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The Mage’s Workbench – Episode 2: Syncing Tracker + DAW in Post-Production

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Welcome back to The Mage’s Workbench, a mini-series dedicated to exploring various production techniques as they relate to chiptune and chip-adjacent workflows. This month, the topic at hand is post-production in a hybrid chiptune workflow. In this context, ‘hybrid’ refers to the combination of a modern production environment like a digital audio workstation (or DAW) with more traditional trackers used by many chiptune artists. As with most things, there are lots of ‘right answers,’ but perhaps this episode will shed light on a conundrum you’re facing in the studio. If you’ve ever wondered how to lock in the tempo of audio exported from a tracker and sync it up with something else, then this article is for you!

Episode 2: Syncing Tracker + DAW in Post-Production

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Leveling Up Your Artistic Identity – Episode VIII: Nurturing Your Creation

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This column has put a lot of focus on developing a healthy appreciation for your own work. One very important question remains to be asked, though. After spending so much time building up our artistic identity from the ground up, we need to ask: what is the ultimate goal? What exactly does ‘the end’ look like? If you don’t know the answer, that’s okay. This question is less about provoking existential dread and more about contemplating the future—which is always in motion. However, as fortune would have it, we have a great deal of influence on the present. Appropriately, in this final episode of Leveling Up Your Artistic Identity, we’re going to look at some future-proofing essentials.

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Leveling Up Your Artistic Identity – Episode VII: Making Connections

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Networking is a subject that has come up more than a few times in this column. While many of the prior episodes have focused on the all-important mainstay of your listener base, they are not the only factor to consider. The communities adjacent to your music are every bit as important as your fellow peers can have a profound impact on how your music circulates. Since you never know who possesses that kind of clout, being a cyber-hermit is simply not an option.

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Leveling Up Your Artistic Identity – Episode VI: Offering Value

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If you are the soul of your music, then your audience is the heart. Their support is the life force that sustains your body of work. Unfortunately, music fans are not all congregating in the same place. Not only that, but many of them are attracted to different types of content. There will, of course, be overlap with these variables, but there’s something to be said about targeting specific kinds of people. Back in Episode IV, you spent some time figuring out who those people are. In this installment, we’re going to look at where those folks are and how you can connect with them.

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The Mage’s Workbench – Episode 1: Dynamic Mixing

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Welcome to The Mage’s Workbench, a mini-series which tackles various audio production topics spanning from trackers to DAWs (and everything in between). While the material may not always apply directly to you, the goal of each episode is to present production techniques in a broad, universally applicable fashion. In short, there should be something here for nearly everyone that works with audio. For the inaugural installation, we’re going to take a look at how you can use automation to craft a polished mix that evolves throughout the course of your song.

Episode 1: Dynamic Mixing

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