Microphones For Any Budget – Building A Home Studio Pt. 9
Today we have part NINE of our Building A New Studio series, where we are turning a small children's bedroom into a studio! Check out Part 1 to 8 here In the last few episodes, we checked out microphones stands…
Near Field Monitors vs Far Field: What’s the Difference?

Much of the detailed work on a mix or master takes place on near field monitors. Far field monitors are an additional reference, and they’re also great for impressing clients and keeping a packed room engaged. For the majority of…

Arturia FX Collection 3 & DIST Coldfire Review
Today, we're checking out the incredible Arturia and their FX Collection 3 that feels like we have long-overlooked! This is a powerful bundle for all creative engineers and producers looking to add a lot of flavour to their plugin arsenal.…
John Kurlander Interview Pt 2
John Kurlander is a Balance Engineer and remixer that has been in the audio and music industry since he was 16 years old. He was the assistant engineer on the Beatles album Abbey Road as it was one of the…
The Perfect Parallel Compressor for 2022? – IHNY2 by Baby Audio Review
Well, it looks like Baby Audio has done it again. Earlier this year, they released their take on algorithmic reverb in the form of their brilliant, Crystalline plugin. Today, they announce "version 2" of their very first plugin "I Heart…
Top 5 GEAR With LA Multi-instrumentalist & Producer, Fernando Perdomo
Today, we're checking out Stairway studios' engineer and meeting with multi-instrumentalist, Fernando Perdomo. Fernando shares his top 5 (actually 6!) favourite gear in his studio from a Nashville High Strung Parlour guitar and vintage Fender Mustang to a Soundcraft MTK…
What Is Pitch in Music (& Why Does It Matter in the Studio?)

Understanding what pitch is in music is an invaluable and broad skill transferable to numerous tasks in music production. Not every engineer is a musician themselves, but many are. It’s good to have at least some foundational knowledge of music…

Telecaster vs Stratocaster Showdown: How Do They Compare?

Fender invented two of the most famous guitars of all time and created the source code for nearly every electric guitar that would follow. These models need no introduction: we’re talking about the timeless Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster. Both have…

How To Record and Mix Modern Heavy Bass | Ultimate Bass Tone with Adam Steel
Today, we have the rather wonderful Mr Adam Steel on the Channel. Last month, he shared his time with a ridiculous amount of gear recording drums! In today's episode, he shares his ultimate bass tone that is combining 3 separate…
Roxy Music’s Magnum Opus, “Avalon” – Albums That Changed Music
Roxy Music have been called “the greatest art rock group Britain has produced this side of The Beatles,” and “the most influential British group after The Beatles.” Formed in 1971, Roxy Music reached its musical high point in 1982 with…
What Is an 808 Beat & How Do You Create One?

The 808 is a defining feature of hip-hop (and its many sub-genres), pop, EDM, and modern electronic production. The original Roland drum machine took a while to catch on, but it would eventually revolutionize music. What Is an 808 Beat?…

The Most Versatile Channel Strip? – McDSP Channel G
A few months ago, I mixed Prom Dress by Abner Who? live on stream. We had a lot of fun and found out that the Analog Channel may be one of the greatest plugins to use on backing vocals to…
McDSP Make Significant Improvements in v7.1
The McDSP v7.1 release takes advantage of recent Mac OS improvements in graphics rendering optimizations for both the Intel and Apple silicon Macs. The results are significantly faster UI refresh rates and control response. These updates will improve performance on…
8 Best Sustain Pedal Options for Keyboard & Digital Piano

It’s a relatively niche piece of equipment, but having a good sustain pedal can make a big difference in the overall playability of keyboards, digital pianos, and MIDI controllers. Does Having a Good Sustain Pedal Really Matter? It does matter,…

Should Studio Monitors Be Vertical or Horizontal? (5 Placement Tips)

A common question frequently heard is should studio monitors be vertical or horizontal? There’s good reason to wonder, and there’s a simple answer to that query which we’ll get into shortly. The underlying premise here is that optimal monitor placement…

