Learning Logic Pro X, Bane, Terrors & More Fresh Free Music!

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Welcome back Music Lovers!!! Today is full of new life, new music and new discoveries! This week I found a helpful new video, finished up a remix, discovered a new music artist and heard some fresh free music.

Some of you may know that I have produced some beats on an Ipad 2 and on the Mac’s Garageband. You can check out a mix I made with Garageband here. https://soundcloud.com/djotheengineer/the-cracked-mixtape-vol-1

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You can also check out the rest of my sounds here https://soundcloud.com/djotheengineer/tracks   My goal is to take my music to the next level and improve upon it by merging all genres of music with samples from movies, videogames, and animation. I want to create a force of future energy sounds that will make your body move and your head bop!

Now I’m taking the steps that many producers who like working with Mac, but feel the limits of Garageband, take. I want a BIG SOUND, more options, more instruments, and better drums! I like Fruity Loops, but love working on my Mac, so what choice do I have?

Enter Logic Pro X!

Over the next posts I’ll be updating you on my journey into the depths of this music creation software. Beats, mixes, and remixes! It’s going to a be a long road, but one that will produce new sounds!

Lacking the money for audio engineering classes I just decided to make a go of it and teach myself the theory and principles behind the applied science of music production.  Why not? I’m not the first and certainly won’t be the last to ever become a student and teacher of the DAW simultaneously.  Besides I’ve always loved good banging beats and with Youtube, and a supportive DAW community I can finally realize my vision for epic beats!! YES!

The video below is a general intro that highlights the beginner, stripped down mode of Logic Pro X. If you are coming from Garageband like me, this video does a great job of outlining the basics. The instructor guides you through the interface in Logic’s unadvanced mode, which he calls, “Garageband Pro”.  I have no issues with that, but I know some out there who complain about the program’s similarity to GB. So what? Any advance program that can make my music sound massive is a welcome plus!

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Watching it I was happy to know that many of the controls, commands and functions remain largely the same.  Keep an open mind and be patient and you”l learn some great useful info that will ease your stress about the program. I like how Apple makes things intuitive for the users like me, who are new to the software and do not possess a massive info on music production. I started making music on an ipad, then found GB and now I’m here, so I’m ready to begin!

I still use Garageband 11 and below you’ll find a remix I did on the program. Makina’s “Elusive” came up on my playlist one day while I was mixing. I didn’t even realize I had the song, so I paired it with a sample from Conan, The Barbarian and it felt good. I love that movie and am making my own song with it, but all of a sudden I decide the fight scene between Bane and Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises” would fit the track better in the form of a remix. I sampled some of the villian’s dialouge and inserted it into the edited portions of the track. Afterward I cut it up some more, so think of this as fan tribute to Tom Hardy’s “Bane” and Makina’s “Elusive. Here it is! A free download! Like, Share and Enjoy the remix!

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FRESH MUSIC ARTIST DISCOVERED!

StefLebaux

Location: Morris Park, The Bronx      Genre: Electronic

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I love the library. I love to sit there and listen to these beats. I often compose projects in the library. It’s great because hardly anyone comes and I can chill with my headphones. I plug my headphones into the mac on the long abandoned table and start Facebooking. (My new word of the day or maybe it was invented before, anyways I’m Facebooking!) Looking through articles, trying to promote this little blog, my beats, and new music I come across something.  Lo and behold the skies open and the God of Dope Beats shows me a sign in the form of Ruth Papazian, a fellow Facebook user who responded to my plug for this blog!

“Hey , Did you see my post on Stef Lebaux?” she wrote.

In my mind I was like, “Hmm, who is Stef Lebaux?” I hit her link. It helps to have an open mind because many times people dismiss things based on surface observations. It said Bronx Hipster in the link, so I didn’t know what to think at the time. I’m happy I ignored it because I discovered an awesome new sound. Maybe you may have heard of this artist or maybe not, in any case here is an important link to familiarize yourself with her sound.

 Lebaux’s “indie electronic” style is ver much inspired by the 90s trip hop genre. Her influences include Portishead, Radiohead and Massive Attack. I am a fan of these artist and that info told me I was heading in the right direction. Hear her music and tell me if it doesn’t invoke the spirit of these performers. I always like to listen to this music at night. Night time is the right time and when the lights are low the beats from Lebaux’s music will move you.

Tracks like “Terrors” and “Lust Coma” provide addictive basslines, beats and tight vocal work. It’s a pleasure to listen to this music because it gave me that 90’s trip hop feel and at one point I was reminded of Massive Attack and Tricky. Lebaux makes awesome tunes that lift the spirit and take you higher! Hit the links below to discover her representing my home, The Bronx in the “Battle of the Boroughs” on April 4th at “The Greene Space”. Follow “The Greene Space” on Twitter to get links to a live stream, a ballot and photos of the performers. She has my vote for best artist in “Battle of the Boroughs”! Check the links to discover more and support the sound of music artist Stef Lebaux!

http://steflebaux.com/   https://www.facebook.com/StefLebaux

https://www.facebook.com/StefLebaux

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FRESH FREE MUSIC DISCOVERED!!

