12 Amazing Isolated Vocal Tracks

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite singer’s voice sounds like in its purest form, the musical sub-genre of isolated vocal tracks can offer a clue. Here are 12 videos of popular songs stripped of everything but the vocals—some of them strange, others eerily beautiful.

1. “HELLO” // ADELE

Adele - Hello (isolated SNL live vocal feed) by dailyvariations

Adele’s vocals for her new hit single “Hello” are even more powerful without the background music.

2. “SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT” // NIRVANA

Nirvana kicked off a new era in rock music in the 1990s, but can “Smells Like Teen Spirit” be as powerful without the driving guitars? The song feels more eerie than hard-hitting with only Kurt Cobain’s haunting vocals.

3. “BEAT IT” // MICHAEL JACKSON

One of Michael Jackson’s most iconic songs seems less urgent without the music behind his amazing vocals. Something is lost without Eddie Van Halen’s killer guitar solo, too.

4. “FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL” // THE WHITE STRIPES

Even without the heavy guitars and feverish drum beats, “Fell in Love with a Girl” is still a catchy tune.

5. “BEAUTIFUL” // CHRISTINA AGUILERA

Christina Aguilera’s isolated microphone feed vocals of her live performance of “Beautiful” prove that her voice is just as impressive without the music.

6. “BLACK HOLE SUN” // SOUNDGARDEN

Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” is a haunting song. Even without the benefit of music, Chris Cornell’s vocals are just as stirring.

7. “WONDERWALL” // OASIS

Noel Gallagher’s lyrics and his brother Liam’s vocals for Oasis’ “Wonderwall” seem even more sad without the backing music.

8. “LOSE YOURSELF” // EMINEM

“Lose Yourself” won Eminem an Academy Award in 2003 for “Best Original Song” for 8 Mile. He probably still would’ve won the Oscar even without the music behind his intense rhymes.

9. “NO ONE” // ALICIA KEYS

Alicia Keys’ performance of her hit song “No One” with her microphone feed isolated proves that she’s a genuine talent.

10. “GOD ONLY KNOWS” // THE BEACH BOYS

The acapella and isolated vocals of The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” work just as well as the studio version with musical accompaniment.

11. “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” // QUEEN

Freddie Mercury’s vocals and harmonies for “Bohemian Rhapsody” are awe-inspiring. The video also highlights Brian May’s amazing guitar work.

12. “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS” // QUEEN

This stripped-down version of “We Are the Champions” proves, yet again, what made Freddie Mercury one of rock’s most iconic vocalists.

 

 

November 03, 2016 by Ryan Gruss

Learn How To Program Classic Drum Beats With Funklet

Ever hear a drum beat and wonder how to recreate it on a drum machine or sequencer? Fortunately, Funklet is now here to help you! Click below to see (and hear) how to create the classic drum groove from Steve Wonder's "Superstition":

 

Want to learn the grooves to other iconic song? Click here to see everything Funklet has to offer!

 

 

 

August 22, 2016 by Ryan Gruss

Are You A Music Production Genius?

 

 

 Ready for another test?  Click here to see if you can keep perfect time!

 

July 12, 2016 by Ryan Gruss

Auctioneers + Hip Hop Beats = Internet Gold?

Who knew auctioneers had so much flow?  Apparently, you just need to layer in some 808 kicks and rolling hi hats and you've got yourself a mixtape masterpiece.

July 05, 2016 by Ryan Gruss

Money Management for Musicians 101

Making money in the music business is harder than it's ever been.  And knowing what to do with that money in order to survive is even harder.  In this video, saxophonist (and Loop Loft artist), Bob Reynolds, provides an excellent tutorial on managing your money wisely while trying to maintain a career as a professional musician.

Want more info like this? Subscribe to Bob's YouTube channel where he vlogs daily, providing an inside and personal look on what it's like to live, work, and survive as a professional musician (and balance life as a married father of two) in Los Angeles.

