Feel the learn baby!
We did a lot of learning in 2016. And we did our best to share it all with you.
All our guides, lists, tips, and tutorials are here to help you get the best possible sound.
‘Cause here at LANDR we work hard to be more than mastering.
Hopefully you learned something this year, and found a new sound. We certainly did!
But if you didn’t catch it the first time around, here’s everything we learned in 2016:
12 Awesome DAWs
Ahhh the DAW. It is the fertile dirt for the seeds of songs, the producer’s painting palette.
DAWs are a huge reason why making music was more accessible than ever in 2016—A very important movement that’s sure to continue well beyond this year.
So we brought together some of the best DAW programs out there and broke down their best features.
All in one easy-to-reference DAW guide.
Perfect for picking your first DAW, or some quick research if you’re thinking of switching.
Better Sound Where it Matters Most
SoundCloud continued to lead the way for independent music creators in 2016.
Their sharing platform allowed musicians all over the world to share and get heard.
That’s why we teamed up with SoundCloud earlier this year to offer connect with SoundCloud. Now all your mastered tracks are shareable directly to SoundCloud from your LANDR library.
Better sound AND a global audience? Beautiful.
So to help you get the most from the your SoundCloud, we put together a guide that will help you get into all the right ears at the right time.
Listening is Learning. Seeing is Doing.
When you’re trying to get better at producing, listening usually mean learning. But watching means learning too.
Nothing is better than seeing a seasoned producer or studio veteran hands-on with their tools.
Thankfully there’s a ton of music production video series out there that let you peek in on the processes behind the productions.
These are all the must-watches:
Album Art: Now and Then
The music industry continues to shift. And as it shifts, expands and grows, certain parts of music’s past become more obsolete.
But other parts of music adapt and find new roles in the current industry. Album art is certainly one of those things.
In fact, online streaming platforms have made album art more crucial than ever. We found out why…
In The MIDI With You
The term ‘Studio’ has more meanings than ever—It could be a million dollar compound, or laptop on a desk…
Regardless of size or cost, you’ll probably find a MIDI controller (or 5) in each and every one.
So we found all the latest and best MIDI controllers and put ’em into one super guide.
It’s everything you need to pick the right tool for your studio.
The Mother of Invention
All music is experimental. Even huge hits from every major era of music.
If you’re not experimenting then chances are your not innovating.
These records are all a testament to the power of experimentation. Each one uses a sneaky recording tactic in some way.
Read up for some inspiration. Then hit the the studio and throw some stuff at the wall to see what sticks!
Gear is only as good as the wires that connect them. If you’re making music you need to think about your signals as well.
We created an in-depth audio cables guide to get you connected right. From balanced to unbalanced and everything in between.
Music needs ideas to live. Behind every good song, EP, or album is a concept.
Sound gives us a universal language to share those concepts. It’s a duty that every musician should be upholding each time they hit record.
That’s why the manifesto is so important. The artists on this list make music for a reason. Reasons that are all spelled out in their music manifestos…
Find out more about each one and then write your own. ‘Cause meaning and music always mix.
Nobody Beats the Wiz
Synthesis has come a long way since it’s humble beginnings—All thanks to a few wizards that pushed the synthesizer to new depths and fresh heights.
The tones, oscillations, timbres, and pulses we enjoy today owe a lot to everyone on this list.
So before you tickle the keys again, take some time to tip your hat to a few true synth pioneers.
Formatters Formatting Formats
MP3, HD WAV, FLAC. All the usual suspects in the audio world…
But what do they actually mean?
Picking the right format means knowing what they are and choosing the best one for your needs.
Next Up: No Limits
2016 was COOL! But we’re nowhere near done learning right along with you.
We’re gonna keep right on sharing all the most useful info for finding the perfect sound.
Wondering about a certain topic? Get in touch!
We’re always happy to dig into a subject on our blog or even answer specific questions you might be having. So don’t hesitate.
Thanks for hanging with us! Here’s to 365 more days to learn, create and share.