Adrian Try
Adrian is the Music & Audio Editor for Tuts+. He's been playing keys and acoustic guitar for three decades, and has six kids. Follow him on Twitter at @audiotuts.
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  • Music & Audio
    Audiotuts+ in SeptemberPreview
    September has vanished and October has arrived—the year is slipping away. September has been an exciting month, and a month of change. The Envato Marketplaces have had a major redesign, we re-launched the "Open Mic" series where you get to have a say, and published a pile of tutorials, articles and sample packs. Here is a summary of the last month, and some thoughts about the next. And stay tuned for an announcement of a new Tuts+ initiative starting this month.Read More…
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    Open Mic: Tell Us Where You Buy Your MusicOpenmic
    Someone recently told me he has over 101 days of music in his iTunes library. I'm sure that just about all of our readers have monstrously large music collections. Where do you buy your music? Each Tuesday we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance.Read More…
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    Is the Public Capable of Recognizing Quality Music?Thumb
    Can the average music listener recognize quality? Can they distinguish a virtuoso from a mediocre musician? Can they recognize a “hit” that will still be esteemed a masterpiece in a hundred years? Does “popular” mean the same as “quality”?Read More…
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    Open Mic: Tell Us Whether You Use Your Production Computer For Other PurposesOpenmic
    Computers are used for almost anything these days. Do you see music production as just one more thing your computer does, or do you have a special studio computer that is tweaked just the way you like it and isn't used for anything else? Each Tuesday we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance.Read More…
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    A Beginner’s Introduction to Home RecordingThumb
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    Home recording technology seems to get better and cost less every year. It puts power in the hands of ordinary people. You’ve probably found this article because you want to get into home recording. Most of our tutorials here at Audiotuts are at the intermediate or advanced level. And that’s OK, because you won’t be a beginner forever. But we do have some more basic tutorials and articles aimed at the beginner. This article will refer to many of them, and hopefully give you an overview of what’s involved in getting into home recording.Read More…
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    Open Mic: Tell Us About Your Recording StudioOpenmic
    Music is produced in all sorts of locations with varying resources. Describe for us the location where you create your music, whether it be a pro studio, a room at home, or just on your laptop. And if you like, tell us about your dream studio. Each Tuesday we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance.Read More…
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    35 Crazy and Insightful Youtube Videos about Control SurfacesThumb
    MIDI control surfaces are very useful - they allow you to reach inside your DAW with something other than your mouse, and make music in ways that feel more natural. They give you greater control and more flexibility when playing and producing music. There is enormous variety in the available MIDI controllers, and more seem to be invented all the time. Here are 35 Youtube videos that cover a wide perspective on MIDI controllers and control surfaces. Which do you find crazy, and which do you find credible? Which do you find helpful, and which do you find humorous?Read More…
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    Open Mic: Tell Us About Where You Store Your Source FilesOpenmic
    Audio files are big. I’m not talking about little compressed stereo MP3s, but uncompressed multi-track DAW source files. And they seem to multiply like rabbits. Where do you store them all? Each Tuesday we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance.Read More…
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    Buyers Guide: Audio Interfaces over $1000Digi003g
    Quality costs. And if you’ve decided to spend over USD$1000 on an audio interface, you’ve decided that when it comes to music you’re serious about quality. By making this decision, you have left a lot of compromises behind: just about any audio interface over $1000 will be at least 24bit/96KHz, have a generous number of inputs, and have good quality audio to digital converters. And there are very few USB interfaces over $1000 - almost all have low-latency Firewire or PCI interfaces. But budget will still be a consideration. $1000 is just the starting point, and the prices go up quite a long way from there. What are you hoping to gain in return for all of that money? Lots of inputs? High quality and better reliability? Additional features? Some combination of these?Read More…
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    Open Mic: Tell Us About Your Music Listening Habits?Openmic
    Music makes the world go round. Most of you, our readers, make music - but I’m curious about where music listening fits into your life. And has making music changed the way you listen to it? Each week we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate.Read More…
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    How to Develop Groove in Your PlayingThumb
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    Groove gives music life. It has an influence on others that gets them moving and swaying and dancing to the music. It makes music more memorable, and is one of the ingredients that evokes emotions in others. How to Drum defines it like this: “Groove is basically the swing and flow of a beat or song. If a beat has a good feel to it, it has good groove.” Learning to feel what you’re playing, and play with feel is an important step for every musician.Read More…
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    How to Create Music Without Playing an InstrumentThumb
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    There is an old corny joke: “Can you play music?” “Yeah, I play the radio.” The modern equivalent would go something like this: “I create my own music.” “Which instrument do you play?” “My computer.” More and more people are using computers to create good music, without knowing how to play a musical instrument. I was recently setting up a computer training room with a talented guy named Jeremy. We got to talking about our hobbies and interests, and he told me that he used to write and record his own heavy metal music. “Do you play an instrument?” I asked him. “No, I just use computer software.”Read More…