• How to layer hip hop drums

    How to layer hip hop drums

    April 12, 2018 miscinc

    Drums are arguably the most important element to consider when creating a hip hop track. While the groove is essential, the sound of your drums can separate you strongly from the sea of producers. To achieve your very own sound, you won’t get far without layering. Layering is the technique of stacking sounds to create…

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  • Outside Lands 2018

    The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, Future to Headline Outside Lands 2018

    April 8, 2018 Penny

    ‘Outside Lands’ 2018 festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate park (August 10-12, 2018) is primed to be an unforgettable weekend of music. Headlining the all-star lineup is the Weeknd, Janet Jackson, Florence & the Machine and Future. Other top notch performers appearing over the weekend include Beck, Bon Iver, Chvrches, N.E.R.D, and Portugal. The Man…

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  • 3 tips for an improved workflow

    3 tips for an improved workflow

    April 4, 2018 miscinc

    Getting ideas down quickly is essential for music producers to get in the state of flow and stay there. With these 3 simple tips you’ll be able to improve your workflow, and remain focused on your project. 1. Create a template Creating a standard template in your daw will not only help you have all…

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  • 'OKRA' visuals

    Check out Tyler, The Creators surprise OKRA visuals

    April 4, 2018 Penny

    This isn’t 2017’s Tyler, The Creator. For those expecting more material in line with his critically acclaimed 2017 album ‘Flower Boy’, you are in for a surprise – because this song harkens back to his Odd Future days. Tyler, who has managed to keep the game on its toes for the better part of the…

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  • Lost Sauce playlist series

    Lost Sauce playlist series

    March 30, 2018 traktrain

    Welcome to the first instalment of the Lost Sauce playlist series here on Traktrain. Created by myself @supadupaj, this meticulously curated playlist is updated daily and contains a mix of genres of the freshest kind. Every Friday I plan to showcase my top 3 releases from artists that should be on every producers radar. Without…

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  • Traktrain90 Reverse Reverb FX Tutorial

    Reverse Reverb FX

    March 28, 2018 miscinc

    In this blog post I’ll show you how to add some spice to your musical concepts. This particular little trick will lend atmosphere and space to your track. First you need a chord progression, melody, vocal – or any element you want to work with. Duplicate the track and reverse the whole section. Now insert a…

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  • Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar Collaborate

    Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar Collaborate Together on Unreleased Tracks

    March 26, 2018 traktrain

    Two previously unreleased tracks by rappers Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar were leaked online last Friday. The tracks are unfinished demos, titled ‘Don’t Jump’ and ‘Liberated’. In ‘Don’t Jump’, Lamar raps fiercely to a steady beat, describing past feelings. ‘Liberated’ appears to be an alternate version of ‘Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1’ from West’s…

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  • Pitch Modulation Tutorial

    Pitch Modulation Tutorial

    March 22, 2018 miscinc

    With lo-fi beats, you hear the old vinyl effect a lot. The pitch of the piano, guitar or even the whole beat goes up and down which creates a super old school, mellow vibe. I’m going to show how to rebuild this in Ableton Live using the Simple Delay. Get that old vinyl feeling Firstly…

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  • Lil Pump and Gucci Gang

    Lil Pump Drops Star-Studded Gucci Gang Remix

    March 21, 2018 traktrain

    Just days after signing an $8 million record deal with Warner Bros., a remix of Lil Pump’s Billboard charting, Platinum hit “Gucci Gang” premiered on Oliver El-Khatib’s OVO Sound Radio program. The remix track features appearances by fellow hip hop stars 21 Savage, Bad Bunny, French Montana, Gucci Mane, J Balvin, and Ozuna. Have you…

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  • Creating Rhythmis Vocal Athmospheres

    Creating Rhythmic Vocal Athmospheres

    March 19, 2018 miscinc

    In lo-fi hip hop, it’s all about the rhythm and feel of your track. To create a cool rhythmic vocal effect, try using this technique. 1. All about the grains. First, choose a sample where someone is talking. Background noises are ok – music is not. Then apply your chosen vocal to a granular synthesizer.…

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