Stop Using So Much Compression

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If you haven’t caught on yet, there’s a lot of bad advice chucked around on the internet. This applies to the electronic music production community as well. In fact, I’ve posted some really bad advice on this website (I’ve deleted A LOT of posts that I wrote earlier on). One common piece of bad advice is to use compression on everything. … Read More

Composition Chops: How to Make a Piano-Driven Chord Melody

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Im excited to announce a new series here on EDMProd called Composition Chops.  By “chops”, I mean technical skill. It’s typically used in the context of jazz or rock, but let’s not worry about that. In this series, we’ll be looking at various genres of electronic dance music and the unique musical elements they feature. For example, one post in the series … Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Drum Programming

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It’s been a while since I wrote an “Ultimate Guide”, or mega-post. The last one, I believe, was on writing better and more memorable melodies which many of you found helpful. This time around, we’re looking at an area of music production that’s just as important—if not more important—than writing melodies: drum programming. Now, this post is particularly long (around … Read More