Top 5 Favourite Plugins with Clay Blair (Cheap Trick, 30 Seconds to Mars, Keith Urban)
Today we have the wonderful Clay Blair with us, sharing his top 5 favourite plug ins! Clay is the owner and head engineer of Boulevard Recording in L.A., formerly know as the Producer’s Workshop. This studio is considered to feature…
BOB MARLEY: AN OMNIPRESENT, UNIFYING VOICE IN OUR DIVIDED WORLD
Today the influence of reggae is everywhere, and a world without it would be unthinkable. However, until the early seventies, reggae was virtually unknown in most of the world. Reggae originated in relative isolation in Jamaica in the late 1960s,…
What Is “Noise Floor” & How Does It Affect Your Music?

Every recording system or piece of equipment has a noise floor. It correlates to how much dynamic range you’ll have in your recordings, as well as how clean or noisy the sound is. What Is Noise Floor? Electrical components generate…

‘We Are One’ Mix Breakdown with FREE Multitracks
Welcome, my name is Ady and I’m a mobile record producer, traveling with my partner Kasia through the world, recording singles/LP’s with local artists to support their musical culture and heritage. Today we present to you artists that we recorded…
Travelling The World Recording In A Van
Welcome, my name is Ady and I’m a mobile record producer, traveling with my partner Kasia through the world, recording singles/LP’s with local artists to support their musical culture and heritage. On top of that I work on client mixes…
Can You Mix A Radio Rock Hit 100% ITB? FAQ Friday
Can You Mix A Radio Rock Hit 100% ITB? Yes! It really is possible, and so many mixes now are made entirely, 100% in the box. Actually, I would say 80-90% of mixes you hear today are made entirely in…
Building an Affordable Dolby Atmos Room with Kali Audio
What is Dolby Atmos? Dolby Atmos goes beyond the ordinary listening experience and puts you inside the song in a new spatial way, revealing every detail of the music with unparalleled clarity and depth Enter to WIN 1 of 3…
How The Rolling Stones Turned Record Company Pressure Into a Rock Classic: “Get Off of My Cloud”
In the fall of 1965, The Rolling Stones found themselves overwhelmed by the immense popularity of their hit single, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and the pressure to follow that accomplishment with another great track was mounting.  In a remarkable…
How to Use Arpeggiators: 5 Tips to Instantly Enhance Melody & Rhythm

An arpeggiator is a common synthesizer feature. It’s an easy way to quickly add interest and movement to a chord progression. We’ll explore what an arpeggiator is, as well as offer some tips on using them in your own music!…

HUGE sound from SMALL speakers! EVE Audio SC205 Speakers
The SC205 is a two-way system with a 5" woofer. It might seem like a small speaker, but it definitely packs a punch. With an extended bass frequency response and an astounding output level, the SC205 will easily fill your…
Neve Summing Review | Inside UA’s LUNA

Neve summing is an optional extension that integrates seamlessly into Universal Audio’s proprietary recording system/DAW, LUNA. The emulation intends to provide the width and dimension of analog summing for individual channels or whole mixes; currently, it’s the only authentic emulation…

How To Recreate The Beatles ‘Let It Be’ Recording Process with Clay Blair
The Beatles are arguably the most influential band in music history: With over one billion records sold and fans camping outside of their concert venues days in advance just to get a front row seat, The Beatles have shaped the…
Best UAD Plugins for Vocals

Over 20 years ago, Universal Audio ushered in a new standard for plugins and interfaces. UAD’s plugin catalog is a huge collection of some of the best analog emulations out there. Most importantly, the software runs on dedicated DSP supplied by…

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…

Mixing with Dolby Atmos: Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, The Bangles)
Brad Wood, a record producer and mixer since 1988, has produced hundreds of albums including groundbreaking debuts by Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Sunny Day Real Estate, Ben Lee, Pete Yorn & Placebo. He has also produced career highlight albums for artists like Smashing Pumpkins, mewithoutYou,…
“John Barleycorn Must Die”: Traffic’s 18th Century Ballad for the 20th Century
When Steve Winwood entered the studio in 1970 after the breakup of his supergroup Blind Faith, he intended to record a solo album. However, with the recruitment of two of his former Traffic bandmates, that solo album turned into Traffic’s…
Kenny Aronoff Drum Recording Tips & Studio Tour
What do John Mellencamp, Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Sting, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler, The Smashing Pumpkins, Meatloaf,…
Nashville Engineer & Mixer Rachael Moore Talks ‘The Nashville Machine’
After graduating from Full Sail with a Bachelors of Science in Audio Production, Rachael decided to relocate to Nashville in hopes of pursuing audio engineering among the best in the music capital of the world. She did just that by…
Best Way to Get PULTEC EQ in Your Home Studio

The Pultec EQ is one of the most revered pieces of analogue equipment ever made. Any mention of it is usually followed by some form of the words ‘magic’ and ‘musical,’ and it’s been a standard piece of studio equipment…

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.…

Kristian Kohle’s GrindStein Ultimate Metal Plug In Review
Precisely modeled in collaboration with Klirrton Manufaktur and producer Kristian Kohle from Kohlekeller Studio, the Grindstein is the official analog modeled simulation suite of their ultimate death metal preamp, along with the cutting edge Schnauze noise gate and the new…
You Asked For It! Adam Audio S3H Speaker Demo
ADAM Audio monitors have earned a worldwide reputation as the preeminent tool for sound engineers based on technological innovations that we’ve established in the field of loudspeaker technology. Check out the Adam Audio S3H Speakers here! The S3H builds on…
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…

“My Hero”: An Anthem for the Ordinary
When Dave Grohl broke into the music industry in the early nineties, he was almost immediately recognized as one of the greatest drummers in rock music. But by 1995, he had also proven himself to be a phenomenal songwriter, guitarist…
STUDIO TOUR with Platinum-Selling Producer Andrew Wells (Halsey, Celine Dion, X Ambassadors)
Andrew Wells is a platinum-selling producer and multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles. He’s co-written and/or produced for artists spanning all genres including Halsey, Celine Dion, Phoebe Bridgers, James Bay, Borns, X Ambassadors, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Fall Out Boy, Young The…
The Basics of EQ with Mark Rubel (Rascal Flatts, Fall Out Boy, Ludacris)
Mark Rubel has taught audio, music technology, music business, and the history of rock to thousands of students since 1985 at various colleges and universities. Before becoming the Director of Education for The Blackbird Academy, he served as Audio and…
What Does Gluing Your Mix Together Mean? FAQ Friday
I met Rick Beato a few years ago when he worked at my old studio. Rick is amazing songwriter and was hired during this session to help the band write their songs. Which I think answers a question that I…
What Does Gluing Your Mix Together Mean? FAQ Friday
What Does Gluing Your Mix Together Mean? You'll hear the term “glue” thrown around a lot in discussions about modern music mixing. Generally, it's used to describe a type of processing that is usually applied to the master buss or sub-groups…
The Most Important Background Vocals Trick
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson shows a sneaky but extremely effective trick to get your background vocals to stay under the lead which in turn makes the lead vocal even stronger. Is this the most important Background…
“Songs Are Like Tattoos”: How Joni Mitchell’s Blue Transformed The Singer-Songwriter
In 1971, Joni Mitchell released one of the most influential and powerfully introspective albums of all time, Blue.  In a tumultuous period of her young life, learning to balance fame alongside changing personal relationships, Mitchell held nothing back. She shared…