Are You High Passing At The Wrong Frequency?
Are you high passing at the wrong frequency? It is a common misconception that the vinyl record production process differs from CD’s, DVD’s, Wav’s, etc. due to these formats not being able to handle lower frequencies. People use to mix…
Black Box HG-2 Review | High-End Tube Saturation

The Black Box HG-2 is a hardware unit designed to add saturation, harmonics, natural compression, and increased RMS for mixing and mastering. In one tool, it accomplishes what would normally require multiple stages of processing. HG-2 exists as a highly detailed plugin…

Motu M4 Review | ‘Premium’ Entry-Level Interface?

The M4 by Motu is an impressive interface at a super affordable price. In this Motu M4 review and spec breakdown, we’ll take a look at what sets this audio interface apart! Motu M4 Audio Interface The affordable desktop interface…

Misha Mansoor: Periphery Founder & Guitarist
Named as one of the next generation's big six-string legends by Rolling Stone Magazine, Misha Mansoor is currently paving the way for the new era of progressive metal with his gut-punching riffs and keen ear for catchy melodies. This heavy…
Songs That Changed Music: Thin Lizzy – “The Boys Are Back in Town”
Thin Lizzy spent years fine-tuning their sound before becoming one of the most recognized rock bands of the mid-70s.  What started as a bluesy folk rock project influenced by Celtic culture and frontman Phil Lynott’s Irish upbringing took a 180…
SSL Fusion: The Vintage Drive You Need?

Founded in 1969, Solid State Logic is renowned as one of the finest manufacturers of high-end consoles and recording equipment in the world. In the ’80s, their famed 4000 E series console set the benchmark for recorded music, becoming a…

The Best Metal Guitar Tones with Kristian Kohle
Kristian Kohle is one of the most sought-after Metal Producers in Europe. Starting out as a musician, Kristian has been playing, engineering and producing Rock and Metal for over 20 years. Kohlekeller Studio, located in the middle of Germany, offers music productions and…
CLO “Sliding Doors” – Matt Lange Remix
CLO is an artist that we've been working with and developing over the past couple of years. CLO is a very talented singer and songwriter, and it has been so amazing to work with her and watch her grow and…
The 5 Rules of Mixing
These rules are based on my experience as a mixer and as an educator. The important thing to remember is that there is no one size fits all, so you need to understand what you’re mixing! 1.Balance Your Mix Balance…
Record Through Plug Ins In Real Time
Onboard DSP is how Antelope Audio – a European audio manufacturer with a history in mastering-grade clocking and conversion – made its mark in the audio interface market. The company also gained a reputation for shoe-horning enormous amounts of inputs…
Plug Ins I Can’t Live Without
No matter what DAW you’re using, most of the stock plug ins are going to do most of the work for you! Some DAW’s even come with fantastic emulations of classic pieces of equipment! Waves MV2 Plug In With high…
The One Thing I Do To Every Vocal
In this feature of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson shares the one thing he does to every vocal while mixing. If it’s too much lo end, muddy or too much harshness, dynamic eq will tighten and clean the problems in your…
Want to Mix Professionally?
Do you want to mix professionally? The choice of headset you use while mixing is very important! The C10 Listen in ear monitor is equipped with the same Noise reducing HiFi speakers as the rest of the Tactical Headsets line. C10 listen…
JBL 305P MkII Review | Entry-Level Monitors

Entry-level monitors like the JBL 305P MkII combine affordability and sound quality. 5″ speakers like these are the most popular size for home studios—they have more than enough volume and plenty of low-end extension. We’ll run down the specs in…

Artists Who Changed Music: Robert Johnson – The Father of Rock N’ Roll
Written By Paul Tingen Robert Johnson is known as “The King of The Delta Blues,” and “The Father of Rock ‘n Roll.” Despite his enormous influence, Johnson’s musical career lasted barely six years, and he conducted just two recording sessions. He…
Using Your Guitar Pedals to Mix? Radial EXTC-Stereo
Want to be able to use your guitar pedals to mix? Radial’s EXTC-Stereo Guitar Effects Interface & Reamp Box is a unique interface for connecting guitar pedals to the inputs and outputs of pro audio equipment such as recording interfaces…
The Beatles – With The Beatles: Album Breakdown with Jerry Hammack
In the next installment to the popular Beatles album breakdown series, author, producer and mixer Jerry Hammackis back to discuss the making of The Beatles’ second album, “With The Beatles”. Jerry devoted nearly 12 years of his life to research…
Neal Avron Interview: The Importance of Musicality
Neal Avron is an American musician, record producer, mixer, and audio engineer. Working predominately in rock music, Avron began working on records in 1993 and achieved his production breakthrough when he co-produced Everclear's 1997 album So Much for the Afterglow. Avron went on…
Chris Seefried: Studio Tour & Interview
Chris Seefried first garnered national attention when Quincy Jones signed his band Gods Child, from NYC to Warner Brothers records. Their highest honor came when their single "Everybody's 1", charted in two Billboard charts simultaneously peaking at #18 on the…
Songs That Changed Music: T. Rex – Get It On
Marc Bolan’s T. Rex initially formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex in 1967. Rapidly establishing themselves as darlings of the underground scene, thanks to an exhilarating blend of pixie whimsy and idiosyncratic song structures, that hippy duo – Bolan and drummer pal…
Digital Music Distribution: Getting Music Out in 2021

