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Mixing Article
Dan Lombardi

How To Fix Muddy Vocals

Fixing muddy vocals has to be one of the most common issues music creators and engineers face when it comes to mixing. In this article, we’re going to explore my favorite strategies for correcting this problem so you can sound better. You can also watch my YouTube video How To Fix Muddy Vocals here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr5lvF2eYdY&feature=emb_imp_woyt Identifying The

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Interview
Dan Lombardi

5PiECE Talks Canadian Music Grants on Thoughts In Stereo

5PiECE was recently a guest on Thoughts in Stereo with multi-platinum award winning producers Bijan Amir (Metro Boomin, Offset, Lil Wayne) and Nick Henriques (Loud Luxury, DVBBS, Afrojack). While chatting on the podcast, he discussed Canadian music grants, how they work and how artists and labels can tap into this free funding for themselves. Click

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Personal Development Article
Dan Lombardi

How Often Should Artists Be Releasing New Music?

New music helps artists stay relevant and top of mind – but is there such as a thing as releasing music too frequently? What about the opposite – can you keep a fan-base engaged with only one big release every year? If you’re an artist, you may be asking yourself: when exactly should I be

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Tutorial
Dan Lombardi

How To Get Your Music On Streaming Services

Watch on YouTube – How To Get Your Music On Streaming Services Looking to get your music onto paid streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music? Find out how in this video. Sign up for DistroKid today using this link and get 7% off (BEST VALUE!) Song Used In This Video – 5PiECE Ft. EverythingOShauN

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Tutorial
Dan Lombardi

4 Vocal Editing Tips

Watch on YouTube – 4 Vocal Editing TIps Toronto producer and engineer 5PiECE overviews 4 key vocal editing tips to improve the sound of your vocal tracks. Songs Used In This Tutorial 5PiECE – The Morning (Unreleased, TBD) Staasia Daniels – Vulnerable LeftField Keele – Ridin Round 2 Caj Flow Ft. Keely Valentine & AD1B

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Tutorial
Dan Lombardi

How To Get Vocals To Cut

Watch on YouTube – How To Get Vocals To Cut Toronto music producer and audio engineer 5PiECE shows you how to get vocals to cut through the mix by using a simple tool on the master bus. Song Used In Tutorial – “No Games” by Caj Flow Feat. M3L You’d Also Probably Like… 3 Ways

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Tutorial
Dan Lombardi

How To Save And Send A Pro Tools Session

Watch on YouTube – How To Save And Send A Pro Tools Session Toronto music producer and audio engineer 5PiECE shows you how to save and send a Pro Tools session to another Pro Tools user. This method allows you to copy all of your files and important data so the person on the receiving

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Tutorial
Dan Lombardi

3 Ways To EQ Vocals

Watch on YouTube – 3 Ways To EQ Vocals Toronto music producer and audio engineer 5PiECE shows you 3 approaches to use when EQing your vocals. SONG USED IN TUTORIAL “Pudding” by Staasia Daniels You’d Also Probably Like… How To Fix Harsh Vocals How To Get Vocals To Cut

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Music Grants
Dan Lombardi

A Secret Way To Get Paid As A Music Creator

Toronto grant writer and music creator 5PiECE tells the story of how he discovered a new way to get paid within the Canadian music industry. Learn how to apply to a Canadian music grant by taking our premium training program “How To Apply To Canadian Music Grants“ You’d Also Probably Like… Grant Programs That Pay

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Music Grants
Dan Lombardi

Grant Programs That Pay You To Make Music

Toronto grant writer 5PiECE shows you the 3 grant programs he likes to explore in order to pay himself to make music. If you’re a Canadian music creator that wants to get paid for your music, these are the perfect programs to apply to in order to do just that. Learn how to apply to

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Music Grants
Dan Lombardi

The Best Grant For First-Time Applicants

Toronto grant writer 5PiECE talks about the best music grant to apply to as a first-time applicant. Eligibility may vary depending on a number of criteria. If you’re a music creator in Canada – don’t sleep on this opportunity. Learn how to apply to a Canadian music grant by taking our premium training program “How

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Music Grants
Dan Lombardi

5 Things To Do Before Applying To A Music Grant

Toronto grant writer 5PiECE overviews the 5 things every music creator should do before applying to a music grant. If you’re a music creator looking to secure music grant funding, you should check out our premium online course that teaches you how to apply step-by-step. You’d Also Probably Like… The Best Grant For First-Time Applicants

