Free Compressor, Limiter, Gate & Expander VST Plugins

Before spending too much money on expensive compressor VST plugins or downloading them illegally go through this list of free VST plugins and download and test out free alternatives first. I weeded through hundreds of pages to find these compressor, limiter, expander, gate and exciter VST plugins. The ones that are printed bold, I find […]

By |April 30th, 2015|Categories: music production|Tags: , |0 Comments

3 Lessons from Documentary Montage of Heck about Kurt Cobain’s Life

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just watched Brett Morgen’s Documentary about Kurt Cobain’s life, from his birth to his death. Since 2008 Martin had the permission to use every stored up piece of art Kurt ever created, ranging from his writings and paintings to video and audio recordings, to put together a biography about Kurt’s […]

By |April 25th, 2015|Categories: lifestyle|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

10 Words to Describe Music: Musical Parameters

Music can be very inconceivable and hard to describe thanks to its almost magical nature. Especially, when you need someone to translate ideas, emotions and messages into music it is quite difficult to communicate your internal musical concepts in a way that someone understands them sufficiently enough to come close to your ideals. For example, […]

How to Overcome Stage Fright Unconventionally

“Hey, you are on in 5 minutes,” echo’s your friends voice through the long backstage corridor. You nod reservedly but these few words stoke up your unbearable stage fright yet again. Your thoughts are racing, your palms are sweating and adrenaline rushes through your body. “I just imagine they are all naked,” you think, desperately […]

By |April 14th, 2015|Categories: lifestyle|Tags: , |0 Comments

What You Can Expect of This Blog

Back in 2011, when I was still a little green behind my ears and studying at the school of art in Utrecht (NL), I started a blog and named it AKingsMercury. I was motivated to share what I was learning from the endeavor to understand and create music. Besides, I was greedily planning to make […]

By |April 9th, 2015|Categories: lifestyle|0 Comments

The Complete List of Free Sample Libraries

Freebies, freebies, freebies. Before you start buying the most expensive sample libraries check out my list of free sample libraries first. I hope you find the instrument you need here.

I subdivided the list into categories of instruments: Guitar, bass, orchestral instruments, keys and piano, drum and percussion, synths, other instruments (think of world instruments, tiny […]

By |April 9th, 2015|Categories: music production|Tags: , |33 Comments

210 Awesome Open Guitar Chords

Open chords are chords that have at least one open string like this shape of E-minor x7x087. Within this definition standard chords like C-major x32010 are also open chords because of their open strings. The special features of open guitar chords though is that you can move up their shape up and down the neck […]

By |April 2nd, 2015|Categories: guitar, music composition|Tags: , |8 Comments

Train Your Ears to Recognize Frequencies in Equalization

Train Your Ears to Recognize Frequencies in Equalization

A child is able to perceive frequencies between 20 Hertz and 20 000 Hertz. As you grow older a natural hearing loss occurs. So when you are 50, you might just be able hear up to 15 or 16 kHz and by the time you turn 80, your upper limit normally drops down to 8 or 9 kHz. That is also the reason why some older people have trouble understanding the high pitched, squeaky voice of their grand-children. As most things in life hearing abilities and hearing loss are highly individual. They vary from one person to another.

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By |April 1st, 2015|Categories: music production, music technology|0 Comments