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5 of the Greatest Music Producers of All Time

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Behind all of our favorite artists are the people in the captain's chair. Producers from all different genres and decades have been the masterminds responsible for those extra special touches to our favorite songs. Here are just some of the greatest producers of all time. Add your favorites in the comments below!

Music Production Tutorial: How to Chop Vocals Like a Pro

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They're in nearly every Top 40 song these days, but they're no strangers to the world of electronic music. Vocal chops are the fragmented vowels that act as melodic or percussive pseudo-vocal elements that have infected our ears and have us singing all day long. There's no doubt that they add a unique and catchy element to songs, and now it's time for you to experiment, too. Follow this easy guide, and you'll be chopping vocals like a pro in no time!

When Did Auto-Tune Start to Develop a Bad Reputation?

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It has been deemed the death of "good" music, declared the reason why American culture has gone downhill, and called utterly inauthentic. I'm talking about Auto-Tune, the pitch-correction tool created by musician and geophysical scientist Dr. Andy Hildebrand in 1997.

Since its introduction, the plugin has been a standard, and in some cases, a necessity in recording studios, and has enabled hundreds of artists and producers alike to create new ways for music to be heard and enjoyed. But why are people so offended by a pitch correction software that's used both for what it was intended to be used for and also for novelty?

5 Common Questions From Aspiring Music Producers, Answered

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Becoming a music producer can be more complicated than you may expect. Responsible for much of the nitty-gritty work and often receiving little credit for it, it can be discouraging for producers who want instant gratification for their long hours spent in the studio.

However, the only thing worse than being disregarded is being unprepared when your name is called upon by artists who expect you to be a master of your craft. In order to get you started on the right path, here are five answers to common questions asked by aspiring producers.

Studio Primer: What All the Common Production Effects Actually Do

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Like auto mechanics, carpenters, and writers, musicians often become skilled practitioners without the benefit of any formal training. So many of us have gotten really good at some section of the business by hanging around studios, sitting in on rehearsals, and watching what great players do onstage. There are producers and engineers who have created world-class recordings without ever attending a recording class.

Hands-on learning is great for musicians, but undertaking the study of music with no particular plan or curriculum also has its disadvantages. In the studio, it really helps to have some technical understanding of what different effects and equipment actually do. We all have a general idea of how a flanger sounds, for instance. But what is it? How is the sound produced? Having more clarity about these details will give us a greater command of the studio and the sound of our music in general. Without further delay (or echo), let’s dig into the details of some of the most common production effects.