A 6-bulleted list of night clubs/live music venues in Berlin

If you are going to Berlin you probably love music just as much as me. There are multiple cool music venues to read up on online and you’ll probably be able to find your own sweet spots when roaming the streets of Berlin.

However, Berlin is a huge city with twenty something thousands of musicians playing thousands of genres so it’s hard to know where to spend your time and energy. If I were you, I’d start by narrowing it down to a low number of options to exclude that you know that you’re not interested in. I personally love all genres at the right occasion.

I don’t feel like going to the opera every day but I can still appreciate it a lot some days. The key to life is moderation, so I pick my favourites here and there by ignoring borders of genres. Regardless of what you like, you’ll be able to find it in Berlin – if you are looking in the right spots.

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German Opera

The German opera was being used slightly after its birth in Italy, year 1598. The German operas are very renowned world-wide since day 1. The 2 most famous German-born composers, Gluck and Handel was however involved in the Italian operas.

Then there was Mozart and Beethoven who innovated the whole music scene at a later stage. It is strange to realize that the Germans were such innovators of the international opera scene, yet impossible to argue. Mozart’s songs are still being played at Operas, although he passed away 220 years ago.

Foremost, the Germans were great at writing down their musical masterpieces, which might explain why there’s such a strong track record of notes to all songs. There are 3 opera houses to go to in Berlin, each one got destroyed during World War II but were restored in the 60’s. You will be able to find live acts on each one of these three opera houses;
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Komische Oper Berlin

German Festivals

Dixieland Festival in Dresden is a one week festival in Dresden, this festival offer 350+ artists each year and they hold the 47th in 2017. The Dixieland Festival hosts open-air events out in the Elbe River and the streets of Dresden are filled with street artists every year.

The Thuringia Bach Festival offers Baroque musical acts solely and is hosted for weeks! “Rock am Ring” & “Rock im Park” are two festivals that are hosted during the same weekend, allowing the two festivals to basically use the same artists and they have 160,000 visitors altogether.

The Munich Opera Festival is the festival for Opera lovers. It takes place throughout July in the Bavarian area. The Wave-Gothic Festival is a festival for the darkest souls, you’ll be able to meet cyber goths, steampunks and many more alternatives.

Then there is Oktoberfest, a 15-day festival which honours the German (Bavarian) beer but it also offer the world’s biggest fairs.

All Musicians go to Berlin

All roads lead to Rome, yet all musicians go to Berlin. The biggest names in the music industry will end up in Berlin sooner or later.

Truly great bands such as Depeche Mode, Tiger Lou, Billy Talent, Talib Kweli, Green Day, Bon Iver, Coldplay, Aerosmith, Elton John, Korn, Lindsey Stirling, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Bonobo, Parov Stelar, Rise Against, ZZ Top and System of a Down show up here without hesitation. These artists are all very recognizable on the international music scene.

They all have hundreds of thousand fans all around the world and they all love to perform in Berlin. The fact that Berlin is such a multi-cultural hub, allows the music genres to transfuse with each other through various jams and other open-air performances.

Berghain

Berghain is Europes most renowned nightclub. Located in Berlin near the border between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. Many consider Berghain to be the capital of techno in the whole world.

This nightclub is actually the 2.0 version of the Ostgut club, which was a gay club open between 1998-2003. The club itself is located in a power plant in Friedrichshain with space for 1,500 persons! Due to the nature of the nightclub, Berghain is considered to stand for decadence and hedonism.

A great thing about this night club are the price-worthy tickets and the good drink prices. One would expect that a nightclub of this magnitude would have exaggerated drink prices since it offers such a unique experience, but the prices are actually very good compared to many other places I’ve been to.

Berlin Nightclubs

There are sooo many nightclubs in Berlin. Almost too many.

The nightlife in Berlin is great, close to perfect. The clubs are in many cases open until 08 in the morning and the crowd is usually very laid back, regardless of what music genre is being played at the venue. Every possible sexual orientation is welcome in Berlin.

