Can't find your final masters? Hard drive an unnavigable mess? Wondering what to do with all the stuff you created for your last musical project? Come get your answers as Matt Boudreau (recording and mix engineer and host of Working Class Audio) talks with one of the foremost authorities on the subject, Jessica Thompson (mastering engineer and audio archivist). Learn tips and tricks for file naming, folder hierarchies, and backup schedules; and, most importantly, how to implement these best practices painlessly into your creative workflow. Come with questions. We'll provide answers.
Working with artists, going through the versions from inception to finish project. David Earl and Emily Afton
In this presentation, producer David Earl will be discussing his workflow with an artists that he co-produced, Emily Afton. They will discuss the process of inspiration, getting the idea down, discussing aesthetic, and fleshing out the song with production. How do you work with multiple producers? An artist has a vision and the producers can help shape the aesthetics of a song. How do you balance these two visions? (Or three?)
Ever wonder what makes up the DNA of a hit song? Matt Donner will dissect the theory and arrangement techniques of a current hit song for you in this MusicExpo exclusive installment of The Breakdown. Matt's wildly popular Breakdown YouTube series has racked up over 2 Million minutes watched in the last 12 months. Now's your chance to see it live for yourself, and get your songwriting questions asked by the man himself.
A panel with musicians, educators, producers, journalists, and editors about how they're trying to make a difference during the Trump era by highlighting political work, raising money for the marginalized, and supporting the work of artists of different backgrounds. Host: Michelle Threadgould, Bay Area Music Journalist
As creative artists, many of us find ourselves stuck when it comes to handling the business side of our creative projects. We run into our fears and heavy resistance when it comes to dealing with money and achieving success for ourselves. Join Decap and Abigail Diaz Juan, the author of How Me Found I: Mastering the Art of Pivoting Gracefully Through Life and learn how to pivot into a life of successful abundance by converting your fears into the courageous action needed to create the necessary forward movement to accomplish your desired reality.
Ableton Push is a unique instrument to create, produce, and perform with all the power of Ableton Live at your fingertips. Check out this music creation demo where Ableton Certified Trainer, Lenny Kiser (Sequence One), walks through creating a song from scratch on Push 2. Learn the tricks to make writing music faster with Push.
iZotope's Lead Product Specialist Geoff Manchester (Composer, Producer) shares expert advice on the topic of mixing for mastering and other insights to get your tracks ready for release. Buss compressor & EQ, RMS or dBfs levels, nothing is left off.
Ever wondered how the pros do it? Come hear Jay-J, Grammy-nominated producer, remixer and DJ, share his own time-honored production tips with you. The workshop will focus on 1) Setting your sessions and yourself up for critical / evaluative listening, 2) Explain the reasons behind why it helps and how it combats less than ideal listening environments, 3) Explain “How" he listens and what he's listening for in this scenario. This workshop shows the steps to listen even more critically and accurately, moving beyond your normal workflows.
Learn how to unleash your creative output using the latest innovations in modular synthesis. See it in action through a short performance by 4ms Company engineer, sound designer and and touring Jacktone Records artist Hugo Lavender Paris.
Maschine and the S-series keyboard from Native Instruments have evolved into even more powerful units that can be used within Maschine, Komplete Kontrol, and can work as a bonafide control surface for your DAW as well. Product Specialist David Earl will walk you through the new improvements in the hardware and software.
Bay Area hip hop music producer Decap (Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, and Tim Kile (formerly of Arcade Fire) who uses Ableton Push 2 is task to come up with a dope beat fron scratch. Combining organic with electronic sounds, chopping loops and sourcing kicks his own Drums That Knock, Decap will get down to work. Will he achieve his stated goal of cooking up a beat in one session? Only time will tell.
In this presentation, composer David Earl of David Earl Productions will show how to adapt a composition workflow for games. Subjects will include a discussions about adaptive and interactive music, addressing game state changes in a composition, and creating tension levels for games. He will also briefly discuss implementation strategy and middleware.
In this talk, Moldover will discuss the motivation behind his bespoke instruments and controllers. Through a demonstration of particular key devices, he’ll discuss the artistic challenges that necessitated their design and show how you can take your performance needs and turn them into instruments and controllers of your own. Finally, he’ll discuss the idea of “controllerism” as an artistic ethos. Where did it come from, and where will it go in the future?
