DistroKid vs. TuneCore vs. CD Baby | Digital Distribution

Digital music aggregators make distributing your music as painless as possible. Companies like DistroKid, TuneCore, and CD Baby provide artists the opportunity to get their music on major platforms like iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon, and more. In short,…

Songs That Changed Music: Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Donna Summer is famous for her disco and pop career, but before she hit the big time she was already an accomplished singer who sang in musicals, folk opera and in the studio as a session musician. The Boston-born singer…
The Best Chord Generator VST [Free and Paid]

A great chord progression is one of many factors that contributes to a quality piece of music. It forms a template, or the backbone, from which the rest of the song can be built. But finding chords that go together…

Which Free Autotune Plugin Really Works?

Antares Audio Technologies introduced their proprietary Auto-Tune software in 1997. The purpose was to correct off-key pitches in real-time for perfectly tuned vocals or instruments. Autotune is a colloquial term now, frequently understood by artists as a catch-all for heavily…

What is a Noise Gate? | Studio Essentials

Unwanted noise tends to creep into our recordings. Sometimes it’s in the form of electrical buzzing, and sometimes it’s a consequence of sound sources bleeding into one another (especially on drums!). A noise gate is a helpful audio processor that…

Moving A Recording Studio From Arizona to Nashville with Catherine Vericolli
Catherine Vericolli is a recording and archival engineer, and an outspoken analog purist. She opened Five Thirteen Recording Studios in Phoenix, AZ in 2006, where for nearly fifteen years she’s dedicated herself to keeping the traditional analog recording process alive…
Best Headphones for Music Production 2021

Finding the right pair of headphones for music production can be tough. There are so many choices that if you ask engineers what their favorite headphones are, you’ll probably get different answers from each one. We’ve done our diligence to…

Mixing In Dolby Atmos with Dave Way
Dolby Atmos is a new and very exciting way of mixing in surround sound! As opposed to 5.1, which was the surround format for quite a while, Dolby Atmos creates a 360-degree field of space for you to work with.…
How to Sidechain in Ableton | Compression Tricks

Sidechain compression in Ableton is a useful mixing technique that allows you to do things like separate the bass from the kick. For Ableton users working in EDM/hip-hop/pop, where there’s lots of competing low-end information, sidechain compression is indispensable! What…

Dexed VST | Free Yamaha DX7 Plugin

Dexed VST by Digital Suburban is a free software emulation of the coveted Yamaha DX7. The first successful digital synthesizer ever, the DX7 changed the course of modern synthesis. Free VST Plugins: Dexed Dexed VST is a multi-platform, multi-format plugin…

Sausage Fattener | All-In-One Saturation/Dynamics Plugin

Production duo Dada Life teamed up with Tailored Noise to release Sausage Fattener 10 years ago. Over time it’s become a cult classic in the plugin world, known both for its performance as well as its humorous name and interface. Don’t…

Recording and Mixing with Only Drums, Guitar & Bass?
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! We have some marvellous questions to answer this week! Today's feature question is: What are your tips on recording and mixing a track with only drums, guitar, and bass? When it comes…
Are There Differences in Converters?
Are there differences in different A/D converters? Marc Daniel Nelson shares with us his thoughts on this question, as well as some of his favourite converters! Benchmark ADC1 The barrier between analog and digital should not limit the listening experience.…
Mixing with Waves CLA Plug Ins Only!
CLA plugins have been powering countless mixes by countless producers, mixers and musicians. To test the plug ins, I've mixed an entire song using ONLY CLA plug ins! I used the new CLA Everything collection, where you get all twelve…
Songs That Changed Music: The Police – Every Breath You Take
The Police were old hands at the chart-topping game by the time they released their fifth album. They named the new one after a philosophical concept by the psychiatrist Carl Jung. Synchronicity, released on 17 June 1983, became their fourth UK No. 1 LP…
The Police & Split Enz Producer: Hugh Padgham
From Peter Gabriel to XTC to The Police, Hugh Padgham has always been the right man at the right place and time, helping many of the world’s most revered musicians find their own musical magic. With millions of album sales…
Top 5 Plugins with 4x Grammy Winning Producer Dave Way
Dave Way has a new course: Mixing Louise Goffin with Dave Way!With this course, you have the chance to discover the secrets of one of the most brilliant minds in music: 4x Grammy-Winning Producer Dave Way. And mix TWO sets…
Softube Saturation Knob | Free Plugins

Softube Saturation Knob has been around for a long time, but that doesn’t make it any less great than it was when it first came out. This plugin from Softube is easy to use, sounds great, and best of all,…

Top 10 Transient Shaper Plugins

A transient shaper lets you control the attack and sustain of a signal. Unlike a compressor, they do not affect the level or the entire envelope of a sound. Transient shapers (also called ‘designers’) can increase or decrease the attack,…

Songs That Changed Music: Run DMC & Aerosmith – Walk This Way
Run DMC and Aerosmith were in as different stratospheres as could be. The Boston rock band — made up of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford — were music legends who had hit a rockstar midlife…
SPL Transient Designer | Level-Independent Dynamic Control

When it debuted at the Frankfurt Prolight + Sound Fair in 1998, the SPL Transient Designer was mysterious new technology. Everyone who visited the SPL booth had the same question: is it a compressor, or is it a noise gate?…

