Apple Music: Don’t Use The “Add To Library” Function

I don’t get the whole “Add to library” function of Apple Music or similar streaming platforms. See, I always add things to a playlist. I keep my playlists organized like genres (and also share them publicly). So when I’m adding music to my collection, I never select “Add to library”, it’s always “Add to playlist”.

Adding to library is like throwing clothes in a pile

To me, it makes no sense selecting “add to library”.  Many of you may do this, but here’s Continue reading Apple Music: Don’t Use The “Add To Library” Function

Reason: How To Use Multiple BCF2000’s

A while ago, I had bought two Behringer BCF2000 mixers with the intention of using them as a 16 channel mixer. I found they wouldn’t “cascade” like they do in other DAW’s, contacted both Behringer and Propellerhead and they both said it couldn’t be done. I even looked into it, saw even the remote map file didn’t support it and wrote a blog post titled “Using Multiple BCF2000’s Can’t Be Done”. Miguel Catalão then left a comment on how it could be done and recorded a video just for this post.

The process

This isn’t an easy method and I can’t personally vouch for it as I no longer have multiple BCF2000’s. The secret apparently lies in Continue reading Reason: How To Use Multiple BCF2000’s

My Entire Personal Music Collection Is On Apple Music

I’ve had my personal music collection on Spotify, but I’ve switched to Apple Music a while ago and I couldn’t share my personal music collection playlists the same way on Apple Music. But now I can. I’m @mixerjaexx on Apple Music and @mixerjaexx on Spotify.

List of public playlists on Apple Music

Here’s the list of playlists that I have on Apple Music. They’re in genre format as Continue reading My Entire Personal Music Collection Is On Apple Music

Producers Who Own Multiple Keyboards But No Mixer?

One thing I’ve never understood is the tendency for people who produce music to own all these music accessories, such as multiple MIDI keyboards, but not own a single mixer (control surface). It’s understandable if someone has limited hardware and doesn’t have a mixer, but that’s not the case for so many people.

Throwin’ money in all the wrong directions

Like take a look at this random person’s studio setup. They’ve clearly thrown money at all these music toys; they have three keyboards that appear to be very expensive. Just one of those keyboards probably costs three times as much as my one keyboard. And let’s not ignore the Continue reading Producers Who Own Multiple Keyboards But No Mixer?

Reason: Custom Behringer X-Touch Remote Map Layout

I’ve created a custom Propellerhead Reason remote map for Mackie Control (Mackie Universal Control) mixers, such as ones used by my Behringer X-Touch or the Mackie MCU Pro. The remote map, called MJ Enhanced Universal Control, fixes problems like buttons being mapped in wrong areas, reduces clip LED’s getting triggered, functions missing entirely (like the EQ Q knobs) while adding enhancements and new features, like comp and gate LED meters, time displayed by default and global solo and mute off functions. This enables you to control the entire virtual SSL mixer and channel strip settings (including channel selection!) without extra prep work (like the BCR2000 method required). An optional Lua codec also enhances the channel VU meters. This article serves also as a guide / general commentary and I’m sharing it free…

Foreword

The MJ Enhanced Mackie Universal Control setup took a very long time for me to do. This mapping file and article are written based on my experience with Continue reading Reason: Custom Behringer X-Touch Remote Map Layout

Am I The Only One Who Hates VST’s?

I’ve never liked VST’s. Never. There’s just something about them that I find so distracting from the whole music process. And what’s crazy is that I’m one of the only people who feel this way.

There’s a lot of different reasons why VST’s just feel wrong to me, wrong like someone walking outside in the dirt with bare socks and no shoe on. Wrong because…

Pop-up windows kill the immersion

Nearly all music software started out emulating physical Continue reading Am I The Only One Who Hates VST’s?

Reason: Why RE’s And VST’s Waste Your Time

Something not a lot of people realize is that most additional instruments and effects you can add to Reason via rack extensions (RE’s) and now VST’s (bleh) not only aren’t needed, nearly all of them are features found in Reason masquerading as new concepts.

Don’t be fooled by fancy audio demos

The hard, unspoken truth about music production is that there isn’t many instruments and effects devices that are Continue reading Reason: Why RE’s And VST’s Waste Your Time

Studio Hardware Walkthrough

In this post, I detail the physical hardware I use for my desktop studio setup. Rack, mixer, music devices, audio interfaces, audio analyzers, monitors, speakers, power supplies and desktop configuration.

Rack

The rack is custom-built from two red IKEA tables. I stacked them and keep them in place with two “L” brackets. I then installed rack rails, cutting the metal rack rails with Continue reading Studio Hardware Walkthrough