Drums and Bass Set Up at Sunset Sound with Marc Martel
We are back at Sunset Sound Studio in Hollywood, where we are recording a song with the wonderful Marc Martel. We will be focusing on the recording of the drums and bass, and will give a breakdown of how we…
These are the 5 most sampled drum beats in hip hop
By Dave S We hate to break it to you, but there’s no secret recipe when it comes to crafting the ultimate hit. There’s no secret chord, syncopation or melody that is certain to make people get up and dance…
Top 5 Favourite Plugins with Billy Decker (Sam Hunt, Chris Young)
Billy Decker is with us today sharing his Top 5 Favourite Plugins! With 25 years of industry experience, Billy Decker has worked with some of the biggest names in the Nashville music scene. Country superstars including Sam Hunt, Rodney Atkins…
Apollo Twin X vs MkII: What’s the Difference?

Universal Audio is one of the most famous names in all of recording. Founded by Bill Putnam in 1958, the company has been at the forefront of technological advances for more than 60 years. If you’re thinking about adding a…

Two Handed Tapping Style Guitarist: Sarah Longfield
Sarah Longfield is an American YouTuber, musician, and multi-instrumentalist based in Madison, Wisconsin. She is known for her two-handed tapping playstyle and use of an eight-string guitar. Longfield started her YouTube channel in 2007. She gained a boost of followers after collaborating with Rob Scallonon a series…
Haas Effect: What It Is and How It’s Used

The Haas effect is a psychoacoustic phenomenon discovered by Dr. Helmut Haas in 1949. Also known as the “precedence effect,” the law states that when one sound is followed by another with a delay time of approximately 40 ms or…

Albums That Changed Music: Love – Forever Changes
Love was an American psychedelic and folk-rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965. Led by Arthur Lee, Love was one of the first racially diverse American rock bands. Their style drew from an eclectic range of sources including hard rock, blues, jazz, flamenco, and orchestral pop. While finding only modest success on…
How to Use Auto-Tune for Vocal Tuning

The really interesting thing about Antares Auto-Tune is that just about everyone has an idea of what it is. For engineers, it’s a very useful tool and effect; but the fact that it’s recognized by almost everybody, beyond studio pros,…

Pro Tips for Mixing Electronic Music with Mat Zo
Matan Zohar, better known by his stage name Mat Zo, is a British producer and DJ. Zohar released his debut album, Damage Control, via the Anjunabeats and Astralwerks labels on 5 November 2013. His second studio album, Self Assemble, was released on 25 March 2016 under his own Mad…
Making An 808-Style Kick with Matt Lange
Matt Lange is joining us today to share how he makes an 808-style kick! Matt Lange is a multi-platinum selling electronic music producer, DJ, composer, and musician. His music challenges categorization, and a hallmark of Matt’s work is his devotion…
PreSonus FaderPort: Does Your DAW Need One?

The PreSonus FaderPort gives users tactile control over features in their DAW. With transport buttons and a single fader, it’s main use is for writing automation in a hands-on way. Control surfaces like these bridge some of the gaps between…

The Audio Mixer: Key Features & Functions

At the most basic level, an audio mixer combines multiple signals and routes them to a common output for recording or amplification through a sound reinforcement system. “Signals” are those sounds captured by microphones or received from electric instruments. Also…

Cherokee Studios Founder: Bruce Robb Interview (Art Garfunkel, The Lemonheads)
Bruce Robb is an American musician, record producer, engineer, and music supervisor. He is most recognized for his time as a member of “The Robbs” during the 1960s, then as a founder of Cherokee Studios in the 1970s; followed by decades of producing,…
How To De-Ess Vocals | Settings for a Pro Mix

Sibilance is what we call the hissing noise made by ‘ess’ and ‘shh’ sounds in the voice. We don’t notice it in conversation, but it can get really harsh on a recorded vocal. A de-esser can take care of excess…

Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” and the Birth of Rock ‘n Roll
In the mid-fifties, rock ‘n roll was emerging onto the popular music landscape, as wider audiences began to discover the energy and vitality of rhythm and blues records. While many of the first rock ‘n roll performers (like Elvis Presley)…
Ableton vs FL Studio: Which DAW Is Best?

