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Trifonic: Remixing The M Machine

26 Aug

The M Machine’s Metropolis Remixed record is out today, and we’re very excited that it includes a Trifonic remix of their track “Black”!

In this video, Brian discusses how he approached the remix to play to his creative strengths, and demonstrates a few of the techniques used to create the track.

Hecq Yes: Forging Music From Noise

18 Feb

Our pal Hecq – who has awesomely collaborated with Trifonic a few times – recently did a video with Ableton about his field recording and processes.

Definitely worth a view!

Trifonic: Adding Character to Digital Sounds

2 Dec

As a producer, one of the challenges of working with virtual instruments and digital recordings is that you often have to add character back to them to make your tracks sound right.

Digital sounds can be so clean that they lack warmth, depth, vibe, soul… whatever you want to call it, the bottom line is your recordings will fall flat without some work to add life into your tracks.

In this video, Brian demonstrates a couple techniques for overcoming this challenge using delay and vocal transformer plugins.

Trifonic: Ninth Wave “Producer’s Edition” Preview

12 Nov

We’re very excited to announce that Trifonic has a new album, Ninth Wave, dropping tomorrow!

In addition to the album tracks, we’re making a “Producer’s Edition” of Ninth Wave available as well that includes full audio stems of all the album tracks, exclusive production tutorial videos about the tracks, and Trifonic sample kits for you to use in your own tracks. The “Producer’s Edition” will be available exclusively on starting tomorrow.

Here’s a brief preview of some of the “Producer’s Edition” content. Enjoy!

Trifonic: Enhancing Your Tracks With Melodic Counterpoint

4 Oct

What do Bach, Stravinsky, and Trifonic have in common?

They all employ the technique of counterpoint to create kick-ass melodies and harmonies in their music.

In the video, Brian demonstrates how counterpoint works using examples from the Trifonic remix of Hecq’s With Angels.

Trifonic Interview with Electronic Creatives

26 Jan

This is a bit of a departure from our normal tutorial format, but Brian recently sat down with our good friend Laura Escudé of Electronic Creatives to discuss the upcoming Trifonic EP (tentatively titled “City of Refuge”), his thoughts on the production and creative process, and the future of hi-hats (or lack thereof), among other things.

Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the interview are below.

Trifonic Production Class: April 24, Pyramind Studios

14 Apr

We’re going to be teaching a 5 hour music production class on Saturday, April 24 at Pyramind Studios in San Francisco.

The class will be similar to the tutorials we’ve been posting here, only in much more depth.

We will do a step-by-step walk through of our production for Parks On Fire, Lies, and our forthcoming remix of Hybrid’s track “Can You Hear Me”. We’ll also spend a little time discussing the business and marketing side of our operation. All attendees will receive multi-track stems for Parks On Fire and Lies to take home with them.

The video below includes an excerpt from a previous class we hosted, to give you a little flavor of what the event will be like.

If you’re in the Bay Area, or know someone is, tickets are available here. Hope to see you there!

Giorgio Moroder: Getting Awesome in the Studio

27 Feb

Since we were too busy working on tracks this week to post a new Trifonic video, here’s a little edutainment (with an emphasis on the “tainment”) to tide you over… Hope to have a new tutorial for you next week!

Trifonic: Creating Your Own Multi-Sampled Instruments

20 Jan

In this video, Brian discusses the benefits of creating your own multi-sample instruments, and shows off a few of Trifonic’s own multi-sample creations.


Trifonic: When Is A Song Done?

13 Jan

One question Trifonic gets a lot is, How do you know when a song is done?

In this video, Brian discusses how deadlines, artistic vision, and technical abilities all play a role in determining when a track is “done.”

What about you – how do you know when your tracks (or other creative projects) are finished? How do you decide whether to stop working or keep refining? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.