How to EQ Bass Guitar: Simple Steps for a Better Low End

Nailing the low end content in a mix is an important step for better-sounding material. Too much bottom can make a mix muddy and inarticulate; too little can make a track appear thin and lifeless. Learning how to EQ bass…

Are Online Mastering Services Worth It?

Automated online mastering tools like BandLab, LANDR, and eMastered all offer “instant results at a fraction of the cost of studio mastering.” There’s definitely a bit of skepticism surrounding online mastering, and understandably so. Anyone who’s familiar with the process at…

How to Make DIY Acoustic Panels for Your Studio

Unless your home studio was specifically designed for recording and mixing music, it’s probably not an ideal tracking and monitoring environment. Professional studios are carefully planned out to eliminate acoustic issues in many ways that residences are not. But if…

What Is a True Peak Limiter?

True peak levels differ from the volume we read in our DAW. In digital audio, we understand the absolute ceiling to be 0dBFS (decibels relative to full scale), and any signal above that can cause clipping. We can push a…

“My Generation”: The Song that Defined Rock’s Defiant Spirit
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  In 1965, The Who were on their way to becoming one of the biggest bands in rock music history, with their legendary stage shows, powerhouse sound, and rebellious attitude. But the song that transformed everything…
Audient iD14 MKII: Take Your Recordings To The Next Level
Today we are looking at Audient’s iD14 MKII audio interface. A couple of weeks ago we tried out the iD4 MKII and the main difference between the iD4 and the iD14 is that the iD14 MKII has TWO mic pre’s…
Shel Talmy Interview: One Of The Most Important Producers Of The 1960’s
For his work on the early Kinks and Who records alone, producer Shel Talmy was an important figure in the British Invasion, cutting sessions that had a harder and more distorted guitar sound than anything else that had been heard before the mid-'60s. Talmy's other credits with…
Logic Pro X Tutorial: Get Mixing in a Powerful DAW

Apple’s Logic Pro X is an industry-standard DAW known for its massive built-in virtual instrument and loop library, as well as its intuitive piano roll and MIDI editing capabilities. Logic’s interface overall is attractive and intuitive, and it’s priced at…

Feedback Friday: Reviewing YOUR Mixes LIVE!
Produce Like A Pro was started to help people make great music and to demystify the recording process and show that there really isn’t a difference between the “professionals” and home recordists. If you are talented, have a passion for…
What is Spring Reverb?

Spring reverb is an early form of synthetic reverb. Similar in principle to plate, spring reverb uses a coiled up piece of metal instead of a flat sheet. What is Spring Reverb? A spring system has a transducer at one…

LIVE with iZotope
iZotope makes intelligent audio technology to help musicians, music producers, and audio post engineers focus on their craft—rather than on the tech behind it. They design award-winning software, plug-ins, hardware, and mobile apps powered by the highest quality audio processing, machine…
How Jethro Tull Created Hard Rock’s Most Cerebral Album – Aqualung
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  In 1971, Jethro Tull released their landmark album, Aqualung.  The album became a major turning point for the band, kicking off a long career of critical and commercial success for the group. From the physicality…
Akai Professional MPC One Review

Akai Professional’s long-running MPC series is one of the most recognized sampling workstations ever made. Originally named MIDI Production Center (now Music Production Center), Akai introduced the first model, the MPC60, in 1988. Roger Linn, who developed the popular LM-1…

The Differences Between Mixing Hip Hop vs Other Genres
Stepping out of our comfort zone is always daunting. If you are accustomed to mixing one genre, say Rock, or Jazz, or Dance-Pop, but suddenly find yourself taking on Hip Hop clients - this article is for you. Understand that…
Zoom H6 Review: 6-Channel Handy Recorder

When the Zoom H6 handy recorder debuted in 2013, it immediately became one of the most versatile portable recorders available. Everyone from location recorders to podcasters found the H6 to be a highly capable unit with features beyond its price…

John McBride of BlackBird Studio Talks Neve Studio A Console
John McBride's Blackbird Studios in Nashville probably has the largest assemblage of recording equipment in the world, and no expense has been spared on the eight rooms or ensuring the quality of his staff. Clients from all over the world,…
5 Plugins For Mixing Metal with Ulrich Wild
The amazing Ulrich Wild joined us to share the top 5 plugins he can't live without! Check them out here: Waves SSL E Channel The SSL E-Channel delivers the incomparable sound of the Solid State Logic 4000-series console’s all-discrete design…
Neve 8078 Pro Tools Only Plugin Review
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson reviews BlackBird Studio and Kit Audio’s Pro Tools BBN105 plugin. This plugin is a faithful recreation of the legendary Neve 8078 in studio A at BlackBird in Nashville, Tn. The Neve 8078…
Audio-Technica AT2020 Review: Big Sound, Small Price Tag

Audio-Technica is very popular in the project studio. Its superb line of affordable 20 series microphones includes large and small diaphragm condensers, handheld dynamics, and even an X/Y stereo microphone. Amongst them, the priciest offering weighs in at just $250.…

THE MAKING OF THE STONE ROSES’
Written By Paul Tingen The Stone Roses are one of the most important British bands of all time. The Manchester band’s fame and influence is based almost entirely on its self-titled debut album. Released in May 1989, it is still considered…
KEF LS50 Review: 60 Years of Legendary Sound

KEF has been an innovative force in speaker development for six decades. The company’s renowned hi-fi creations continually ‘wow’ audiophiles with their meticulous design and superb sound quality. In this KEF LS50 review, we’ll be looking at the 2012 50th…

Apple Music Boasts Massive Leap in Audio Quality, Supports Dolby Atmos

This month, Apple Music strengthened its footing as one of the industry’s top streaming platforms. In a major step forward, the service brings lossless audio to its catalog of over 75 million on-demand songs, as well as support for Dolby…