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Music Grants
Dan Lombardi

Debunking 5 Commons Myths About Music Grants

Toronto music grant writer 5PiECE discusses and debunks 5 common myths about Canadian music grants. This is applicable to most popular music funding organizations including FACTOR, Canada Council for the Arts and provincial and municipal organizations like Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Learn how to apply to a Canadian music grant by taking

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Tutorial
Dan Lombardi

How To Mix Fat Kick Drums

Toronto producer and engineer 5PiECE shows you how he created a fat kick drum sound with an existing sample and some additional processing. Where To Find Funding For Your Music (FREE EBOOK) SONGS USED IN TUTORIAL Waste My Time by Caj Flow & AD1B

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Personal Development Article
Dan Lombardi

Should I Quit My Job To Pursue Music Full-Time?

There come’s a time in every music creator’s life where they become frustrated at their day jobs and begin to ask themselves this question. I encounter it on a regular basis from my students and clients who all want to know the answer. You may even find yourself wondering it right now. I should know

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Tutorial
Dan Lombardi

How To Enhance 2-Track Beats

Toronto producer and engineer 5PiECE shows you how to spice up 2-track beats when working with track-outs is not an option. Where To Find Funding For Your Music (FREE EBOOK) SONGS USED IN TUTORIAL How I Feel by LeftField Keele Copyright 5PiECE Music 2020

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5PiECE Music Academy
Dan Lombardi

What’s In A DJ Service Pack

In this tutorial, producer and engineer 5PiECE breaks down what’s in a DJ service pack. He also shows you an example of a DJ pack he’s created for one of his own records. Where To Find Funding For Your Music (FREE EBOOK) HOW TO MAKE A RADIO EDIT (MENTIONED IN THIS TUTORIAL) SONG USED IN

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5PiECE Music Academy
Dan Lombardi

How To Make A Clean Version or Radio Edit of a Song

If you’re wondering how to make a clean version of a song, you found the right tutorial. Watch as producer and engineer 5PiECE shows you his various techniques for creating a clean radio edit of a song in Pro Tools. These techniques and approaches are not limited to the DAW, and can be executed in

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5PiECE Music Academy
Dan Lombardi

How To Make A Sound Warmer (Hip Hop Mixing Tutorial)

Toronto music producer and audio engineer 5PiECE shows you how to make a keyboard sound warmer using a key technique in this tutorial. This tutorial was shot at 5PiECE’s Producer Mixing Workshop that takes place in Toronto, Canada. SONG USED IN THIS TUTORIALSometimes by Jonah Cruzz (Prod. 5PiECE x SLWJMZ) Where To Find Funding For

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5PiECE Music Academy
Dan Lombardi

DJ Service Packs & Other Alternate Mixes You Need to Know About

When getting a song mixed, your engineer will likely ask you if you want other versions, such as a radio edit, DJ service pack and performance version. Artists are often confused by these different versions, struggling to differentiate them or even understand if they need them at all. After working with a (good) engineer, you

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Tutorial
Dan Lombardi

Mastering vs. Stem Mastering – What’s The Difference?

Toronto producer and engineer 5PiECE breaks down the difference between mastering a 2-track and stem mastering. While both rely on similar processes, they are executed differently. Find out in this week’s tutorial. Where To Find Funding For Your Music (FREE EBOOK) SONG USED IN TUTORIALMaking The Band (Diddy) by EverythingOShauN

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Tutorial
Dan Lombardi

Mastering Compression: How To Set A Compressor On The Master Bus

5PiECE goes back in time to his Producer Mixing Workshop and shows students how to set up a compressor on the Master channel. In this video, he dives into master compressor settings and the logic behind using Mastering compression. SONG USED IN THIS TUTORIAL Sometimes by Jonah Cruzz (Prod. 5PiECE x SLWJMZ) Where To Find

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5PiECE Music Academy
Dan Lombardi

How To Use Multiband Sidechain Compression

5PIECE walks a group of students through how to use a multiband compressor for sidechain compression duties at his Producer Mixing Workshop. This is a game-changing technique that will alter your mixes when used correctly because of how it focuses on specific, problematic frequencies. SONG USED IN THIS TUTORIAL Sometimes by Jonah Cruzz (Prod. 5PiECE

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