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Do you struggle to create unique and cool sounding melodies or bass lines? Go and give the Arpeggiator a try!

Here are some tips to get you started:

  •        – Load up your favorite VST with a cool sound that you like
  • – Put the Arpeggiator on it
  • – Chose a chord to play 
  • – Play around with the Rate on the Arpeggiator to see what tempo you like
  • – Play around with the Gate to create some wider or more narrow sound
  • – Play around with the Steps to create some cool variation

You will notice that you will get a sound that you normally don’t get when you play notes without the Arpeggiator on it!

*Tip: Once you have found the vibe that you like go and put some effects like delay en reverb on it to get an even more cooler sound!

Good luck and HAVE FUN!

>>>𝐍𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐨 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬<<<

When you are producing music it is very important that you train your ears regularly, below are some tips on how to do this:⁣⁠⠀
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– Chose a song and pick one element you want to focus on (Kick, melody, percussion etc.)⁣⁠⠀
– Try to follow only this element trough out the entire song and forget about all the other elements (you will of course hear them but not follow them)⁣⁠⠀
– Do it again but then focus on a totally different element⁠⠀
– Practice this daily with different style’s of music⁠⠀
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Try to see it as a game, if you lost your attention of the one element you chose you lose and start over again, if you succeed to follow it trough the entire song you win!⁣⁠⠀
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Good luck, and have fun!⁣⁠⠀

A lot of producers overthink their music way to much and get frustrated with the smallest details that most people won’t even hear!⁠⠀
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Try to listen through your audience ears, will they hear if the clap is 2DB to loud? The snare’s high could be a little bit more? or that the sound’s on its own doesn’t sound that great (but in the mix itself it does!)? the answer is of course NO! Be sure to focus on the right elements of the track that people will actually hear and remember.⁠⠀
This will save you a lot of time and frustration😌!⁠⠀
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𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜.⁣⁠⠀
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Making music for the right reasons will make your music sound much better and more natural. If you always try to make a hit record you will get much more easily frustrated and lose the fun while making it, you will hear this back in your music. Try to create a story, an emotion that people will understand and can implement into their life to put a smile on their faces.⁣⁠⠀
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‘𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐮𝐬’ – Nestination⁣⁠⠀
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If you want to get better you have to work on your skills every day over and over again.🤓👨‍🎓👩‍🎓⁠⠀
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Here are some tips to help you get started:⁠⠀
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– Make a schedule for yourself what you are going to do every day and stick to it (set alarms on your phone to remind yourself)⁠⠀
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– Read (or watch a video) every day about the skill you want to improve⁠⠀
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– Practice every day in your studio (min. of 10min. a ⁠⠀
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– Train you ears by listening to a big variety of music so you are getting used to different kind of sounds, effects and styles (you will learn a lot if you listen carefully) ⁠⠀
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– Get the right feedback as much as you can (see Tip of the week #7 for more tips on this)⁠⠀
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I hope this will help you get started to work on your skills even more and get them faster to the level you want.⁠⠀
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Good luck and don’t forget to HAVE FUN!⁠⠀
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When you are organizing your tracks you will get better and faster results because you can edit things way faster.⁣

How to organize your tracks:⁣

– 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠, every DAW works with colors so you can mark every channel with a different color (Drums, percussions, FX, etc)⁣

– 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐬, when you have a lot of channels this will make your life so much easier!⁣

– 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 to have a clear overview when what piece of the track will play and for how long⁣

– 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐬, you can have different samples on the same channel, this way it is a lot faster to see the difference between them⁣

– 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬 together to make it easier to fold and unfold tracks to make your view wider⁣

– 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐳𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 of the track when you are done with it, this will save you some CPU which will be handy when you have a lot of channels with different VST’s in it⁣

– 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐦 for the mastering, you can do this by lowering every channel with around -5/10 dB⁣

You will find that if you do this your workflow will feel better and you will get faster and better results, it might be some more work in the beginning but trust me it is worth it and you can of course save the layout and use it for your next projects.⁣

Let me know your favorite thing to get your music organized and what helps you the most to get the best results!⁣

>> Nestination Studio Productions <<⁣

The change is pretty big that when you are making music you are doing this on your own and you don’t get much feedback. ⁣⁣⁣
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When you are living at home with your parents or with your life partner they have probably heard you playing the same piece of music over and over again and are kind of tiered hearing it, they are not always the best options to get critical and honest feedback on your music. ⁣⁣⁣
What you want to do is find people that are either making the same kind of music (so other producers), your piano teacher (if you have one) or maybe you have some friends that are really into music but be careful with good friends because they might want to stay on your good side and they just be telling you what they think you want to hear. ⁣⁣⁣
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𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐬:⁣⁣⁣
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When asking for feedback make sure to ask for specifics, asking someone if they like your song will get you an yes or no answer which isn’t really of much use.⁣⁣⁣
Ask for details, what did they think of the sounds that you used? or the build up? break down? mastering etc.? These kind of questions will get you further but are sometimes hard to receive because you are not always going to agree on them and understand them.⁣⁣⁣
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Some feedback will feel as some sort of criticism and can make you feel angry or disappointed with yourself, try to have an open mind about this and say thank you for the feedback, write it down and get back to your music and start working on your skills. Remember that there are always people that will love it and also some will hate it, that’s part of it and don’t try to please everyone because this is simply impossible. Get the feedback, get better and get some more feedback!⁣⁣⁣
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𝗪𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦?⁣⁣⁣
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Post your track in the comments and let’s get the feedback started, and remember to ask and give specific detailed questions and feedback!⁣⁣⁣
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Good luck and hope to see your music and feedback below!⁣⁣⁣
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>> Nestination Studio Productions <<⁣⁣

