Congratulations on all the ways you improved your music this year.
2018 was massive for the LANDR community. We’ve enjoyed learning right along with you through 355 articles in 7 different languages, covering everything from reverb plugins to music theory and everything in between…
It’s a lot to take in! In case you missed it here’s the absolute best of the LANDR Blog — according to you.
You learned essential music theory
Whether you’re a beginner wondering how to write a song, or a seasoned vet that needs a refresher from time to time, music theory is always an important topic. Nothing’s better than digging into some new music theory concepts.
This year we covered a lot. But the ideas that helped the most were:
Chord progressions are the meat on the bones of your songs. Writing a good chord progression is one of the most important parts of composing music.
Find out what chord progressions are, how to build them and where to put them in your songs.
Ah, the circle of fifths. It’s your guide for remembering key signatures and your roadmap for moving around closely related keys.
There’s a reason it’s a cornerstone of music theory. So if you need to brush up, or it’s your first time around, go check the circle and start building.
Chords! If you build them they will come.
Here’s the definitive guide on how to construct chords. Learn what they are, how to build them, and where to use them in your songwriting.
Keeping your music theory chops in shape is never a bad move. But music theory isn’t just about knowing, it’s about doing.
In the spirit of staying musically fit, here’s a list of seven music theory exercises to keep you on your toes and help you discover new ideas for your songwriting.
Discover what modes are, what they sound like and how to use them in your songs.
You discovered better tools for your mixes
This year we embarked on a quest to find the best plugins for every type of mixing moment.
Here’s a comprehensive library of the top plugins for every budget:
Kick samples are the heartbeat of good tracks. Whether it’s trap, house, EDM, garage or grunge, a good kick is the perfect anchor for any tune. These fifty kick drum samples are everything you need to give your tracks the perfect thump, or layer to design your own low end.
Vocal samples breathe life into tracks. Vocal loops and a capella samples can be the inspiration for new beats, or the finishing touch on your next track. This free vocals sample pack gives you the vocalist’s touch—everything from lush vocal loops to sung one-shots for microsampling.
Drum loops and drum breaks are essential tools in music production and beatmaking. Everyone desires loops from time to time. Grab a loop and start writing your bassline or melodies over top.
You got serious about releasing and promoting your music
We all know that releasing and promoting are important parts of DIY music today. So this year we dug our heels in on helping you do it better.
There was no shortage of online music promotion going on in 2018. But sometimes the most effective promotion you can do is out there the real world.
Here’s five ways to take your music promotion offline.
When you don’t have new music to share with your followers, you’ll need to reach for something else to feed your feeds.
Check out our tips for what to share with your fans other than your music.
Good promotion starts way before your release date. The best promotion plans happen before, during and after your record is live.
Learn five ways to get ahead of the curve with promoting your release.
You bounced better mixes for better masters
No one should ever stop learning how to mix. This year we covered the most important subjects out there when it comes to getting the best mix possible.
Here at LANDR we’re on a mission to bring headroom to the world. Keeping good headroom is one of the best things you can do to improve your masters. Watch and learn how to make your own.
LANDR levelled up this year by adding a new way to master projects of any size: Album Mastering.
So to help everyone get the most consistent, polished album sound possible here’s how to mix with an album in mind.
You did it on your own
It’s always better to take matters into your own hands when it comes to your music. So we took a look at how to do one of the most important parts of distribution yourself.
One of the biggest roadblocks to releasing your music is making good cover art.
It needs to look as good as it sounds. But If you’re not exactly visually inclined it can be tough to get there. Here’s some helpful tools that will help you make cover art to be proud of.
Year in the rearview
#ThisYear was a great year for making and learning all things music.
Thanks to you and your passion, we’re ready to discover a whole lot more together in the coming year.
Here’s to making even more in 2019!