It is one of the most LGBT-friendly places in the whole Europe which is a reason to Berghain’s success. The Hedonism culture encourage people to follow their hearts in order to obtain maximum amount of pleasure.

This theory was invented by Aristippus of Cyrene, a student of Socrates. This is (in my opinion) not correct, as it seems to be the words of an obvious upper class who didn’t have to harvest crops or go on long hunting trips for food.

Jazz-Club A-Trane

This jazz club was established in 1992 and is a multi-cultural music venue. Musicians from all over the world go to these jazzy sessions and the average time spent at the club is actually 3.5 hours!

There are constantly different jazz acts available and the atmosphere humbly asks you to have a glass of wine. You can visit their site for additional information about upcoming artists and such. Even better, you can see exactly what kind of music equipment they are using!

The venue was an old potato store originally which needed much audio tests before it could be opened to the public.
The “A-Trane” is said to be created out of respect to John Coltrane and “take the A-train” by Duke Ellington.…

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The best types of music to listen to before you go to bed

Scientists have different claims in this area. Probably due to lobbyism and capitalism in general, but there are a few factors we should look for when considering to listening to music while sleeping. The rhythm actually make the biggest impact, but in different ways! The beat of the song should be in a low “BPM” while it also has to be tight. A song with off-beat drums can mess up your sleep worse than the cats outside Frank and Charlie’s window.

Genre < Rhythm

When sleeping to music, it doesn’t really matter which genre you are listening to. There’s no master music genre for sleeping with music, they all are subjective.

You should focus on finding a song that you like, preferably in a genre that you usually listen to. However, it is important that you are listening to music with a low “BPM”, an abbreviation for Beats Per Minute. So rather than putting on DragonForce – Through the Fire and Flames because you like electric guitar, try to find another song with electric guitar such as Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven.

The main focus should be placed on finding music with a good rhythm rather than playing random songs on a playlist. The hearts of humans normally have a BPM around 60-100, but athlete hearts can have as low as 40-60 BPM while resting. So try to evaluate yourself and your shape, find a song in a low BPM and try to stay under 60 BPM.

There are actually sites that provide the correct BPM for any song. The BPM is defined by the rhythm of any song, but many sites seem to be doubling up the BPM so if you choose to use a site to find out the BPM for a song – you should make sure that they are using correct metrics.

60bpm is the same tempo as 120bpm & 240bpm; a song might be listed as 120bpm while it actually has 60bpm.

This site is probably the best to use, provided that you have some-what rhythm skills: http://www.tempotap.com/

Good for falling asleep

Some argue that music can do wonders for sleepers while others say that sleeping to music or not makes no difference at all.

The fact is, that it’s usually easier to fall asleep to music while sleeping to music can be dangerous for the sleeping quality. I personally think that sleeping with music can be a great contribution for anyone if set up correctly.

You need to make sure that all songs in the playlist has approximately the same beat, preferably somewhere around 40-70 so that your heart easily can keep beating in “resting mode”.

Also, try to avoid listening to songs with an unnecessary amount of lyrics. Lyrics can trigger your mind to think about stuff while dreaming. It can ruin a perfectly good sleep in other words.

Off-beat Beats

Apart from listening to certain rhythms, it’s equally or more important to only listen to tight rhythms. You are very likely to wake up during the night or just have shitty sleep if you are listening to songs with off-beat drums.

This scenario can take place even if “only” the bass or guitar is slightly off beat. So, don’t put all your eggs in one basket by only focusing on finding songs at a specific BPM – also make sure that the instruments in each song are being played tight.

Hip hop usually have slightly off-beat drums, same goes for some pop music as pop try to pinch a bit from the semi-off-beats that can be found in new hip hop. Jazz also has a tendency to play slightly off-beat in many songs.

