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.

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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...

Maximizing Your First Tour, Part 2: On The Road


In part one of our series on Maximizing Your First Tour, we took a look at some of the steps you can take before hitting the road that will help ensure your run is successful. Today we're looking at actual road life and discussing some of the things you can do to make the experience cost effective and productive.

Shoot Everything

Tour footage, photos, and B-roll should be captured and shared throughout the entire process. When you look at so many of the successful campaigns of big artists, a core element is their tour media. Capture sound check footage, record video from the stage, even barter free admission and some drink tickets to have a friend shoot from the crowd. Do whatever you can to grab as many videos and photos as you can, even if you don't use it until later. Also, take advantage of live high-engagement platforms like Facebook Live, Snapchat, or Periscope while you're traveling. It allows you to develop a more personal relationship with the people supporting your art, and that's always a great thing. 



Local Networks

There's enough planning and running around to do during a tour to keep you more than busy, but it's important to get out and support other scenes if you can. During off days, see if there's a local show you can check out. Hearing what other band's are doing and gauging how the crowd responds is a great way to develop your own set. It's also a chance to network with the staff of the venue, fellow artists, and even potential fans. Usually the conversation with a stranger leads to "where are you from?" Follow that up by mentioning that you're on tour and wanted to check out the local talent. You'll be asked about your own music almost every time.



Lay Low

Breaking the bank on lodging is a common pitfall that can be avoided easier than ever nowadays. Airbnb can be a great resource for cheap lodging, especially in big music towns. You'll find a few renters who specifically cater to touring artists, and as such usually have some applicable perks. I met one such renter in the midwest US who only took in artists. Her husband ran a music shop, and they'd repair gear and replace cables for dirt cheap, in addition to stocking the fridge with snacks they encouraged us to take. Their basement had a rehearsal space with amps, and a recording rig. We ended up cutting a remix in between shows for cheaper than it would've cost to book a studio. 

There's other ways to save on lodging too. For starters, speak with the venue manager or promoter and ask if they have a relationship with a local hotel that can yield a discount. In some towns, a personal cosign can go much further than Expedia will. Alternate lodging like hostels can also save a ton of money in a pinch. Depending on your genre and market, also consider applying for some hotel dates as entertainment in exchange for a room. While DJing as support for a tour, I secured a free stay in New Orleans for the whole team because I agreed to spin a funk/disco party in their bar during one of our off nights. Get creative and get to sleep.

Eat To Live

It gets really easy to spend half of your money on food when you're on the road. Depending on how you're traveling, you may be at the liberty of whatever's available, but try your best to eat meals that are cost effective and good for you. If you're commuting by bus or van, plan for stops at local markets instead of raiding the fast food and convenience centers on the highway. While there, stock up on things like fruit, nuts, and health bars for on the go snacks, and hit the deli for warm meals. If you do prefer sit down for a meal, use Google/Yelp and search for good cheap eats rather than shooting blind. Your body and wallet will thank you.



Emergency Fun(d)

Things go wrong on the road. It's inevitable. While driving through the midwest for a tour last year, our engine blew out about an hour from the venue. The unexpected cost of a last minute cab to play, and blatantly overpriced repairs set us back a pretty penny. During another run, our macbook died during an off day, resulting in a computer rental and repair fee. In both cases, I'd gone on the road with a bit of extra money set aside just in case something goes wrong. You should too if you're not operating with a lot of capital to spare as so many of us artists do.

Watch Pink Floyd perform Cymbaline live in a Church


Pink Floyd's "Cymbaline" is one of our favorites from the band, so to see it performed in such an intimate setting is pretty awesome. Seeing David tune Roger's bass mid set, also pretty awesome. Between the natural sound in the room, and the tape delays and reverbs being used, there's a ton of character in this one, especially with headphones on. Vibe out for a few and let us know which live performance from Pink Floyd is your favorite by hitting the comments.

