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Handy musicians' blog posts and threads

11/27/07 by Rig
Updated 10/14/08

This used to be just a list of lists, but I've decided to expand it to tutorials and other helpful resources written by musicians here on NG. Do you have something to add? Leave a comment! :)

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Featured & Must-reads

The Five Most Common Problems With AP Musicby Suspended-3rd-Chord
I've been on the AP for about 10 months now, and I spend the majority of the time here listening to music and sometimes writing reviews. When pointing out and explaining potential flaws that I see in a track, I notice there is a common trend to what I (and possibly others) would change...

How to get started writing music with free software by Rig
Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to have fancy-schmancy equipment to create cool loops (purists, please stop reading now). This tutorial will show you how you can create all the loops you'll ever want using only your computer. It doesn't even have to be a top-of-the-line computer, as long as it has Windows (which 99% of computers are running...don't quote me on that) and some speakers!

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Lists

The Free VST/is list by Rig
The Fast Guide to Audio Products list by Karco
The VST Reviews (very detailed) list by MaestroRage
The 8.5 gigs of FREE SAMPLES list by wiki.laptop.org
The How It's Done list by Swirly-Helix
The Underdog Musicians list by Rig, New-Milkman, and MaestroRage
The Musicians Everyone Needs to Check Out list by Cosmos8942
The Audio Artist Programs list by Rig
The Audio/Drum 'n Bass Links list by Nav
The Weekly NGAP Top 5 Archive list by New-Milkman
The Front Paged Songs list by Writersblock
The Stolen Video Game Songs list by Chronamut
The "Wahhhh! I got 0-bombed!" threads list by New-Milkman
The "Why aren't my songs submitted yet?" threads list by loogiesquared
The McBurger Awards by SolusLunes - 1, 2
The Fucked Up and Weird Songs list by Androu1
The Scary Song list by Rig
The NG Musicians with XBL accounts list by ArisingFlame
The E-Penis Size list by Rig
The List list (oh noes! wormhole!) by Rig
The List Lists list by WritersBlock

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Tutorials and How-Tos

How to use FL's PEQ2 by Nav
Top 6 most common problems with most NG trance music by Karco
Basics of EDM
How to write 8-bit/chiptune songs by WritersBlock
Filthy DnB Basses in FL7 by YunVeroz, adapted from this tutorial by JustinTodd
3xOsc Trance Lead tutorial by Koriigahn and Nav
Rucklo High - All About Compression by Fuc...I mean, Rucklo
Rucklo High - Motion: A Mastering Experiment by Rucklo

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Other helpful links

WHY AREN'T MY SONGS APPROVED BOOHOO
Review Request Club
Wades' message to you all. Warning: angry Wade ahead.
Liljim pwns teh nubs
Free NG Album Art by GOTHCLAWZ
Waveform guide by p4c
The Work In Progress Advice thread by Nav
FL Studio Help thread
Ableton Live FAQ by meneldil
Top Ten Secrets Of Garageband by MJTTOMB


Comments

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This is awesome, dude. Well organized and nicely done!


BuoyBuoy

12/9/08

fffffffff


"My Audio Wasn't Submitted! <:( (list)
http://loogiesquared.newgrounds.com/n ews/post/816


KarcoKarco

7/26/08

Ah, and credit this account, please. I was responding to a comment on that one and I forgot to log back into my main account. ;)


Just posting something I wrote a while ago. You don't seem to be updating this anymore but it's worth a shot posting it here anyway. ;)

http://karcoreviewalt.newgrounds.com/
news/post/159108


KarcoKarco

6/12/08

endlessnumber and I created an account to write a series of tutorials for anyone making EDM - it's still brand new, but I thought I'd give you the link to the table of contents in advance. ;D

http://basicsofedm.newgrounds.com/new s/post/136671


ChronamutChronamut

5/17/08

add my deletable users who steal music list to teh list! :P


KarcoKarco

4/12/08

Am I missing something here, or did you miss Nav's thread about the PEQ2? ;)

http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/8 65053

And the links to his page don't work anymore, too. Guess why. :P


TheCometTheComet

3/15/08

I have a thread set up a little while ago for remixing songs, for both remixers and those who want something remixed here: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/8 67143

Would this work for the list?


I'm working on a big free music tutorial at the moment, I sent you a PM about it, and there'll probably be a fair few items from this list here, so... yeah!
It'll be awesome.


JurianJurian

3/11/08

I have a list, i'll make it a news post soon...

http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/8 58465


gumOnShoegumOnShoe

2/21/08

Great list. Extremly helpful.


