Collaborating With Other Musicians? Try Splice

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Back in the day, if you were working with musicians halfway across the planet, you’d have to physically mail recordings to one another to hear the work (that is how the band The Postal Service got its name, after all). The digital era has made it much easier to collaborate, though. If you’re learning music production, or you’ve got collaborators far and wide, you may want to incorporate Splice into your workflow to help you understand various production techniques and how other producers use them.

Splice is an innovative music production platform that allows you to easily collaborate on music projects with other producers around the world. All you need to do is sign up for a free account, upload a project from your DAW or create a brand new one and add your collaborators. When your collaborator makes a change to the project, you’ll receive a notification. With unlimited storage on Splice, you can also easily back up ALL of your projects and manage your revisions from your project’s timeline.

In addition to private collaboration, Splice also features a growing community with tons of public projects you can download and open in your DAW to learn from. Currently, the platform supports Ableton Live, Logic X, FL Studio and GarageBand but with their new stem feature, you can open a project in any DAW.

Splice has also recently partnered with some of the world’s most popular independant educators on YouTube to create a series of mini-courses in a variety of topics and DAWs including Multiplier, Mr. Bill, AfromDJMAC, SeamlessR, Tom Cosm, FrankJavCee InnerstateJT, Logical Mitch and Skepsis. Learn sound design, mixing and arranging, workflow tips, creative strategies and more from YouTube’s best independent music educators, with nearly 250,000 subscribers collectively.

In this example course, Ableton Certified Trainer AfroDJMAC starts by showing viewers how he sampled his piano to create new and unique instruments for music production. He then moves on to explain how to create custom instrument and effects racks in Ableton Live.

These 9 mini-courses each contain a series of videos accompanied by the Splice DNA Player so you can download the project files to follow along in your own DAW. No matter what DAW you use, there’s something here for you to learn and apply to your own music production.

Download the associated Splice projects, learn, leave your own mark on them, and release your own version back to the Splice community to show what you’ve learned. Also, be sure to check out each instructor’s YouTube channels for more great content. We look forward to hearing you put your new skills to work on Splice.

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