(Video) The Ramones - Full Concert - 12/28/78 - Winterland

The Ramones - Full Concert
Recorded Live: 12/28/1978 - Winterland (San Francisco, CA)

Rockaway Beach (Incomplete)
Teenage Lobotomy
Blitzkrieg Bop
I Don't Want You
Go Mental
Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
Rock 'N' Roll High School
I Wanna Be Sedated
I Just Wanna Have Something To Do
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
I'm Against It
Needles and Pins
Surfin' Bird
Cretin Hop
Listen To My Heart
California Sun
I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
Do You Wanna Dance?
We're A Happy Family

Joey Ramone - lead vocals
Johnny Ramone - guitar
Dee Dee Ramone - bass, vocals
Marky Ramone - drums


This powerful and rare recording of the Ramones was culled from the private archives of the late Bill Graham. Recorded three days after Christmas in 1978 at Winterland in San Francisco, it features the seminal punk band in what many feel was its strongest musical period. The band line-up featured here included vocalist Joey Ramone (Jeff Hyman), guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings), bassist Dee Dee Ramone (Doug Colvin), and drummer Marky Ramone (Marc Bell), who had recently replaced original drummer Tommy Ramone (Tamas Erdelyi). Tommy Ramone, a driving force behind the initial band, decided he enjoyed working in the studio more than touring and was now engineering and producing the band's albums.

For this show, all the classics are here, and the band was pumped up, to say the least. The Ramones had just come off the release of their successful late 1977 release, Road To Ruin and were about to see the premiere of Rock N Roll High School, a Roger Corman-produced feature film starring the band. Also during the time of this recording, the band was in the studio with legendary producer, Phil Spector, working on the album that would become End Of The Century.

This recording opens with a fade-in to "Rockaway Beach," which, though incomplete, sets the mood for the entire show. That song is followed by a non-stop barrage of sonic attacks that includes "Teenage Lobotomy," "Blitzkrieg Bop," "I Don't Want You," "Go Mental," "Rock N Roll High School," "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker," "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You," and several others.

In true Ramones' style, few of these songs exceed two minutes and 30 seconds, and several clock in at about 90 seconds. Each song shines in its own distinct way, thanks largely to the vocal delivery of Joey Ramone. They also offer some interesting covers, including a remake of the Searchers 1965 hit, "Needles and Pins" (co-written by a pre-Sonny & Cher songwriter, Sonny Bono, and producer Jack Nitzsche), a high-octane re-working of the 1963 Trashmen hit, "Surfin' Bird," and the early '60s pop classic, "Do Ya Wanna Dance." Ending the show with "We're A Happy Family," the band never lets up the energy throughout the entire performance.

Although the Stooges, The MC5, and The New York Dolls cut the pathway that most punk bands would follow, The Ramones were arguably the most important American punk band because of their widespread popularity and long-standing musical legacy. Formed in 1974, the band released their debut LP in 1976 and remained active until they completed the 1996 Lollapolooza Festival Tour. They energized the Manhattan club scene with a raw intensity that in 1974 and '75, helped put New York havens such as CBGBs and Max's Kansas City at the forefront of a brave new musical scene. The band continued through into the early 1980s as punk's premier band, but their popularity dwindled as the techno movement took hold and MTV took over the music industry.

They would remain together with Joey and Johnny Ramone and other members coming and going through 1996, despite the fact that Joe and John had longstanding differences and hardly spoke to each other during the last four years the band was together. Sadly, within three years, between 2001 and 2004, Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee Ramone would all be dead. Joey and Johnny died of cancer and Dee Dee died of a heroin overdose.

Today, the Ramones are considered the quintessential American punk band. 

Introducing Pocket Drums Vol 1 - MIDI Drum Loops

What's the magic ingredient in a drum beat that makes it feel good?
A. It's the "pocket". 

The pocket is that very special place where the beat sits. The space between the notes. The ghost notes between the backbeats. All of this plays a special role in creating the pocket and is the difference between a "stale" drum loop and one that instantly makes your track feel right.

Tip: Download Pocket Drums and receive 75% off with the newly expanded MIDI Drum Bundle.

With Pocket Drums Vol 1, we've produced the first MIDI drum library entirely devoted to the pocket.  Featuring six different sessions (each focusing on a different vibe), we put some seriously deep pocket loops at your fingers, all organized into verses, choruses and fills.  Just drag, drop and let the pocket take over!

MIDI Drums For Dummies:

Pocket MIDI Sessions:
707 Pocket
Big Blues
Future EFX
In The Cut
Power Pocket
Session Ace