How to escape the 8 bar loop and finish more tracks

Written by Daniel Dixon, content writer for Outro.io

We’ve all been there before—you’re writing a track, the separate elements are falling into place, and a steady groove has emerged. But when it comes time to arrange the loop into a full track, things start to fall apart. You’ve become too entrenched in the loop to take it somewhere new, and you’re left feeling stuck.

Not knowing where to take your track is a common crux for many producers, leaving us with folders full of incomplete projects. There are, however, many ways to avoid this from happening—check out these seven tricks to help you escape the 8 bar loop and finish more tracks.

1. Use a reference track

Listen to a great track within the style you’re trying to create—how did the producer structure it? Drag and drop the track into your DAW, and use locators to make note of where it changes (intro, drop, breakdown etc.), using them as guidelines for your own music. After doing this a few times, you’ll stop needing the reference, and start adding in unique twists and developing a signature style.

Create a reference track, change it’s output to ext. out 1/2 (your master output) so the reference track doesn’t run through the mastering chain. Then mute the track—you don’t want it to play while yours does.

Add Locator:

 

Adding a Reference Track:

 

2. Make Loop Variations

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Updates 432 Live Pack – New Instruments and Manual

I decided to level up the 432 Live Pack.  I spent a day making an updated version. The New Version is made in live 9.5 and will work with 9.5+ There are also a few new features.

The first big feature is a more in-depth user manual. I’ve gotten questions of how to manage presets with the Live Pack and decided to make a walk through.  Another big update is 5 new 432 Presets. I took some of my free instruments (the Toy Piano, Sub Bass, Kalimba thumb piano and others ) and turned them into 432 instruments.

If you already have the 432 Live Pack, then these updates are free. Just login to your account and go to My Account -> downloads to download the Live Pack.  When you buy a Live Pack from me, you get unlimited downloads and updates. If you don’t have the 432 Essentials Live Pack, check it out. 

Feww… been a good day. Now back to music making.

By | March 21st, 2017|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|0 Comments

Silk Drop 8Stem Remix Contest

I have had the pleasure of working with 8stems. 8Stem is an interactive audio format that allows any listener to remix music right inside their app. I have been making some of the remix packs for the app, and just uploaded the Silk Drop track ‘Closer’.

You can check out the track and remixes at: https://8stem.com/SilkDrop. 8stem is doing a remix competition and offering you a chance to win a Subaqueous sample pack or Ableton lesson.  If you do a dank remix you will get $60 of awesomeness from the site.

By | March 20th, 2017|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|0 Comments

Best Office Chairs for Music Producers

Two months ago I got a back injury. Since then I have been working on my overall back health and decided to level up my studio with the one thing that effects my everyday life… My chair!  If you spend more than 10 hours a day in your studio/chair then it is worth the investment to get a chair that will help you sustain a healthy back during your whole career.  I should have done this ages ago.

I did a lot of research on office chairs. Here are my top picks after trying many of them out at local stores, and eventually buying one on amazon.

My Top Office Chair Pick

Price
Build Quality
Ergonomics
Best office chair for the price

I wanted to start with the Office Chair I ended up buying. There were a few things I was looking at for a chair. First of all, I wanted it to be around $100. I also wanted it to be breathable, not sweaty, and good for my lower back.  After a month of searching, the Midway Mesh Office Chair fit the bill. I’ve had this for a few weeks and love it. The cushion is comfortable, it has many different height adjustments, and was a really good price. (more…)

Bitwig Studio 2 Coming Out – First Thoughts

Bitwig just announced Version 2 to come out in February 2017. I’ve been reading about this on forums, and they just officially announced it.

I made this video to share my first thoughts on Bitwig 2 and what I hope to see in the update. There are also so interesting moves by them around pricing and subscription models.  Enjoy:

 

 

To read more on Bitwig 2 go to: https://www.bitwig.com/en/home.html

New Silk Drop Remix EP

A few months back I hosted a remix contest for my new project Silk Drop. We had around nine hundred remixes turned in. Wow… After we picked the winners I worked with a handful of artists to create our first Remix album. The album includes two remixes from the contest as well as 5 others from collaborators and friends. I also did a Subaqueous remix of King of Beasts.