Soft Natural Music

Try to avoid “hard” instruments. I don’t know if this is a recognized way to phrase it but I’ve chosen to use it anyway.

The electric guitar usually has a hard sound and same thing can apply to the steel stringed guitar in some cases. Heavy drums and violin can also be considered too hard but not in all cases.

So what you should try to do is to find natural music with as little instruments as possible. Bird sounds, soft pouring water, blowing winds and low whistles are great tunes to listen to.

But please remember to make sure that the rhythm never exceeds 80bpm. Listening to music while sleeping is lovely if you find your own favourite but keep in mind that only one thing is constant – change.

Try to mix up your sleeping songs every now and then as different tunes can help you remember and create new dreams during your REM periods overnight.

”White Noise”

White noise is a concept for levelling out unwanted sounds. Charlie and Frank for example, have lots of screaming cats outside their window but they can compensate the bad noise with slow classical music or soft natural music.

Let’s say that the cats outside make a noise of 60 decibels, so Charlie could level it out by playing slow music (40-70bpm) at 55-65 decibel.

Using white noise can be hundreds of percent better than asking your neighbour to turn down the music.

Although, if your neighbours are a reoccurring problem – consider making your place soundproof as you still risk the chance of background music interfering with the music from your white noise.

The cats I’ve had in my life usually appreciated music as a way to fall asleep, or I bored them by playing, not sure.

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The 6 best Headphones under £150

Nice one friend! Time to get headphones so that you can be walking on sunshine with KC and the sunshine band, or maybe it’s time to take the power back (RATM)? What are the unwritten rules about headphones? Well that’s a tough nut to crack.

It all depends on what purpose you’ve planned to use the headphones for. Are you planning on recording something on your own or are you a gamer with a passion for sound effects?

I have done my best to list different types of headphones to provide the best options for the various different scenarios.

Mixing/Studio Headphones

Sitting in a studio requires some kickass headphones. Not kickass as in maximum output but rather with some certain specifics.

The purpose of studio headphones is to have a clear and defined idea about how the instruments sound while also being able to hear each instrument while they all are playing.

Studio headphones must be stereo with great range in hertz and panning exposure. Apart from hearing all possible sounds, you also need to be able to hear them coming from different directions since you probably want to pan at least some of the instruments on your track.

You want to find bass-reduced headphones or simply use headphones with a bass-reduction feature.

The bass-reduction feature allows you to experience the sound picture exactly as it will sound coming from most car stereos without a massive bass.

The PRO500MK2 from Audio-Technica cost £149 and are the headphones I recommend to use in the studio. It ranges from 10-30,000 Hz (hertz) and weigh only 290 grams.

These are over-ear headphones, meaning that the pads are around your ears rather than on your ears.

Over-ear headphones can be used for several hours while on-ear & in-ear headphones gives you pain shortly after you’ve started your recording/mixing session.

Headphones for Exercising

First of all, I feel a great need to inform you about the danger of listening to music while exercising, your ears actually become more sensitive towards loud noises as you are working out or have a high blood circulation.

Your eardrums can break easier simply because they become more sensitive from a work-out or other physical activities such as dancing or having sex.

Listening to music while having sex is nothing to worry about, what you should worry about is the work-out music.

Listening to loud music (regardless of genre) becomes more dangerous the harder you work out.

Also, over-ear & on-ear headphones actually make you warmer while working out; resulting in a shittier workout than necessary. Pick in-ear headphones.

I want to recommend the Momentum 2.0 IEi Headphones from Sennheiser for £64.99.

Everyday Headphones

A majority of the people in the western parts of Europe are using (in my opinion) shitty everyday headphones.

I love and live for music and I could never imagine myself having bad sound experience in the majority of my life. Because that’s what everyday headphones are, the main source of music in your life.

You could easily use in-ear or on-ear headphones if you only use headphones for 15-60 minutes per day.

