Workshop Recap: Designing Your Home Studio with Rica Cutolo

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On Friday, July 24th we held a very special workshop on creating a home studio that was given by Rica Cutolo. Rica Cutolo was born and raised in São Paulo and is currently based in Boston. He attends Berklee College of Music and specializes in Home Studio Design.

Rica started off the workshop talking about optimization. According to Rica, a lot of people start to think about adding new rooms to their houses whenever creating their home studio. He believes that’s the wrong way to go about it.

Optimize rooms with the space that you already have. Lots of people are making professional Top 40 style recordings in their bedrooms.

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He then went on to explain what kind of things to keep in mind when looking to create your studio. Having a decent understanding of acoustics, pink noise, reverb time decay, reflection and resonance will help you to make the most out of your room.

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After you have all the right equipment, you’ll be ready for making sure that the acoustics of the room work in your favor. Absorption pads are great for home studios. They are pads of foam that help to absorb sounds that come in it’s direction. Diffusion pads are similar to absorption pads, except that diffusion pads kills the sound a bit after deflecting the sound into another direction.

Studio with Diffusion Pads All Around

Everything has to be symmetrical and even. The space between the speakers and where you’ll be sitting should be an equilateral triangle.

Furniture can also be used to absorb/diffuse the sound. Rica advises that we avoid windows if possible, and if we have some that we be sure to use light curtains. The curtains should be double sided and should be a little curvy in order to get the best sound of your room.

Below you can find a diagram of how your home studio should look with different absorption and diffusion pads.

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Open House on Friday Nights Here at Mmmmaven!

Want to learn how to DJ, produce electronic music, or just get involved in the scene, but don’t know where to begin? Then get your feet wet by coming to our open house on Fridays from 4-8 PM!

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Every Friday evening our doors are open to anyone and everyone curious about the art of DJing and electronic music production. Come in and meet instructors, try out our gear, and become part of our rapidly growing community! We regularly host discussions of upcoming events and new technologies, Ableton Live Meet-ups, Groupmuse parties, and DJ/audio production workshops. And it’s all free!

This Friday, 8/15, learn how to go “From Session to Stage” with accomplished producer Time Warp. He will show you a method for taking your complex, plugin-filled session and turning it into a playable, manipulatable live performance utilizing Push, APC, or your favorite controller, that won’t skip or freeze up. Finally, we’ll further implement this method by reintroducing live keyboards.

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Interested in pursuing DJing or electronic music production further? Check out the courses we offer and contact us for more information, a tour of the studios, and a free DJ lesson!

Ableton Live Meetup this Friday! [6/20]

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Mmmmaven hosts monthly Ableton Live workshops and demonstrations to help connect the community and offer free access to pro instructors and technology. Come network with local musicians and learn from Ableton experts! This week we will cover a little of everything, so it’s a great time to join in!

MIDI Tips and Tricks with Moduloktopus

Moduloktopus will show you how to dive into the MIDI world. There are endless possibilities for MIDI in Ableton, let this guy show you how it’s done:

Make Basslines w/ Samples with Andrew Hlynsky

Learn MIDI, synthesis and resampling techniques that you can use to create interesting bass-lines for your song. Creative use of these techniques will really fill up your sound. Listen to Andrew’s song Glop, and try not to get too distracted by the album art:

Ableton Live’s Built-in Tools for Creating Randomness with Ali Berger

The randomness features in Ableton feel almost like collaborating with another musician. Ali Berger will show you how to use them to your advantage. Check out his latest collaboration with John Barera:

If this all sounds interesting to you, RSVP here and we’ll see you on Friday at 7!

We’re always happy to help you learn more at Mmmmaven. If you can’t make it on Friday you should check out our music production courses, or you can follow our newsletter for updates about future workshops!

Mmmmaven Recharge Lounge Recap Day 1 & 2

Together 5 has begun and the Mmmmaven Recharge Lounge had a great start! Fully stocked on Red Bull and Pretzel Crisps, we’re a great place to stop and rest before the night begins, but we’re offering more than just relaxation. All week we’ll have fun and informative music workshops, teaching about collaboration, technology, and music production.

If you missed it, don’t fret! We have some workshops left to spare, and you can catch up with what’s happened so far!

Day 1

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Danny Satori (right) came representing ToUch Performance Arts for the collaboration master class. ToUch Performance performs with DJs and live instruments, which takes a lot of work and practice off stage to pull off. Danny had great tips about the creative process and even taught some keytar! Next, Damian came to teach about Ableton Live.

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Damian (left) used MIDI controllers and synthesizers to give a hands-on approach to hardware and software integration in Ableton Live. The Mmmmaven classrooms were filled with crazy gadgets and sounds!

Day Two

We were excited, as always, to have Moduloktopus in our studios last night to present Keith McMillen Instruments. You could hear the audience’s reactions down the hall as they laughed and cheered for him throughout the open house. Through a mixture of hands-on student experiences and impressive performances, Moduloktopus showed off the amazing MIDI instruments that KMI have been cooking up over the years.

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And check out Moduloktopus’ recording from last night’s performance…

One lucky winner went home with his own QuNexus! (can you guess which one he is?)

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Do you see what you’re missing?! Well, you haven’t even seen it all. By the time you finish this post, you might be rushing over here for our workshop tonight!

We also have insanely cool art installations all over our walls from Andrew Hlynsky:

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And in the other room, there’s couches, snacks, more art, and DJ Mickey Grouse played some great tracks yesterday:

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The rest of the week just keeps getting better. Tonight, learn about recording live instruments into Ableton Live, and then modulating and shaping the sounds to something new and interesting. And don’t forget about our iZotope workshops, Record Fair, Ableton Spaces workshops, and an Open House for our Summer Camp! There’s something for everyone this year at Together!