Artists Who Changed Music: Fela Kuti
Felá Ransome Kútì was a global icon, a Pan-Africanist, and a political activist who spoke up for the poor and oppressed, and one of the most important and influential African musicians of the 20th century.  Kuti was one of the…
The World Of Music Sync Licencing – The Warner Chappell Studios Tour
There are just some studio tours that are too good to be true - this was one of them because its industry is shrouded in mystery! Today, we're behind the doors of Warner Chappell Music. Yes, The brand of Warner…
A Game-Changing Microphone On The Horizon: LEWITT Announces MTP W950
We've only heard really exciting new from LEWITT in the last few years and knowing their plan for later this year, it is clear that they are here to stay and branching out not only in the studio scene but…
Engineering a MASTERPIECE – Brian Tench on Hounds Of Love
With the ever-growing popularity of Kate Bush's hit, Running Up That Hill, and as part of our ongoing series on Songs That Changed Music, I sat down with the wonderful Brian Tench and discussed his role in the production of…
UNLOCK Your Creative Potential With This New Course
If you’ve been producing for a while, you’ve probably figured out what works for you. You’ve found a certain workflow, production techniques, and go-to sounds that you like to use. - Which is fantastic!However, using the same process over and…
The Behringer ECM8000 Measurement Microphone Review

In this Behringer ECM8000 review, we’ll get to better understand the purpose of this measurement microphone and its importance. Behringer ECM8000 Review The Behringer ECM8000 is a specialized omnidirectional condenser microphone for measuring room equalization. It’s used in tandem with…

How To Get Your Music On Spotify in 2022

Understanding how to get your music on Spotify is essential knowledge in 2022, when streaming dominates music sales. As of 2020, streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and others accounted for over 80% of the total revenue generated by…

From Analog to Immersive: Todd Burke shares the Antelope Galaxy 32 Immersive Update
Last week, we were invited to meet the incredible Todd Burke, producer-engineer and consultant to Antelope Audio and Aurora Audio. Todd had a wealth of knowledge when it comes to mixing analog all the to mixing in immersive audio and…
Decoding Mid/Side Miking Techniques

The mid/side (M/S) miking technique is a common stereo recording device involving two microphones. It provides some serious advantages over other stereo recording techniques, and is an incredible tool in the studio. What Is Mid/Side Stereo Recording? Legendary EMI electronics…

Songs That Changed Music: Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush
“Running Up That Hill,” must have a set a new record for the longest time period between a song’s release, and it reaching the American top 10. The song was originally released in August 1985, as the lead single of…
11 Best Saturation VST Plugins Available 2022

Saturation is the secret weapon for adding some grit back to pristine digital recordings. Whether you just want to add a bit of body and richness to an instrument, or make it unrecognizable with blazing distortion, saturation is one of…

Is this the most musical Dynamic EQ? Acustica Audio’s JET
a Rafflecopter giveaway The good folks at Acustica make some of the most musical-sounding plugins I have ever heard. If you remember, we reviewed their SILVER reverb last year which blew a lot of other reverbs out of the water…
Alctron EQ75a Review: Is it Worth $120?

After a cursory search, there isn’t much in the way of Alctron EQ75a reviews kicking around the web. It’s not a new product, so why is there so little information on the cheapest 500 series equalizer on the market? We…

Barefoot Monitors: Footprint 01 vs Footprint 02

Barefoot monitors are known for their innovative design, clean sonics, and exceptionally high price tags. The Footprint line of powered nearfields offers the same outstanding quality as their larger speakers, for those with smaller rooms. The Barefoot Footprint 01 The…

MOTU 8pre-es Feature Review

Today, we have a MOTU 8pre-es review in which we check out the features of this highly capable audio interface. MOTU 8pre-es Key Features 24-in, 28-out interface for 52 simultaneous audio channels Eight mic/line/guitar inputs; 16 ADAT optical inputs (24…

Producing Modern Pop with John McLucas
Over 6 days and 30 hours, we've captured the entire process of creating a catchy, modern Pop tune from scratch. Literally. No preconceived song ideas, no lyrics, no loops. A clean slate. You'll get to witness producer John McLucas get…
Lindell Audio 902 De-Esser Review: Is Worth It?

The Lindell Audio 902 de-esser plugin digitizes one of the most popular “intelligent” de-essers of the ’80s — the dbx 902. The original hardware is renowned for its ease of use, employing just two parameters. In this Lindell Audio 902…

Checking Out The Latest McDSP Plugins
Today we are mixing LIVE over on Youtube. Not only that, the wonderful McDSP are giving away THREE of their bundles.  McDSP just announced the release of their v7 Plugins and brings tons of newand exciting features to our entire…
Arcade 2.0 by Output Review: Better Than Splice?

