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Mastering in 2020

Mastering in 2020

Mastering seems to have come back into fashion. With the days of extreme loudness behind us and more of a movement towards dynamics how does mastering fit in to modern day productions? Do you need to master? Can you do it yourself? Davide Carbone discusses his...

Chord Inventions

Chord Inventions

The use of certain chord types such as triads and extended chords have become the staple of chord progressions. One way to expand this palette is to layer different chord types together and invent new chord types. This gives you greater control of the voicing and...

Ableton Live vs Logic Pro X

Ableton Live vs Logic Pro X

Introduction Whether you’re new to music production or a seasoned producer, the “which is better” comparison between Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) is discussed at length and is often inconclusive. True to that statement, when you make a course enquiry at SOS,...

SOS Tutors discuss their favourite plugins

SOS Tutors discuss their favourite plugins

Given the importance of plugins and the fact that we are overwhelmed by the abundance of them we thought it would be useful to discuss our favourite and essential plugins we use in our day to day work. To make it easy we have broken them down in categories of what we...

Scaler – A genuine SOS Success story

Scaler – A genuine SOS Success story

Scaler - The Creative Chord Composer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lVTx6cL9ms http://www.musicradar.com/news/plugin-boutiques-scaler-plugin-can-tell-y... Scaler is a revolutionary new plugin launched by Plugin Boutique and is a genuine success story born and bred...

SOS Modern Music Theory course tutor explains Key Modulation

SOS Modern Music Theory course tutor explains Key Modulation

Key Modulation   School of Synthesis Modern Music Theory tutor Shaun Keyt explains Key Modulation in a way we can all understand it!   The Key of your track is the Scale you select for it's melodic elements. It can determine the musical character and melodic...

SOS Tutor Shaun Keyt Explains Musical Expectation

SOS Tutor Shaun Keyt Explains Musical Expectation

Imagine that you're opening a series of closed doors with no knowledge of whether there is something behind each one. Just before you open the first door, you're probably thinking there's roughly a 50% chance that you'll find something or someone behind it, so you'll...

Shaun Keyt explains the all important Chord Functions

Shaun Keyt explains the all important Chord Functions

Have you ever looked for guidelines about writing a chord progression. Have you ever wondered if certain chords are better suited to starting or ending a chord progression. Have you ever tried to add variation to a chord progression which is sounding repetitive. If...

Arranging in Ableton Live

Arranging in Ableton Live

Unless you’re musically gifted or very fortunate, many music producers will know all too well the frustration that ensues when it comes time to arrange. If you’re like me, this stage of the process signals the end of that enjoyable period of experimentation, and it’s...

Musical Intervals

Musical Intervals

Our Composition and Music Theory tutor Shaun Keyt expalins the basics of musical intervals including some tips on how they are best used!   There are many concepts within Music Theory which can help you create a certain type of emotion within your melodies and...