John Leckie Part 1: Working with John Lennon, Pink Floyd, XTC, and Roy Harper
John Leckie is an English record producer and recording engineer. His production credits include Magazine's Real Life (1978), XTC's White Music (1978) and Dukes of Stratosphear's 25 O'Clock (1985), the Stone Roses' The Stone Roses (1989), Radiohead's The Bends (1995), Cast's All Change (1995), Muse's Origin of Symmetry (2001) and the Levellers' We the Collective (2018). Leckie began work at Abbey Road Studios on 15 February 1970 as a…
The Best Vocal Plugins to Add to Your Collection

When it’s time to mix a singer, you should be armed with some of the best vocal plugins you can get your hands on! We’ll be looking at some staples—dynamics processing and EQ—that really shine on vocal tracks. Of course,…

Remix Contest – Over $27,000 in Prizes (CLO – Sliding Doors)
We are back with another Remix Competition! This is a REMIX competition so you are free to take the multitracks and do whatever you like – it is about coming up with something completely unique. The song you will be…
Proximity Effect: The Pros and Cons

Proximity effect happens as you move a microphone closer to the sound source. The result is an increase in low-frequency response for a bigger bass boost that what is natural. It can be useful in some situations; but in others,…

Bias FX 2 Review by Positive Grid: The Best Virtual Guitar Rig?

Bias FX 2 by Positive Grid transforms your computer into a virtual rig. Premium amp models, effects, and even guitar emulations make it one of the most comprehensive amp sims out there. We’ll have a closer look at all Positive…

Tapestry: Fifty Years of Carole King’s Unparalleled Masterpiece
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos By the end of the sixties, Carole King had already proven herself as one of the most talented and important songwriters of the decade, but in 1971 her landmark second solo album, Tapestry, revealed her…
Setting Up My New Genelec 8351B Speakers
Genelec is a brand that I have turned to for speakers for decades! I have been using Genelec's 1032A's religiously since the 1990's, and have used them for most of my professional life. Today, I am testing out Genelec's 8351B…
10 Music Blogs to Submit To | Marketing Tips

The hardest thing an artist can do these days is have their music played. That’s partly because the democratization of the music industry has made the market overwhelmingly saturated. However, there are still ways to get yourself out there in…

Best Studio Monitors for the Home Setup 2021

If you’re shopping for a pair of studio monitors to fit your home studio, you’ve come to the right place. Flat, neutral monitoring is one of the keys to getting the best mix you can — and it all starts…

The Cranberries: Noel Hogan & Stephen Street Interview
Noel Hogan is an Irish musician and record producer best known as the lead guitarist and co-songwriter of the Irish alt-rock band the Cranberries Hogan formed the Cranberries with his brother Mike and drummer Fergal Lawler in 1989. The group recruited Dolores O'Riordan as singer soon…
Neumann TLM 102 vs Neumann TLM 103: Comparison

Neumann is synonymous with exceptional recording quality. Founded by Georg Neumann in Berlin, Germany in 1928, the company has been making the world’s preeminent microphones for decades. It all started with the CMV 3, or the ‘Neumann Bottle,’ which was…

How to Record Drums at Home in 5 Easy Steps

Usually the biggest challenge recording at home is the drum kit. There are so many straightforward ways to capture other instruments that sound great—but there isn’t much flexibility with acoustic drums. First you need the space, which is a challenge…

Audio-Technica AT2020 vs AT2035: Which Mic Is Better?

Audio-Technica has a long standing history as one of the most trusted sources for consumer and professional audio equipment. From turntables and cartridges to headphones and microphones, A-T’s product range is as diverse as it is high-quality. For those looking…

TikTok Marketing Guide for Musicians & Independent Artists

TikTok launched back in 2017 and steadily simmered for a few years. The platform has since exploded, captivating millions of consumers and turning unknown social media users into bonafide stars. What is TikTok all about, and how can musicians leverage…

Programming Metal Drums with Scott Elliott (Chernobyl Studios Mixing Engineer)
I’m Scott from Chernobyl Studios, and I’m just like you: a home studio musician and mixing engineer. From the beginning of my journey, all I ever wanted was to have a big, massive, metal guitar tone for my music. In…
4 Steps To Amazing Sounding Acoustic Guitar ITB!
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson goes step by step to achieving amazing sounding Acoustic Guitars. Follow along with his presets to set up an incredible chain for acoustic Guitar completely ITB. To follow along, here are the plug ins…
Limiter vs Compressor: What’s the Difference?

Dynamics processors are some of the most formidable tools an engineer can employ. Mixing is all about balance, and leveling amplifiers, limiters, and compressors help even out the volume across instruments. We’ve heard all of these terms before, and even…

VU Meter: Just How Useful Are They?

Most of us have a rough idea of what a VU meter does. But unless we spend a lot of time around analogue outboard gear, we probably aren’t super familiar with them. And let’s face it, many of us are…

The Cranberries “Linger”: How A Local Irish Band Changed the Sound of the Nineties
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  When the Cranberries were first discovered in the early nineties they had triggered a bidding war between major record labels and seemed poised for certain success. However, after recording their first album, things seemed far…
Mono vs Stereo: Which Is Best for Mixing?

The difference between mono vs stereo sound is simply the number of channels used for recording and playback. If you’re new to mixing, you may or may not be familiar with the concept of checking your mix in mono. It…

The Best Value Audio Interface? Audient iD4 MKII
Audient has upgraded their iD series by making them quieter, adding more headroom...all the things we want in an interface! When it comes to the iD4 MKII, it is fighting well above its weight class! The iD4 has an extremely…