Ultimate SNARE Drum MIXING On 7 Different Songs
We have another instalment of our Ultimate Guide Series, where today we will be looking at 7 different ways to mix a Snare Drum on 7 different songs, each a different genre. Cameron Webb will be mixing a a snare…
CLO ReMix Contest Winners Announcement with Matt Lange and CLO
Last month we announced an exciting new ReMix Competition with CLO and Matt Lange where the song participants were working with was Sliding Doors by CLO. Check out the full competition guidelines here. You can listen to the song here.…
5 Best Mixing Plugins in 2021

Mixing is one of the most satisfying parts of music production. It’s so much fun polishing raw recordings, adding creative effects, and putting the finishing touches on a song for listeners. There are literally thousands of plugins out there that…

Dave Mattacks Interview: One Of Most Recorded Drummers Of All Time
Dave Mattacks is arguably one of the world's best and most recorded drummers of all time. His recording credits include: Joan Armatrading, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Brian Eno, George Harrison, Jethro Tull, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page,…
How to Record Acoustic Guitar at Home | 7 Tips

Recording acoustic guitar for the first time can be a challenge. Usually what kind of mic to use and where to put it are the two biggest hurdles for beginners when it comes to getting the best sound, but there…

Best EQ Plugins in 2021 [Free & Paid]

Equalization is one of the most powerful tools we have as mixers. It can make instruments sound better, make instruments sound different, carve out space in a mix, add clarity, remove muddiness, and so much more. In that sense, the flexibility of…

Arturia Pigments 3 Review: Is It Worth It?

For over two decades, Arturia has been at the forefront of virtual instruments. Best known for their software recreations of classic hardware synthesizers, Pigments is Arturia’s first original soft synth. It debuted as recently as 2018, and has seen two…

Recreating Chris Lord-Alge’s Studio Mix LA? Waves CLA NX Plugin Review
The CLA Nx Plugin brings Grammy-winning mixer Chris Lord-Alge's famed Mix LA studio control room to any pair of headphones – so you can monitor reliably on headphones and make better mixing decisions anywhere, anytime. After faithfully modeling Chris’s console…
“Reelin’ in the Years”: The Lasting Legacy and Consummate Musicianship of Steely Dan’s Iconic Hit
Written By: Caitlin Vaughn Carlos The story of Steely Dan is one of consummate musicianship, cerebral writing and audio polish. Their first big hit - “Reelin’ in the Years” showcased these values. Fusing together their deep love of jazz’s complex…
Iconic Session Guitarist: Elliott Randall Interview (Steely Dan, John Lennon, Peter Frampton)
Elliott Randall is an American guitarist, best known for being a session musician with popular artists. Randall played the well-known guitar solos from Steely Dan's song "Reelin' in the Years" and Irene Cara's song "Fame". The solo was ranked as the 40th best guitar solo of all…
Apogee Duet 3 Review: Ultimate Portable Interface?

Fourteen years ago, Apogee revolutionized audio interfaces. The original Duet combined professional quality with portability in a never-before-seen way which changed the digital recording landscape. Over the years, they’ve consistently improved the original design, and in 2021, the Apogee Duet…

Mixing Top 40 Pop Hits On An SSL – George Seara (Drake, Rihanna, Shawn Mendes)
George Seara is one of Toronto’s leading Mixers and Recording Engineers. A musician and lifelong recording enthusiast, he is known for his great musical ear and astute attention to detail. George works in all genres of music and happy recent…
Cardioid vs Condenser – What’s the Difference?

