Aretha at FAME: Where The Queen of Soul Found Her Voice
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  When Aretha Franklin entered Fame studios in 1967, she was undoubtedly a prodigious talent, but she hadn’t yet found the voice that would crown her the Queen of Soul.   While the sessions have gone…
The 8 Best Wireless Guitar Systems in 2022

A wireless guitar system is a perfect way to clean up and professionalize your rig. If you’re tired of lugging around long cable runs, then it’s time to go wireless. Why Consider Using a Wireless Guitar System The main reason…

Mastering For Immersive Audio
Mastering in immersive audio presents a few interesting problems. First and foremost, stereo mastering essentially only requires one output and a single stereo bus. For the most part, this mastered track exists within the confines of one mastering chain (and…
Mastering For Immersive Audio
Mastering in immersive audio presents a few interesting problems. First and foremost, stereo mastering essentially only requires one output and a single stereo bus. For the most part, this mastered track exists within the confines of one mastering chain (and…
The 5 Best Online Sequencer Options in 2022

Imagine telling a producer or engineer in the ’70s, “Fifty years from now, people will be making music on the internet, sitting on on their couch.” “The what?” would be their obvious response, but time-traveling aside, technology has really revolutionized the…

What Is a True Peak Limiter?

True peak levels differ from the volume we read in our DAW. In digital audio, we understand the absolute ceiling to be 0dBFS (decibels relative to full scale), and any signal above that can cause clipping. We can push a…

JBL 305P MkII Review | Entry-Level Monitors

Entry-level monitors like the JBL 305P MkII combine affordability and sound quality. 5″ speakers like these are the most popular size for home studios—they have more than enough volume and plenty of low-end extension. We’ll run down the specs in…

Tube Amp vs Solid State: What’s the Difference?

If you’re a guitar player, there’s a good chance you’ve pondered the tube amp vs solid state amplifier debate. Most of the love gravitates toward tube amps, but there have been notable solid state players over the years as well.…

The Jacob Collier & Ben Bloomberg Interview
Jacob Collier is one of the most renowned musical artists of the 21st century, not only for his unique musicianship and use of complex harmony, but also for his unique production process. Unlike many other Grammy award winners, so much…
RE20 vs SM7B: Battle of the Broadcast Mics

Today we’re looking at two competitors, the RE20 vs SM7B. Both are celebrated mics, often used similarly for radio, podcast, and voiceover. That’s not all they can handle, though, with the RE20 becoming a a favorite on low-end instruments like…

Tunebat BPM and Key Finder Review

Tunebat is a free resource catering primarily to DJs and other creatives seeking info about songs and audio files. What Is a BPM and Key Finder? A BPM/key finder like Tunebat analyzes audio files through its algorithm, and spits out…

Audio-Technica AT2020 vs AT2035: Which Mic Is Better?

Audio-Technica has a long standing history as one of the most trusted sources for consumer and professional audio equipment. From turntables and cartridges to headphones and microphones, A-T’s product range is as diverse as it is high-quality. For those looking…

The 6 Best Shure Microphones for Your Home Studio

Shure microphones have a wonderful reputation in the recording industry as some of the best, most reliable, and most affordable mics around. Shure started as a one-man radio company back in 1925, and by the early 1930s were one of…

Best Audio Interface for Mac | Entry-Level & Beyond

Apple computers are standard in creative industries because of their reliable and uncluttered operating systems. People make music on PCs as well, but sometimes have a harder time finding compatible hardware and software. Or, they encounter bugs and have stability…

Drum Editing In REAPER with Myk Robinson
The one thing which I always admire when listening to a performance by a-list musicians is how insanely tightly they lock into the groove.There really is nothing that can replace the energy & feel created by an outstanding rhythm section.With…
How the ‘Loudness Wars’ Made Music Sound Worse (And What We Should Learn from It)

Science tells us that people prefer their music loud. As sounds get louder and louder, their overall frequency curve begin to flatten out, so you can more easily hear the whole “picture.” The “louder is better” philosophy usually begins with artists…

Controlling Your High End With Emiliano Caballero
The fantastic Emiliano Caballero is back and this time he's sharing his top tips for controlling high-end, giving space for vocals and width in your mixes using Leapwing Audio Plugins! Not only that, Leapwing Audio have graciously given us THREE…
LUFS vs dB: What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?