For years running, Ableton and FL Studio have been ‘specialized’ DAWs. They cater mostly to the electronic music production crowd, with workflow, virtual instruments, and effects streamlined for that purpose. Arguing Ableton vs FL Studio is tough, because each has…

Getting Pro-Sounding Mixes FAST
There are two crucial factors to building a successful career as a mixer: 1.Having the skills to turn out amazing mixes 2.Working highly efficiently Get Template Mixing with Billy Decker here! Most courses cover the first part in detail. And…
Ultimate GUITAR MIXING On 7 Different Songs
Today we have another episode for our Ultimate Guide Series, where we will be looking at Guitar Mixing! There are so many different ways that you can mix guitar! In this video, we will take you through 7 different ways…
Open Back Headphones: What You Need to Know

Studio headphones come in different styles, with the two most common designs being closed back and open back. Many engineers prefer open back headphones for critical listening applications like mixing and mastering. Let’s find out why! What are open back…

Country Mixing Legend: Billy Decker Interview
Billy Decker was born on August 28, 1967 and raised in Nebraska. He received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska and then went on to be the salutatorian at Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts…
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…

Small Room Acoustic Treatment

Small Room Acoustics and appropriate treatment: It has been said that ‘You’ll never get a home studio room to the point where you can do professional mixes like they do in the big studios’. This is false. Today a great…

Bruce Robb’s Cherokee Studio Tour (Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr)
Cherokee Studios is a recording facility in Hollywood, California, founded in 1972. Cherokee's owner and manager is Bruce Robb. In his autobiography, Beatles producer George Martin dubbed Cherokee Studios the best studio in America. In the early seventies, the Robb Brothers founded the original Cherokee Studios, first located…
Diatonic vs Chromatic: What Is a Diatonic Scale?

The basic definitions of diatonic vs chromatic are pretty easy to understand, but like most music theory lingo, it sounds scarier than it is! The diatonic and chromatic scales together actually form the foundation for most of western music. Let’s…

Albums That Changed Music: Radiohead – The Bends
In its pursuit of intelligent, imaginative, inspired music, Radiohead won six Grammy Awards, sold 30 million albums, and was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. Today, Radiohead continues to be admired as one of the…
Do You Really Need A Subwoofer? KRK Systems S10.4 Powered Studio Subwoofer Review
We get asked so many questions about subwoofers – do you need one? Which ones are worth it? Today, we are looking at how a subwoofer changes the sound of different speakers, and KRK Systems has generously sent us their…
John Leckie Part 2: Working with Syd Barrett, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd
John Leckie is an English record producer and engineer who has worked with prominent artists, such as Pink Floyd, Muse, John Lennon, Syd Barrett, New Order, and many, many more! In 1994, Leckie produced Radiohead’s second album ‘The Bends’. Leckie…
What You Should Know About Analogue Summing

As I’m sure you’re well aware, the analogue vs. digital debate still rages on despite digital’s advancements over the years. Whether you grew up working on analogue equipment or simply call yourself a “purist,” some folks still consider “old-school” recording…

Mad Muse Studio Tour
Located in downtown Los Angeles, Mad Muse Studios is a studio run by In Flight Music Group (IFMG)—a full-scale musical ecosystem with a mission to provide artists with the space and resources to write, record, release, perform, and monetize their…
Parallel Compression / Free Massive Settings
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson shows his custom settings for Parallel Compression. You are also able to download the FREE Multitracks and Settings here so you can follow along. Parallel compression is taking one signal, duplicating that…
In Ear Monitors vs Earbuds – What’s the Difference?