When you’re first learning about microphones, all of the various terms can be confusing. After reading this article, you’ll have a better grasp of the different kinds of microphones, and most importantly, why cardioid vs condenser is an invalid comparison!…

A War Of Inches – Consistent Mixing with Marc Daniel Nelson
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson goes all in on the importance of consistency in mixing. With mixing, you have to be consistent in all genres, in all songs on an album – it is one of the elements…
5 Best FREE VU Meter Plugins in 2021

Before people started working in-the-box, VU meters measured the average level of a signal. You’d see them on consoles and outboard gear for measuring input or output level as well as gain reduction on compressors. The default digital meter is…

Artists Who Changed Music: Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck has been called “the greatest living rock guitarist.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, in 1992 as part of The Yardbirds, and in 2009 as a solo artist. Jeff Beck has won…
Jamulus Review: The ‘Zoom’ for Musicians

Jamulus isn’t the first of its kind, but it’s definitely gotten more traction the past several months. As the need for remote collaboration skyrocketed this last year, we’ve seen dormant technology like Jamulus emerge stronger than ever. We’ll strive to…

Professional Mixing & Mastering Headphones? – Austrian Audio Hi-X65 Review
Today we are looking at Austrian Audio's Hi-X65 Professional Headphones. Austrian has generously given us one of these headphones for a giveaway, so enter below for a chance to win the Hi-X65's. a Rafflecopter giveaway Austrian Audio designed the Hi-X65…
Ultimate VOCAL MIXING On SEVEN Different Songs
We are back with another video in our Ultimate Guide Series, where we will be looking at Vocal Mixing. We will have 7 completely different songs mixed in 7 different ways, so you can see all different kinds of ways…
How To Build A Network In The Music Industry?
How do I build a network in the music industry? This is a question that I get asked a lot! Getting yourself into a good community and finding other people to work with is so important. Working online has completely…
The Basics of Reamping
Reamping. It may be a basic part of your recording process already, or it might be something that you’re just starting to dip your toes into. Even if you’re deep into the reamping game, it’s always good to get a…
14 Best Reverb Plugins in 2021 [Free & Paid]

Reverb is one of the most commonly used effects in mixing. It’s part of a broader category of processors we sometimes call “time-based effects,” which also includes delay. Before digital, reverb was recorded using actual rooms called echo chambers. A…

Multiple Tempo, Meter and Key Changes Created This #1 Hit – “Come On Eileen” (Dexys Midnight Runners)
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  Commonly viewed as one of the best one-hit wonders of the 80’s, Dexys Midnight Runners were actually one of the most important bands in the UK at the start of the decade.  While they achieved…
Best Vocoder Plugins 2021: Fun Vocal Effects

A vocoder is an effect we’ve heard in music from the ’70s to the present day. It’s frequently described as the ‘robot voice’ heard in songs like “Intergalactic” by Beastie Boys. Like everything else, vocoders have gone software in the…

ULTIMATE Kick Drum MIXING on 7 Different Songs
In today's video, we have 7 different mixers showing you how they mix kick drums! Each mixer has their own process, since there is no one way of doing things. Each mixer will also be working with a different genre,…
9 Best Vocal Plugins For Home Studios in 2021

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 a variety of compressors, EQs, and other plugins that really shine on…

Is Musical Talent Born or Made? FAQ Friday
Is musical talent born or made? This is the question we will be focusing on for this weeks FAQ Friday! I didn’t start playing music until I was 15, when my father and I completed a guitar we had built…
Top 6 Plugins for Mixing Metal in 2021
Jordan Valeriote is a Canadian producer/mixer/engineer and the founder of Hardcore Music Studio. He has worked with bands like Silverstein, Neck Deep, Forevermore, Intervals, Counterparts, Nick Johnston, Auras, and many more. Today, he is here to share with us his…
Putting The Punch Back Into Your Kicks
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson shows his favorite tricks to bring back massive punch in kicks and impact instruments. Watch as he uses his custom settings to achieve the right amount of punch! You will also be…
How to Record Bass Guitar at Home

Believe it or not, bass is one of the easier instruments to record at home. There are at least several different approaches, most of which are light on fancy equipment and low on volume levels. Win-win! If you want to…

