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Production Bytes – Because You Have a Computer


If you’re on this site it’s safe to say that you’re a guitarist. If this is true, I would like to congratulate you for using a computer.  Now that you’ve managed to master technology created later than 1950; I want to hip you to Production Bytes.

I know, I know, why would I suggest to you, a six string samurai of great skill and greater honor, go watch a set of videos geared towards the making of (shiver) electronic music? Well, because I’m assuming that you’re not using a Fostex 8 track recorder to record with (and if you are, you’re probably doing so between trips to the hipster section of your local Goodwill).  It’s possible that you own a dedicated digital recorder, but those cost like a bajillion dollars (or at the very least thousands of pennies).

Let’s be serious here, it’s 2013, you have a free copy of Cakewalk that came with that multi-effects pedal you bought but never learned how to program taking up space on your hard drive.  Loading up DAW software on your laptop was much cheaper – not to mention more convenient – than buying a stand-alone solution (seriously, you can load some pretty hardcore software on your tablet, it doesn’t get much more convenient than that).  So, just give into the fact that at some point you’re going to plug a USB cable into something and record. It will happen.  But now that you’re doing it, how do you learn how to do it well?

This is where Production Bytes comes in.  I know that it’s electronic music focused but there’s plenty of stuff to keep your analog tears at bay.  Videos on how to create realistic sounding drums, how to master your music and how to use compression are universal.  Even if you’re not looking to incorporate synth lines into your latest I-IV-V  magnum opus about Yngwie and a Ferrari (I hear this is a popular topic) there’s a lot to be learned on just how to use the tools of the 21st century to make your recordings not sound like crap.

This is a goal that you should have.

Production Bytes.  Subscribe and learn.

By G. Edward Jones

G. Edward Jones spends his free time trying to convince his wife that a dedicated track car is a good idea.