Our Tech School on SOONish Podcast

Excited to be sharing with you the latest SOONish Podcast: A tech-and-culture podcast from @hubspokeaudio and journalist Wade Roush. “The future is shaped by technology—but technology is shaped by us.”

“We can’t predict what kind of music people will want to make or hear in the future. But judging from the sounds coming out of today’s studios and clubs, it’s a good bet that the tunes of tomorrow will be heavily mediated by digital technology.

This week’s show asks how software has changed the way composers and performers make music, and how our tools for creating music will evolve in the near future.”

We were psyched to get them in touch with alummmni Biyeun who says:

I spent like 5 or 6 hours in [Tresor] and danced until I didn’t have the energy anymore, and it was therapeutic. The music is so powerful it can take you into a completely different state. My initial reaction was: Why haven’t I heard this before?

Listen to Biyeun wax even more philosophically about how she learned to DJ, her tips to success, Vault Boston, and much more…

Even our Co-Founder David Day gets in on the action:

That is your future of music right there: Everyone is a musician, we’re all making music any time, all the time, and all we hear is new music, and it’s from us.

Thank you SOONish!

Speaking of technology, have you taken a virtual tour of our technology lab(s)?

Or we can do it in #MeatSpace:


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Remix Winner: Preston Powers

We have a winner! Last month, we held our first-ever Ableton User Group Remix Challenge and invited the music production community to take a stab at Digital Den’s latest release from Subalias. Specifically, the song “Take Me Out”:

The winner is Preston Powers a/k/a $PIC¥ BØ¥$!

From a production standpoint it’s mixed well, and the sound design is on-point. Stylistically, I love the energy … this track slaps! — Subalias

Here’s a quick Q&A with Preston Powers

Subalias said this track slaps! How did you get it just right?
I know a really, really good ghost producer… Just kidding! The little things like compression, reverb, eq, filters, panning, saturation and automation really add up in the end. Don’t be afraid to slap some effects on a sound; if it sounds better, keep it! If it doesn’t, drop it and move on!

Which do you think is the best part of the jam?
The second drop unexpectedly switching up causes a small explosion in my head that gets me going! My favorite element is that rolling bass coming in at 54s and 2:26 – Takes Me Out … back to Europe.

What do you enjoy most about Ableton?
What’s nice about Ableton is there are so many resources out there to help you reach that mastery level. Shout-out to Mmmmmaven! (and YouTube, heh!)

Preston wins a dope prize pack which includes the *dope* Making Music (Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers) book, Ableton expansion packs, and more!

For more Preston Powers, click through:

This is a mix we did for MIX 24/7 EDM Radio! Most of the songs are $PIC¥ BØ¥$ originals with a dash of other spicy songs we enjoy! Thanks for listening!

Join our music-loving community today! Our instructors can show you Ableton, Serato, synthesis, and much more… Book a free tour right now:

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Moog: New Grandmother Demo Libraries

Via the Moog Music Inc Newsletter

Learn the secrets of the Grandmother Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer with this playlist of new tutorials from the Moog Demo library. These easy to follow videos teach sequencer basics, how to use the LFO as a third oscillator, and creative uses for the sync input.

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5 Music Production Tips from Kaz James

I think as a producer it’s a never-ending learning curve; every day is a school day

Kaz James is a success story. Signed to Universal Records at the age of 21 and scoring a massive hit as one half of Bodyrockers with single I Like The Way in 2005, Kaz James achieved success from a young age.

In an interview with Music Radar, James highlights 5 tips on how to point yourself in the direction of success, including perhaps scoring films, touring on your own talent, or releasing your own music on labels like Objektivity.

1. You never know enough

“I still really enjoy writing with people who have nothing to do with my world. It’s always the people you never expect that blow your mind, and it’s a great away to keep evolving as an artist, producer or songwriter.”

2. Build your sound and sample library

“Your sample library is incredibly important – that one sound can make the difference between a record hitting or flopping.”

3. ???

Visit MusicRadar.com for the other 3 (spoiler alert — “Be Nice!“)

This is how it goes down every Sunday I'm in there somewhere

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Our instructors have hundreds and HUNDREDS of other tips! We can show you the software James and many other new-era musicians use, and in a way that fits your schedule! The easiest way to start is emailing me