If you are using your headphones for hours or more – allow yourself the luxury of listening to real music from over-ear headphones with a proper panning experience.

I strongly recommend the AVC200 from Audio-Technica for only £30!

Trendy & Fashionable

I personally never cared about trendy and fashionable regarding music, I put all of my focus on quality and function.

There are a ton of cool headphones that attracts the eye, but the functionality of these headphones usually doesn’t reflect the level of trendiness.

However, Skullcandy is a brand that does a decent job at offering cool headphones at okay prices.

I recommend the Knockout model (€83.99) from Skullcandy as the Trendy headphones.

Headphones for Gamers

The typical gamer is “addicted” to more than one game, and the importance of audio/sound effects actually vary a lot when playing games online.

Many headphones fail to offer a 360 degree audio experience which results in a poorer gaming experience for the player.

In Counter-Strike for example, you need to hear if a player is moving behind you to the right or in front of you to the right. Shitty headphones only indicate if a player is to your right or left without any indication on if the opponent is in front or behind you.

You are in other words forced to use over-ear headphones if you want a fair chance of competing against the other players.

I recommend the gaming headset I’ve always used: M50xWH from Audio-Technica for £139.

Travelling Headphones

Headphones can be extremely useful while travelling; it allows you to learn new languages through audio books, practice your drumming skills or to help you falling asleep on the bus/train/plane.

If you however plan to sleep on the way, make sure that you’ve prepared a playlist where the songs have a BPM of 40-70 depending on how fast your heart is beating while resting.

The headphones I’d like to recommend to you for travelling is the ANC70 from Audio-Technica (£149). These reduce environmental noise by up to 90%!…

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The 5 best noise cancelling headphones out right now

You are finally going to buy a pair of headphones! Which ones will you pick? What kind of preferences do you have? I personally prefer using ear pads since I get pain in my ears if I use in-ear headphones for a few hours in a row. Some headphones have a massive bass while others are bass-reduced, why do people choose to use bass-reduced headphones? There are so many questions out there and I’ll try to answer them here in this article.

Price vs. Function

There are headphones from as low as £/$/€5 up to several hundred. In-ear headphones are usually cheaper and of less quality than the over-ear (headphones that cover your ears) but the in-ear headphones is the optimal choice when running or working out. Over-ear headphones will drastically increase the temperature of your body so it is no good option for a work-out. Owning a home studio, I know however that I would never manage to make music without over-ear headphones as they reduce the risk of sound pollution a lot compared to in-ear headphones. Prices for headphones vary a lot, so the best thing you can do is to find a decent brand which is not too established in the business. Beats by DRE is a perfect example of an overpriced product, as same quality can be found for much less money.

In-Ear or Ear-pad (on-ear) Headphones?

The in-ear headphones represent the mobiles in the digital era while ear-pads represent computers. The ear-pads are necessary for serious work while in-ear headphones are meant to be used “on-the-go”. The ear pads will be better than in-ear headphones in 95% of the times, so only get the in-ear headphones if you listen to music as a way to spend time. If you on the other hand need headphones for your home studio, you should definitely go for the ear pads that cover your ears without giving you pain. Also, you should use bass-reduced ear pad headphones for a reality-based sound picture in the studio. Using headphones with bass in a studio will not reflect the sound experience that people have in cars, mp3 players and mobile phones.

Studio Headphones

If you are planning to record or mix music tracks, you should check out the Studio-Technica headphones as they are made in great long-lasting quality while also being bass-reduced. The same quality headphones from other brands exceed the prices at Audio-Technica by far. Lots of brands market their headphones as studio headphones falsely, even if the headphones have increased bass – contrary to what studio headphones should have. The reason to why on-ear headphones are important in a studio is because the click (metronome) and other sound features from your headphones easily end up on your track otherwise. The bass can still be heard even if headphones are bass-reduced, but bass-reduced headphones allow you to experience the full sound picture rather than a blurry bassline with cheap treble.

