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…
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…

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…
The 10 Best Piano VST Plugins in 2022 [Free & Paid]

Looking to add some indelible magic to your productions that nothing but a piano can provide? Well, we compiled a “best piano VST” shortlist that’s still ten entries strong. Take your pick of the best free and paid piano VST…

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…

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…

The 12 Best MIDI Controllers for Music Production in 2022

Wondering which is the best MIDI controller for you? Take your pick from 12 of the top choices, whether you’re after a portable 25-note controller for production on-the-go, or a full-sized keyboard for ultimate playability. What Is MIDI? MIDI is…

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…

Mixing On The BRAND NEW Sennheiser HD400 PRO
Today we are looking at the Sennheiser HD 400 PRO Headphones! Using songs by The Fray (that Warren produced), Queen, and more, we will be testing out these headphones and seeing what amazing things they can do. Sennheiser generously gave…
PreSonus vs Focusrite Audio Interfaces 2022

An audio interface is one of the first things you’ll buy for your home studio. Typically two inputs are enough for the majority of home recordings, and there are tons of affordable entry-level interfaces. In terms of PreSonus vs Focusrite,…

The Best 11 Amp Simulator Hardware & Plugins [2022 Guide]

There are a lot of benefits to going the amp simulator route as a guitarist. Cost and versatility are both huge advantages over real amps, because modelers can give you access to hundreds of different heads, cabinets, and effects sims…

Ry Cooder: An American Genius
Cooder is a master of the slide guitar, both acoustic and the electric. He has integrated many rock elements into his blues- and folk-based playing, and his rhythm playing is as distinct as his soloing. Cooder possesses immaculate feel, timing,…
The Best Mobile Music Production Apps in 2022

Musicians’ creativity doesn’t come to a halt when they’re on the road. In a perfect world, we’d all have access to the comfort of our home studios 24/7, efficiently churning out music as often as we’d like. But whether you’re…

The 11 Best Mastering Plugins in 2022

When it comes to mastering in-the-box, you’ll want a great compressor, a limiter, an EQ, and most of the stuff you’re already familiar with for mixing. Many of the best mastering plugins combine the parameters you’ll need into a single…

The Best USB Audio Interfaces For $100 or Less in 2022

Some time ago, we took a look at the best USB audio interfaces for home studios on a budget. The idea behind the list was to compile some of most tried-and-true interfaces for the home recorder likely needing no more…

Best Cheap Microphones for Any Instrument in 2022

Mics are some of the most diverse pieces of gear we can own as recording engineers and producers. Some are super versatile and sound great on lots of different sources, and others are a bit more purpose-built. As you look…

The 14 Best Drum VSTs for Any Budget [2022 Guide]

The best drum VSTs we’ve gathered run the gamut between $89 all the way up to $700! Thankfully, this means there’s a variety of choices to suit any budget. Of course, there are free options as well so you can…

12 Best Analog Summing Mixers in 2022

A summing mixer is a very interesting, if not often overlooked or misunderstood, piece of gear. Like most pieces of hardware, summing mixers vary in mileage; some have no more than a few knobs, while others have a slew of…

How To Create Ambience With No Plugins
Today we have our friend and Grammy-Nominated Latin Producer and Mixer, Emiliano Caballero, sharing his trick to creating ambience WITHOUT plugins! Emiliano started out at Galaxy Studios in Belgium, where he worked in several scoring projects for movies with composers…
The 8 Best Synthesizer Apps For iOS Mobile 2022 [FREE & PAID]

Making music on the go has never been easier! We’ve already covered some of the best DAWs for iOS and Android, and now it’s time to take a look at best synthesizer apps to go along with them. Mobile synthesis…