Before making albums in people’s bedroom was the norm, record deals were the only way to get your music out there. A label provided the budget for recording, marketing, printing, and distributing copies of an album to consumers. Today, digital…

The Best Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones?
When looking for a new microphone, you can spend countless hours or even days on blogs, review sites, reading articles and watching demo videos. The variety of microphones available is just as vast as the number of opinions on each…
Denise Audio DRAGON FIRE Plug In: Demo & Giveaway
Dragon Fire introduces a monstrous new and easy way to tame and colour the dynamics of your tracks called tonal compression and on top adds Shape technology to finely shape the sound and behaviour of your compressor. The Dragon Fire…
Simon Phillips: Interview & Studio Tour
Simon Phillips is by far one of the world's most renowned and respected drummers, whose style not only reflects his technical gift but also his distinct musical sensibility. Whether it is Rock, Fusion, Jazz or World, Simon applies the same…
Graham Cochrane: Creativity is the Secret Sauce
Graham Cochrane is a Tampa, Florida-based freelance mixing engineer and founder of one the world's most loved audio recording and mixing blogs, The Recording Revolution, with over 200,000 readers each month. Graham is the founder of The Recording Revolution, whose…
Linda Taylor Home Studio Setup
Linda Taylor was born and raised in Southern California. At the age of four, she began playing the guitar. Although she had several teachers early on and participated in the typical school programs, she is primarily self-taught. Before joining Drew…
The Beatles – Please Please Me: Album Breakdown with Jerry Hammack
In a follow-up to the popular “Let It Be” album breakdown, author, producer and mixer Jerry Hammack is back to discuss the making of The Beatles’ very first album, “Please Please Me”. Jerry devoted nearly 12 years of his life to…
Free DAWs: The Best Available in 2021

We’re in 2021, which means making music doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition. There are so many fantastic ways to produce music on a shoestring with the only prerequisite being a capable computer. We’ll examine some of the top…

Shure SM7B Review | Makers of Legendary Mics

Shure microphones are ubiquitous. Think of any of the most dependable, affordable, and awesome sounding mics, and Shure is definitely on that list. Consider the SM57, for example, which continues to be one of the most widely used microphones of…

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Review

Beyerdynamic’s classic DT lineup, featuring the 770, 880, and 990s, is a trusted range of studio reference headphones. Each pair offers a unique monitoring experience for music production or hi-fi listening. The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro headphones are an open-back…

Positive Grid Spark Amp Review | Is It Worth It?

Feature-packed practice amps are all the rage. Though not a new concept, these portable desktop devices—or, ‘coffee table-top,’ ‘sofa-top,’ you name it—started to incorporate tech beyond what we’ve seen in standard practice amps of yesteryear (like in the long-running Line…

Top 5 Plugins With Matt Lange
Matt Lange is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling DJ, Producer and musician, who is known to push musical boundaries. He has DJed in major festivals such as Tomorrowland, created music for movies such as Ready Player One, and Blade Runner 2049, as well…
Types of Audio Compressors and Their Uses

There are 4 types of audio compressors from the analogue world that software emulates. Different hardware makes use of certain internal components and designs for various styles of compression. If you’ve only ever used plugins, you’d be totally forgiven for…

The Most Unique Reverb in 20 Years?
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson dives deep into his personal gear collection to talk about one specific unit that creates incredibly unique sound spaces. The Tegeler Audio Raumzeitmaschine Reverb is a unique style reverb that is analog…
Songs That Changed Music: Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
With its distinctive 16-notes-to-the-bar bassline and unashamedly honky sax solo (played on two saxes at once), Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ signature hit was certainly one of the more idiosyncratic Number 1s of the 1970s. The same could be said of their…
The Greatest Production Duo: Jack Douglas & Jay Messina
Arguably known as one of the best production teams of all time, Jack and Jay have worked with some of the most influential artists of our generation, including John Lennon, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, and more! They have worked on…
How to Write a Chorus | Essential Ingredients

There’s a lot of pressure on songwriters when it comes to creating the grand hook. Understanding how to write a chorus that listeners can sing along and identify with is a huge undertaking. The chorus is the most important part…

ASCAP vs. BMI vs. SESAC: All About PROs

If you’re a performing artist you know the value of royalties. Regardless of the size of the check, they show up every quarter like clockwork. But they don’t just appear out of nowhere; those royalty payments are the work of…

Types of Music Royalties | Making Money as an Artist

Music royalties are a complicated legal game. What happens behind the scenes for artists, songwriters, publishers, or other copyright holders to get paid is best left to lawyers who know what they’re doing. But’s important for artists to at least…

Get Stadium Sound With This Affordable Acoustic Guitar! – Yamaha FG-TA TransAccoustic
Imagine an acoustic guitar that plays great and sounds like you're onstage! The Yamaha FG-TA TransAcoustic acoustic-electric guitar is just that and will inspire you by giving you one of the most engaging guitar experiences imaginable, all without having to…
Have 9x Grammy-Winner Darrell Thorp Mix Your Track!
Do you want your track mixed by a 9x Grammy-Winning producer who has just had two consecutive Billboard Number 1 albums with Barry Gibb and the Foo Fighters!? We are excited to offer the opportunity to an artist or band…