Breathing Holes

Watch out for breathing holes in your headphones. Although it might be nice to have cooler ears, it’s not worth the potential risk of polluting recordings because of a comfortable factor. The studio requires 101% and which is impossible if you have sound pollution all over your tracks. However, breathing holes can be nice if you are a hobby listener who wants to use your on-ear headphones on a jog run. However, it’s important to know that your ears become more sensitive to sounds during exercise, so keep the volume down while running to extend the lifespan of your precious eardrums. Very few people are aware of the increased damage we can do to our ears while working out, respect your body and you’ll feel great.

Quality over Brand

Diamond Beats by Dre Headphones

There are numerous brands that produce and sell headphones worldwide, some have great products and some have a big brand. Bose, Sony, Panasonic and more are big brands who trust their brand value more than their product. If you want great noise cancelling studio headphones however, you should look at the Germans! Audio-Technica & Sennheiser are rocking the business with their offers and they are many times cheaper than the bigger commercialized brands out there such as Beat by DRE for example. By stepping away from the norm, you allow yourself to focus more on quality rather than investing in a specific brand. The quality of each brand varies widely, but you can however compare the specifics of every set of headphones. Most brands list the exact specifics of their headphones on the product description. You can compare the total range in hertz and the angle of the speakers, which is of great value for the home studio user when trying to pan the tracks.

The 5 best Noise Cancelling Headphones

It all depends on your budget, really. You can find decent headphones for a couple of coins in some cases while other brands and models cost more than a suit. If you have £100+ to spend on headphones, I strongly recommend Audio-Technica or Sennheiser as they can get you top notch studio quality headphones for that price while Beats by DRE only gives you bass. I personally use ATH-PRO500MK2 from Audio-Technica which is the one I will refer others to use too, I’ve had them for over a year without experiencing a single glitch or tear since then. The ATH-M40X & ATH-M30X models are also great products from Audio-Technica that I can strongly recommend. If you don’t like their headphones, check out the Sennheiser headphones: Any headphones from the HD PRO series.…

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How to secure tickets to a sold out concert!

You are going to a concert but the tickets were all sold out and you don’t know if you will find any tickets to get in.

Tough luck friend, but bear in mind that you are not completely out of options. There are a couple of tricks left to try before you surrender on the gig of the evening.

Never take no for an answer!

If you really want to go, make sure to explore all of your options before giving up on the concert of your dreams.

There actually are multiple options both online and in real life. I’ve listed as many tricks as I can here in this article but please feel free to email me any other suggestions if I missed out any vital information. Merci mon ami!

Concert Value

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Try to make up your mind about how much this concert is worth to you. Is your favourite band going to play or is it an average band?

Either way, you can probably conclude you’re your sentimental value is for this concert in particular. After you know how much the concert is worth to you, bring the money and go to the show.

There will always be someone who can’t go at these shows, be sure that you are in the right place at the right time.

If you bring more than what you think that the concert is worth, you are likely to spend more than you want for the ticket. Instead, go there and keep an eye & ear out for things that might reveal a potential seller.

Although there are those who overcharge the tickets, there will always be real people who can’t go and these people are usually happy to get back 80% back of the spent money rather than nothing at all.

Listen Actively

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There are sellers there, without doubt. Some words are however more revealing than other, such as “extra ticket”, “too many tickets” or “can I sell this?”.

Trust your intuition, go up to these people and ask them if they have an extra ticket.

The worst thing that can happen is that they don’t have a ticket but the best thing that could happen is that they sell you a ticket.

The main perk about finding one-time sellers is that these people are usually not looking to make a profit from the ticket – but rather to save a potential loss.

These guys will be the ones to save your day as you have a big chance of finding tickets which are cheaper than the real tickets.

The “professional” sellers will always try to make profit out of you, contrary to the temporary sellers who just want to cut their losses.

