Nihbru – Themselves

This tune was inspired by the voice of Neil deGrasse Tyson. After deciding on a sample of his voice, the track was built ground up. The snipped was chosen from reflective piece by Dr Tyson, where he passionately spoke about the greatest of people being themselves, and not versions of someone else. The deep passion and space theme that comes to mind as soon as picturing Dr Tyson naturally pushed for the track to fit in the electronica genre.

Winamp: Will it STILL whip the llama’s ass?

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Back in the day, sharing music online was a bitch.

WAVE format music files ripped from CD’s were huge and on dial-up modem connections, downloading a WAV format song could take days. If and when you managed to download a WAV format track, you’d have to take care not to let your music eat up all the space on your hard drive. In the stone age of computing, it didn’t take many songs to fill your drive to the brim. Thankfully Mp3 compression came along, where file size was drastically reduced through lossy data compression.

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Imagine – Every noise at once.

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Some people find a song they like and try to make something similar. Others throw paint at the art board until something starts take shape. We all make music in our own way, but for many, a tough question to answer is ‘what kind of music do you make’ or even ‘what kind of music do you like’. In the days when dj’s got music from vinyl stores and bootlegs were recording radio shows on cassette, these were much easier questions. Nowadays it feels like there are more genres than there are stars in the night sky. Tracking data from Spotify, so far, there are about 5,701 genres. The folks at try to make some sense of the genre mess by presenting a scatter plot of all of these genres. Looking down, the sounds are more organic, looking up, the genres presented are mechanical and electronic, to the left, it’s more atmospheric stuff while to the right it’s sharper ‘spikier’ sounds.

Ableton Live Skinning Guide

Ableton has some great skins available and the added features of shifting hue values is nice, however, if you want to make your own skin, you’ll have to get your hands dirty with some RGB value manipulation. Lets have a look at how..

Kirby Ferguson’s ‘Everything is a Remix’

When this documentary first surfaced, it became an instant go to tool for explaining the remix process to curious folk’. Kirby does great in going into detail about not only the process of a ‘remix’ but also addressing ethical and moral implementations that come with the domain. To celebrate the five year anniversary, Kirby Ferguson polished up the original four parts and merged them into a single video. For the first time now, the whole series is available as a single video with proper transitions all the way through, unified styling, and remixed and remastered audio. Part One has been entirely rebuilt in HD.

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Ever wonder how vinyl is made?

Have you ever wondered how birds stay in the sky.. how sunlight makes your body warm.. how.. vinyl.. is made?

The LP, the ‘long play record’, was first introduced all the way back in 1948. That’s 73 years ago in 2021, and here we are in the age of digital streaming, where vinyl has had a renewed popularity. Maybe it’s the touch, maybe it’s the experience of walking into a record store.. or putting the needle on the record.. whatever it is, vinyl enjoys roughly 6% of overall music sales!

So, have you ever wondered how vinyl records are made? Gotta Groove Records in Clevland Ohio answer this 2am question, check out the video below!

Deep Down Sylenth Skin

Sylenth1 by Lennar Digital is a really stable Synth VST that’s a big time work horse. It’s relatively easy to use and a great plugin for beginners to start making custom sounds on. For the experienced producers, it’s a core piece. One of the great things about Sylenth1 is that it support skins, so if you’re bored of looking at it, or you want something a little different, it’s easy to change it up.

To celebrate the greatness that is Sylenth1 and as a thank you for being down with Deep Down Records, we have DDR skin free for download. If you don’t currently own Sylenth1 and especially if you’ve never checked it out, download the demo version from the official Sylenth1 site. Once you have the demo or full version, try on one of the Deep Down skins! better than Soundcloud?

As an artist in the digital age, you are faced with a bombardment of ‘guidelines’ on promoting your music. The idea of being everywhere is great, but most of us just don’t have the time and resources to do so. With that being said, as of writing this article, there are two kingpins that have established their dominance as must haves for musicians. Of course we are talking about Soundcloud and for diehard dj’s that gave up mixtapes, mixcloud. Fairly new on the scene however, is a social platform for musicians that is showing day by day that its bite, may even be bigger than its roar. Will this be our new crowned king in time to come? With so many newcomer websites, most people will sign up and probably glance at it once in a blue moon, this is not the case with HearThis. HearThis is worth your time and effort, let’s take a look at some of the key features of HearThis that are promising.

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