Studio Tool You Need 🎹
Need to upgrade your interface or buy your first one? Here's a list of some of the best Thunderbolt and USB audio interfaces in 2024 across every budget. Don't forget that depending on what kind of musician you are, whether you use live instruments along with your productions or stay in the box, some interfaces will be better suited than others! Check out the list here!
Production Sauce 🎵
California producer LifeStyleDidIt shows us how to make a fire Dark RnB beat.
He starts with some open chords; then, he brings out the RnB vibe with randomization and some passing notes. The Chimeatron Chimes from Keyscape offer an incredible melody, which he spaces out to add tension. Finally, he adds drums, vocal chops, and and a smooth 808 to complete the mix. Check it out here.
News Story You Should Hear About ⚠️
As the conversation surrounding artist streaming royalties reaches a boil, a new music marketplace has emerged to provide artists with fair revenue shares. Artcore was made with electronic artists in mind, letting users sell music directly to fans and DJs. With a standard commission rate of 20%, we hope this new platform pushes the needle on what fair artist compensation can look like in the age of streaming.
An Industry Secret They Don't Want You To Know 🤫
Soundtrap is a website that allows you to create music, find new sounds, and collaborate with others online! The site offers a variety of royalty-free sounds, virtual instruments, and vocal and mixing tools. It can be a great way to work on ideas away from your home studio or a fun experience for someone getting into making music! Check out more about it here!
Artists We Love 🎤
Elegant comes to mind when describing Jidenna. His music includes many elements ranging from R&B, Afrobeats, funk, and hip hop, which craft an organic blend of unique textures. The American rapper's unique musical style has landed him on 2016's Moonlight, Issa Rae's Insecure, and even President Obama's personal playlist!
A couple of our personal favorites include, "Bambi," a beautifully produced track with a lullaby-like melody graced with luscious vocals, and "Long Live the Chief," featuring a grimy minimal list production with a driving vocal delivery! Check out his Spotify and Apple Music.
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