Twickets

Twickets is a super smart concept where people can buy tickets from others for the face value.

It leaves less room for the swindlers while allowing the majority of its users to buy their favourite tickets online at a good price.

These guys have been around since 2011 and they actually offer tickets for any type of event!

So it doesn’t matter if you are looking for music tickets for your favourite band or if you want to watch a football derby in Manchester – you can find them all at Twickets.co.uk !

This is an easy alternative compared to many other alternatives, but not everyone is using Twickets so you might feel luckier by asking around outside the venue of the event.

Easy Auto Refresh-Plugin

“Easy Auto Refresh” is the name of a Google Chrome plugin, it allow you to refresh a page at a certain time interval.

Through this Chrome plugin, you can easily set a ticket site to refresh every 5 seconds for example, which increase your chances of grabbing a ticket that shows up late in the listings.

This Chrome plugin works on basically every possible site, so don’t limit yourself by only using this plugin for tickets. Think outside the box and you will probably find lots of value in this Google Chrome plugin.

Seating Chart

If you are thinking about buying tickets outside the concert/event, make sure that you bring a seating chart.

A seating chart works like a map but over the seating in the venue. You might wonder why you should bring one and you might be surprised, but the reason to bring a seating chart is simply to prevent yourself from being cheated on the tickets.

Some people will try to tell you that their ticket has the best views, a seating chart allow you to quickly confirm their claim to get a better idea about the value of the ticket.

Having a seating chart can also make it easier to inspect the ticket that you are about to buy.

Inspect your Ticket!

Some people will always try to scam you.

You should definitely not feel weird about buying tickets on the streets or outside the venue, but you should always inspect the tickets.

In order to be able to inspect your ticket, you will need to look up how they actually look first. What’s the difference between VIP tickets and regular tickets?

Look up the specifics if you plan on buying tickets on the streets. Not doing so, will most probably reward you with a semi-expensive lesson.

Always do your homework; at least you get smarter even if you don’t manage to find the ticket to your dream concert.…

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Everything you need to build your own record studio at home

A very complete home studioAlright friend! Time to get started with your recording studio at home so that you can become the next one-hit-wonder!

Or maybe you plan to become the new RedOne who create songs for a famous singer (Lady Gaga)?

It doesn’t matter, you will need the same gear.

Ultimately, you will buy equipment based on what kind of music you are planning on making.

Are you going to record a tune using sampled sounds or are you a musician who’s working with real instruments?

Using samples is very easy and require no skills, in that case, just buy a midi keyboard and a microphone if you also have plans on recording vocals too.

Real musicians will have to spend more money to create a perfect recording studio at home while DJs are depending on equipment that automatically makes transitions smoother when changing songs for example.

To get an idea about what I’m talking about, you could actually check out Sound City, a film about creating music.

Microphone

The best microphone to choose will actually depend on the purpose of your recordings.

Are you planning on using the microphone for a specific instrument? Y

ou can actually pick up the sound from an acoustic bass or an acoustic guitar by using a so-called guitar pickup, a detachable microphone for acoustic guitars and/or basses.

To record vocals, your microphone should have a great range in hertz while offering great quality. I use a Røde NT1-A microphone for vocals while I use a Shure SM58 whenever I record instruments.

The greatest perk about using the SM58 is that you can remove the “puff” protection which practically is the same as using a SM57.

The SM58 is commonly used as a stage microphone for singers while the SM57 model works perfect when recording guitar from an amp.

Soundcard & Mixer

Too much little stuffsA recording studio at home can basically mean anything, are you building a big home studio or a small one for yourself?

If the latter one, you just need to get a mixer with 1-4 inputs and it’s worth to mention that most mixers with 1-4 inputs have an integrated sound card which can save you from spending unnecessary amounts on a sound card.

If you plan to build a home studio to record multiple instruments/singers simultaneously – you need a bigger mixer.