SurferEQ by Sound Radix | Adaptive Pitch-Tracking EQ

SurferEQ 2 by Sound Radix is a genuinely innovative equalizer plugin. It’s been around for a while now, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive today than it was at release. Sound Radix incorporated real-time pitch-tracking technology to completely…

Audio Technology Genius: Rupert Neve
From his earliest memories, Rupert has always had a love for music and for electronics. These two passions, and a dedication to creating the most musically beneficial audio paths turned him into the third person ever to receive a technical…
Best Way to Get PULTEC EQ in Your Home Studio

The Pultec EQ is one of the most revered pieces of analogue equipment ever made. Any mention of it is usually followed by some form of the words ‘magic’ and ‘musical,’ and it’s been a standard piece of studio equipment…

How to Get NEVE 1073 Sound in Your Home Studio

Rupert Neve designed the ubiquitous 1073 preamplifier in 1970. For over five decades its sound has been featured on thousands of recordings. A true studio staple, the Neve 1073 produces one of the most sought after sounds ever made. Neve…

Blur’s “Modern Life is Rubbish”: Album Breakdown with Graham Coxon
Modern Life is Rubbish, released in May 1993, is the second studio album by English alternative rock band Blur. The album was a moderate chart success in the UK, peaking at number 15, while the singles from the album charted…
Polyphia: Making Metal ‘Hip-Hop’

Polyphia formed in 2010 as an instrumental progressive metal group. Over the years they’ve honed their sound into something truly unique, arriving at a point where they employ hooky lead guitar lines and modern electronic production. Polyphia: In a World…

The Mystery of Predelay, SOLVED! – Marc Daniel Nelson
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson shares his insight and thoughts on Predelay on reverbs! Predelay on reverb is when the reverb starts after the source you are giving it to; it is the delay between the dry…
Aphex Aural Exciter | Breathing Life into Recordings

The Aphex Aural Exciter is one of the most recognized exciter effects. Its main job is to add a bit of top-end sheen to a signal while imparting some subtle harmonic distortion as well. Lots of engineers like it on…

Songs That Changed Music: David Bowie – Heroes
David Bowie is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential songwriters of the 20th century. His innovative work is highly acclaimed by critics, fellow musicians, and his vast audience. Following his “Thin White Duke” era of the mid-70s,…
Soundtoys Decapitator | Grade-A Saturation

Soundtoys Decapitator is one of the most popular saturation plugins on the market. It gives mixers plenty of variety and control in an easy-to-use package. It can do everything from giving an instrument a bit of analogue character to ‘punishing’…

Hit The Road Music: Mix Blues & Rock From Morocco
Ady is on the road again, and this time in Morocco with Blues and Rock group, Izouran N-Sahara! Izouran N-Sahara, Roots of the Desert, is a blues and rock band from southeastern Morocco. The band’s music represents the diversity and…
Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor is nothing short of a modern classic. The thing is a monster, equally recognized by its imposing looks and its premium sound. For engineers who need unrivaled dynamic control, the Shadow Hills gets the job…

Masters of Production: The Smiths and Blur Producer Stephen Street
Best known for his work with The Smiths, The Cranberries, and Blur, today we are talking with English music producer, Stephen Street! Street began his musical career in the late 1970s playing in various bands in London. He then started…
Arturia KeyStep Review | MIDI Controller

The Arturia KeyStep is a riff on the portable MIDI controller, combining classic keyboard functionality with polyphonic step sequencing. It can control both digital and analogue gear thanks to a variety of I/O, and the 32-key layout offers a bit…

The Best Guitar Delay Trick? – Marc Daniel Nelson
Today we are with the talented Marc Daniel Nelson for another episode of MakeMusicMine! In this episode, Marc shares a creative chain making a small guitar bloom into a massive deep delayed dream. He uses two plugins for this track,…
Oeksound Soothe 2 Plugin Review

Oeksound Soothe is touted by the Finnish plugin developer as a ‘dynamic resonance suppressor.’ It’s designed to tame the harshness we sometimes associate with digital recordings, or even just poorly recorded material. Though it wasn’t the first plugin to try…

Output Exhale Review | Vocal VST

Output Exhale has been out for some time now, but it’s no less relevant than it was at release. Catering to today’s modern producers who want heavily stylized vocals in their productions, Exhale is a virtual instrument full of rich…

Albums that Changed Music: XTC – English Settlement
XTC are one of the most influential British pop bands to have emerged  from the punk and new wave eruption of the late ‘70s. They’re known for bucking contemporary trends, due in part to their vast and varied influences, from…
Arturia MicroFreak Review | Hybrid Synthesizer

The Arturia MicroFreak hybrid synthesizer is an exceptional piece of gear, whether you’re looking for your first affordable hardware synth, or you just want to add some unique sounds to your collection. It blends wavetable and digital oscillators with analogue…

Legendary Producer for Genesis, Phil Collins, & XTC: Hugh Padgham
Today we will be continuing our conversation with multi-Grammy winning producer, Hugh Padgham! Hugh Padgham is one of the world’s top producers, on par music industry legends like George Martin, Quincy Jones, Phil Ramone, Brian Eno, and Rick Rubin, to…
Metal Mix Contest Winners Announcement with Jens Bogren and Kristian Kohle
Today, we are announcing the winners of the Dark Times Collaboration - Turning Point Mix Contest! Dark Times Collaboration is a new, original music project, founded by guitarist Guilherme Miranda (Entombed AD, KroW) and guitarist/producer Brian “Mitts” Daniels (ex-Madball, Skarhead,…