The Beginner’s Guide To Music Production in Logic Pro
The most inspiring guide to music productionMusic is one of the most beautiful things we can experience on this earth. It soothes our soul, allows us to express our innermost feelings, and creates connections between people who barely know each…
The Best Wireless Microphone for Singers [2022 Guide]

The best wireless microphone sounds great, is reliable, and most importantly, lets a performer roam the stage without restriction. Historically, there’ve been reservations about wireless systems, namely due to questions about interference, sound quality, and overall reliability. The truth is,…

12 Best Kontakt Libraries for Every Collection in 2022

Native Instruments‘ free sample player, Kontakt, is every music producer’s entry point to the industry’s largest collection of sampled instruments. Kontakt is a universal host to hundreds of realistic sampled libraries from dozens of manufacturers. The best Kontakt libraries should…

Why Does My Subwoofer Sound Weak? (7 Common Causes)

Subwoofers convey a ton of low-end information and give us a feeling of fullness and power. In many cases, sub frequency content is felt more than heard, as in you can’t always pinpoint a fundamental frequency or pitch, but you…

Top 10 Transient Shaper Plugins [2022 Guide]

A transient shaper lets you control the attack and sustain of a signal. Unlike a compressor, they do not affect the level or the entire envelope of a sound. Transient shapers (also called ‘designers’) can increase or decrease the attack,…

Beautiful Recording On A Budget – The Austrian Audio OC16 Review
We're blessed with not only incredibly talented musicians like Katie Ferrara and Blair Sinta but incredible brands that are making a lot of ground in a very short space of time. A few years ago, Austrian Audio had only two…
PSPaudioware Announces Multichannel Mixing Solution Series, PSP auralSeries
PSPaudioware proudly presents the first plug-in from the PSP auralSeries: PSP auralControl. PSP auralControl (AAX for ProTools only; AU & VST3 coming later this year) is an essental tool for surround tracking, mixing and mastering. Its aim is to individually…
The 10 Best Fuzz Pedals to Add Serious Crunch to Your Sound

Keen to learn more about the best fuzz pedals to use for meatier riffage? Look no further than this guide to some of the most popular pedals out there. What Is Fuzz, & How Does It Differ from Distortion? Fuzz…

Woman In Chains by Tears For Fears: Songs That Changed Music
Some songs change the world and top the charts. Other songs have more modest showings but still manage to become staple tracks for generations of musicians, mixers, engineers, and producers to follow. In 1989, Tears for Fears created one of…
Legendary Producer, John Kurlander Interview
John Kurlander really needs no introduction but, joining the Abbey Road at just the age of 16 he went on to be an assistant engineer on The Beatles Abbey Road. We had the pleasure of visiting John during his short…
Building A Home Studio: Microphone Stands For Any Budget
Today we have part SEVEN of our Building A New Studio series, where we are turning a small children's bedroom into a studio! Check out Part 1 to 6 here The mic stands are one of the most overlooked parts…
The 5 Best LEWITT Microphones for Your Studio

Founded by Roman Perschon in 2009, the Vienna-headquartered LEWITT Microphones is one of the fastest-growing companies in the market, on track to become the industry’s not-so-best-kept secret. The design philosophy and manufacturing techniques behind all their products challenge the legacy companies…

Oeksound Spiff Review: A New Generation of Transient Shaper

The self-proclaimed “tech geeks” at Helsinki’s Oeksound made waves in 2016 with their now-renowned Soothe plugin. It was met with much acclaim even then, before it solidified its place in production with version 2, and it was clear that Oeksound…

PMC Wafer Review: The Best In-Wall “Stealth” Speakers?

PMC Speakers are changing the reputation of in-wall hi-fi units through their groundbreaking work with the Wafer1 and Wafer2. Designed for the home theater or audiophile system, the Wafer lineup delivers exceptional sound quality with a completely unobtrusive footprint. Can…

Samson SR850 Review: Best Budget Closed Back Headphones?