Gullfoss EQ Plugin Review | Smart Software at Its Best

The Gullfoss EQ plugin by Soundtheory promises to be a better-maker. The adaptive EQ, which does not rely on AI but rather a new form of technology altogether, serves to balance your mixes in the most pleasing way possible. If…

“You Really Got Me” and the Raw Power of the Kinks
By: Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  Despite being one of London’s most exciting new bands in 1964, the Kinks were off to a rocky start.  After releasing two singles which flopped, Pye Records was threatening to drop the band if their next…
Arturia FX Collection 2 Review: 22 Great Sounding Plug Ins
Arturia’s FX Collection 2 is an all-encompassing suite of plugins combining the analog warmth of vintage effects with the creative flexibility of modern audio enhancers, putting exceptional studio-quality sound in the hands of musicians and producers of all styles and…
Chord Progressions: Finding Chords That Go Together

Even though we only have 12 notes, there are hundreds of possible chord progressions. This can be overwhelming, especially when we’re not yet comfortable finding chords that go together right away. Luckily, the majority of progressions tend to follow established…

Best Kontakt Libraries for Every Collection

Native Instruments‘ free sample player, Kontakt, is every music producer’s entry point to the industry’s largest collection of sampled instruments. Kontakt is a universal host to hundreds of realistic sampled libraries from dozens of manufacturers. The best Kontakt libraries should…

Ultimate Bass Mixing on 7 Different Songs
How do I mix bass? It's a simple question, but compare a dozen records picked at random and you'll see that there's no simple answer. When it comes to instruments, 'bass' can mean (at the very least) guitar, upright, drum or synth. Each…
Best Cheap Microphones for Any Instrument in 2021

Mics are some of the most diverse pieces of gear we can own as recording engineers and producers. Some are super versatile and sound great on lots of different sources, and others are a bit more purpose-built. As you look…

The Best Mics for Acoustic Guitar [Under $1000]

Recording acoustic instruments can be a ton of fun. There’s intimacy in having an artist simply sit down with their acoustic guitar and play. Because there aren’t many moving parts from a technical perspective, you have more energy to focus…

How To Be A Credible ‘Old School’ Producer and Engineer – FAQ Friday
Today we have another exciting FAQ Friday video where, as the featured question, I will be answering "How to be a credible producer and engineer when you like to focus on old school ecological production?" This is a question that…
The Best DAW for Beginners is Whichever You Choose!

When you’re new to home recording and mixing, one of the biggest questions you probably have is which DAW is the right choice. There really isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to that question. What matters most is choosing the DAW that…

How to Record Electric Guitar [Beginner’s Guide]

There are a ton of variables at play when it comes to at-home guitar recording. The whole process is a combination of many elements, so if you’re struggling with how to record electric guitar with the best results, you’re definitely…

Bass Trap Placement: Acoustic Treatment 101

Acoustic treatment is essential if you plan to make the most out of your home or project studio. The goal for treatment is to create a listening environment that you can trust; ideally, the room should have an even frequency…

Audio Signal Flow: The Ins and Outs

Understanding signal flow is one of the most fundamental skills an engineer can have. Knowing your stuff can help you save a ton of headache troubleshooting when you could be recording and mixing! What is signal flow? Very simply, signal…

DIY Bass Traps: You NEED These in Your Studio

So much of our success in recording and mixing is dependent on where we’re physically doing it. Ideally, this means purpose-built, acoustically unambiguous rooms designed for professional recording and mixing — big commercial studios with a legacy of fantastic sound!…

5 Best Overhead Drum Mics for Detail & Clarity

Overheads can be the difference between a great drum recording, or one that’s so-so. The best overhead drum mics will glue the whole kit together in a brilliant way and do more than just capture the sound of the cymbals.…

Making Microtonal Music is Easier Than You’d Think

  Welcome to this Tutorial Tuesdays article by Michael W. Dean, synth player in BipTunia. Author of $30 Music School. PRO TIP: I’d recommend that while you read this article, you listen to this Microtonal Playlist on Spotify. It has…