Black Tiger Sex Machine

Location: Montreal, Canada     Genre: Electro House

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From Soundcloud Bio: “We perform a unique show which is part DJ-set, part live, in which we combine tracks, loops, drums, samples and synths into an intense barrage of sounds and beats, all while wearing our trademark Tiger Helmets. Welcome to our Church.”

Woah! These guys rock! Seriously! I felt the music and now let the rhythm of this Electro House track take you…higher!  Feel the rise….feel that epic ascent and drop! Black Tiger Sex Machine went on a crazy session in the studio and the sound is massive. Think Godzilla moving through the city! What are you waiting for? Listen and download this epic sound on blast now!

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This mix below is also epic, so I had to include it because I like the movie, “Drive” and futuristic cinematic sounds.  These guys are serious with the badass music! Discover and download it! Dust off your scorpion jacket and drive off into the night with sounds from the future! This group has also made a series of cinematic mixes so check them out! FREE. YES. COOL!

Well that’s all I got for now. Stay tuned for more fresh free music and other cool music news in post 7!  Viva Good Music!

– O

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You Can Still Stream The 2014 iTunes Music Festival, A 90’s Rave Days Mix & More Fresh Free Music!

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Welcome back music lovers! Happy Friday! Throw your hands up in air and wave them around like you just don’t care. Today is a very special day because of all the free content I have to share with you, not to mention a flashback mixtape and a round up of new artists producing music you just can’t stop boppin to, so let’s get into it shall we?

First off we have the iTunes Music Festival at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin! A collection of music industry heavyweights rocking the crowd! Apple’s music festivals has been rocking music lovers at London’s Roundhouse venue annually since 2007. This time around Apple has decided to host the event in the US for the first time ever and has decided to give fans who couldn’t make it to the show some streaming options to view the festival live from the comfort of your couch!  Sit back and enjoy awesome performances from fifteen of the biggest names in the music industry including Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Soundgarden, Pitbull, Keith Urban and more!

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You can stream the performance live or (for busy folk) after the festival for a limited time after March 15th! I love the fact that you can steam the shows and not miss a beat, even after your favorite performer has left the stage! Watch it live right now by using one of the streaming options below! Also check out the list of performances so far below!

Stream the iTunes Festival on an iPhone or iPad Apple has created an official iTunes Festival App available via iTunes or the App store. With the app users has access to information about the artists participating, links to selections from the iTunes music catalog, along with a complete schedule of the the festival performances. Live stream performances by downloading the iTunes SXSW Festival app from iTunes or the App Store then sit back and enjoy the show! https://www.itunesfestival.com/

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Stream the iTunes Festival on Apple TV Besides an app Apple also provides viewers an option with a new iTunes Festival channel to the Apple TV. The channel should already be available for all, in most cases featured prominently among the other channels found on the device’s home page. To stream performances, simply tune in during any of the concerts.

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You can also watch it directly from Vevo. (You’ll need to be using Safari to do so)

Tuesday, March 11th –  Imagine Dragons, London Grammar, Coldplay

Wednesday, March 12th – Kendrick Lamar , ScHoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad

Thursday, March 13th – Soundgarden, Band of Skulls, Capital Cities

Friday, March 14th – Pitbull, Zedd, G.R.L

Saturday, March 15th – Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Mickey Guyton

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– Fresh Free New Mixtape Discovery –

Artist: Dj Marky

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Mixtape: Back To The Rave Dayz 1991 1992 Mixed by DJ Marky

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My View: AMAZING MUSIC, AMAZING! I get a nostalgic feeling listening to this! You will too if you’re a fan of the 90’s rave scene. Enjoy this FREE MIXTAPE and let those memories of club nights and dancing till dawn come back!! There are many things I can say about this collection, but I’ll let the artist and his mix show you. Hit play after the description and dance!

Excerpt from Soundcloud: “Set dedicado a todos que curtiram a Sound Factory Penha em 1991-1992. Dedicated to all the DJ’s, labels and producers in UK that changed my life. Don’t forget the feedback, Nao esqueçam do feedback! Big Love,

DJ Marky”

