Classic studio techniques – Getting the Beatles “Pepper”-era bass
by Jerry Hammack, author of The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals (www.beatlesrecordingreferencemanuals.com / www.jerryhammack.com) If I had to point to one sound that started me on my 10-year journey to discover how The Beatles recorded their hit catalog it would be…
Sonnox Oxford Envolution and Reverb Review & Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway We’re going to try a couple amazing plugins which many of you probably already know, they are the Sonnox Oxford Envolution and Oxford Reverb. The best thing about these plugins is that you can enter to win…
QES PAD-2 Converter Review

Today we’re taking a look at the QES Labs PAD2 MKII converter and shooting it out against a converter (The Lavry LE 4496) that I have been using for years that I know and love! You can download the files…

5 Music Production Tricks For Better Songs

1) Add Energy To Lead Vocals With Tape Delay There are a few ways to do this, but the easiest and most common way is with a distorted delay or with a saturated tape delay plugin. You can also do…

Music Publishing Essentials: Everything You Need to Know

If you aspire to earn income on your compositions, music publishing is one of the most important–and least understood–aspects of the music business. It’s how songwriters make the majority of their money, and how they’re able to earn royalties when…

12 Incredible Songwriting Tips that Work

As musicians, we spend the bulk of our time improving on what we do. We’d probably all agree that every new project we start (and sometimes never finish!) is a step towards getting better at songwriting. While there isn’t a…

Dealing with Pressure and Anxiety | FAQ Friday
We have a lot of very wonderful questions this week beginning with, “Do you have any advice on how to cope under pressure and perhaps anxiety?” We got a few other questions similar to this one and this topic is…
Lewitt LCT 640 TS Demo & Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway We're going to check out the Lewitt LCT 640 TS, it's a microphone we've used for a few years now and have used in many different applications. We've done a few other reviews of this mic in…
Recording Drums at Sunset Sound Studio 3

The historic Sunset Sound is a world famous studio where some of the most iconic albums of all time have been recorded. Some of these include Prince’s Purple Rain, the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St., the Beach Boys’ Pet…

Top Microphone Preamps On (and Off!) a Budget

Microphone preamps are the secondary devices in the signal path after the mics themselves. Generally speaking, microphone signals are well below nominal operating level. Preamps amplify these quiet signals to line level, which is the “standard” operating level of recording…

The Ins and Outs of Sound Design

Here at Produce Like a Pro, making music is our top priority! Of course, music production is only one facet of audio engineering. Lest we neglect our sound design friends in the film & television industry, it’s important to familiarize…

Analog Delay vs Digital Delay | FAQ Friday
We have a lot of very wonderful questions this week beginning with, “When would you go for an analog delay vs a digital delay?” Basically, a digital delay is an incredibly, if not a completely accurate facsimile of the sound…
Sonnox Oxford Inflator and Limiter Review & Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway Today we're going to be trying out two wonderful new products (at least new for me): the Sonnox Inflator and the Sonnox Limiter. The best thing about these plugins is that you can enter to win 1…
Using Drum samples in Pop/Rock with Ken Sluiter and Erik Reichers

Today’s video is an excerpt from our course called “Mixing Pop/Rock in the Box” In this excerpt, we take a look at some of Ken Sluiter’s and Erik Reichers’ mixing techniques when it comes to Drum samples for pop/Rock. Mixing Pop/Rock…

The Best Open and Closed-Back Studio Headphones

Studio headphones are an essential piece of equipment to have on hand, generally falling into two broad categories: closed- and open-back. Closed-back headphones provide the greatest isolation with some sacrifice to sound quality. Because they isolate the listener from the…

Using Drum Samples In A Mix | FAQ Friday
We have a lot of very very wonderful questions this week beginning with, “If you're using a kick sample, to avoid actually placing the sample manually for every kick hit, is there a program or method you use so that…
The Fortin Nameless Amp Sim (Review & Demo)

A lot of people have been talking about this, and we’re going to mention it! It’s the Neural DSP Fortin Nameless! People are freaking out about this! I’m not a metal guy, although I do work with some rock &…

The next generation of audio professionals with Joey Sturgis

I recently had the opportunity to mix a song from scratch on an episode of Nail The Mix. It was a song that I had never mixed and I didn’t have a template for it either! You can watch my…

10 Must-Have Waves Plugins to Add to Your Arsenal

Waves plugins have been around since 1992 when the company first introduced its Q10 Paragraphic EQ. The Q10 broke new technological ground as the first audio plugin ever, with sound quality comparable to, or better than, its hardware equivalents. Over…

Should you use a USB Mic? | FAQ Friday
FAQ Friday is our weekly roundup of YOUR questions! If you have any questions you’d like to ask, simply leave them in the comments below (or on YouTube), and I’ll do my best to answer them! Here’s a marvellous question!…
Focal Shape Twin Studio Monitors Review & Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway I'm very excited about today's video! We're taking a look at the brand new Shape Twin Monitors by Focal. If you look behind me, you’ll see that my speakers are slightly staggered. The Focal’s and the Genelec’s…
Geoff Emerick: Legendary Producer and Engineer has Died

Geoff Emerick, EMI Studios/Abbey Road studio engineer whose incredibly inventive recording techniques brought The Beatles Artistic Vision to life, has died. Geoff died of a heart attack October 2 at the age of 72. At only 15 years old, Geoff…

Mixing Pop Horns & Electric Guitar With Bob Horn

Today’s video is an excerpt from our newest course called “Mixing Pop with Bob Horn.” In this excerpt we take a look at some of Bob’s mixing techniques when it comes to horns & guitar for pop. Mixing Pop with…