Layering combines sounds. Most synths and samplers allow layering within a single preset. If not, or if all layers are already in use, you can usually layer complete presets. These layering tips can improve how synths and samplers feel in a mix.
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Craig Anderton Interview with extensive biographical material from One Louder magazine
Craig Anderton's Sound, Studio, and Stage discussion forum on Harmony Central, open to all 24/7
Between the Waves Conference, Madison, WI
Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 17
Workshops to be announced
Sweetwater Gearfest, Fort Wayne, IN
Friday June 22, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Mastering in Your DAW
Your music isn’t done until it’s been mastered. But can you really do it in your DAW, or do you need specialized tools and talents? Find out the truth about mastering - even better, bring a song to be mastered on a USB stick, and your song might be chosen for mastering during the workshop.
Saturday June 23, 9:45 - 10:45 AM
Modern Songwriting Methods with Music Software
Today’s software offers unprecedented tools for songwriters, including simplified arranging, chord tracks, harmonic editing, instrument/software integration, and more. Find out how to take full advantage of these new technologies and streamline the music creation process.
Summer NAMM, Nashville Tennessee
Thursday June 28,10:30 - 10:55 AM
TEC Tracks keynote address on "Technology and the Future of the Music Industry."
23 years ago, and 4 years before Napster, Craig predicted that on-demand music delivered online would replace physical media. 37 years ago, in an AES white paper he predicted the rise of what we now call EDM and the technology that would make it possible. What's next? Here's your chance to see the future.
Friday, June 29, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Panel Discussion, The Future of Studio Technology
There have been several inflection points in the techno-history of music production, most notably the transition from analog to digital, but also an evolutionary series of tape and file formats. Where does music-production technology go next? Are smartphones viable production platforms? Are remote and virtual collaboration approaches workable?
Friday, June 29, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Panel Discussion, "New Trends in the Guitar"
Moderated by Laura B. Whitmore, Mad Sun Marketing, and hosted by Guitar Player Magazine
Where does the guitar stand in a digital world? In no uncertain terms, it’s more prevalent than ever. And in this special Friday-afternoon session, you’ll find out why. Laura B. Whitmore of Mad Sun Marketing will lead a group of guitar industry leaders through an insightful look at this cornerstone of the music industry. They’ll discuss real ideas, tips and success stories focused on new trends in guitar design and performance. Find out what it means to you—and to everyone at Summer NAMM.
“It’s Just Kids in Their Bedroom Pushing Buttons”
I’m getting really, really tired of “real” musicians dissing anyone who doesn’t play a musical instrument invented before 1950. I’m not just talking about turntablists, although that counts too. I recently talked with a couple of music fans, one 68 and the other 74 (yes, that old). They couldn’t stop talking about some musicians they saw playing turntables—and these are people you’d more likely find in a symphony hall. They totally got that it took a lot of dexterity and talent to play a turnable in a way that was musically relevant, flashy, and integrated with other musicians.
But I’m not just talking about that. Yeah, I’m a “real” musician. I’ve played Carnegie Hall, done session work, played 200 gigs a year, and played on plenty of commercial releases. But I also know that doing a DJ set where you keep thousands of people entertained for hours, read the crowd’s mood with pinpoint precision and weave your music accordingly, introduce effects and tempo-synched loops, throw in some one-shots, maybe add some instrumental lines on a “real” instrument (yes, an MPC is a real instrument), and never make one mistake, is really difficult. You don’t get there by pushing buttons. You get there by having an uncanny ability to put together the right music, at the right time, in the right way, and doing sophisticated beat-matching and harmonic-matching. I find it more difficult than playing guitar.
I’ve heard way too many musicians complain about "idiot DJs who just push buttons" take over their gigs. Well if it’s so damn easy, then you do it and show those “kids” how being a real musician gives you such an advantage. Or are you too afraid that once you start doing it, you’re going to find out that it’s really fun...and you really like it?
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