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Topic Title: Music Theory & Creating Your Own Plugins
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Created On: 21 November 2011 02:22 PM
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 21 November 2011 02:22 PM
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Music production technology and techniques have drastically changed over the past decade - it is certainly more accessible and simpler to start making music armed with nothing more than a laptop. There is even a good spectrum of free information on YouTube and blogs available to help you solve virtually any problem.

While this is true, a fundmental knowledge of both music theory (including composition, structure, and form) as well as studio engineering goes a long way for advancing one's production career. The reason why is analogous to sitting behind the cockpit of a fighter jet and relying solely on the autopilot to get you safely from point A to B - sure it may all end up well and good, but in reality you have no idea what's going on or what to do when the landing gears suddenly malfunction. Furthermore, with an increase of beginner producers (attracted by the easier access, distribution etc.) it becomes increasingly necessary to venture away from the very default presets that make many of the new tools so easy to use in order to differentiate your sound.

This is why, despite catering for producers and not solely studio engineers, we strongly encourage our students to take the time to learn these foundational components.

From a more engineering perspective, another interesting point to add to this article is that it has never been easier to start making your own audio plugin software. The creators of Sonicbirth have given a fantastic open-source tool to the world which allows any one to code and create their own plugins for free. Check out a mini step by step article on www. /2009/08/create-your-own-plugins.html

Thanks for the great article!

- Nik Miskov
London School of Sound

Edited: 21 November 2011 at 03:41 PM by nmiskov

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