In this two part workshop, dive deep into the craft behind conceiving a string arrangement. Part one, Nahuel Bronzini (Airship Laboratories) will converse with songwriter/bassist Aaron Gibson and discuss the thoughts and intentions behind one of the songs from his upcoming album (name of the album). Nahuel and Aaron collaborated to come up with a string quartet arrangement that would complement and embrace the identity of the song. Nahuel will demonstrate examples from the demo and we will breakdown the compositional ideas behind the different sections of the song. Part two, Nahuel and Aaron will be joined by The String Quarter Experience ensemble (Kashi Elliot Christina J. Simpson, Joanne de Mars), for an immersive tracking session. to record the arrangement and discuss the dynamics and interactions between artists, string players and engineer. Specific micking techniques will be discussed and choice of placement and organization of the session in order to achieve the desired musical and sonic results for the production. We will finish with a Q&A with the participants involved to hear the different perspectives and past experiences in this type of setting.
Learn how to create real community that is supportive and wants you to be successful. We will teach you how to leverage your social media to foster real relationships. You will discover the advantages to having friends you can visit around the world. A panel with Dylan Germick (Planet Booty) and Josh Windmiller, moderated by Stefan Aronsen (Balanced Breakfast).
Social media have become a vital promotional tool for artists. Discover 10 essential tips you need to create success with your music on social media with Jeff Straw, saxophonist, DJ and marketing director of Pyramind. Learn how to choose a platform and what content to post? A critical discussion to up-level your music, brand and online presence.
Repairing audio involves carefully patching over troublesome areas and performing precise audio edits—all without causing audible artifacts that listeners may detect. In this workshop, Geoff Manchester (Lead Product Specialist, iZotope, Composer and Producer) will walk you through some basic repair and restoration scenarios and how to fix common audio issues using RX, iZotope award-winning audio repair and enhancement toolkit.
Songwriters tend to write from pure inspiration – which is the way it should be. But too often the emotional effect a song has on the listener won’t be as powerful as it was for the writer. The Songwriters Blueprint is a workshop created by renowned songwriting coach Jai Josefs to help you turn your inspired ideas into well crafted professional products that will successfully communicate your message to a wider audience and generate industry attention. Using examples from hit writers in the pop, indie, and singer/songwriter idioms whose work has touched millions, he will show you a step by step method for how you can immediately begin applying the process they use to your own writing.
When an artist sets forth on his or her journey towards creative expression, there are steps that need to be taken to turn a vision into reality. Although technology can make things easier, it can never replace the experience of being inspired. Alex's musical journey has taken him all over the world. His prolific cross cultural boundary breaking sound is largely due to his ability to instantly create music. Being in touch with your own creative vision requires an aptitude in music along with a fearless creative flow. Join Alex for a talk on the art of music creation and inspiration (creativity in the modern age of music).
How do you generate revenue from your songs when your audience is already submerged with great music? Don’t just take your bandmate's advice; join Jamie Sampson (Head of Partner Management at Pandora) as he moderates this panel centered on tools that independent artists have at their disposal to market their music, and also to ensure they get paid appropriately via sound exchange, PRO in the music industry today with Michael Gross (Twitter), Casey Shafer (Con Brio), and Decap (Artist, Producer).
In this two part workshop, dive deep into the craft behind conceiving a string arrangement. Part one, Nahuel Bronzini (Airship Laboratories) will converse with songwriter/bassist Aaron Gibson and discuss the thoughts and intentions behind one of the songs from his upcoming album (name of the album). Nahuel and Aaron collaborated to come up with a string quartet arrangement that would complement and embrace the identity of the song. Nahuel will demonstrate examples from the demo and we will breakdown the compositional ideas behind the different sections of the song. Part two, Nahuel and Aaron will be joined by The String Quartet Experience ensemble (Kashi Elliot Christina J. Simpson, Joanne de Mars), for an immersive tracking session. to record the arrangement and discuss the dynamics and interactions between artists, string players and engineer. Specific micking techniques will be discussed and choice of placement and organization of the session in order to achieve the desired musical and sonic results for the production. We will finish with a Q&A with the participants involved to hear the different perspectives and past experiences in this type of setting.