How To Sound Like Todd Terje

We’re all gearing up for the summer over here at Dawsons, and whose sound screams out summer more than “King of the Summer Jams” Todd Terje. Introduction Todd Terje is modern day disco royalty. A DJ, producer, remixer and label owner, he made his name in the mid 00s with a string of bootlegs. He’s… Read More

How To Make Hip Hop Beats

Fire in the booth As a genre, hip hop has become something altogether more sprawling and diverse than it was 20 years ago. Where the early pioneers favoured a simple setup involving little more than sampled sounds, turntables and microphones, nowadays producers have a wealth of instruments and technology with which they can create their beats…. Read More

Taming Your Amp Simulation Software

Deconstructing the digital beast Amp simulation software (aka amp sims) offer guitarists digital approximations of pretty much any sound you could feasibly think of, all from within your laptop or computer. By simply connecting your guitar to an audio interface, then into a computer running the right software, you can get close to more sounds than… Read More

Using Creative Automation In Your Daw

Making the machine do the work If you read the newspapers you would probably assume that automation, in the wider sense of the word, is coming to take our jobs and reduce humanity to slavery. That may be true – and this isn’t the place to get into those debates – but there is conversely… Read More

Best Apps For Guitarists

Second screen help for six stringers Guitarists are pretty fortunate these days. Aside from the unbelievable number of toys and tools on offer to augment their rigs, they are also the musicians who benefit most from the rise in popularity of smartphone and tablet devices. There are apps available now to do anything from helping… Read More

Recording Multiple Instruments At The Same Time

Tips and techniques for simultaneous recording We’ve all been in the situation where we need to record something quickly. Where you don’t want to mess around with overdubs. Where you’re trying to capture the moment of performance in one fell swoop. It may be that amazing riff you come up with, with the killer melody,… Read More

Recording Great Backing Vocals At Home

Updated 28/12/16 Pop, Rock and everything in-between  – we look at how to record backing vocals at home Adding backing vocals to your recordings, whether at home or in the studio is an essential part of the recording process. It adds weight to your overall sound and really makes your lead vocals shine. No matter… Read More

Recording In Your Hotel Room – Portable Studio Solutions

Some of the best portable recording options for a touring musician When writing music, the Muse strikes when it feels like, not when you want it to, so you need to be able to get ideas down as quickly as possible when inspiration shows its face. If you’re a touring musician or producer, you’ve likely kicked… Read More

Using 3 Programs to Show You How to Convert Audio to MIDI

The programs that will allow you to convert Audio to MIDI (almost) effortlessly. The ability to convert audio to MIDI is something recording artists really rely on, whether they’re a home studio hobbyist or professional producer, and it really is something that just makes our musical lives so much easier. If you’re like me and… Read More

Difference Between USB and MIDI Controllers

Make the right connection… If you’re creating electronic music of any kind, chances are you’ll come across a USB and a MIDI keyboard or controller. However, when you want to get a little more serious about creating your perfect sound, you’ll notice that the differences between USB and MIDI controllers becomes quite apparent, especially when… Read More