Studio Tool You Need 🎹
Swarm Reverb is Minimal Audio's latest plugin, a dual-stage reverb with separate algorithms and controls, making it capable of creating everything from expansive ambience to lush effects. Swarm Reverb is available on Windows and Mac for $49; check it out here.
Production Sauce 🎵
Take a dive into Future Garage with Stranjah. Explore deep sounds, pitched down RnB vocals, and lofi elements like vinyl deep rolling basslines. Stranjah shows how to make moody tracks like the Artists Burial, Synkro, and Sorrow. He uses some great sound design with Massive X, Pigments, and Prophet V. Then he rounds out the track with a rolling baseline from Serum and some chill lofi sounds like vinyl and reactor’s free “VHS Tape” effect. Watch Stranjah Here!
News Story You Should Hear About ⚠️
Brownies and Lemonade is a music collective primarily based in Los Angeles, however they have events in New York throughout the year. Although mainly an LA events company, producers all over the world are able to connect with them, mainly through Twitter and Discord! With Twitter and Discord, you can talk with performing artists, other up-and-coming artists, and event managers to get involved with the community in any way. Being active on social media is a great way to build your online presence! Check them out here!
An Industry Secret They Don't Want You To Know 🤫
Available for FREE until the end of January, the Rhodes V-Pan Plugin emulates the Vari-Pan effect that is found on Rhodes MK8 hardware! It comes with customizable controls like depth, waveform panning, and BPM sync. Check out the quick demonstration above and grab it here before the month is up!
Artists We Love 🎤
A 24-year old R&B artist from Seattle, Umi–who's name translates to "ocean" in Japanese–produces a compellingly peaceful and soulful sound. Now in L.A., Umi first began her career posting YouTube and SoundCloud covers in high school before creating her own music inspired by her biggest influences–Frank Ocean, SZA, and Jhene Aiko. Check out her moody, soft vocals on "River" and "Down to Earth," available on Spotify and Apple Music.
What's Happening at 343?
We had a blast welcoming our 1-year producer program cohort last week! With such a diverse range of experience and musical interests, we are pumped to see what our students achieve by the end of the year! Want to learn more about our 1-year producer program? Click here!
We've got plenty of fun events coming up this month, including free masterclasses, feedback sessions, and more. Keep an eye out for upcoming events here!
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