Bob Clearmountain Demos His Plugins
After being schooled by Bob Clearmountain himself whilst demonstrating the incredible Clearmountain Phases by Apogee, Warren took a visit to Clearmountain's home studio to find out all about his plugins and the things Warren may have missed during his initial…
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…
Cytomic The Glue: Best SSL Bus Compressors?

Cytomic The Glue is an affordable SSL-style bus compressor plugin. The plugins gets its name from the SSL hardware’s famous ability to ‘glue’ mixes together. Even though there are tons of SSL bus compression plugins on the market, Cytomic makes…

Recording, Editing & Mixing Rock With Matt McQueen
Have you written a fantastic new song that your band is excited about? Maybe you’ve already performed it live – and your audience went nuts! Then, it’s time to take the next step:Turn it into a full-blown, professional production, ready…
Best Recording Software for Your Home Studio

We’ve covered recording software quite a bit over the past few months, taking a look at both the top inexpensive options, the best free daws as well as the best-of-the-best in digital audio production. And while we can’t in good…

SubMission Audio DoubleTap – The Low End Solution
Today, we're checking out SubMission Audio's DoubleTap Bass Dynamic Compressor alongside Adam Steel, Matt Lange, Mel Torres and Conor Nelson! You can buy the DoubleTap plugin here! They've also got some incredible We have heard a lot of great reviews…
What is Spring Reverb?

Spring reverb is an early form of synthetic reverb. Similar in principle to plate, spring reverb uses a coiled up piece of metal instead of a flat sheet. What is Spring Reverb? A spring system has a transducer at one…

Turning Classic Literature to Classic Rock: Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”
Across the seventies, Rush established themselves as leaders of the progressive rock sound, writing expansive songs with complex lyrics and musical explorations. But at the start of the 80s, the band encapsulated their complex musical ideas and progressive sounds into…
Motu M4 Review | ‘Premium’ Entry-Level Interface?

The M4 by Motu is an impressive interface at a super affordable price. In this Motu M4 review and spec breakdown, we’ll take a look at what sets this audio interface apart! Motu M4 Audio Interface The affordable desktop interface…

What Is Time Stretching and When Would You Use It?

Being able to time stretch digital audio, independent of pitch, is handy in all sorts of ways. Let’s have a look! What Is Time Stretch? Time stretching enables us to shorten or lengthen audio without changing its pitch. Stretching techniques…

SPL Transient Designer | Level-Independent Dynamic Control

When it debuted at the Frankfurt Prolight + Sound Fair in 1998, the SPL Transient Designer was mysterious new technology. Everyone who visited the SPL booth had the same question: is it a compressor, or is it a noise gate?…

Building Your Own Sub Kick
A sub kick is a microphone traditionally made by Yamaha to capture the sub-low frequencies of a kick drum. The reason you may want to use a sub kick is when you want to capture a bigger-sounding kick. Traditionally in…
Types of Music Royalties: How to Make Money as an Artist

Music royalties are a complicated legal game. What happens behind the scenes for artists, songwriters, publishers, or other copyright holders to get paid is best left to lawyers who know what they’re doing. But’s important for artists to at least…

EQ/Compression Plugins Modeled After Analog Gear

Not all, but many of the plugins we reach for while mixing in-the-box are modeled after analog gear. Engineers made some of the best sounding records of all time well before any of us started recording in our bedrooms; and…

Slate Trigger: Industry Standard Drum Replacement

Drums are difficult to mix. Just the sheer number of mics creates unique challenges we don’t encounter with other instruments. This is probably why there are so many plugins dedicated to drum mixing; and Slate Trigger tops the list as…

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…

SSL Fusion: The Vintage Drive You Need?

Founded in 1969, Solid State Logic is renowned as one of the finest manufacturers of high-end consoles and recording equipment in the world. In the ’80s, their famed 4000 E series console set the benchmark for recorded music, becoming a…

8 Best LED Lights That Sync with Music for Your Home Studio

LED lights that sync with music are the recording industry’s best-kept secret behind multi-platinum hits. Okay, that isn’t true, but colorful lighting is definitely a great way to step up your studio’s aesthetics. And when you’re working late into the…

What Is a Line Level Signal and Why Does It Matter?

One of the first things we learn about a recording system is the variety of audio signals that connect to it. It’s a concept that can initially be tough to grasp, but once you learn it you never forget it.…

Naji Soul Mix/Remix Contest Winners Announced with Ady & Warren
In December, we announced an exciting new Mix & ReMix Competition with Naji Soul and Hit The Road Studios where the song participants were working with was Sliding Doors by CLO. Check out the full competition guidelines here. You can…
Mixing Orchestral Elements with Sara Carter
Today we're joined once again by the incredible Sara Carter Sara breaks down the beautiful BPMoore track, Transcend worked by Harald Hauser. Very often on the channel, we're mixing full band productions but ,in this case, we are dealing with…
EZDrummer 2 vs Superior Drummer 3: Which Is Right for You?