RuckloRucklo

1/15/08

I'd like to pretend that these threads are helpful...

http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/7 18886
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/6 86829

lolol

1/15/08 Rig responds:

I was WAITING for those links. lol
Added!


Cheer's for adding the tutorial!

Imma on ur userpaeg, Stealing ur views! :D:D

1/11/08 Rig responds:

Zomgz! D:


p4cp4c

12/31/07

WOO WOO IM ON TEH LIST!!!

1/2/08 Rig responds:

You sure are!


Muahaha I've created another useful audio blog thing you can link to.
http://writersblock.newgrounds.com/ne ws/post/57451
8-bit/chiptune blog tutorial

It's about how to make original vg tunes right. It's a little unorganised and incomplete atm, but I'm working on it.

12/14/07 Rig responds:

Hmm...it's not a list. New category! :D


KarcoKarco

12/12/07

Yep, SBB's right - for example, the Audio Artist Programs list takes you to http://rigaudio.newgrounds.com/news/p ost/40661. But your username's Rig now... ;)

12/12/07 Rig responds:

I'll change it, I'll change it! I didn't realize this whole thing would happen when I got it switched...

Short-sightedness sucks.


BuoyBuoy

12/12/07

teh links to ur profile dosnt work no therfor u r GAY

12/12/07 Rig responds:

I R CHANGING THEM


NavNav

12/12/07

OMG!! You're just Rig now!! OMG WTF BBQ?

How'd ya do it?

12/12/07 Rig responds:

I asked Tom in the PM I sent him with my mailing info for the MAC prizes. Yay!


SolusLunesSolusLunes

12/5/07

Fuck you, SBB.

:D


In my review for your Muffin song, I forgot to say that it was very funny. ;-)

12/4/07 Rig responds:

Lol, thanks! :D


ronayronay

12/3/07

hello! is no one hearing me?

12/3/07 Rig responds:

Alright, this isn't cute anymore.
BANT


BuoyBuoy

12/3/07

RULE 10 IS NOT PART OF 4CHAN'S RULES OF THE INTERNET SHIT goddamnits

12/3/07 Rig responds:

You tell 'em! >:C


Androu1Androu1

12/3/07

I am thinking of making a list of Big Posts that are NOT list or were posted by the NG Staff and that aren't SPAM

I will give you a link when I do that (most likely when I finish Uploading "Animal Xing")

12/3/07 Rig responds:

Sweet! Lemme know when it's done.


lol SBB, I know, he very conveniently overlooked that in my comment also...

Oh, and you're missing the newgrounds musician front page list, I thought I should start that in blog form, hope rucklo doesn't ban me from taking that list away from him...
And it is slightly more useful than my previous list.

And there kind of is a sort of half-wormhole created between your list list and my list list list, the links go back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.
Keep hunting for moar lists!

12/3/07 Rig responds:

Nice, I'll add it! It IS more useful :)

FINE IL ADD MY LIsT BUT DONRT BALME ME WEN DA INTAERNATS ARE TEH DEESTIORD >:U


BuoyBuoy

12/1/07

Link this list; http://rigaudio.newgrounds.com/news/p ost/51644

12/1/07 Rig responds:

But a wormhole will be created and evil beings from another dimension will emerge and take over TEH INTARNATS!!!11!!


NavNav

11/30/07

Why isn't this list on the list?

12/1/07 Rig responds:

Because that would rip a hole in the space/time continuum.


ronayronay

11/29/07

HEY rig how a bout your audio vs my audio at sound and the way we make audio.

11/29/07 Rig responds:

Like I've said before...actually write a song from scratch. Then we'll talk.


AresdevAresdev

11/29/07

Just thought I'd check out your page. Awesome! electroacoustics eh? I will google it, and come back with an appropriate responser, and pretend I know what I am talking about!

11/29/07 Rig responds:

Sweet! Wikipedia has a good definition, check it out.


NavNav

11/27/07

Yes, do it. I want alphabetical order. . .

OCD ATTACK YARRRGHTHAGHSJDLGKSHSLKG

11/27/07 Rig responds:

I'd rather have it in order of helpfulness.
LOL


New-MilkmanNew-Milkman

11/27/07

If you switch me and Navij, it'll be in alphabetical order by author :O

11/27/07 Rig responds:

Zomgz! Alert the internet!


RuckloRucklo

11/27/07

nice :)

11/27/07 Rig responds:

Thanks! Do you know of any more lists?


You need to add your list list on this list.

Oh and add mine, it's a list of lists that list other lists... (unless you're only looking for useful lists...)

=P

11/27/07 Rig responds:

Lol, the list list list. Sure, why not.