Here is the remix album for streaming on bandcamp:

If you are more of a SoundCloud guy, check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/silkdrop

Really stoked on how this turned out. Thanks so much everyone and I hope to have more remix contest coming up soon.

By | January 12th, 2017|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|0 Comments

SlipStream EP and New Music

Releasing new music is always such a trip. I spent so much time feeling into this music, writing it, and polishing it. Each song is tied to the story of my life, my message to the world, and a reflection of where I am. 

I am so excited for the music to move beyond myself and find new stories and avenues. The EP has been released through The Chillage Record Label in California.  Stream the music below and check out the links if you want to grab a copy and support the music.

Download / Listen at:

ITunes

Beatport

Spotify
Big thanks to the musicians I collaborated with. The AdaptiveDanceher JonesJekksKR3TURE, and Halfred, Check out the tunes and let me know what you think.

New Ambient Autoharp Music

I am also happy to release some new ambient music.

The past year has been filled with special moments on stage playing my autoharp. The Autoharp has always been a private thing for me. Something I ply just for myself. This last year I decided to play it more in my sets, especially for opening ecstatic dances.

I’ve been a little shy about this, but after some encouragement from fans, I decided to post some live recordings of the autoharp. I started a new Soundcloud page to host these tracks, and more ambient style music to come.

Thank you for listening. Let me know what you think about it.

By | October 18th, 2016|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|0 Comments

Silk Drop Remix Winner Announced

Wow, it has been an amazing experience listening to all the remixes. We had over 900 people join the event and 120+ submissions.  The music ranged from every genre imaginable and all over the world.  Heather Christie and I listened to every track for originality, emotional expression, production skills, and mixing.  It was a hard choice, but we have chosen the winners of the first ever Silk Drop remix contest.

First of all, I would like to thank everyone that participated. It’s always an amazing experience to see how our music has inspired other music producers. I also want to thank Loopmasters, PluginBoutique,LANDR, Melodics, AfroDjMac, and Novation for being a part of the contest by offering prizes. I really appreciate how much these companies support the music community. Make sure you send that love back and check out their site.

Ok, so the grand prize winner of the contest is Kelsey Robinson.  Kelsey’s remix had a unique flavor and emotional build to it. It took the more indie pop / electronic track and put it into a much more EDM context. Great remix and we are stoked. Thank you Kelsey.

The Runner-up is Fatal Kut. This Paris music producer added even more silk to the track with some old school keys and harmonic vocal layers. Check out both of these tracks below.

There were also so many amazing tracks worth mentioning. We had to narrow it down as much as we could and were left with these five honorable mentions.  Each one of these tracks has aspects of it that makes it worth checking out. From the more psychedelic remix by Seeded Vision, to the trip hop / edm styles of Fractal Force.  Listen to the tracks below and follow the musicians on Soundcloud. I have a feeling all these producers are worth watching and going somewhere soon.

On top of that, I want to do an extra shout out to TAETRO for his video of a live performance of his remix. It’s the first time I have seen that. Absolutely amazing. 

Again, thanks to everyone that joined the Remix Contest.  Lots of amazing music and inspiration has come out of this.  One last shout out to  Loopmasters, PluginBoutique,LANDR, Melodics, AfroDjMac, and Novation.

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By | October 14th, 2016|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|1 Comment

Silk Drop Remix Competition

Shout out to the music producers out there.  I’ve teamed up with Loopmasters, PluginBoutique, LANDR, Melodics, AfroDjMac, and Novation to present a new remix competition for Silk Drop.

Remix Competition Prizes Subaqueous

Winners of the remix contest will have their track appear on the official remix album. Both a grand prize winner and a runner-up will be chosen to appear on the release. The Grand Prize winner will, in addition, receive prizes from Subaqueous store, Novation, Loopmasters, LANDR, and more. Submissions are due by October 10th, 2016. More info on the prizes and entering below. (more…)

By | September 7th, 2016|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|122 Comments
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