Overdrive vs Distortion: What’s The Difference?

Two of the most common effects guitarists use are overdrive and distortion. No matter how long you’ve been playing, though, it can’t hurt to have a better understanding of overdrive vs distortion, how they’re similar, and how they’re different. And…

Mixing With Emotion and Finding Purpose
Today, we're joined by our good friend and Grammy-nominated engineer, Matthew Weiss of Weiss Advice.  Matt Weiss is a GRAMMY-nominated, platinum recording and mixing engineer who’s worked with artists like Akon, Swae Lee, Jeremih, Chris Brown, Sonny Digital, Nicky Minaj, Becky G,…
What Is RMS and How Does It Differ from True Peak?

What is RMS? What’s true peak? What the heck is LUFS? All of these are totally reasonable questions in the weird world of audio! There are lots of different ways we measure loudness, and it can be tough to pin…

Akai MPK Mini Mk3 MIDI Controller Review

The Akai MPK Mini Mk3 is one of the most popular choices for a quality, travel-size MIDI controller. There’s an abundance of options available in the 25-key category, but Akai remains a standout. Akai Continues to Build on Its Legacy…

Gifts for Music Producers | Practical Ideas

We’re out of the holiday season for now, but that doesn’t meant the next one isn’t right around the corner. These gifts for music producers are sure to satisfy the hard-to-buy-for creators in your life. Useful Gifts for Music Producers…

Scale Degrees: What Are They and Why Do They Matter in the Studio

Engineers and producers can always benefit from understanding the basics of music theory. Knowing enough of the “language of music” to get by is helpful for communicating effectively with session musicians, for example. Having the ear is most important, but…

5 Quick Saturation Mixing Tricks
https://youtu.be/97e-0TxuOKIVideo can't be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: 5 Quick Saturation Mixing Tricks - Warren Huart: Produce Like A Pro (https://youtu.be/97e-0TxuOKI) Hello Lovely people! We have had such a wonderful response to the 5 Quick mixing tips series! Thank you…
JZ Microphones vs $50,000 Vintage Microphones
Warren let Studio Manager, Eric and Production Editor, Mel Torres take care of things for the day. We had our friend and artist, Davon in the studio so Mel and Eric decided to film the entire process whilst shooting out…
The 5 Best Shotgun Microphones for Your Home Studio

The shotgun mic is a film/TV industry staple for capturing extremely directional audio with little ambient noise. We’ll cover a few of the top shotgun microphones around if you’re looking to pick one up for your personal collection. What Is…

Top 10 Recording Tips
You will find many articles on the internet with tips and tricks for mixing and making a song sound it's best. The best way to make sure the mix, and ultimately the final product sounds the best it can is…
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…

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…

Ableton Push 2 Review: An All-in-One MIDI Controller

Ableton launched the Push controller in collaboration with AKAI back in 2013. Designed to function inside Ableton Live software, it was an innovative device meant to be treated like an instrument rather than an average MIDI controller. The company soon…

Plugin Boutique Scaler 2 Review

Scaler 2 is one of many compositional aids and chord generating plugins currently available. It makes sense; software helps with everything else related to recording music—why not give us a push at the actual songwriting stage? We’ll see how Plugin…

Strymon Iridium Review | Portable Tone On the Go

Strymon has been making top-quality pedals in California since 2009. Many guitarists know them by their acclaimed reverb and delay units—the Big Sky and Time Line, respectively—which effectively raised the bar for time-based effect pedals. Last year, Strymon entered the…

How the Buggles Predicted the Future of Popular Music with “Video Killed the Radio Star”
At 12:01am on August 1, 1981 - MTV opened its debut broadcast with the perfectly titled “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Written several years earlier in 1978, Buggles co-founders Geoff Downes, and Trevor Horn, along with former bandmate Bruce Wooley…
Slate Digital FG-Dynamics Review
We're really excited about this one! Slate Digital just announced their brand new compressor, the FG-Dynamics! It felt exactly as it needed to feel and does what my SSL does! Check out the full review below. About FG-Dynamics Slate Digital’s…
From Mellow To MADNESS – Apogee Clearmountain Phases
Today we are checking out the brand new plugin by the Mixers Mixer, Bob Clearmountain! Get the Phases Plugin here! 'Phases' is an authentic plugin emulation of Bob Clearmountain’s Vintage Analog Flanger & Phaser Rack Modules. They've also kindly given…
Antares’ Auto-Tune Unlimited
Today we are with Matt Weiss, Adam Steel, & Cato Zane, checking out Auto-Tune Unlimited by Antares! Auto-Tune Unlimited delivers the complete set of tools you need to make any vocal performance a perfect performance. Our friends at Antares also…
Understanding Texture in Music (And How to Utilize It in a Mix)

When we hear the word “texture,” we tend to picture visual or tactile mediums. Paintings and photographs can vividly capture a sense of texture, as can sculptures, architecture, and things naturally occurring in nature. But what about texture in music?…

Serenity Meets Pop: How Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” Set the Tone for Nineties Songwriting
Over the course of the 80s, British electronic music legends Depeche Mode led the forefront of the synthpop and industrial pop music scenes, catapulting the alternative sounds of these worlds into mainstream attention. At the decade’s end (and seemingly at…
Using Polyrhythms to Create More Interesting Mixes

Introducing polyrhythm is one way to make your productions more interesting. It doesn’t have to be overly complex to stand out and take your music to the next level! Polyrhythm vs. Polymeter: What’s the Difference? Both share a prefix, but…