 

 

Noah "40" Shebib shows us the Room & Gear Behind Drake's "Views From the 6"


40 is the Grammy-winning producer behind the sound of Drake’s innovative productions. 
In this new video, watch him talk about building his Toronto studio with workflow in mind, share production tips, and explain how MASCHINE and KOMPLETE KONTROL fit perfectly into his philosophy of delivering maximum artistic authenticity through simplicity.

Browse our MASCHINE kits here

How to create Ableton Drum Racks with Scrollable Pad Banks

One of the biggest time wasters we deal with as producers is sifting through folder after folder of one shot sounds each time we start a song. Luckily, if you're a Live user, with some quick configuration you can make a drum rack that let's you scroll through your sounds quickly with an encoder on a midi controller.

In Live's Browser, highlight a few sounds of the same type. We're using kicks in the example below. Command + Drag them on to a cell in a drum rack. This creates an instrument rack on the cell with each kick sample on a different chain:


Click on the "Chain" box to reveal the chain view. Select all chains and drag them out over a range that's equal to or larger than the amount of samples you have. In other words, if you have 8 drums, drag the range over to at least 8.

 

Right Click and select "Distribute Ranges Equally":

 

You should now see something like this. The orange indicator hovered over the "0" is the Chain Selector Ruler. Whatever chain, or in this case whatever drum sound it hovers over gets played back when we strike that pad.  If you move the selector over a different sample, it'll play a that new sample when you strike the pad:

 

 

In order to make this rack scrollable, we can assign a macro to the orange Chain Selector Ruler. Right Click it, and select Map to Macro 1. This macro knob can now scroll through the different samples in the rack. Rename it to "Kick Select" using CMD + R:

 

 

One last thing to do is tocustomize the range of the macro knob. By default, a macro will scroll from the values 0-127. But your kit you may only have 8 drums or so, like we do here. If this is the case, click the "Map" button on top of the instrument rack. This will open the Macro Mappings section on the left of your screen. Under "Kick Select" change the Min - Max values from 0-127 to 0-7 if you have 8 Drums. (Sample 1 = Macro value 0, Sample 2 = Macro Value 1...Sample 8 = Macro Value 7).

If you don't take this extra step, you'll have a bunch of extra scroll space on your controller that doesn't get used since the Chain Selector will attempt to access too far down the list of samples.

 

 

You can repeat this process on the other cells in your Drum Rack for a full kit of scrollable sounds from your library. Save the whole thing in a Default Set and you're ready to go at the start of every session. 

For Ableton Live Packs fully organized and ready to use, click here.

 

Native Sessions: Play. Patch. Build. - FLESH and Flow Machine performance


Electronic musician and producer Tim Exile showcases his REAKTOR-based live performance/composition extravaganza, which uses his latest NI instrument – FLESH. Take a deep dive into the world of REAKTOR with highlights from Native Sessions: Play. Patch. Build. events in Berlin, London, LA and Amsterdam. Click  here for more info.

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Mark Guiliana: How To Be Original As A Drummer


As a drummer, Mark Guiliana said he's always felt a great pressure to be unique. We asked him what helped him attain that originality, and how others could achieve it themselves.

For the full written feature, Mark's interview is available in Issue 12 of The Drummer's Journal, which can be viewed and downloaded for free here.
To grab Mark's loops Drum Loops click here.

April 20, 2016 by Cliff Callender

(Video) 48 Hours With Mike Dean in the Moog Factory


Mike Dean is an elite producer, live musician, and writer that has worked with some of the biggest artists across generations and genres. Getting his start producing and playing for Selena, his sonics have since fueled The Geto Boys, Rihanna, Travis Scott, Kanye West, and countless others in between. Recently, Mike spent a weekend in the Moog Music Factory, surrounded by analog synthesizers and immersed in an environment of experimentation. He selected 6x Mother-32 synthesizers to create his sonic palette and a Voyager XL as his master controller. This is what he synthesized...