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…

Loopcloud 6.0 Review: Changing the Way You Produce Music

Electronic music production has exploded over the past several years. More than ever before, non-instrumentalists are getting into music-making using just their laptops, DAW, and a selection of royalty-free samples. Loopcloud is a provider of over 4 million loops and…

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…

Best Home Studio Monitors for 2022

If you’re shopping for a pair of studio monitors to fit your home studio, you’ve come to the right place. Flat, neutral monitoring is one of the keys to getting the best mix you can—and it all starts with the…

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…

Building A Studio: The Best Interfaces and Speakers For Home Studios
Today we have part THREE of our Building A New Studio series, where I am turning a small children's bedroom into a studio! Check out Part 1 and 2 here Our friends from Sweetwater, including one of my old engineers…
10 Best Limiter Plugins in 2022 [FREE & PAID]

Limiters are awesome plugins for catching a signal’s highest peaks in a way that doesn’t ruin the overall tonality and balance of an instrument, group, or mix. Here is a modest sample of 10 of the best limiter plugins out…

How Much Does Spotify Pay Per Stream in 2022?

Streaming platforms have revolutionized music sales. There’s just no way around it—if you’re an artist, you have to upload your music for streaming. In 2019, digital streams accounted for nearly 80% of total music sales globally, and the number continues…

The Best Pitch Shifter VSTs in 2022 [Free & Paid]

A pitch shifter is a versatile tool for both fine pitch correction as well as heavy-handed effects. Auto-Tune is one of the most well known pitch shifters in history; it’s also a perfect example of how correction can be subtle…

7 Best Reamp Boxes in 2022

Reamping takes place in two stages during both the recording and mixing phases. A reamp box is a specially designed device that allows you to send a clean guitar signal from your DAW to an amplifier, letting you tweak tones…

The 13 Best DAWs for Windows [2022 Complete Guide]

Most of today’s DAWs are cross-platform, making it easy to choose if you’re running PC. Some titles are Mac-only, like Apple’s own Logic Pro, but for the most part options won’t be limited if you’ve chosen Windows as your primary…

The Best Earplugs for Musicians: Protecting Your Greatest Asset

It should go without saying that a musician, engineer, or producer’s greatest asset is his or her hearing. We rely on it for quite literally everything we do related to music, from gathering inspiration to writing, recording, and mixing. The…

21 Best FREE VST in 2022 [with Links!]

Steinberg developed Virtual Studio Technology in 1996 to bring synthesizers and effects into digital audio workstations. It’s a plugin format that numerous major DAWs host, like Ableton, Logic, FL Studio, Digital Performer, and Reaper, amongst others. VST instruments are a…

Spectrasonics Keyscape Review

Spectrasonics Keyscape is a virtual instrument featuring an extensive set of ‘collector keyboards.’ Everything from iconic pianos to more obscure instruments were sampled to create this expansive collection. Spectrasonics Keyscape: A Studio Must-Have? Keyscape was ten years in the making.…

6 Best FREE Guitar VST Instruments in 2022

Guitar is one of the toughest instruments to sample for a plugin. There’s so much detail and nuance that’s just too easy to lose in translation. Most of the time they end up sounding over-processed and fake—really far from the…

6 Best Practice Amps in 2022

Every guitarist could use a great practice amp, whether they’re a beginner or have been playing for years. The ideal choice should first and foremost provide great tone and flexibility, perhaps come with some onboard effects, and be small and…

The 8 Best Wavetable Synthesizers 2022

Wavetable synthesis is a technique used in certain digital music synthesizers to produce natural, note-like sounds. An existing instrument’s note can be sampled and parsed into a sequence of wavetables. Wavetable synthesizers differ from subtractive, additive, and FM/AM synths. In wavetable…

8 Best Orchestral VST For Any Budget (2022)

You might be surprised how often software instruments make it into final productions. Plenty of TV shows and small-budget films infrequently use live orchestras for their scores anymore, simply because the cost and time demand is too great. The same…