We're constantly looking for sample products that we can review and feature here on Midichords. And if you have been following us you know we have a weak spot for the products from 5Pin Media, a Loopmasters label. The philosophy behind their products is to help beginners and more experienced composers with quality products where MIDI and samples are fused in highly inspirational toolkits. This time we will have a closer look at Epic House Riffs, a great starting point for your next - seriously pumping - club house composition!
In our previous post we’ve learned how to construct 3 note chords – so called triads. We also found out that there is a specific pattern of chords in the major key, which actually applies to any Major scale. In this post we will have a closer look at what is referred to as 7th.
Dubstep is an electronic dance music genre that started in the late 90’s and evolved throughout the first years in the new millennium. It is influenced by reggae, 2-step garage, trance, dub and drum-and-bass genres. Dubstep has some very recognizable characteristics and we will in this tutorial series have a closer look at the genre and its specific sounds, how to produce them, the general arrangement of Dubstep tracks as well as mixing and mastering techniques for Dubstep.
In our previous tutorials we have learned how to create Major and Minor scales and how to compose cool melodies by sticking to our scale. In this post we are going to introduce the concept of “harmony” – chords.
If you want to compose music you'll first need to create a proper environment for this. Granted, anyone with a simple computer can create sounds using a DAW, but if you're serious and you have been flirting with the idea to make serious music, it makes sense to spend a few bucks on some essential equipment. This does not have to be overly expensive and complicated though. Most people start off with a fairly basic home studio and work their way up from there.
In our first post we introduced some initial concepts of music theory – for instance what a Major scale is and how you can construct them. In this post we are going to discuss how to construct a Minor scale and have a closer look at scales in general as well as the concept of "scale spelling". We will also briefly discuss the creation of cool melodies using what we’ve learned about Major and Minor scales. Let’s start our engines!
If you have a passion for music and want to express your ideas, thoughts and feelings, it is not always quite enough to be an expert in "music technology" (anything related to your DAW, different plug-ins, how to create cool effects, etc.). If you really want to express your ideas and be able to create cool tracks, it is extremely helpful to understand the basics of music theory. For many people “Music Theory” sounds scary and complicated, but in a reality it isn't, depending on the way it is explained of course. We will do an attempt here on Midichords to explain the subject and help those of you who have no or little knowledge of music theory, but are looking for improving their composing/music production skills. So let’s start our musical journey, shall we?
We've composed a track called Driving (Not Home For Christmas). It's not mixed and mastered, but have a listen and if you like it you can download the entire MIDI project for it, with chord progression, lead, bassline, etc. Such midi files are great building blocks for composing your own tracks. More importantly, they are an excellent learning tool. Studying the way others arrange various elements can help you to improve your own composing skills.
By the way, do not hesitate to let us know if you compose something cool around these MIDI files.
Composing trance was never easier with Trance Forms Vol. 1, a midi and sample product from our friends at 5pin Media. We have written about this label before and for a reason. The guys at 5pin Media are true experts in creating quality products that are unique in the sense that they combine midi with samples in construction kits that get you up and running in no time.
This release can be used for any genre of trance and progressive house. It really is what it promises to be - an essential toolbox for anyone who wants to boost his or her trance composing skills.
A chord progression is a fundamental element of every track. It sets the mood and gives a piece of music its harmonic movement. I must admit that I often start a new track by composing a groove. There's nothing wrong with that. A cool beat can really get you started. But every now and then I take a chord progression and try to be creative with that instead.