When you don’t know any chord progression or find it hard to come up with a good melody you can still create awesome melodies by letting the sounds talk to each other. ⁣

‘Talk to each other? What the hell are you talking about’?!⁣

Well just put in a few sounds in your DAW that will sound nice together on separate channels so you can tweak them individual. After that you start hitting a random note that you think sounds good for your track and record it, then go to your second channel and start hitting notes while you are playing your recorded notes from the first channel. You will put yourself in a position that you will want the sounds working together, so keep playing around with different notes and see what works for you and start recording them too.⁣
Now you already have a beginning of a melody and you can build it further on from here.⁣
You can have of course as many channels as you want and try to add some effects to the channels to create even more interaction between the sounds. (try to add some delay, you can create really dope sounds with that!)⁣

Good luck and enjoy tweaking around!⁣


>> Nestination Studio Productions << 

Do you ever get frustrated because you struggle to get a great track in you head into your DAW? Does your creative flow ever gets ruined because you can’t seem to find the right sound?⁣

By sketching out your track first you don’t get lost in the flow of creating the perfect sounds. You can do this by arranging all the elements you want in your track and make a layout of the intro, build up, break, etc. ⁣

Once you have done this, create the melody (or any other element you have in your head) with any kind of sound but make sure the notes are right.⁣

Afterwards you can start looking for the sounds you have in your head. By doing this you will keep the idea in your head alive, the creative flow going and you already have something to work with.⁣

It can be hard in the beginning, because you may have a totally different sound than you have in your head. However, remember that once you have the notes written down, you are already halfway there! Don’t worry and have fun with it!⁣

Good luck!⁣

>> Nestination Studio Productions <<

Does your music always sound kind of the same?⁣

By breaking your routines and trying new things you are automatically creating new sounds, which will give you other insights of music and different inspirations to work with.⁣

How to start breaking your routines:⁣

Let’s make a totally different template to start with, load up some plug ins which you normally wouldn’t use, open up a different kind of reverb setting, set your delays to a different amount or change other things that will give you different insights and inspiration.⁣

Now that you have set up your new template to work with, save it and start the song totally different than normal. E.g. if you normally would start with a melody start now with the drum and the bass (or visa versa).⁣

You will find that you come across some things that are unknown/new to you. This can be frustrating in the beginning, because you don’t know what to do and how to start. Try to have fun with it! ⁣

If you like the sounds that you have created, save them, store them in your selfmade sample pack* and get creative to let your music sound even better and more refreshing than before!⁣

*want to know more about making your own sample packs? Check out the Tip of the day about creating the ultimate workflow for yourself.

Good luck and have fun!⁣

     >> Nestination Studio Productions <<

How setting a smart password helped me with creating new powerful habits and learning new skills:💻🔐 Learning a new skill and turning it into a habit takes time. ⏳For example, I really wanted to learn the piano🎹 but because of all the daily distractions I sometimes forgot to play it on a daily basis in order to get better. This resulted into frustration because it wasn't going fast enough.😩 I started to think of a solution on how I could remind myself of things I don't want to forget. I came up with the idea of setting a smart password for my computer, which I login in to multiple times a day. Every time I have to log in I have to type in something I want to remind my self of: ''Playingpiano'',''Recordnewsounds'',''Makenewcontent'' etc. And I will keep this password until I’ve turned it into a new habit for myself. I then change it to something new I want to remind myself of. I hope this tip will help you turn something into a habit faster and help you learn new skills more easy.👨🏼‍🎓💪🏼 Good luck and let me know if you found this helpful or if you have some tips and tricks as well that could be helpful for others in the comments down below!👇🏼 Thanks and until next time!🔚

Do you always lose your good sounding samples and don’t know where you left them? Create the ultimate workflow by creating your own little sample packs! How you say? We all know the fact that when you are in the process of making a track and you have this sample or presets that you really love you but forget to save it and now that you are working on a new track you have to look for it again but you cannot find it anymore, sound farmiliar? Well for me this issue came up quite a lot founding myself looking for those fck#ing sounds that I made some day earlier that I wanted to use for my new track as well. I came up with this workflow for myself that whenever I create a good sample, preset, FX or whatever that I think I could use for a next production I will store it in my self made samplepacks. This way you will be more orginized and are able to found those good sounding samples way faster! If you want to hear what kind of sounds I put in my sample packs and how I organize them, go check out my video below. Good luck and enjoy! Nestination

Don't know how to start your new project?⁣ ⁣ When it comes down to a blank screen you some times experience a blank mind as well, you don't know how and where to start. This can be very stress full and frustrating at times but when you start with your foundation first you will get things rolling sooner than you think!⁣ ⁣ Foundation, how does that work you say?⁣ ⁣ Well most music genres have some sort of foundation instruments which will lead the track and make up the tempo and rhythm such as the bass, drums and percussion. If you start with this you will have a tempo to work with and if you add some percussion you will create a groove which you can use for inspiration. Most of the time you will have some sort of Idea in your head that you want to create and by making the foundation first you already have some elements to work with.⁣ ⁣ Using loops to get creative:⁣ ⁣ When you are working on your foundation you can load in some existing percussion/drum loops en try out what works for you, this way you don't spend hours on creating your own loops and kill the creative process. Don't worry that you didn't make it yourself but use it to get creative and get things rolling! Once you have found the elements you want to work with try to remake it, add some effects and give it your own sound.⁣ ⁣ Let me know if you found this tip of the week helpful and if you got your creative process rolling again! ⁣ ⁣ Good luck and have fun!⁣ ⁣ (Do you have some topics you want some tip and tricks on? leave it in the comments below!)⁣

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