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…
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…

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…

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…

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.…

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,…
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…

How to Sidechain in Ableton (Beginner’s Guide)

Sidechain compression in Ableton is a useful mixing technique that allows you to do things like separate the bass from the kick. For Ableton users working in EDM/hip-hop/pop, where there’s lots of competing low-end information, sidechain compression is indispensable! What…

“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,…
Which Free Autotune Plugin Really Works?

Antares Audio Technologies introduced their proprietary Auto-Tune software in 1997. The purpose was to correct off-key pitches in real-time for perfectly tuned vocals or instruments. Autotune is a colloquial term now, frequently understood by artists as a catch-all for heavily…

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 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…

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…

Oeksound Soothe 2 Plugin Review

Oeksound Soothe is touted by the Finnish plugin developer as a ‘dynamic resonance suppressor.’ It’s designed to tame the harshness we sometimes associate with digital recordings, or even just poorly recorded material. Though it wasn’t the first plugin to try…

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…
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Review

Beyerdynamic’s classic DT lineup, featuring the 770, 880, and 990s, is a trusted range of studio reference headphones. Each pair offers a unique monitoring experience for music production or hi-fi listening. The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro headphones are an open-back…

The Proximity Effect: 3 Tips To Reduce It

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 than what is natural. It can be useful in some situations; but in others,…

Best Mic for Rap Vocals $1000 & Under

Access to the best microphone in your price range is paramount for recording rap vocals. They’re the #1 thing that has to sound great; we can forgive a beat ripped from YouTube if the vocals sound crisp and professional. Even…

Positive Grid Spark Amp Review | Is It Worth It?

Feature-packed practice amps are all the rage. Though not a new concept, these portable desktop devices—or, ‘coffee table-top,’ ‘sofa-top,’ you name it—started to incorporate tech beyond what we’ve seen in standard practice amps of yesteryear (like in the long-running Line…

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…
Types of Audio Compressors and Their Uses

There are 5 primary types of audio compressors from the analogue world that software emulates. Different hardware makes use of certain internal components and designs for various styles of compression. If you’ve only ever used plugins, you’d be totally forgiven…

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…

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…

“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…
Mid/Side Processing Explained

Mid/side processing is a means of further separating stereo information for detailed control while mixing or mastering. The mid channel contains information we perceive as the center, which is actually the sum of the left and right channels. The sides…

Dexed VST | Free Yamaha DX7 Plugin

Dexed VST by Digital Suburban is a free software emulation of the coveted Yamaha DX7. The first successful digital synthesizer ever, the DX7 changed the course of modern synthesis. Free VST Plugins: Dexed Dexed VST is a multi-platform, multi-format plugin…

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…

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…
5 Quick Automation Mixing Tricks
Automation is the secret to a truly great mix! Simple volume automation of instruments can save the heartache of trying to replicate dynamics with complex compression techniques. Automating plug ins can give them multiple purposes adding both subtle ear candy…
The Best Chord Generator VST [Free and Paid]

A great chord progression is one of many factors that contributes to a quality piece of music. It forms a template, or the backbone, from which the rest of the song can be built. But finding chords that go together…

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…

How to Write a Catchy Chorus | Essential Ingredients

There’s a lot of pressure on songwriters when it comes to creating the grand hook. Understanding how to write a chorus that listeners can sing along and identify with is a huge undertaking. The chorus is the most important part…

Top 10 Transient Shaper Plugins

A transient shaper lets you control the attack and sustain of a signal. Unlike a compressor, they do not affect the level or the entire envelope of a sound. Transient shapers (also called ‘designers’) can increase or decrease the attack,…

Output Exhale Review | Vocal VST

Output Exhale has been out for some time now, but it’s no less relevant than it was at release. Catering to today’s modern producers who want heavily stylized vocals in their productions, Exhale is a virtual instrument full of rich…

Squarp Pyramid Review: 64-Track Sequencer

The Squarp Pyramid Mk3 sequencer is considered ‘the perfect brain for your musical setup, from studio to stage.’ It combines a powerful 64-track sequencer, a looper, a rhythm generator, a real-time effects processor, a MIDI controller, and an I/O interface.…