Danny ‘Kootch’ Kortchmar: Legendary Guitarist & Producer
Danny 'Kootch' Kortchmar’s résumé is outstanding! As a renowned guitarist, producer, songwriter, and session musician, Kootch has played, produced, and written for artists like James Taylor, Don Henley, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne. As a songwriter, Danny has…
Foo Fighters’ “My Hero”: Inside the Song with Bradley Cook
I've had a handful of rather wonderful chats with my good friend Bradley Cook recently! Over the past few weeks, we've talked about his time engineering Foo Fighters' "Everlong" and Counting Crows' Recovering the Satellites. This time, we dove into another single from…
Marilyn Manson’s “The Dope Show”: Inside the Song with Michael Beinhorn
The last time I sat down with Michael Beinhorn we looked at Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" which he engineered and produced! Now we're breaking down "The Dope Show," which was the lead single from Marilyn Manson's third album, Mechanical Animals. Throughout…
From Lyrics to Mixdown: How to Record a Song

As producers, engineers, and songwriters, we sometimes struggle to transpose the sounds and ideas in our heads to “tape.” We may have all the tools at our disposal to make great music—quality instruments, microphones, all the fixings of a home…

Summing Mixer: Digital or Analogue?

Which summing mixer is right for you is dependent on how you like to work. In a small project studio where you’re working in the box, an outboard summing mixer is probably an afterthought. But if you have the budget…

How Much Should You Charge To Mix A Song? | FAQ Friday
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! We have a lot of great questions today! Some about mixing and some related to business, which is always a nice balance! Let's get right into today's featured question: “You suggest getting…
Inside the Song: “Never Say Never” – The Fray with Warren Huart
Following up last week's Inside the Song where Warren broke down the recording of  The Fray’s hit single “You Found Me,” we're looking at another song he recorded called "Never Say Never"! Warren has worked closely with the band over…
Recording Drums at Sunset Sound Studio 1
The legendary Sunset Sound is a world famous studio where some of the most iconic albums of all time have been recorded. These include Prince’s Purple Rain, the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St., the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Linda…
Audient Sono Review & Giveaway (Recording a Full Band)
a Rafflecopter giveaway Today we’re going to review Audient’s new product the “Sono” This is a wonderful device because it’s an interface geared towards guitar players, and as we say in the United Kingdom it contains a “valve” or as…
Tom Petty’s “Don’t Do Me Like That”: Inside the Song w/ Shelly Yakus

I recently sat down with my dear friend and mentor Shelly Yakus to talk about his experience recording some of the most iconic songs of all time. A couple weeks back we visited the multitrack from Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t…

Do You Need an Audio Engineering Degree?

Let’s dive straight in. Do you need an audio engineering degree to become an engineer? No. Traditionally, great engineers have learned by doing—starting as an intern in a studio and being mentored by peers to develop their skills. The professional…

How to Start a Band in a Few Simple Steps

Being in a band is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have as musicians. Collaboration opens your songwriting up to new possibilities from other people’s input. You get to step outside of your own head and create a…

How much time should you spend on each part of the creative process? | FAQ Friday
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! As always we received tons of marvellous questions this week! Before we get into the questions for this week, I wanted to take a minute to thank Stealth Sonics for my very…
Optimizing Mixes for Streaming

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the incredibly talented Warren Sokol to talk about mixing/mastering for streaming release. Some of the main topics we covered are LUFS metering, the different codecs streaming services use to encode masters,…

Recording a Full Band with a $99 Mic (Blue Ember)
a Rafflecopter giveaway We recently did a video on the iZotope Spire, which is a lovely device that singers and songwriters can use to record without using a DAW. We had the artist Laura Padaratz here who is Brazilian singer…
The Fray’s “You Found Me”: Inside the Song with Warren Huart
On this week's Inside the Song, our very own Warren Huart breaks down The Fray's "You Found Me," which he recorded! Warren has worked closely with the band over the years on three of four studio albums, including the 2005 debut How…
The Best Free VST Synth Plugins

If you’re a music producer or songwriter, virtual instruments and software synthesizers are your best friend. And if you haven’t already developed an unhealthy obsession with plugins, you will eventually! The only problem with the plugin game is that it’s…

Free Audio Editors: Cutting Tracks on the Cheap!

Regardless of the type of audio you’re working with, there’s a good chance you’ll want software to help you mix, edit, or directly record the source. It doesn’t matter whether you’re producing music, podcasts, or audio to sync with video;…

Andrew Scheps: GRAMMY-Winning, Multi-Platinum Engineer/Producer
Andrew Scheps has been blessed to engineer and mix some of the biggest rock bands in the world: Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Audioslave, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Linkin Park, Hozier, Kaleo, and U2 are but a few his…
Is Success in Music Determined By Your Location? | FAQ Friday
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! As always we received tons of marvellous questions this week! Our featured question this week: "Do you think a certain amount of success as a producer mixer or engineer is determined by…
Andrew Scheps: 3X Grammy-Winning Audio Engineer & Producer
Andrew Scheps is a 3-time Grammy-winning audio engineer, producer, and record label owner based in Los Angeles and the United Kingdom. Scheps is known for his balanced, modern sounding and often loud mixes. He’s received Grammy Awards for "Best Rock…
Recording a Song with the iZotope Spire (Giveaway)
a Rafflecopter giveaway Today we’re going to do a little demo of the iZOTOPE Spire! This is aimed specifically at people who want to record quickly and easily and don't have a huge knowledge of recording, so what we have…
Alice In Chains’ “Man in the Box”: Inside the Song with Dave Jerden
Dave Jerden is an incredible producer/engineer who's done legendary work in the alternative rock, punk, and metal scenes over the years. He got his start as an engineer in the late '70s at Eldorado Recording Studios in Hollywood. There, Dave engineered and…
What is Dithering?

There’s lots of terminology in digital audio that we’ve heard before, but aren’t quite sure what it is or how it works. If dither, or “dithering,” is one of those terms for you, you’re not the only one! Dither is…

How to Master a Song: Understanding the Goal of Mastering

Mastering is the final step in preparing a song or album for commercial release. This means that it takes place after mixing, so the overall sonic aesthetic should be well established by the time a song reaches mastering. What a mastering engineer…

Top 10 Albums Released in the Last 20 Years | FAQ Friday
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! As always we received tons of marvellous questions this week! Unfortunately we ran out of time after answering just two! Our featured question this week: "What are your top 10 best Engineered/Produced…
Mixing Pop w/ Ariel Chobaz – Mix Contest
I recently had the chance to sit down with my rather good friend Mr. Ariel Chobaz! Ariel has graciously agreed to be part of our remix competition and complete the mix the song himself using the same Multitracks that you…
Ariel Chobaz: Multi-Platinum Hip Hop/Pop Engineer

Ariel Chobaz is a GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum engineer and mixer with handfuls of Billboard #1s under his belt. He mixed a record-breaking number of singles charted by a female rap album with Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday. He and Minaj also set the record for…

Recording Rock Guitars With Bradley Cook
Today’s video is an excerpt from our newest course called “Recording & Mixing Punk Rock with Bradley Cook” In this excerpt we take a look at some of Bradley's recording techniques when it comes to recording rock guitars. Get Recording…
Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”: Inside the Song with Michael Beinhorn
I sat down with the wonderful Michael Beinhorn to talk about his involvement with perhaps thee most iconic rock song of the '90s. Everything from the drum sounds, guitar sounds, vocals, and songwriting is unbelievable! The track, of course, is "Black Hole…