With so many ways to measure loudness, you’re definitely not alone in wondering what the deal with LUFS vs dB is. What Are LUFS? LUFS stands for Loudness Units Full Scale. It provides a standardized means of measuring loudness. There…

Celemony Melodyne 5 Review

For over 20 years, Melodyne has been the not-so-secret weapon behind pristine vocal and instrumental performances. Celemony’s founder, Peter Neubäcker, started developing the Melodyne concept in 1997. Three years later he began the company, and in 2001, industry-changing software was…

Artists Who Changed Music: Duane Allman
Duane Allman is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists who has ever lived. He can regularly be found in the top 10 of lists of greatest guitarists of all time, sometimes as high as number two, with only…
The Legendary FAME Studios Part Two
We've been diving into the historic studio, FAME in Muscle Shoals during the past week. We kicked off our FAME Studios Series with the infamous recording, Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett - one of the most important vocalists in RnB…
Spotify Playlist Placement | Have Your Music Heard

Digital streaming is the #1 way people consume music. Streams equated to almost 85% of US album sales in 2019, which means pushing physical copies is a thing of the past for most artists. Beyond just uploading to the platform,…

How to Be in Phase Every Time
This is a super neat tool and trick shown today by our incredible friend, Manny Nieto. There is always a possibility of the polarity being reversed along the audio signal and during the lifespan of the equipment which is why…
What is a Synthesizer? A Comprehensive Guide

Synthesizers have never been more popular than they are now. They currently play a dominant role in the production of the world’s most in-demand music. Synthesizers are the sound of pop, hip-hop, EDM, and more. But you certainly wouldn’t be…

Arturia MicroFreak Review | Hybrid Synthesizer

The Arturia MicroFreak Hybrid Synthesizer is an exceptional piece of gear, whether you’re looking for your first affordable hardware synth, or you just want to add some unique sounds to your collection. It blends wavetable and digital oscillators with analogue…

From FAME Studio to FAME Studio Reverb – IK Multimedia
For the last two days, we've been diving in to the history of FAME Studios. You can watch them all back in this playlist here. But let's take it upright to the modern-day with all the technology we have. As…
Understanding the Shepard Tone Effect and How It Creates Tension

Some of the effects we employ in sound design, mixing, and even songwriting take advantage of our perception of sound—a branch of science known as psychoacoustics. The Shepard tone is a prominent example of how our ears can trick us!…

Arturia MiniLab Mk2 Review

The Arturia MiniLab MK2 is a portable USB MIDI controller for end-to-end music creation. While its predecessor emphasized a huge bundle of included software, Mk2 pares that down and instead focuses on the quality of the hardware. Arturia MiniLab Mk2…

The Legendary FAME Studios Part One
We kicked off our FAME Studios Series with the infamous recording, Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett - one of the most important vocalists in RnB history. In today's episode, we take a look through the whole history right up to…
Understanding Different Audio Cable Types & Their Uses

There’s a good chance you’ve handled all, or most, of these audio cable types already—even if you weren’t explicitly aware of their inner workings and categorization. In any case, a fundamental step toward becoming a well-rounded audio engineer is knowing…

“Mustang Sally” and Wilson Pickett at FAME Studios
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos     In 1966, Wilson Pickett entered FAME studios in Muscle Shoals to record some of his most famous songs of all time, including the now legendary - “Mustang Sally.” Originally written by Pickett’s former Falcons…
Controlling Your Low End With Emiliano Caballero
The fantastic Emiliano Caballero is back and this time he's sharing his top tips for controlling and shaping low-end in your mixes using Leapwing Audio Plugins! Not only that, Leapwing Audio have graciously given us THREE "Everything Bundles" valued over…
FM Synthesis: The Classic Synthesizer Sound

Lots of classic keyboards like the Yamaha DX7 use FM synthesis to generate sounds. If it seems daunting at first, that’s because FM synthesis really is more complex than other types of synthesis. FM is much more theory-driven, so trying…

Take Automation To The Next Level
Today, the boss-man Warren is back sharing his uses of automation to give dramatic yet straight forward lift and width to a chorus. You can download the multitracks for this track here: We were Astronauts - Golden As we can…
ORTF Mic Technique | Stereo Recording

