I’ve started to notice a trend among modern bedroom producers, and even within some starting professional studios. They have too much disregard for the importance of capturing good source tones during production. Many people put too much reliance on their secret-sauce plugins and EQs that will “fix” their tones for them. But truthfully, if you go the lazy route with production and pre-production, you’ll usually end up spending more time trying to salvage your tones than you would by capturing good ones to begin with.

Today, we’ll be learning how to use a guitar and a DAW to humanize the timing of a virtual MIDI bass instrument! No, I’m not talking about pitch shifting your guitar or anything like that. I’m talking about something new. I’m going to teach you a secret technique I’ve discovered that will have your MIDI bass sounding more realistic, while also taking you less time to program.

With an overwhelming worry of criticism or making mistakes, many musicians are reluctant to try to create new content and release it all on their own. I’m here to tell you that with the limitless amount of help and information available online today, you shouldn’t be afraid of these things. You don’t need a huge budget or a slick record label to create and distribute music that is still cool and professional when compared to the rest of your iTunes library. In fact, there are several advantages to creating and releasing music yourself.

As a rockstar wannabe, you naturally spend hours on Facebook and Instagram, drooling over some fine looking guitar, amps or plugins.
Well, um… how can I put this delicately…. you’re wasting your fucking time. Every minute where you dream about a new amp that would make you sound better, is a minute you don’t spend perfecting your craft and working towards your goals.

Here I’m going to show you how I built this vocal reflection box for about 40 dollars (US). It can be made cheaper, and really 40 dollars should be the maximum anyone spends on this. You could probably achieve 90% the same results for as little as 10 dollars, depending on what materials you already have lying around. This can dramatically improve your sound, if you’re in an untreated room like I am. It’s easy to make, and the design and cost options are quite flexible.