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Being asked to copy existing music can be a challenge, from both an artistic and legal standpoint. You want to write something that makes your client happy, but you don't want to embarrass yourself for simply ripping something off. Here's how composer Ryan Leach does it.
Being asked to copy another song is just an everyday part of the gig. Here are some tips for both tapping in to the original's essence while still keeping the music inherently your own. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Medium; Tags: Composition, songwriting, Copyright
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Guitarists, it's time for a finger workout! ;) Here are some charts to get your fingers around the harmonic minor scale, plus some awesome tips about when to use this colorful scale.
Are you looking for a minor flavor inspiration? Go ahead and read this article. | Tags: Music Theory, Guitar, Harmonic Minor Scale, Scales
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Do you do sound for live gigs? Are you sick of the rats' nest of cables? It's time to go wireless!
Anyone who has done live sound knows this ultimate truth: Cables suck! Thankfully in this modern era we have wireless options to cut down on the rats' nest of cable! | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Medium; Tags: live sound, Wireless Audio
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Ever wonder how a song journeys from the earliest spark of inspiration all the way to Number One status? Follow along ten milestones that realistically portray the way the process often happens in Nashville.
Ever wonder how a song journeys from the earliest spark of inspiration all the way to Number One status? Follow along ten milestones that realistically portray the way the process often happens in Nashville. | Tags: songwriting, demo, Music Demo, Music Charts
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Want to sound less digital? After more width and depth? Looking for more punch? Then check out virtual consoles!
A rundown of the two most popular virtual consoles; complete with explanation of parameters and A/B sound testing. | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Medium; Tags: Sound Design, Virtual Consoles, Audio Production
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Jump! If you love 80s synth rock, here's one tut you have to check out. :)
In this tutorial we'll recreate the main theme of Van Halen's "Jump" using Ableton plugins. | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Short; Tags: Sound Design, Ableton Live, Synthesis
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What's that tempo? Find out easily using Cubase's Beat Calculator.
Tempo is a fundamental principal of music. It drives the feel of the music, and adds emotion. But you have to get it right! You can’t expect a EDM song to have tempos of 50 or 60. In this quick tip, I will show you how to use Cubase's Tap Tempo feature and Beat Calculator. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Quick; Tags: Cubase, Tempo, Tap Tempo, Beat Calculator, BPM
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Altiverb is an awesome reverb plugin. Follow along as Will Walker takes us on a complete tour, including audio samples that compare it to Logic Pro's Space Designer.
A run through of one of the best computer-based reverbs on the market. | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Medium; Tags: Audio Production, Altiverb, reverb
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Break out of the scale! Here's how non-diatonic chords can give you a whole new harmonic vocabulary. A must-read for composers and music theory geeks. :)
How to use non-diatonic chords for a cinematic harmonic vocabulary and create any mood you desire. | Difficulty: Intermediate; Length: Short; Tags: Music Theory, Composition
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Tuts+ Music & Audio is a blog for musicians, producers and audio junkies!

We feature tutorials on the tools and techniques to record, produce, mix and master tracks. We also feature weekly articles for the music obsessive. 

Our commissioned tutorials are written by industry experts and professionals, but anyone with an awesome skill to showcase can contribute a post and we’ll pay $150 if we publish it. You can learn about the submission process on our Write a Tutorial page.