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On today's episode, Matt and Chris talk about the Great Resignation and Steven Pressfield's book, Turning Pro.

In addition to stumbling through the first episode, we talk about leaving your job, working from home, and what it was like during the outbreak of the pandemic. We also talk about some of…

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Day 30 of 30: It's been a good run, and profoundly impactful on my life in so many ways. What better way to wrap up the challenge with a mediocre rap beat.

I plan to continue this even if I'm not posting here.

If you want to try the challenge for yourself, commit to setting an hour on the clock e…

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Day 29 of 30: We're almost there folks. Was on a time crunch today, but came up with this little echoey riff to start, then the bassline kicked in. Somehow it ended up turning into a Soundgarden-ish riff, and I felt no better move than to yell jibberish in my best 90's rock voice.

To join me, set …

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Day 28 of 30: Heard a bunch of rap and trap earlier today, so I figured I'd check out some sounds on Splice and take a stab at something in that zone.

We're almost there. If you'd like to join me on the challenge, set an hour on the clock, record something, and share it in the comments below.

Tom…

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Day 27 of 30: I only had 20 minutes tonight before a call to get this done, so I threw a little riff and melody together on Garageband on my phone.

If you want to join the challenge, throw an hour on the clock, record something, and post it below.

See you tomorrow,
cheine

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Day 26 of 30: I started off with the mood pedal to get the feeling going. Got a high frequency eerie sound and threw some panning automation, going for an LFO type effect.

I realized yesterday that mixing bass in my room is leading the bass to be overpowering on these tracks, so I dialed it back a…

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Day 25 of 30: Took some extra time today to get the bass sounding right, and throw some automation on the wurlitzers.

This was a fun one to make. I realized I'm pretty ahead of tempo on my bass recordings, so this was a good lesson for pocketing the bassline.

If you want to join me, set an hour o…

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Day 24 of 30: Decided to try a few new things on this one.

I used Drummer in Logic to start the rhythm, then build a bassline over it.

I also used the LCR mixing style recommended in the Kush Audio video on mixing recommendations. The mixing isn't perfect, but it really was a good technique to s…

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Feb. 23, 2021

Beat the Clock: Day 23

Day 23 of 30: Nothing special today, just came up with a set of chords on the piano, threw a midi bass line and some drums behind it, and added some jibberish vocals behind it.

The CLA Vocals plugin by Waves can really take most vocal audio and make it louder, clearer, and punchier. Highly recomme…

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Day 22 of 30: Went back to the park today and came up with this little ditty. It's a few sections put together, with a bit of the reggae feel inspired by yesterday's jam.

This is one I think I'll end up growing into a full song.

Recorded on the Garageband iPhone app.

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Day 21 of 30: My friend Matt came up with a riff, so we took a couple hours and built on it.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
cheine

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Day 20 of 30: Had about 10 minutes to make this song and video, and I'll tell you what, this might be the best goddamn thing I've ever come up with. Prepare to have your mind blown.

As always, set a timer for an hour, record something, and share a link below and I'll check it out.

See you tomorro…

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Day 19 of 30: Kept it simple today, but I can hear some faint reggae type chords at the end of some of these samples, so we can explore a bunch of different options from here.

If you want to join, set an hour on the clock, record a song, and post a link to it in the comments below.

Enjoy your wee…

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Day 18 of 30: Went to the park to do a little writing. Saw some birds, looked at a lake... how nice.

Had to record the vocals in the car so I wouldn't look like a crazy person.

Anyway, if you want to join me, set an hour on the timer and record something. Post in the comments below and I'll check…

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Day 17 of 30: Keeping the theme basic this week. A guitar, a notebook, and a phone to record it. The riff is pretty cool, but the vocals and lyrics are iffy on this one. Busted out the mouth trumpet on this one.

If you want to join, set an hour on the clock, record a song, and share a link in the …

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Day 16 of 30: Today I went back to the basics of songwriting how I know it best: a guitar, a notebook, and a phone to record it. This challenge has gotten me out of my comfort zone, and I've learned a ton about production and different ways to find new sounds, but I need to refocus on the melody, t…

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Day 15 of 30: We're halfway there, and after a long day of yard work and trips to home depot, it was time to drink some beers and record a song. We got a bit 311-ey at the end there.

If you want to join, set an hour on the clock, record a song, and share the link below.

See you tomorrow,
cheine

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Day 14 of 30: Felt like a good day to start out with something inspired by church music. Had to change up the end though...

If you want to join, set an hour on the clock, record it and release it. Post a link in the comments and I'll check it out.

See you tomorrow,
cheine

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Feb. 13, 2021

Beat the Clock: Day 13

Day 13 of 30: Later than usual for writing, but I was able to spend more time focusing on the actual groove of the part than making something more dynamic. Came out alright, but I learned a lot about bass while working on this one.

If you want to write a song, put an hour on the clock and see what…

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Day 12 of 30: Tried out the O-Vox by Waves today, and the end result wasn't too bad. I couldn't figure out how to make a bass sound, but otherwise it was a lot of fun right out of the box with only 5 minutes of prep.

If you want to make your own song, record it and share in the comments below and …

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Day 11of 30, and holy shit did this come out bad. This was my first swing at recording something with modular, and I've got a lot to learn.

This tutorial by Arturia was helpful in sequencing the melody at least: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81e118JE1zA

Same thing as yesterday, if you want to j…

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Day 10 of 30: 1/3rd of the way through the challenge, and today I decided to tackle live looping within Ableton. I want to record some more live videos with loops, and this seems like it'll expand on those capabilities.

After some trial and error, I was able to send the two original audio tracks t…

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Day 9 of 30: Got to make some reggae today! Hell yeah.

Also played around with Adobe Animator and almost threw my computer across the room, but at least came up with a cool little animation at the end.

You know the drill: If you want to do the same, throw an hour on the clock, record a song, and …

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Day 8 of 30: I'm not sure about you, but whenever I record acoustic guitar, it sounds horrible. So I checked out Paul David's video about how he records his guitars and puts them in stereo.

You can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww-cH29IGeM

Came up with this little diddy sho…

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