The bigger mixers rarely have an integrated sound card so you most probably need to buy yourself a sound card too. I bought my 2-channeled Steinberg mixer with an integrated sound card 2 years ago for ~€100.

I use Cubase as software when I record, Cubase is a program which also is developed by Steinberg.

Tryto stick to as few brands as possible as they tend to be more compatible with themselves than with other brands.

Acoustics

It’s important to think about the acoustics of your home recording studio.

How are the resonance and the natural reverb, compared to the sound picture that you plan to use when recording?

The room doesn’t have to be 100% cleared from resonance, it’s merely a matter of preference.

Most sounds can be adjusted after they have been recorded, allowing you to remove most of the “natural effects” that you might get from the acoustics of your home studio.

Many professionals are actually struggling in finding a unique sound – a problem which I believe occurs when the studio acoustics are “too perfect”.

Don’t try too hard to reach the perfect acoustics since they usually remove your own unique sound.

Recording Instruments

There’s a big difference when comparing recording vocals with recording instruments.

Every instrument has different characteristics, so you might have to do some research on how to record your chosen instrument in the best possible way.

A wise option is to investigate how one of your favourite songs was recorded and then try to redo what they did – but with your own hands and instruments.

You will be able to create a unique sound that way while there’s a possibility that you’ll manage to make it sound better than your favourite band did! For example, I never record guitar straight into the mixer.

I always plug in my electric guitar to an amp while using a SM57 to pick up the output (10-30cm) from the amp.

The SM57 is in turn plugged straight into the mixer which gives me a more realistic sound of a guitar.

If I still feel dissatisfied with the sound picture, I will add effects and equalize the sound picture through Cubase – my music software.

Sound Pollution & Disturbance

Recording at home is super fun! But there’s a backside to it too.

You will never be able to isolate the noise from surroundings to the same extent as you would be able to do in a real studio with proper sound isolation to prevent the unwanted sounds from reaching your microphones.

Recording in general, is done best with a “click” (aka Metronome). A metronome is a tool that will assist you in keeping track of the rhythm – even before you started recording.

Click is essential for recording sessions since it allow you to always be tight (on-beat). It also enables other musicians to add new stuff to a track without ever losing rhythm.

You are expected to use click if you plan to make something great but the sound of the click must never reach the microphone at all.

You don’t want any clicks or other noise to be heard in the finished song, so make sure to use over-ear headphones as much as you can when recording. (Over-ear headphones surround ears, allowing them to cancel more noise than in-ear & on-ear headphones)

Drums, Percussions or Electric?

Great home studioThere’s an infinite amount of midi plugins to use if you are using a MIDI plugin, regardless if you’re going to record drums or any other instrument.

Through Cubase, I am able to play any possible instrument by using my MIDI keyboard (a full-sized electric piano with a midi-output).

The amount midi plugins will however differ if you are using other music software than Cubase.

Recording real drums require many microphones, as you usually need to pick up sounds from up to 10 sound sources in total: 1 drum-kit with 4 toms, kick, hi hat, cymbals and a ride.

I own an electric drum-kit which I can plug in to my studio using MIDI, but I must say that I prefer my acoustic setup.

Instead of using an electric or real drum-set; I use a Cajun, an egg, a tambourine and wooden percussions to create a sound that I experience as more authentic.…

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Looking for a Good Music Venue? Here are 4 Things You Must Consider

Are you looking for a good music venue for your next event? Choosing one can be quite difficult, especially if your area has a lot of them. Nowadays, music venues pop up practically everywhere and offer live musical entertainment every night (most of them, anyway). If you are to choose one that stands out, there are four factors you need to keep in mind.

1. The size of the venue.

Your event will be for a specific group or crowd, so you must have an idea of how many people will be joining it. This is what you use to determine whether a music venue suits your needs or not. You have to make sure that you book a venue that can accommodate all your guests comfortably. Don’t settle for one that can squeeze in 50 people is they are seated as close to each other as possible. There has to be a little allowance. So if you’re looking to invite 50 people, look for a venue that can take in at least 6o to 65 people.