ORTF is a common stereo mic technique. Stereo recording uses two microphones to capture a single sound source; each mic then gets panned to either side of the stereo field. Over the years, engineers have developed tried and true methods…

Interview: Teddy Richards – Genre-Defying Guitarist
Today, we're sharing Warren's interview with the incredible Teddy Richards. About Teddy Richards After serving 30 years as Aretha Franklin's guitarist, Teddy Richards emerged as a gifted singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer and music publisher. Teddy has been hailed by the press as 'a…
Master The Art Of Drum Programming with Misha Mansoor
Today we have a brand new course by Misha Mansoor! You've written fantastic guitar riffs, basslines and lyrics for a new song. All that's missing is an epic drum performance to tie everything together and take your song over the…
Sausage Fattener | All-In-One Saturation/Dynamics Plugin

Production duo Dada Life teamed up with Tailored Noise to release Sausage Fattener 10 years ago. Over time it’s become a cult classic in the plugin world, known both for its performance as well as its humorous name and interface. Don’t…

One Microphone? No Problem! – Austrian Audio CC8 Microphone
Today we are looking at the recently released Austrian Audio CC8 and we are not only joined by the incredible Steve Maggiora but also Ricky from AudioHaze is going to do a comparison between this CC8 and their flagship OC818!…
Cockos Reaper DAW Review – The Best Value DAW in 2022?

Reaper DAW, developed by a small company called Cockos, originally came out in 2006. The software immediately gained traction from its professional feature set and affordable price, and shows no signs of slowing down in 2022. Could Reaper be the…

Soundtoys Decapitator | Grade-A Saturation

Soundtoys Decapitator is one of the most popular saturation plugins on the market. It gives mixers plenty of variety and control in an easy-to-use package. It can do everything from giving an instrument a bit of analogue character to ‘punishing’…

The 10 Best Dynamic Microphones for Any Budget in 2022

Looking for the best dynamic microphone to fill out your recording arsenal? We’ve tracked down a number of them for various applications. What Is a Dynamic Microphone? Dynamic mics are a style of passive microphone that operate on the principle…

Rewriting to Perfection: “Slave to the Rhythm”
In 1985, producer Stephen Lipson teamed up with  Bruce Woolley, Simon Darlow and Trevor Horn to create one of the decade’s most influential dance music tracks - “Slave to the Rhythm.” Originally intended for Frankie goes to Hollywood, the song…
Softube Saturation Knob | Free Plugins

Softube Saturation Knob has been around for a long time, but that doesn’t make it any less great than it was when it first came out. This plugin from Softube is easy to use, sounds great, and best of all,…

The Definitive Interview: Stephen Lipson – World Renowned British Producer
Stephen Lipson is one of the UK’s leading record producers and songwriters. People say the test of a genuinely great record producer isn’t whether or not they’ve had a couple of hits but whether they can keep having them. If…
Vital Synth Review: The Best Free Synth VST in 2022?

Freeware developer Matt Tytel, known for the lauded open-source synthesizer Helm, has a new project out. Vital Synth is a highly anticipated spectral warping wavetable synthesizer, and you can get it for free. Vital Synth Has a Free Edition New…

How Diminished Chords Work

Diminished chords are native to both major and minor keys. You’ll find them as the seventh chord of the major scale, and the second chord of the natural minor scale. They get a bad rap for being dissonant, but they…

Waves Announces Clarity Vx & Vx Pro
Waves Audio Monday 7th March Clarity Vx is the highest-quality AND fastest way to clean any vocal or voice recording – whether in music production or in video, podcasting, etc. Clarity Vx combines top quality and simplicity thanks to Waves’ new…
The 5 Best AKG Microphones for Any Budget in 2022

AKG microphones are among the most reputable in the industry. Best known for their high-end offerings, AKG produces a wide range of mics for any budget and application. For 75 Years, AKG Has Been Perfecting Their Line of Microphones AKG,…

Vocal Compression for Beginners

Learning to mix an up-front, in-your-face vocal takes practice. Understandably the most important aspect of a song across numerous genres, a great sounding, competitive vocal has the power to stand out from the pack. But how do we even get…