bands have taken to the stage to pay homage to Wendy Carlos’s classic crossover album Switched-On Bach.

    Techniques Nov 2018
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    Fred Rister

    Songwriter & Producer

    Together with David Guetta, French producer and composer Fred Rister created the hits that made EDM a global phenomenon.

    People Oct 2018
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    Tim Exile announces Endlesss, a ‘joy-first’ music creation platform

    Project focuses on the joy of music making rather than perfect production

    Founded in 2017 by musician and music technologist Tim Exile, Endlesss (with three esses) is a new music...

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    Scoring Family Guy

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    One of the defining features of the Family Guy TV show is its use of lush musical arrangements and a musical number. While the show’s writers pen the lyrics, it's down to Walter Murphy to turn these into musical pieces that work. In this video, Walter walks us through two musical cues, from turning a script into a song, to creating demos, right through to recording a live, 60-piece swing band on one of the most famous scoring stages in the world.

    Techniques May 2018
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    MeLo-X: Mobile Music Making

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    How does a platinum-selling producer make music on a mobile device? We sit down with MeLo‑X, who found commercial success co-writing tracks on Beyoncé’s Lemonade, as he talks about the real-world advantages of making music on a phone or tablet.

    Techniques Apr 2018
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    Creating A Music Programme For Ice Dancing

    Rob Colling

    With arbitrary tempo restrictions to contend with and Olympic glory riding on every cut, adapting music for ice dance represents a unique editing challenge.

    Techniques Mar 2018
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 9

    Tutti & Effects

    In this final part of the series, we show how well-chosen instrument combinations and effects will bring your orchestral arrangements to life.

    Techniques Mar 2018
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    All About Library Music: Part 10

    The A-Z Of Library Music

    We conclude our in-depth guide to the world of library music with an essential cut-out-and-keep explanation of the key words and phrases you’ll hear.

    Music Business Feb 2018
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 8

    Harp, Keyboards & Choir

    A glorious suite of extras bolsters the core orchestral sound.

    Techniques Feb 2018

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