What is an EPK and How Do You Make One?

An EPK, which stands for “electronic press kit,” is essentially a résumé or CV for musicians. It provides labels, agents, music supervisors, venue managers, journalists, and promoters information to understand who you are as an artist. This is important, because…

Should you leave any effects or equalizers on your master bus? | FAQ Friday
We're back for another marvellous FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is: What final volume limit is preferable when mixing before mastering? Should you leave any effects or equalizers on your master bus? Honestly, you don't want to be mastering when…
Adjust the Polar Pattern in Real Time! | Austrian Audio OC818
Today, we are testing out the OC818 from Austrian Audio! What is unique about this microphone is that it records the front and the back of the capsule at the same time, and also includes an app that allows you…
Create your own ‘custom plugins’! | Waves StudioRack
Today, we get to try out a brand new plugin: the Waves StudioRack! This marvellous new plugin allows you to create powerful plugin chains of up to 8 plugins. The enhanced features of the StudioRack include parallel processing racks, multiband…
A Must-Have for Recording Bass! | Radial HDI
Today, we are trying out the wonderful Radial HDI! Radial is quite well known for their DIs, and has been an industry standard for quite a few years now. We have used a few of their products before and loved…
Jack Douglas: One of the World’s Greatest Producers (Aerosmith, John Lennon)
We’ve spent a lot of time with the amazing Jack Douglas over the past year! He told us how he got Cheap Trick signed to their first record deal, what it was like working with Aerosmith throughout the ’70s, how he…
The Best Earplugs for Musicians: Protecting Your Greatest Asset

It should go without saying that a musician, engineer, or producer’s greatest asset is his or her hearing. We rely on it for quite literally everything we do related to music, from gathering inspiration to writing, recording, and mixing. The…

Is it ever too late to start a career in music? | FAQ Friday
We're with another FAQ Friday and another fantastic featured question! Today's question is: Can you start in this business at a late age? The short answer to this question is: Yes, of course! To me, this is an ageless business.…
Balance your mix in seconds! | Gullfoss by Soundtheory
Today, we are trying out an exciting new plugin: Gullfoss by Soundtheory! This plugin is an easy-to-use tool that contains a set of basic parameters that can be adjusted to improve the clarity, detail, spatiality, and balance of a mix…
Lewitt Project 1040 | Demo with Multitracks!
Today, we are doing something very exciting: we are testing out Lewitt Project 1040! Project 1040 is Lewitt designing a brand new microphone with the help of us, the customers! At the moment, it is just a prototype, so it…
Apple Introduces Biggest Update to Logic Since “Logic Pro X”

Last week, Apple released a massive update to their Logic Pro X software with version 10.5. The DAW already excels at music production and songwriting, with useful features like Drummer, a huge built-in loop library, intuitive MIDI capabilities, and more.…

How To Change Acoustic Guitar Strings
There are a ton of methods to change your acoustic guitar strings, and there is no one right way! In this tutorial I will show you how I change my acoustic guitar strings and also give you an extremely helpful…
Step Sequencing: What It Is and How to Use It

Step sequencing is a MIDI-based tool that divides a measure of music into a pre-determined number of note values called “steps.” Each step laid out in the software can then trigger notes and other MIDI information you supply it. Like most…

Should you mix your own tracks? | FAQ Friday
We're back with another FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is this: I'm a little confused about what is good enough when it comes to a final mix before mastering, when the mix is clean enough, or what to leave for…
From Covering Queen to Playing with Brian May: Interview with Danny Gomez
a Rafflecopter giveaway We have a rather wonderful guest on Produce Like A Pro today; Danny Gomez! Danny is a huge Queen fan, much like myself! Danny did a lot of the official demos for the IK Multimedia Brian May…
The 6 Microphones You Need to Know About!
Today, we are going to talk about the 6 microphones that you need to know about! Some of these we have talked about before, but we have some new ones too. It is also microphone month over at Sweetwater, which…
Bring old school magic to your recordings! | Soyuz Launcher Demo
We have something very exciting to try out today: the Soyuz Launcher! The team at Soyuz has spent the last few years developing and experimenting in order to develop what they believe is their unique sound, and they have put…
Simple Ways to Increase Loudness in Your Mix

By definition, loudness is a subjective perception of volume. It varies from person to person based on a variety of physiology and psychological factors. It’s also frequently confused with physical measures of volume, such as sound pressure level represented by…

Paul “Willie Green” Womack: Dedicated to the Art of Making Records

Paul “Willie Green” Womack is one of the top record makers in independent urban music, with credits including Wiz Khalifa, Donnie McClurkin, The Roots, Open Mike Eagle, Billy Woods, Milo, and many more. He is a graduate of Berklee College’s…

Marc Daniel Nelson: GRAMMY-Nominated Producer/Mixer for Music and Film
Marc Daniel Nelson is a GRAMMY-nominated producer and mixer for music and film. He has been producing, mixing, as well as managing artists for nearly 20 years. Coming up under legendary producers/engineers Bill Schnee (Steely Dan, Chicago) and Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac,…
Master Compression with SoundGym’s Compressionist
SoundGym is an online ear training and learning centre for producers and engineers. It is a gym for your ears! We have used SoundGym before, and it is a great tool for training your ears and developing your skills. Today,…
The Most Important Part of Mixing!
Preparing your tracks for Mixing is not only the Most Important Part of the Mixing Process it is part of the actual Mixing! When on the tracks on your own, as most people do, without an assistant, you are effectively…
Using Silence to Improve Your Productions

We don’t often consider the importance of silence when it comes to our musical productions. It’s easy to get caught up in the sounds we want to add, because that’s what music is all about! But if you use silence itself…

Can a song be “too perfect?” | FAQ Friday
The featured question from today's FAQ Friday is this: Is there something known as being "too perfect"? I personally find that music that sounds flawless is a big turn off. I'm not interested in songs that sound fake. Classic artists…