In this Samson SR850 review, we’ll determine whether it’s possible to get pro studio sound from sub-$50 headphones. Samson SR850 Review At the time of writing, the SR850s are on sale for $35. That makes them among the least expensive —…

Discrete 4 Synergy Core by Antelope Audio Review
I love companies that think ahead and produce products that are packed full for productivity.Today, we are having a bit of Friday Fun!This week, my good friends Katie and Blair came down to the studio for a bit of recording…
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Artists Who Changed Music
For several nights at the end of August, 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble were the support act for Eric Clapton at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin.  Clapton recalled that when he watched…
What’s the Best Microphone for Hi-Hats? [2022 Guide]

To keep time and carry the feel of a song, hi-hats are one of the most important parts of a drum kit. It isn’t enough to capture them with overheads or a nearby snare microphone. In order to get the…

5 Piano EQ Tips to Improve Your Mix & Achieve Awesome Tone

Piano is a beautiful instrument, but when you put anything under a microscope, you’re bound to find some flaws. Such is the case with piano EQ. Never a one-size-fits-all technique, learning how to squeeze a piano in a mix is…

Instant Vocal Harmonies: Waves Harmony Review
We love a good creative tool, especially plugins that gets us feeling creative and this is exactly what today's video is about. We are checking out the brand new Waves Harmony plugin - a "real-time vocal harmonizer playground". Sounds fun!…
The Rolling Stones traveling Europe on their Tour SIXTY. With Mics Made in Austria.
Vienna, Austria – The Stones keep on rolling! This year, they’ve brought their tour "SIXTY" to packed European stadiums. With them on tour: Austrian Audio mics, hand-made in Vienna. On July 15, The Stones rocked Vienna’s Ernst Happel Stadium. “It…
Building A Studio: Headphones For Any Budget
Today we have part SIX of our Building A New Studio series, where we are turning a small children's bedroom into a studio! Check out Part 1 to 5 here Time and time again, I get asked what headphones should…
Mojave Factory Visit: The Magic Behind Their Microphones
We LOVE a good studio tour but what is even better is when we can get behind the products that we all use. Today, I'm very excited to share my visit to Mojave Audio's HQ where we discussed their latest…
The Incredible Story of Riccardo Damian (Mark Ronson, Lady Gaga, Adele)
Yet another incredibly inspiring story today from Italian producer, Riccardo Damian who only has a few names like... Mark Ronson, Adele, Lady Gaga to his name. It is amazing to sit and talk with young producers who work hard and…
Yamaha P45 vs P125: Which Keyboard Is Better for Your Studio?

Today we’ll be comparing the Yamaha P45 vs P125 “portable” digital pianos. Yamaha has been a premiere manufacturer of both digital and acoustic pianos for years, so the brand has decades’ worth of experience in crafting quality entry-level instruments. Both…

The Modern Engineer’s Secret Weapon – Mojave MA-37 Microphone
The C-37 is regarded as an engineer's "Secret Weapon" so when I got our hands on the NEW Mojave MA-37 after a recent factory visit (tour coming very soon!), I share with my good friend, Manny Nieto to try this out with…
The 5 Best Oscilloscope Plugins in 2022

Do you need an oscilloscope in your collection of plugins? It can be a majorly helpful tool for viewing waveforms in great detail. First, we’ll talk about what an oscilloscope is, and then we’ll list our top five favorite plugins.…

Home Studio Tour & Interview with AMAC
I love meeting people that have very similar stories to mine where we just fall into the role of being a producer and/or engineer. Meeting "AMAC" (Ali McGuire) was one of these experiences where it felt that no matter where…
Akai Professional MPK249 Review: The Best Mid-Range MIDI Keyboard?

The Akai MPK series is hands-down the number one choice for countless musicians and producers. Akai is a name that ensures a combination of useable features, balanced pricing, and rugged reliability. If you’ve graduated from the ever-popular MPK Mini, then…

What Is Panning in Music and How Can You Use It in Your Mix?

Panning is an essential part of every mix. Placing elements throughout the stereo field creates space and width, and can make things sound HUGE in the right context. What Is Panning in Music? Panning is the process of moving things…