What Is Phantom Power & Which Mics Need It?

Phantom power can be confusing when you first get into recording. This guide to phantom power will answer some of the most frequently asked questions beginner engineers have. Introduction: What Is Phantom Power? In order to understand phantom power, it’s…

4 Reasons to Buy a Power Conditioner for Your Home Studio

Surge protectors are a necessity for expensive electronics. They keep our valuable (and sometimes fragile) equipment safe in the event of an electrical surge. Most of the time a cheap power strip offers basic surge protection, but a power conditioner…

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…

Screaming Vocals Mastery with Britta Görtz
Take Your Vocal Distortion To The Next Level! In Rock and Metal, there is hardly anything more powerful, abrasive and expressive than screaming vocals. Unfortunately, screaming isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Get the Screaming Vocals Mastery with Britta Görtz…
What Is Stereo Imaging & Why Is It So Important?

What makes a great recording and mix is oftentimes personal preference and subjectivity on behalf of the artist, producer, and engineers. It’s usually a series of small decisions along the way that amount to something great at the end, combined…

9 Best Stereo Imaging Plugins Available [FREE & PAID]

Stereo imaging is a pivotal part of any mix. It mostly has to do with with the spatial locations of each sound source, both side-to-side and front-to-back. A well-mixed stereo image means listeners can easily identify where sounds are coming…

The Riveting Singularity of John Martyn’s Solid Air
By the early seventies, John Martyn had already begun to showcase his remarkable fusion of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, alongside captivating folk-rock songwriting. But it was his 1973 album Solid Air, which truly showcased the singular sound he had created,…
Mixer, Producer, & Sound Scientist: Eva Reistad Interview
Eva Reistad is an audiophile and sound scientist known for getting amazing guitar tones, wrangling in the largest of mixes and sessions, and being able to patch together most recording studios. Located in the entertainment hub of Los Angeles, she…
Kali Audio’s LP-6 2nd Wave Is Here! Review & Giveaway
Kali Audio has announced the 2nd Wave of their best-selling LP-Series studio monitors. The lineup consists of the LP-6: a 6.5-Inch 2-way monitor available in both black and white, and the LP-8, an 8-Inch 2-way monitor. Kali Audio has generously…
4 Powerful Reaper Features with Adam Steel
Today we have our good friend, Adam Steel from Hop Pole Studios with us, sharing 4 Powerful Reaper Features! Adam is known for the amazing work he is able to produce using Reaper, which as you may know, is one…
Sister Rosetta Tharpe: “The Godmother of Rock ‘n Roll”
Little Richard credits his own discovery to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, when in a 1945 show in Macon Georgia, she invited him up onstage. He called it “the best thing that ever happened to me.” For two decades before rock ‘n…
11 Weird Musical Instruments You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Human ingenuity seems never in short supply, as witnessed here in 11 weird instruments. Some clever and others downright bizarre, these unique inventions stray a long way from tradition. 1. Marble Machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvUU8joBb1QVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled:…

Cato Zane’s Favourite Plugins
Cato Zane is a full time audio engineer providing services in Southern California. Cato is fascinated by all aspects of the audio industry, especially sound texture work, and horror/suspense soundscapes. She has joined us to share her Top 5 Favourite…
Universal Audio’s Feature-Packed Audio Interface: Volt 276
Universal Audio created Volt 276 for collaborators, from musicians and producers to livestreamers and content creators who want to easily record audio with big studio sound. Plug right in to your Mac, PC, iPad, or iPhone and Volt just shows…
What Is a Preamp & Why Is It So Important?

People who are brand new to recording should ask the fundamental question, “What is a preamp?” They’re an indispensable, utilitarian part of the recording chain, though preamps can be colorful creative tools as well. If you’ve ever wondered what a…

Ecoplate ULTIMATE Plug In Review Feat. Hot Pole Studios & Paul Third
The Ecoplate Plug In is a BRAND NEW plug in modeled after the original Ecoplate I, delivering authentic true-to-life sound with functionality through a simple, clean design with modern features. Get the Ecoplate Plug In here! We also are giving…
Artists Who Changed Music: Charlie Christian
By Paul Tingen. Charlie Christian was to jazz what Jimi Hendrix was to rock. Both guitarists were at the forefront of a new musical genre, came up with a revolutionary approach to playing their instrument, and ended up becoming the…
Mixing Cinematic Rock with F. Reid Shippen
Today we have excerpts of the wonderful F. Reid Shippen's new mixing course. When it comes to Pop-Rock and Country, Nashville is the capitol of the world. In fact, the music scene in Nashville is so competitive that, in order…
The Future of Audio with Dolby Atmos with F. Reid Shippen
Over the past few years, Producer/Mixer F. Reid Shippen has engineered and produced countless legendary artists, such as Death Cab For Cutie, Cage The Elephant, Neil Young, The Jonas Brothers, Backstreet Boys, Eric Church, Johnny Lang, and Chris Tomlin, mixed…
2 Steps To Wider, Deeper And Fatter Mixes
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson shows a two step trick to bringing out the best in your mixes. Follow along as he shows you how to get Wider, Fatter and Deeper mixes. Sounding Huge! Marc Daniel Nelson is…
Interview with Jared James Nichols
Hello friends! Today we are sitting down with the amazing Jared James Nichols. Hailing from East Troy Wisconsin, Jared James Nichols is a guitarist of incredible caliber. Nichols moved to Los Angeles in 2010. He won the Gibson Les Paul…
FAQ Friday – Micing Drums and Piano Tips
➡️➡️Watch our other FAQ Friday videos here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnLOmVwRMCqTWh5Q2gFR7i2ct2nngcv_H Hello friends! This week we are looking at some commonly asked questions about how to get amazing sounds out of your drums. Have you ever struggled to get a solid kick sound?…
The Future of Audio with Dolby Atmos with F. Reid Shippen
  Over the past few years, Producer/Mixer F. Reid Shippen has managed to do a lot more than that! He’s engineered and produced countless legendary artists, such as Death Cab For Cutie, Cage The Elephant, Neil Young, The Jonas Brothers,…
How ABBA Found Pop Perfection with “Dancing Queen”

Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  At the start of the seventies, the idea of a musical group from a non-English speaking country having significant and consistent chart success in the English speaking market, seemed unimaginable. But in the mid-seventies, one…

Uri Gelman Interview & VooDoo Doll Production Studio Tour
Uri Gelman is a Producer and Songwriter with 20+ years experience in the music industry and song placements in several independent films. He works from VooDoo Doll Productions studios, which was owned and designed from the ground up by Aspen…
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…

eMastered Review: How Good Is Their AI Mastering?

Online mastering services are becoming key components in the evolution and further democratization of music production. The premise is that you upload a mix, the robot works its magic, and boom—industry-standard quality. If you’re wondering how artificial intelligence could replace…

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…

Most Used Plugins with F. Reid Shippen (Death Cab For Cutie, Eric Church, Neil Young)
Today we have the wonderful F. Reid Shippen with us sharing his most used plugins! When it comes to Pop-Rock and Country, Nashville is the capitol of the world. In fact, the music scene in Nashville is so competitive that,…