2. Look for a venue that caters to your target age group.

Unless your event is for adults only, you should consider booking a venue that is open to all ages. But if you are targeting an adult crowd, go for a venue that caters to the 18 and above crowd, or maybe even the 21 and above audience group.

3. Look for a venue that has a music-related theme or a musical feel.

Choose a music venue that has a music-related feel or theme. You wouldn’t want your singer or band to play in a sexy adult club, would you? Check the interiors of the place before deciding.

4. Choose a music venue that has a good reputation in the industry.

Do not just pick a venue because you like the way it looks or where it is located. You also have to consider the reputation of the place. To do this, simply look for online reviews and feedback provided by customers. You may have friends who have already tried the place, go and ask them for reviews, too. It is important to choose a venue that is respected in the music industry.…

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4 Popular Music Genres That You Should Understand

Music is colorful because it has different genres. People choose to listen to genres they are familiar and are most comfortable with. There are a lot of genres to choose from, but here are four of the most popular. Getting a better understanding of each one will help you appreciate music more.

1. Pop

Pop music or popular music started making waves back in the 1950s. Its common characteristics are: not very artistic as more focus is given to technique and craft, a lot of focus on rhythm, and recording is more important than live musical shows. Pop music is created to appeal to the general population. Nothing complicated, everything is simple.

2. Rock

Originally called rock and roll, rock has metamorphosed into different types and styles. Its sound has a lot of electric guitars and drums. While there are rock songs that talk about love, there are also those that tackle deeper issues such as politics, cultural differences, and prejudices. Rock musicians love live performances and value musicianship. It has several sub-genres including classical rock, alternative rock, progressive rock, and psychedelic rock, among others.

3. Club Music or Electronic Dance Music

In the past, we danced to a lot of disco music. But times have changed, and we now have club or electronic dance music (EDM). Common characteristics of this genre: played in dance clubs, a lot of synthetic electrical instruments, features DJs as main artists (most of the time).

4. Metal or Heavy Metal

Heavy metal music is kind of like a higher and heavier version of rock music. It uses a lot of distorted sounds, and the beats are heavy. You’ll also hear a lot of drums, but they’re performed at faster speeds, though.…

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Want to Be A Musician? Here Are the Top 3 Qualities You Need to Have

Dreaming of becoming a respected and popular musician someday? If you are, you have your work cut out for you. We don’t mean to scare you, but the fact is that successful musicians did a lot of hard work before getting to where they are now. You’ll have to do the same if you want to be in their league someday. No worries, though, because as long as your talent and skills are there, you can go places if you possess the right attitude and display the qualities successful musicians are known for. There are quite a lot of them, but these three qualities should be on top of your list if you want to reach your goal of becoming a good musician someday.

1. Know Who You Are and What You Want

Being confident about the person that you are will greatly help mold you into a good musician. If you have self-confidence, you know who you are and are confident about this. Likewise, you’ll have a better understanding of what you want to achieve. This is important if you want people to take you seriously; if you want to show them that you are passionate and dedicated to your craft.

2. Dedication, Perseverance, and the Need to Continuously Learn and Improve

If you are dedicated to your craft, you can fulfill your goals. Of course, it is important to work hard and persevere. If you spend most of your time sitting on the couch watching TV or playing video games, you won’t find success anytime soon, even if you are totally dedicated to your craft. Besides, you’re not really dedicated to something if you spend most of your time doing things not relevant to it, right? Part of your dedication and perseverance is the willingness to keep learning. This is important because when you learn, you improve. That is how you become a good and successful musician.

3. Practice

Practice makes perfect. Even if you are already a master of your craft, you need to keep practicing, especially since music is always evolving. You need to keep up with the trends, too. If you can do this regularly, you’ll be on your way to the top in no time.…

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