Getting a Job in the Music Industry
Today our wonderful friend and Produce Like A Pro team member, Eric, is joining us to share how he got into the music industry, and to pass along advice on how you can get your start in the industry as…
The Secret To Mixing Low End
Today we have the incredibly talented Mixer, Producer and Engineer, Emiliano Caballero, with us sharing his trick to mixing low end. This trick preserves and increases the headroom of the mix without thinning out the entire track and maintaining a…
Top 6 Plugins for Mixing Metal in 2022
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…
The Ultimate List of Free Pro Tools Plugins 2022

If you’re looking for third-party plugins to expand your growing collection, look no further than The Ultimate List of Free Pro Tools plugins. Whether you need a Pultec-style EQ or a trigger gate for electronic music stutter effects, this list…

Moog Mother 32 Review: The Last Modular Synth You’ll Ever Need

The Moog Mother 32 is a semi-modular desktop synthesizer. It’s a great introductory synth for anyone looking to get into modular territory, though it performs just as well as a unique standalone instrument for beginners or veterans alike. The Moog…

Building A Studio: Measuring The Room’s Response
Today, we have another video looking at our progress with our new studio build! We are changing a small kids bedroom into a studio, and showing you guys every step in our process so you can build a studio too.…
Understanding Note Frequency Charts (And Why You Should Be Using One)

A note frequency chart lists the 12 notes of the Western scale and their corresponding frequencies in Hz across octaves. Charts like these are very easy to read, and while it isn’t a requirement to keep one nearby at all…

14 Best Reverb Plugins in 2022 [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…

Digital Music Distribution: Getting Music Out in 2022

Before making albums in people’s bedroom was the norm, record deals were the only way to get your music out there. A label provided the budget for recording, marketing, printing, and distributing copies of an album to consumers. Today, digital…

One Trick To Save Time When Mixing
Our new and incredibly talented content creator, Mel Torres, is joining us today to share his one trick to save time when mixing! This trick works in any DAW, and is a consistent way to achieve mixes that involve the…
The 7 Best Delay VST Plugins 2022 [FREE & PAID]

Delay plugins are essential to every mixer’s toolbox! It’s one of the most common effects we use all the time to give instruments dimension and energy. The great thing about delay is that it can be subtle for a little…

When to Use Serial Processing vs Parallel Processing

Serial processing and parallel processing are two common techniques mixers use everyday. We’ll examine the differences between the two, and cover some basic scenarios where you’d want to employ one or the other. What is serial processing? Serial processing is…

From the Savoy to Studio 54: How Chic Transformed Dance Music with “Le Freak”
In 1977, the band Chic was a fast rising phenomenon. But that still wasn’t enough to grant Chic founders Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers access to one of the hottest New York clubs of the time - Studio 54. In…
Free DAWs: The Best Available in 2022

We’re in 2022, which means making music doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition. There are so many fantastic ways to produce music on a shoestring with the only prerequisite being a capable computer. We’ll examine some of the top…

From Punk Guitarist to Nashville Producer: Jay Joyce
Jay Joyce is an American record producer, songwriter and session musician. In the 1990s, Joyce, with Chris Feinstein and Brad Pemberton, recorded and toured as Iodine and began working as a record producer, working with artists such as The Wallflowers,…
13 Best Vocal Plugins For Home Studios in 2022

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…

Hooktheory Hookpad Review: The Ultimate Musical Sketchpad

As we all know, songwriting isn’t easy—if it was, everyone would be doing it. We can have ideas in our head, but sometimes translating those through our instrument(s) and into our DAW becomes tedious and uninspiring. Sometimes we’ll sit down…

Do You Need a Portable Vocal Booth?

Portable vocal booths cater to home studio enthusiasts looking to isolate their recordings. Having too many room reflections is one of the biggest problems of recording at home. Apart from sounding echoey, untreated reflections also produce comb filtering for a…

3 Essential Mastering Tips You Need To Know
Today we are showing 3 different excerpts, from 3 different courses, with 3 different producers and they will talk you through their master bus processing! These excerpts tell you about essential mastering tips that can help you with any mix. Check…
Bluebird SL Condenser Mic Review

The Bluebird SL by BLUE Microphones is a low-cost, all-around condenser that’s suitable for a range of applications. We’ll take a look at whether you should add one to your mic locker! The Bluebird SL cardioid condenser microphone is a…

5 Best Mixing Plugins in 2022

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…

Best Headphones for Music Production 2022

Finding the right pair of headphones for music production can be tough. There are so many choices that if you ask engineers what their favorite headphones are, you’ll probably get different answers from each one. We’ve done our diligence to…

The 12 Best UAD Plugins in 2022

Universal Audio has a decades-long reputation as one of the premier manufacturers of pro audio equipment. Bill Putnam started the company in 1958 and was a pioneer his entire life. Putnam designed many products under different companies throughout the course…

Best Resources for Drum Loops in 2022

Drum loops are a quick and easy way to set up the foundation of a song. We’re lucky to have so many ways to chop up loops and samples, so they can actually become an integral part of any production…

10 Best Compressor Plugin VSTs in 2022 [Free & Paid]

A compressor is one of the most fundamental processors an engineer has at their disposal. We know them to be great at tightening up the dynamic range of a signal—in other words, making a signal more even and consistent in…

11 Best DAWs for Mac in 2022

Most major DAWs are cross-platform, meaning your options aren’t limited by the type of computer you’re running. This is great because it evens the playing field whether you’re comfortable on Windows or Mac operating systems. Apple users do have a…

Here Are the Best Ways to Make Money in Music in 2022

The music industry’s landscape has changed pretty dramatically over the last 15 years. Whether you’re in a band or a solo artist, or working behind the scenes in music production or the music business, the industry has evolved and continues…

9 Best Mellotron Plugins / 2022 [Free & Paid]

When the original Mellotron debuted in 1963, it was a groundbreaking new instrument. The range of sounds you could get from a keyboard were limited in the days before digital synthesizers, but the Mellotron introduced impressive new technology. Today, we’re…