Producing The Cranberries with Stephen Street
Stephen Street aka "Streety" is an English music producer best known for his work with The Smiths, The Cranberries and Blur. Street collaborated with Morrissey on his debut album Viva Hate following the split of The Smiths. More recently he has worked with Kaiser Chiefs, Babyshambles and The Courteeners. In 1992, Street started…
Multi-Award Winning Engineer: Tommy Vicari
Tommy Vicari is an American recording engineer, mixing engineer, record producer and scoring mixer known for his work with Quincy Jones, Gino Vannelli, Nicholas Britell, Thomas Newman, Prince, George Duke and Barbra Streisand. He was the sound mixer for TV shows and films including Six Feet Under, The Newsroom, Behind the Candelabra, Phantom of the Paradise, Finding Nemo, Finding…
How To Get Started As An Audio Engineer – FAQ Friday With Matt Weiss
How do you stand out as an audio engineer when you’re just starting out in the industry? Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets preparation. There isn’t one way to get started, so you just need to do as…
Overdrive vs Distortion: What’s The Difference?

Two of the most common effects guitarists use are overdrive and distortion. No matter how long you’ve been playing, though, it can’t hurt to have a better understanding of overdrive vs distortion, how they’re similar, and how they’re different. And…

Ableton Live [Beginners Guide]
What DAW is the best one to use? I get asked this all the time and the answer is simple. The one you know the best! Here is Los Angeles every one of the remaining major studios such as Sunset…
THE VOICE – What Is The Hit Show Really Like? with Pete Mroz
Pete Mroz is a singer from Nashville, Tennessee who was a contestant on Season 20 of The Voice. He was a member of ‘Team Blake’. Pete grew up with a single dad and got his start singing in the school choir. His dad signed him…
Tommy Lee’s Studio ‘The Atrium’ and interview with Engineer Smiley Sean
Tommy Lee’s Studio The Atrium and interview with Engineer Smiley Sean Earlier this week I went to Tommy Lee’s Studio, The Atrium to record bonus material for the Matt Starr course we've just released. We wanted to show people how…
Remembering Rock ‘N Roll: 50 Years of Nostalgic Longing in Don McLean’s “American Pie”
Don McLean was only 13 years old, delivering his hometown newspaper route when he found out that his idol Buddy Holly had died in a tragic plane accident. 12 years later, McLean took that poignant memory and created one of…
Nick Launay: The Jedi Producer
How Nick Launay harnessed The Force during his forty-year career.     “I tend to work with bands and artists with character and passion, who are absolutely focused and hellbent on making these kind of anarchistic records, often to the…
Marc Martel – The Ultimate Queen Celebration
Marc Martel is a Canadian Christian rock musician. He was born in Montreal, Canada, to father Michel Martel and mother Barbara Beresford Martel. He attended Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Saskatchewan, where he formed the band Downhere with his roommate Jason Germain and a few friends in 1999. Aside…
Nick Launay: My 5 Must-Have Plug Ins
Nick Launay joined us to share his 5 Must-Have Plug Ins! Check out the list below and watch the video to learn more about how Nick uses them to capture his signature sound! Soundtoys Devil-Loc Simple, devious and often unpredictable,…
The Secret Of Passive EQs
Marc Daniel Nelson is back with us again to share his secrets on passive EQs! I’ve been a big fan of Audioscape’s stuff for a long time, and the biggest thing I like to use them on is my mix.…
The Best Vocal Mics for Under $500

For most of us putting together a home or project studio, cost dictates the gear we choose. In a perfect world we’d all have a locker full of $3000+ vocal mics, but that’s wildly impractical for the average bedroom engineer’s…

Songs That Changed Music: The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting For The Man
Few rock groups can claim to have broken so much new territory, and maintain such consistent brilliance on record, as the Velvet Underground during their brief lifespan. It was the group's lot to be ahead of, or at least out…
Mixing In The Box LIVE
I started Produce Like A Pro to help people make great music in any way that I can. I wanted to demystify the recording process and show that there really isn’t a difference between the “professionals” and home recordists. If…
The Best Affordable 3-Way Studio Monitors?
Kali Audio's IN-8 has been heralded as one of the most accurate powered studio monitors in its price range, and the second-wave version ups the ante with a new amplifier platform, improved transducers, and an upgraded cabinet. The IN-8 V2…
How To Deal With Excessive Mix Notes – FAQ Friday
We are back with another FAQ Friday, where I will be answering some of the questions you have submitted to me! This week's featured question is: Every mix I do lately is sent back for changes, almost to a point…
SHAED – How To Self Produce Chart Topping Hits
Based in Washington, D.C., electro-pop trio SHAED balance effervescence and atmosphere. Consisting of the soulful, crystalline vocals of onetime solo artist Chelsea Lee and the environments of producers Max and Spencer Ernst, the group's second single, "Thunder," landed on the…
Artists Who Changed Music: Andres Segovia
Written By Paul Tingen Before the 20th century, the guitar was seen as a humble if not inferior instrument. So how did the instrument become so immensely popular around the world, in a relatively short span of time? The answer to…
Record Studio Quality Tracks Anywhere?
Today we get to try out iZOTOPE's Spire Studio with Steve Maggiora! Steve Maggiora is a multi-talented musician, songwriter and entertainer. Making his living both as a session musician and live musician, Steve is deeply passionate in the music he…
How Do I Make Money In Music?
The question I get asked more than any other question is: ‘How Do I Make Money in the Music Industry?’ Whether you are a Band or an Artist or working behind the scenes as a Producer, Engineer, Mixer or Songwriter,…
Does The Room Sound Affect Close Mic’d Guitar AMPs?
Does the room have to be dead if you’re just sticking a mic to the grill and the amp is cranked? With high gain guitars and a dynamic mic, there is a lot of wiggle room; it doesn’t really matter.…
My 4 Favourite Plug Ins For Heavy Low End
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson shares his 4 favorite plugins to achieve heavy low end. Renaissance Bass Plug In When you need your bass to be heard even on a laptop or mobile device, Renaissance Bass is your…
Groundbreaking Producer and Engineer: Lenise Bent
Producer/engineer Lenise Bent is one of the first women recording engineers and has worked on many iconic records including “Aja” by Steely Dan, “Breakfast in America” by Supertramp and “Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac. She was also the first woman to…
Songs That Changed Music: Blondie – Heart Of Glass
In 1979 Blondie, the New York band fronted by Debbie Harry, had their first US hit with “Heart of Glass”,a propulsive, glitter-smothered track about a love affair gone wrong, and a shoo-in for radio playlists. It was a bold new sound…
Best Affordable Matched Stereo Condensers
The only microphone stereo pair you'll need. The LCT 140 AIR stereo pair lets you switch between two sound characteristics - AIR for a record-ready sound and FLAT for highly authentic recordings. By using automated production processes, you get perfectly matched stereo pairs without paying…
5 Ways To Reinvent Your Audio With Matt Lange
These are some of Matt Lange’s favourite personal tricks, tricks he does within his own work! Try these 5 tips below which will help you find inspiration and reinvent your audio! 1.Pitch Shifting Pitch Shifting is, as the name clearly…
Tips for Recording Metal Guitar

It’s hard to think of another genre where guitar tone is as important as it is in metal. It’s so essential that an entire subgenre has been nicknamed ‘djent’ — onomatopoeia for a palm muted chug. Recording metal guitar with…