Back to the rave days
1991/1992 Part I

Mixed By DJ Marky

1- Rhythm Section – Comin’ On Strong
2- SL2 – DJ’s Take Control [DJ Seduction Remix]
3- DJ PC – Control Expansion [Andy B. Remix]
4- Cameo – Money [Joey Beltram Remix]
5- Channel X – Rave The Rhythm
6- The Frequency – Kiss the Sky
7- Q Bass – Dancin’ People [E Type Remix]
8- N’Joi – Malfunction
9- Moby – Go [Rainforest Mix]
10- Altern 8 – Frequency
11- Bizarre Inc. – Playing With Knives
12- The Shamen – LSI [Ed Richards 12″ Mix]
13- Tronikhouse – Up Tempo [Reese Mix]
14- Elevation – Can You Feel It
15- Run Tings – Fires Burning [Mickey Finn Remix]
16- The House Crew – Maniac [Hypermix]
17- The Prodigy – Fire [Sunrise Version]
18- Krome & Time – Manic Stampede [DJ Hype’s Sandringham Road Mix]
19- F.O.A.D – Work It Out – The Redemption
20- Rufige Cru – Menace
21- Manix – Alright Wid Me
22- Foul Play – Finest Illusion [Legal Mix]
23- Run Tings – Back Again [Kaotic Chemistry Remix]
24- DJ Hype – Weird Energy
25- N.R.G. – I Need Your Lovin’ [C.J. Bolland Remix]
26- SL2 – Aftershock
27- D’Cruze – World Within a World [The Criminal Minds Remix]

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COOL PRODUCERS MAKING MAGIC

Artist: KYN KRUNK

Location: Erfenbach, Germany    Genre: Instrumentals/Hip-Hop

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Links:  http://www.reverbnation.com/kynkrunk    https://www.facebook.com/KYNKRUNK

Awesome beats, surprising melodies and a sound that feels like you’re listening to an old record you just discovered in an underground shop are the feelings I get when listening to Kyn Krunk. Kyn certainly lives up to the Krunk!  Each of Kyn’s tracks are unique in that they provide the listener with such rich sonic textures that you can almost piece together your own cinematic story.  I found myself saying, “Yes!” a lot while listening to these beats. Check em out here and visit his facebook for more info! https://www.facebook.com/KYNKRUNK

https://soundcloud.com/kyn_krunk/sexy-beast

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FRESH FREE MUSIC/MIX DOWNLOADS – MUSIC ARTISTS WHO PROVIDE FREE MUSIC TO THE MASSES

Artist: ✞ЯфPKiLLΔℤ

Location: Brazil       Info: Tropkillaz is 808 BASS MUSIC  provided by DJ Zegon & Andre Laudz

Track: PUMP UP THE VOLUME – Tropkillaz & Meaux Green  Link: https://www.facebook.com/Tropkillaz

I’m feeling this track very much! I like it so much I decided to stop mixing and producing to take some time out to tell you guys about it! I hope you rock out! The music itself tells the story. All you have to do is listen. It is also FREE to own! How cool is that? Your ears will go, “WOAH” and when that happens you know it is real.

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Artist: SevnthWonder

Location: Boston, United States       Info: New music every Sunday     Links: https://www.facebook.com/SevnthWonder

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Oh yeah, I’m feelin this one! Great atmosphere and an R&B and classic Hip-Hop vibe fill the track with a good feeling. It’s a free download, so be sure to claim your copy and support this great new music artist out of Boston! Awesome track! Sevnth Wonder is a cool artist for sure, so I can’t wait to hear more of his future sounds! Check it out! Your ears will go, “ahhhh” and that’s always a good thing! Take a listen.

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Artist: Sascha Braemer

Location: Berlin, Germany       Genre: Electronic       Link: https://www.facebook.com/saschabraemer.official

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I happen to like this mix very much. It’s two hours of epic sounds, so be prepared to party! As the title says, the tape will ready you and your friends for a night of dancing! Think of it as the party to the party, so play this and don’t get worn out on your way to the party! This is also a FREE TAPE! Jump on it and use your cash to get a water bottle. You’ll need the hydration while listening to this hot sound!

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JackEL

Jack Lozeron
Location: Las Vegas, United States                         Genre: Progressive House
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My Favorite track so far has been “Bird Machine”, keep reading and everything changes. At first I was like ok, now I’m like this is cool! I’ll be looking forward to future developments in JackEL’s music. I feel like everyday day is Christmas when I hear “Bird Machine”.
Bird machine is clever, very clever. If it wasn’t for that song I don’t know how I’d get up to finish my posting duties but then came…

I’m Blue (JackEL Remix) – Eiffel65

This is a good remix to a familiar friend I’ve known for years, Eiffel 65’s classic song, “I’m Blue.” The remix is cool, so much so that I reposted it on soundcloud and played it again and again! Now this track is my favorite. It’s great and as for JackEL’s other works, you simply have to check em out. You must do yourself a favor and hit play.

Then discover “Fire Storm”! I’m telling you, discover “Fire Storm”.  “Bird Machine” was woah, “I’m Blue Remix” was wow and “Fire Storm” was woooooah with some great samples there, but I just wish it was a longer song. Too Short!

Why are all these hot songs I like short? That’s when I hear this….https://soundcloud.com/officialjackel/lrad-vs-animals-jackel-mashup . The problem is solved because this mashup that follows “Fire Storm” is CRAZY.  ENJOY!! Oh and then there’s the song, “Like A Pyramid Scheme”….see what happens when you listen? You can’t stop and just want to keep listening. That’s the mark of good music wouldn’t you say???  Just HIT PLAY!

Don’t forget to tune in next week for post 6 and more fresh free tunes and news! Till next time music lovers!!!

Peace & Viva Good Music!!!

-O