Music Production Toolkit 4: Sample Magic, Music Radar and Original Drum Hits

Welcome to the final part of the Music Production Toolkit series where I am looking at some of my favourite and most frequently used plugins, virtual instruments and samples libraries.

This week we are looking at drum hits, and when I am starting a new project one of the first things I consider is the drums and percussion needed. I begin this process by auditioning individual sounds and building my own palette of individual hits as a kit in Battery, Native Instruments drum sampler. Choosing the right sounds is important to me, particularly when working in ambient genres as the percussive elements are often exposed and pla
y a vital role in establishing the overall texture and aesthetic. While I utilise samples from a wide range of sources, lets take a look at 3 of my frequently used approaches.

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Music Production Toolkit 3: Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate

Welcome to the part 3 of the Music Production Toolkit series where I am looking at some of my favourite and most frequently used plugins, virtual instruments and samples libraries.

This week I am looking at Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate, a huge collection of 87 Native Instruments products including soft synths, effects, and sample libraries. While the contents of this pack can be overwhelming, there are a number of key tools within this collection which have become essential to my composition and production workflow. Here is an overview of 3 of my favourites, Kontakt, Battery and Massive.

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Music Production Toolkit 2: Spitfire Audio - Olafur Arnalds Felt Piano / LABS

Welcome to the part 2 of the Music Production Toolkit series where I am looking at some of my favourite and most frequently used plugins, virtual instruments and samples libraries.

The main focus this week in the centrepiece of the Spitfire Audio - Olafur Arnalds Composer Toolkit, the Felt Grand Piano. Over the last 10 years Spitfire Audio have become a huge name in the world of media composition and music production and have produced some beautiful libraries, my favourites being Chamber Strings Professional, Albion V Tundra and the LABS range (more on that later).

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Music Production Toolkit 1: Logic Step FX

Welcome to the first part in a new series called Music Production Toolkit where I will be looking at some of my favourite and most frequently used plugins, virtual instruments and samples libraries.

First up is Step FX, a plugin added to Logic X version 10.4 earlier this year. Despite it being around 5 years since there was a full version update, Logic X still presents incredible value for money and alongside Step FX recent free incremental updates also include the powerful Alchemy synth, the exciting ChromaVerb plugin and updates to legacy features in the software including the user interface of popular instruments and effects.

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Coming soon on The Audio Tapes…

The Audio Tapes is now 5 months old and highlights so far include the Songwriting and Composition Techniques series which went on to feature on the Red Dog Music Blog, the review of Output Sounds - Analog Brass and Winds, and attending the Spitfire Audio launch of Hans Zimmer Strings at Air Studios.

As we move into the Summer months we will be expanding and delivering more content on a regular basis, this includes at least one new article each week for the rest of the year along with some added extras along the way including interview and reviews. Planned articles range from multiple part series including Music Production Tips and Creative Challenges to shorter topics investigating areas including Record Shopping, The Art of Listening and Productivity.

Thanks for your support and interest so far, I will also be continuing my collaboration with Red Dog Music blog writing some guest articles so keep your eye out for those too. In the meantime, if you would like to get in touch
either visit the contact page or email info@theaudiotapes.com. You can also find me on Twitter @MDennyMusic or visit my website at www.michaeldennymusic.com. Finally, don't forget to check back for the first part of a new series called Music Production Toolkit on Friday 1st June. Read More…

Red Dog Blog - Songwriting Techniques Summary

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As I mentioned in the final blog of the Songwriting Techniques series, I have been working with Red Dog Music Blog to create a summary article about the series, both parts are online now:

Part 1: http://blog.reddogmusic.co.uk/2018/05/08/part-1-songwriting-and-composition-techniques/

Part 2:
http://blog.reddogmusic.co.uk/2018/05/17/part-2-songwriting-and-composition-techniques/

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch,
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Songwriting Techniques 10: Collaboration

For the final post of the Songwriting Techniques series we are going to look at different approaches to collaboration. If you enjoyed this series of articles then make sure you keep an eye out for a summary article which I am working on in collaboration with the Red Dog Music Blog. Read More…

MDM Remixes - Chvrches, Maximo Park, Nick Hodgson and more...

So my latest remixes of Get Out by Chvrches and The Hero by Maximo Park are now streaming on Soundcloud - perfect summer vibes! Enjoy, feel free to share and let me know your thoughts - you can find me on Twitter @MDennyMusic or email info@theaudiotapes.com

To hear these remixes and more check out the Soundcloud playlist below:


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Songwriting Techniques 9: Technology

Advances in technology have had a huge effect on the music industry and there are lots of resources available to assist and develop your songwriting. For the penultimate article of the Songwriting Techniques series the theme is ‘Technology’. Read More…

Interview: Red Dog Blog

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I was recently interview by Red Dog Music about my creative process, the gear I'm using and whats on my pedalboard, you can read the full interview here:

http://blog.reddogmusic.co.uk/2018/04/10/sunday-spotlight-michael-denny/

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