Mogees: Play The World

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Mogees, a company in London, plans to change the way electronic music is performed. Their flagship product, also called Mogees, combines a high-tech vibration sensor and revolutionary music software to create one of the most unique products on the market. Mogees isn’t an instrument, so much as it is the maker of instruments; its vibration sensor allows you to place it on any object, and play it as a musical instrument.

Here is Mogees’ CEO and founder Bruno Zamborlin demoing Mogees at a TEDx event in Brussels:

The launch of Mogees is due mostly to two successful Kickstarter campaigns: one in 2014 and one in 2015. However, their enduring interest among electronic musicians is due to the sheer versatility of the product. Tired of using your coatrack to trigger samples? Why not try using a dinner plate? Or your kitchen table? The possibilities are literally endless with Mogees.

Mogees is also versatile on the digital side, allowing for use with popular production applications (Ableton Live, Logic, FL Studio, etc.), not just Mogees included (and expanding) sound library.

Look at what what percussionist Andrea Oboe was able to do with Mogees and a steel beam:

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Laidback Luke Shares His Live Set & Production Tips

There’s nothing more frustrating for a musician than struggling to achieve that perfect mixdown of a track. So how is it that big names producers do it flawlessly every time using easily accessible technology like Ableton and FL Studio?

Dutch EDM legend Laidback Luke may have an answer. He’s been generous enough to share the live set for his track “Steeping To The Beat,” in hopes that aspiring producers can learn from his techniques.

Download Laidback Luke’s set of “Stepping To The Beat” on Splice

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The first thing you might notice is just how many layers are used to make this track.

“The key to proper layering is to find the gaps in the frequencies and then fill them up with sounds that specifically stand out in those frequencies. It can be as simple as saying, “Oh, my lead sounds a bit thin right now,” and then looking for an additional sound that has a lot going on in the 300-Hz range. If it were only those two sounds, I’d EQ out some 3 kHz in the 300-Hz-type sound. And in my thin lead, I’d make sure there were no 300 Hz sounds. This way, the two would fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. Group them in one channel, put a little bit of compression in there as glue, and they’ll operate as one unit.”

A big issue many amateur producers face is a proper sound system to test their music on. While playing tracks on a big club system will give you great results, Laidback Luke actually prefers to produce using his SOL Republic Calvin Harris XC headphones.

“Over almost two decades of producing music, I’ve developed such sensitive ears that I can’t deal with the “sweet spot” in a studio environment. To me, having a sweet spot in a room means that if I move my head, the sound will change. My whole mix will sound different all of a sudden! I can’t deal with that anymore. This gets eliminated by using headphones.”

Another technique Laidback Luke recommends is testing your music against professional tracks. This way you’ll be able to keep your levels solid and replicate the energy levels you’d find in a club setting.

“One main thing I do on my headphones in order not to lose track of excessive frequencies is to constantly A/B test my production with professional tracks that I know sound good everywhere. Those tracks are the law, your maps, your guidelines to a great sound. If your tracks sound more subby, more mid-rangey or more intense than those guide tracks, you’ll know you’ll have some very wrong and harmful frequencies when you’re playing in the club.”

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.@Factmag’s 14 most Influential Music Softwares

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Music software has had a major influence on the music industry in the last 30 years, viagra buy and it has come a long way. Factmag has sifted through the hundreds of programs and come up with a list of the 14 most influential. Starting back in 1985…

Performer
Cambridge, viagra 100mg MA company Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU), purchase released what would prove to be a revolutionary program. Performer gave producers more direct access to the music. It was the first program to let you compose and sequence songs with electronic instruments, making it a cornerstone for modern DAWs. In 1990, MOTU changed the name from Perfromer to Digital Performer, the name it goes by today. Producer Matmos used performer in his song “California Rhinoplasty.”

Cubase
In 1991 Steinberg released Cubase, the first program to use an arrangement page that listed tracks vertically and timeline horizontally, a style that caught on and can be seen in most modern DAWs.

Pro Tools
A major DAW both when it started and still today, Pro Tools (not to be confused with Pro-Tools) can be heard in almost any track on the radio. Pro Tools was the program behind the world’s first #1 record to be recorded completely within a hard drive… “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin… You definitely want to listen to that album in full so here you go:

Max
Max can be used to do almost anything: create instruments, sounds, effects, performing… as long as you can code it, you can do it. The user works with a graphic representation of the patches that go into whatever sound or effect they are creating. Max also recently collaborated with Ableton and now the two go hand in hand. Native Instrument’s Reaktor does similar functions and was also included on the list.

Auto-Tune
Funny enough, the software you probably hear most in music nowadays was created by mistake… An Exxon engineer, Andy Hildebrand, was developing ways to interpret complicated seismic data, when he realized the same technology could be applied to audio and change the pitches. Auto-Tune can be bought in both hardware and software form. Its use has been highly controversial over time. Jay Z even made a song called “Death of Auto-Tune.”

Garage Band
Intro-level, cheap (free), and yet powerful, Garageband is a great place for musicians who are new to the digital music world. Professional musicians will often use Garageband as a sketchpad because it’s a good way to quickly lay down some rough tracks.

MUSIC
Playstation 1 users had access to MUSIC, a sampling and looping software. Players used building blocks to piece together loops, sounds, and samples from both the software and their own CDs. You could even hook up a MIDI keyboard! They need to make more games like this for kids these days.

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Ableton Live
Live initially attracted users because it’s handy in live performances due to the ease of sampling and triggering samples within the program. Musicians even use it in performances. Ableton is also packed with effects, synths, and samplers. Many popular artists use Ableton today including Deadmau5, Flying Lotus, David Guetta, Vampire Weekend and Hot Chip.

The list also includes other DAWs like Logic Pro, Fruity Loops, and Reason.

To see the list in detail and read more about these programs, check out the Factmag article.

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