Technology moves fast these days. Everyone has a personal listening device in their pocket, and with those come a slew of choices for how to get that sound to your ears. IEM (short for in-ear monitors) vs earbuds appear fairly…

“Smells Like Teen Spirit”: How Nirvana Revolutionized Rock ‘n Roll for a New Generation
At the start of the nineties, amid the polished perfection of pop and the glamour of hair metal, one band broke through and revolutionized the entire music landscape. With their 1991 hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana took the raw,…
Considerations for Mixing with Headphones vs. Monitors

One of the most common questions starter engineers have is whether they should mix with headphones or studio monitors. The answer tends to be that good results are achievable on either, or both. Unfortunately, this doesn’t do much to clarify.…

Producer & Acme Audio Founder Al Sutton
Al Sutton has been founding and running studios & record labels while producing, engineering, writing and recording music for more than 25 years. His production credits include seminal records by The Sights, Dead String Brothers, Detroit Cobras and Don Caballero,…
How to EQ Acoustic Guitar in a Mix

The most important factor when it’s time to EQ acoustic guitar is context. You’ll have to determine its prominence against other instruments and make EQ moves based on that. Acoustic guitar can be the most important rhythm instrument, or it…

Recording Vocals [Tips from the Pros]

If you struggle recording vocals from time to time, it’s nothing to worry about! Every time a new vocalist steps up to the mic, there are a bunch of variables at play which can skew our results from session to…

Do you need Analog Summing?
Today's featured question is:  I’ve heard that some engineers run their mix though a stereo pre-amp before using mix bus compression. What do you think about this approach? I love this question because it opens up so much discussion! In…
Get an Analog Sound with this Digital Trick!
Today, we are going to focus on parallel compression! Parallel compression is quite wonderful and is definitely something you will want to use in your mixes! Recently, we did a video talking about loudness in mixes, and realized there is…
How To Change Acoustic Guitar Strings
There are a ton of methods to change your acoustic guitar strings, and there is no one right way! In this tutorial I will show you how I change my acoustic guitar strings and also give you an extremely helpful…
A Short History of the Vocoder

The vocoder has been around for a very long time… In 1938, Homer Dudley at Bell Labs invented it to reduce the bandwidth of speech transmission for telecommunications. In other words, it was originally intended as a voice codec for audio…

How to Use Audio Pass Filters in Your Mixes

The most frequently used audio pass filters you’ll come across are high- and low-pass filters. High-pass filters (also called “low-cut”) attenuate low-end below the chosen frequency. Literally at the other end of the spectrum are low-pass filters (also called “high-cut”),…

MIDI Basics and What You Should Know About 2.0

Short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, MIDI is a standard which includes a communications protocol, digital interface, and physical connectors for different electronic instruments, computers, and other audio devices. Perhaps most importantly to musicians, it allows us to play, record, and edit virtual/electronic instruments…

Mixing with Headphones: What You Need to Know

There tend to be varying degrees of thought on mixing with headphones. Some of us are in bedrooms, our parent’s house, married with kids (not wanting to wake them up at 3am!), etc. It’s understandable that in certain cases mixing…

Understanding the Difference Between Gain and Volume

Many of us have wondered, what is the difference between gain vs. volume. Even though the terms sometimes seem to be used interchangeably, there are some fundamental difference. The most important distinction between gain and volume is how, or more…

A Starter’s Guide to Recording Voice-Overs

There are tons of different reasons why you might want to get into recording voice-overs. We sometimes associate VO recording with film or TV post-production, in a process called “automated dialogue replacement” (ADR)—but in the grand scheme of things, that’s…

Simple Ways to Increase Loudness in Your Mix

By definition, loudness is a subjective perception of volume. It varies from person to person based on a variety of physiology and psychological factors. It’s also frequently confused with physical measures of volume, such as sound pressure level represented by…

Step Sequencing: What It Is and How to Use It

Step sequencing is a MIDI-based tool that divides a measure of music into a pre-determined number of note values called “steps.” Each step laid out in the software can then trigger notes and other MIDI information you supply it. Like most…

The Top 5 Most Common Drum Programming Mistakes

Drum samples and plugins have gotten so good that it’s never been a better time for realistic drum programming. As a matter of fact, it’s totally viable for solo artists to release projects with convincing programmed drums. But even with…

Cleaning Up a Muddy Mix
There is a lot of confusing information out there when it comes to how you should go about cleaning up a muddy mix. In the tips that follow, we will go over how to clean up your mix to make…
Building a Career in Audio without a Degree
The featured question from today's video is: Will I ever get to a point where I can refer to myself as a recording/mixing engineer without a degree? How do I know when I’m skilled enough for that? This is a…