Toontrack produces industry-leading virtual instruments and sample libraries, including two popular drum plugins: EZDrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3. While both are powerful in their own right, they tend to serve different purposes depending on what you’re looking for in…

What Is Atmos Music? An Immersive Audio Experience

Dolby Atmos Music hasn’t completely taken over yet, but it’s planting the seeds for the future of audio. It’s is a three-dimensional format, and for film and television, it’s already pretty well established. We’ll take a dive into the fully…

Artists That Changed Music: Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters is widely regarded as the most important blues artist of the second half of the 20th century. He was not only a prime exponent of the delta blues and the Father of electric and Chicago Blues, but he…
How to Design and Use Supersaw Synth

The “supersaw” originated in the ’90s and had a surge of popularity in the early 2000s, featured heavily in genres like trance, future bass, and progressive house. The now-iconic sound is a staple of EDM production. What Is Supersaw? Supersaw…

Home Studio on a Budget: Getting Started for Less than $1000

It’s 2019: You can make records in your home studio and spend less than $1000 getting set up! Today’s recording tech has given everybody the opportunity to create high-quality music in their bedroom, even with just the bare essentials. We’ll…

Aphex Aural Exciter | Breathing Life into Recordings

The Aphex Aural Exciter is one of the most recognized exciter effects. Its main job is to add a bit of top-end sheen to a signal while imparting some subtle harmonic distortion as well. Lots of engineers like it on…

Waves Announces CR8 Sampler and Sample Finder, COSMOS
Your sample collection is a creative treasure, but only if you can find the right sample when you need it...    COSMOS is the first sample finder to use advanced neural network technologies in order to analyze, auto-tag, and sort…
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…

Best Vocoder Plugins 2022: 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…

Digital Audio Tools: Linear Phase EQ

Anytime you change the frequency content of a sound source with an equalizer, a tiny amount of phase ‘smear’ occurs. This is a normal result of latency being added to the signal whenever you alter the amplitude of specific frequency…

The 5 Best Studio Desks for Home Mixing [2022 Guide]

The studio desk is the centerpiece of your creative space. It should have everything you need at arm’s length to keep the inspiration flowing! Not only that, but it should be comfortable, fit your space, and keep your workflow neat…

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…

Master The 3 Pillars Of Mixing with Sara Carter
Today we have a brand new course by Sara Carter! There is no better feeling than taking an already great production and making it sound even more impactful and captivating.However, especially when first starting out, mixing can seem like black…
Understanding Music Modes and Their Role in the Studio

There are seven total music modes including the major and natural minor scales. Why learn them at all? Songwriters and producers can always benefit from music theory; when you know the rules, or at least the basics, it can help…

Aaron Marshall of Intervals Redefines Instrumental Guitar Music

Intervals is the brainchild of guitarist/composer Aaron Marshall. Since the project’s inception in 2011, Marshall has explored sounds within the instrumental progressive scene. His latest full-length, Circadian, is a complete realization of Marshall’s unique voice on the guitar and his personal take…

My Top 10 Recording Books and 1 Killer Trick from Each
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson goes through his all-time top 10 recording and producing music books. Watch as he describes why these are so special to him and will share 1 trick from each book. Number 10…
What Is Saturation (And How Do I Use it)?

Saturation is an engineer favorite. It’s one of those tools that, used effectively, can take an instrument or mix to the next level. If you’re asking yourself “what is saturation?”, they you’ve come to the right place! What Is Saturation…

The Best Automatic Tuner? Slate Digital Metatune
Slate Digital has released the MetaTune, which is a “Pitch-Correction” tool primarily for vocal tuning but with automating tuning capabilities for any instrument. Get MetaTune here! Slate Digital has generously given us THREE of their All Access Passes, which includes the…
The 8 Best AKG Headphones for Any Budget [2022 Guide]

So you’re looking for a new pair of headphones…you’ve come to the right place. Shopping around can be overwhelming with how many companies are making top-notch stuff. If you’ve narrowed your search to AKG headphones, this list should help you…

“New Rose” and The Damned: The Story of UK Punk’s First Single
In 1976, Punk music (although it was not yet called that) was a vibrant and underground movement making some powerful noise in the London Music scene. But what had emerged as a live music experience was first captured on tape…
Three Creative Drum Mic Techniques
Three Creative Microphone Techniques With Manny Nieto Today we're back with our incredible friend, Manny Nieto at his studio to learn more about creative microphone techniques no matter how many microphones you have got. Download the Mulittracks here Drum engineering…
JamKazam Review: Collaborate Remotely

We’ve come to understand the importance of remote video conferencing more than ever before over the past year. For musicians, though, software like Zoom doesn’t quite cut it. In order to jam or rehearse remotely, you need low latency, high-quality…

Ableton 11: Updates, New Features, & More

Ableton is already one of the industry’s top DAWs for music production. It’s unique features and workflow set it apart as the top pick for EDM/pop/hip-hop production. 2021 marks the debut of Ableton 11, full of impressive updates, brand new…

Flux BitterSweet v3 | Free Transient Designer Plugin

The first transient designer came out in the late ’90s. It was a whole new concept that left lots of people wondering whether it was a compressor, or a noise gate, or something else entirely. The real answer is the…

Radio Ready Vocals Using Stock Plugins
Radio Ready Vocals Using Stock Plugins With Emiliano Caballero   Today we're using only ProTools' stock plugins on the vocals. Emiliano has joined us again today to share how he creates stereo separation, ambiance, and depth using only ProTools' stock…
“Billie Jean” and the Hypnotic Power of A Singular Bassline
By the early 80s, Michael Jackson was already a household name as the youngest brother of the popular singing group the Jackson 5. But it was the second release from his 6th solo album Thriller, which catapulted the performer into…
Lewitt Audio Announces LCT 1040
Today we checking out the brand NEW Lewitt Audio LCT 1040. They've been kind enough to give you the chance to WIN this new microphone! Enter and WIN below. Learn more about the LCT 1040 by watching the video further…
SurferEQ by Sound Radix | Adaptive Pitch-Tracking EQ

SurferEQ 2 by Sound Radix is a genuinely innovative equalizer plugin. It’s been around for a while now, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive today than it was at release. Sound Radix incorporated real-time pitch-tracking technology to completely…

Lewitt Audio Announces LCT 1040
Today we checking out the brand NEW Lewitt Audio LCT 1040. They've been kind enough to give you the chance to WIN this new microphone! Enter and WIN below. Learn more about the LCT 1040 by watching the video further…