Embrace The Square: Why You Hate Instagram But Still Use It


There’s no denying since the release of camera-competitive smartphones, Instagram revolutionized the way we take and share pictures. It’s the only app that restricts its main posts in one specific dimension (600×600 pixels) and yet, even with this fact, 100 million photos are posted every day. I’ve wandered off Instagram at some point in my life and switched to other photography platforms like VSCO — which I still love, by the way — but found my way back to the now-Mark Zuckerberg-owned application. Instagram is like that one annoying friend you just can’t get rid of because #1, everybody likes her and #2, apparently, she is all the buzz even with her dull and copycat personality.


Here are the reasons Instagram sucks but doesn’t make you want to press that uninstall button just yet:

  • You’re a photographer! Everybody’s a photographer! Do you really think you can shoot? Do you? Instagram might make you feel a little bit better about your lack of skills in photography. It might not let you post in free-form, but there are certainly a bunch of other apps that’ll unleash your creativity and make you work your way around the size restriction. Because you just have to post on Instagram.



  • Stories. Yes, I know, I know. They ripped the idea off of Snapchat. It’s absolutely a love-hate relationship with this feature. Now here’s your chance to get away from the square but only for 24 hours. There are some things Instagram has made better like Polls and Q&As but hands up if you agree Snapchat is still the master of face filters.



  • Messaging. Sliding into somebody’s DM isn’t just for Twitter anymore. At one point along with copying Snapchat stories, they’ve managed to imitate the disappearing texts and images as well. But now they know you hate that so it’s completely gone back to normal messaging. It’s still good to have it for when you want to praise your Instagram crush’s new post.



  • All the memes and influencers. Instagram is not short on content at all. It’s home to endless memes and fame-thirsty influencers who make you want to buy their gimmicky sponsored products. Let yourself be lured into the madness of the internet by scrolling day in and day out.



  • IGTv. Oh, wait, what? Here comes another feature (and a standalone app) Instagram wants you to indulge in. Vertical videos are the new thing. As if you can’t already do that on your Story anyway. Only on IGTv, you have the opportunity to create your own channel and post even longer videos. Apparently, it’s set up to rival YouTube so we’ll see how that one goes.



All I’m saying is, you don’t want to be a weirdo and not have Instagram right? I have mixed feelings about it and I’m sure you do, too. It’s okay if you only visit it once in a while. But stay. Even when it’s overwhelming and kind of redundant now, aren’t you interested in knowing what becomes of it in the future?


Best Music Production Equipment if you’re on a Budget

Music Production Suite for Beginners – On a Budget

To be involved in music production is a daunting task,  and the choices involved will cost a fortune. The first thing to worry about is the gear you will be picking. So this will determine the budget. For this tutorial we will go over a  recording kit for a solo artist.  In my home I use the Apex 435B, I think this is perfect for vocal recordings,  if you have a filter or a soundproof room it makes it the better.  Opting for the USB input mic is not an option if you need high fidelity, so I use the Scarlet i2 interface, it has 2 XLR Inputs. It can cost between $149-240.  If you have interest in doing MIDI work, I would recommend the Akai mini pad controller for only the reason that it is great for beginners and it’s portable. It is $129. Read More

Working With Audio: Remixing

When working on a project, on of the most important parts of your production is making sure that all of the pieces that you are using work together properly.  This will usually require you to sacrifice some element of your project, whether it be in the visual, audio, or presentation sections. One such method of making your elements fit together just right is the remix tool in Audition.


The remix tool is used to alter audio, usually a song, so that the length is longer or shorter than the original composition.  In order to start this process, you need to put the audio into Audition. Once there, you can do the general cleanup (noise reduction, plosives, breaths) directly onto the waveform.  However, you will need to put the piece of audio into a multi-track mixdown in order to remix the track.


Once the music track that you want is in the mixdown, you can then go ahead and remix by simply going to the remix tab to the left and analyzing the track.  Once said track is analyzed, you will be free to extend or shorten to your heart’s content.


However, there’s one last thing that you should remember about remixes: they will not be the exact length that you specify, due to how the remixing works – chunks of the song are mixed into and taken out through the song, and since the remix cannot cut into these chunks, the song cannot be the exact time that you want.


While this might not be a problem for most projects, if the remix is paired with a visual portion as well, you may need to either cut down or expand the video in order to better fit the music.  Most of the time you’ll be able to cut down parts of shots in order to fit the time, so it won’t be a major issue.