Subscriptions have taken over. For a monthly fee, you can access DAWs, plugin bundles, sample libraries, and other music production tools. In this Arcade by Output review, we’ll see how the ever-growing virtual instrument/sample library stacks up against the most…

reFuse Mulligan Review

reFuse Software, best known for plugins like Bucketverb and Lowender, recently released a utility app for Pro Tools. Called Mulligan, this standalone piece of software provides users a simple functional advantage over standard keyboard and mouse navigation. In this Mulligan…

The EASIEST Vocal De-Esser? Slate Digital FG-DS
It seems like we cannot go a month without a new product from Slate Digital and we are all for it! From their creative tools, sample packs and additions to their Virtual Mix Rack (VMR), they are certainly making a…
Modern Mixing for Timeless Production | Stephen Lipson Discusses Propaganda
Like you, here at Produce Like A Pro, we continue to learn things each day - whether it's about new products that change how we mix today or about songs, artists, and albums that changed music. We have been loving Stephen…
FINALLY playing guitar at NAMM
Please Note: We will never charge or ask you to pay for shipping of any giveaway. Like us, we just LOVE brands that to give! So here is another giveaway from Austrian Audio and Laney Amplifications! We are incredibly excited…
The Best Brass VST Plugin Collection [FREE & PAID]

Brass can be a tough section to imitate with a plugin. As with most real instruments these days, though, there are plenty of excellent quality brass VST plugins, both free and paid. We’d recommend sifting through the list in order…

How to Reset Ears & Prevent Listening Fatigue While Producing Music

Ear fatigue is common amongst engineers, especially during marathon sessions. In order to do your best work, it’s best to understand what ear fatigue is and how you can minimize (or avoid) it. What Is Listening Fatigue? When you listen…

11 Best Orchestral Strings VST in 2022

Using string samples instead of real ones offers a lot of obvious advantages for the average home producer or songwriter. Just from a logistical standpoint, booking studio time and hiring musicians is costly and time consuming. But with samples, you…

Banned and Topping the Charts: “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  In 1984, Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s debut single was dominating the charts, while simultaneously banned from the airwaves by the BBC. The song was a synth-pop masterpiece, and took its time to get there.  Producer…
Sennheiser e835 vs Shure SM58: Which Is Right for You?

Today, we’ll have a look at the Sennheiser e835 vs Shure SM58. These are two popular handheld dynamic microphones for live use. How does the SM58, a longtime favorite since 1966, stack up to the competition made almost thirty years…

Akai Professional MPC One Review

Akai Professional’s long-running MPC series is one of the most recognized sampling workstations ever made. Originally named MIDI Production Center (now Music Production Center), Akai introduced the first model, the MPC60, in 1988. Roger Linn, who developed the popular LM-1…

AU vs VST: What Are Audio Units?

Plugins come in various formats, with Audio Units being specially designed for Mac operating systems. Introduction: What Are Audio Units Audio Units (AU) are simply a type of plugin. They’re one of the most popular formats alongside VST2 (Virtual Studio…

Massive Summer NAMM Giveaway ($30,000+ In Gear to Giveaway)
We are back from NAMM 2022 and it was incredible to see familiar and new friendly faces for the first time in two years! Thank you to everybody that came up to us and shared their stories and sat with…
Chord Progressions: Finding Chords That Go Together

Even though we only have 12 notes, there are hundreds of possible chord progressions. This can be overwhelming, especially when we’re not yet comfortable finding chords that go together right away. Luckily, the majority of progressions tend to follow established…

5 Best FREE VU Meter Plugins in 2022

Before people started working in-the-box, VU meters measured the average level of a signal. You’d see them on consoles and outboard gear for measuring input or output level as well as gain reduction on compressors. The default digital meter is…

Neumann TLM 102 vs Neumann TLM 103: Comparison

Neumann is synonymous with exceptional recording quality. Founded by Georg Neumann in Berlin, Germany in 1928, the company has been making the world’s preeminent microphones for decades. It all started with the CMV 3, or the ‘Neumann Bottle,’ which was…

Why use REAL amps at all? FAQ Friday with Kristian Kohle
On this mavellous Friday, we're joined by the Man, the Myth, and Legend, Kristian Kohle at Kohlekeller Studios! Kristian is one of the most engaging and charismatic educators for metal production. You should definitely go and check out his channel…
Black Box HG-2 Review | High-End Tube Saturation

The Black Box HG-2 is a hardware unit designed to add saturation, harmonics, natural compression, and increased RMS for mixing and mastering. In one tool, it accomplishes what would normally require multiple stages of processing. HG-2 exists as a highly detailed plugin…

Songs That Changed Music: Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
Written by Paul Tingen Mr. Blue Sky is inarguably one of the most instantly recognizable songs of all time. It is also the most upbeat song ever released. A cognitive neuroscientist has delivered a scientific foundation for Mr. Blue Sky…
Flanger vs. Phaser: What’s the Difference?

Two of the most common modulation effects are flanger vs. phaser. We’ve heard both all over various recordings, and they do have a similar sound. This lends itself to some confusion, but if you know the subtle differences between each,…