Joel Falconer
Joel Falconer is the co-founder of public relations company Methodic Studios, publishes the gaming blog StartFrag, and is an editor at leading technology news site The Next Web. You can follow him on Twitter.
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  • Music & Audio
    Creating Comp Tracks in Pro Tools 8Thumb
    Until version 8, Pro Tools didn’t offer any effective comping tools to its users. Now, that’s changed, and you can throw out the old convoluted comping workflows and do it this (much easier) way.Read More…
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    The Role of the Musician in the StudioSinging
    At the most basic level, the role of the musician in the studio is to deliver a performance of high quality that can be released to the world (or at the very least, be turned into something that can be released). But the studio can be a daunting place for many musicians, and as a performer there’s a fair bit of pressure on you to, well… perform. Here’s some advice to help you get a grip on your role in the studio and how to make the session productive, effective and comfortable.Read More…
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    Using Propellerhead Reason 4′s RPG-8 ArpeggiatorThumb
    Reason 4’s RPG-8 Arpeggiator device is a useful tool when you want to create any sort of arpeggiated melody from a chord progression or even lead line without hours of painful penciling. The RPG-8 was released with Reason 4 and was the first arpeggiator to come with the software; it’s not hard to use, but many users still approach it with some confusion.Read More…
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    The Role of the Engineer in the StudioEngineer
    The producer, whose role we discussed last week, usually has a henchman that we call the studio engineer. In some cases, particularly those cases where the budget is limited or the producer likes to be involved in all aspects of the production, the one person fulfills both roles.Read More…
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    Using Speed Fades in Logic Pro 9Thumb
    In Logic Pro 9, Apple included a new speed fade feature which allows you to replicate the effect of a record speeding up or speeding down (at least in some stylized way). This is a common effect in modern music, and it’s worth learning this simple but handy trick.Read More…
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    The Role of the Producer in the StudioProducer
    The producer has a job that consists of many roles. Some of them happen in the studio, and some of them don’t. I’m going to spend a few articles talking about the various roles in the studio and what to expect from those fulfilling them. These aren’t going to be job descriptions; we’re going to look at the interactions that take place in the studio environment and how to make the most of them.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Improvisation Basics: 12 Bar Blues & the Blues ScaleThumb
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    A while back we took a look at the most basic lesson in guitar improvisation: the pentatonic scale. Today we’re covering what many would consider the second most basic lesson, and an excellent practice sandbox before you move on to more complicated techniques — the 12 bar blues and blues scale combo.Read More…
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    In-Depth with Reason's Sequencer Pt 2Music and audio
    While some producers, such as electronica producers, practically live in the sequencer, many home recording enthusiasts are totally unfamiliar with the concept—their work revolves around audio, not sequenced material. Understanding the sequencer is a pretty hefty topic, so we’re going to get to know Reason’s implementation in this Plus tutorial. We covered much of the Arrange mode last time, and in part two we’ll look at the edit mode, transport, tools, and more.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Creating Guitar Tabs with Logic Pro 9Guitar
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    In a music world where less and less people are bothering to learn to read and write “proper” notation, more easily grasped formats such as tablature are very popular—particularly in popular music where the nuance of rhythm can be derived from feel and instinct more easily than, say, classical. When composing in Logic, you can provide your guitarists with guitar tab instead of notation if they can’t read it. Here’s how.Read More…
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    Saving Time with Logic Pro 9: TemplatesThumb
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    In the precious minutes it takes from the time you have a great musical idea to loading up Logic and configuring a session, you may have lost the creative spark required to get it down and expand on it. Save yourself the hassle by creating templates that suit your way of working in Logic.Read More…
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    Saving Time with Logic Pro 9: ScreensetsThumb
    Ever felt like the default screensets offered by Logic just don’t suit your style of working? In this first tutorial on helping you make the most of limited time in Logic Pro 9, we’re looking at how to customize your workspace, and then save, organize and recall these workspaces as screensets.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    In-Depth with Reason's Sequencer Pt 1Music and audio
    While some producers, such as electronica producers, practically live in the sequencer, many home recording enthusiasts are totally unfamiliar with the concept—their work revolves around audio, not sequenced material.Read More…