The 20 Best Virtual Amp Sims in 2023 [Free & Paid]

A great amp sim can take your guitar recordings to the next level since not many of us can record a 100-watt tube head at home. There are attenuators, sure, and lots of modern amps are being built with direct…

Two-Tone and Ska’s HUGE Influence on Music
Written by Thomas Hanslowe In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a new sound emerged from Great Britain: two-tone ska, also known as “second wave ska.” Combining the attitude and aggression of punk rock with the danceable rhythms of Jamaican…
Metal Guitar Tone Masterclass With Ulrich Wild (Slipknot, Pantera, Deftones, Static-X)
What better way to show you the depth of this course than by sharing a snippet on How To Create Killer Guitar Tones! Your teacher, Ulrich Wild, has been one of the most sought after Rock and Metal producers in…
The 15 Best Filter Plugin VSTs in 2023 [Free & Paid]

Filter plugins are one of the easiest effects to use that can have a huge impact on how something sounds. As a form of EQ, filters help you shape the frequency content of an instrument. In the simplest terms, they…

The 15 Best Analog Summing Mixers for Your Studio in 2023

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…

Marshall Code 50 Review: How Does It Stack Up?

Marshall is among the most recognized names in amplification. While best known and most favored for their iconic tube amplifiers, the company has never shied away from keeping current. Enter the Code series of digital modeling amps offering a variety…

Most Inspirational Plugin for Drums with Marc Daniel Nelson
Today, we have the amazing Marc Daniel Nelson demonstrating his favourite plugin for drums! In this video, Marc mixes the drums for a track by TJ Country, recorded at Dave Grohl's 606 Studio in 2013 with the late great Taylor…
Our Favourite Tracks Released in 2022 – Marc Daniel Nelson & Warren Huart (Reaction)
We all wish you a Marvelously Merry Monday after Christmas! We hope it was filled with the warmth of family close by wherever you are in the world.We are in the final week of 2022 - can you believe it? So, to…
Bill Withers ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ Cover & Multitracks – Roswell K47x and K67x Mic Review
Today we are reviewing the Roswell K47x and K67x Microphones and what better way to do so than with a really awesome cover of Bill Withers' Ain't No Sunshine! It was a pleasure to record vocalist McKail Seely, Bassist Clark…
Dining Room Drum Sessions With Bob Marlette
Today we have Multi-platinum producer and Grammy-nominee Bob Marlette (Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Airbourne, Ozzy Osbourne) teaching you how to capture hard-hitting, unique drum sounds from your home! That's right, you'll learn how to get slamming drums for your Rock…
The Best Patch Cables for Your Guitar Pedalboard in 2023

When you’re trying to build out a neat and functional pedalboard, it’s the details that truly matter. Cables are definitely the least interesting part of the board, but choosing the right ones can make connecting everything — in an orderly…

The World’s Best-Selling Single, “White Christmas,” and the Changing Landscape of the Music Industry in the 1940s
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos In 1942, Bing Crosby introduced a new Christmas classic to the world - “White Christmas.” The masterpiece of the legendary Tin Pan Alley composer Irving Berlin, “White Christmas” not only broke sales records for the…
Finding the Best Pop Filter for Recording Vocals

If you’ve recorded vocals and wondered why you heard loud bursts of air when the singer hits certain consonants, then you already understand the use of a pop filter. While it isn’t the most earth-shattering piece of studio equipment we…

Tips for Mixing Top 40 Hits with Grammy-Winner Bob Horn
Bob Horn is a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning mix engineer who has worked with artists in a variety of genres, including R&B, Pop, Hip Hop, Rock, Adult Contemporary, and Jazz. He has also collaborated with musicians from all over the world, including…
Analog Hardware Gear For Any Budget – Building A Home Studio
Today we got the chance to chat with Mike Arango from Sweetwater! Mike has been a Sweetwater Sales Engineer since 2006. He has worked as an engineer at various studios in Los Angeles and draws from this experience to recommend…
Win Studio Gear In Our $70,000 DEATH METAL Remix Contest – Malamor – Dead To The World
We are back with another Mix/Remix Competition! This is a REMIX competition so you are free to take the multitracks and do whatever you like – it is about coming up with something completely unique. The song you will be…
This Mic Blew Me Away – The New Twenties by Tierra Audio
It isn't very often that I come across a microphone or piece of hardware and it really transforms me emotionally. The New Twenties by the small, Spanish company, Tierra Audio has actually done it. The last time an acoustic guitar…
Arturia FET 76 Review: Getting a Legendary Studio Compression Sound

Founded in 1999, Arturia began their journey in music-making software. Fast forward to the present, and they’re a celebrated producer of analog-emulated classic keyboards and synthesizers, effects, and hardware of their own. Today, we’re diving into a review of the…

“I Will Survive”: How Gloria Gaynor Took a B-Side Single to Legendary Stardom
Gloria Gaynor has been hailed “The Queen of Disco '' - a title she solidified in 1978 when she catapulted a B-side single to unimaginable stardom, creating a legendary track that has inspired generations of listeners. To this day, “I…
Roland JD-Xi Review: A Crossover Synth Offering the Best of Both Worlds

For decades, Roland has been a frontrunner in synthesizers, sequencers, effects, amplifiers, and everything sound-making. It’s no surprise that the JD-Xi packs a hefty amount of tech into a small package. In this Roland JD-Xi review, we’ll take a look…

7 MUST-HAVE Holiday Gifts For Studio Engineers
Tis the season and all those jingle bells are starting to ring! This weekend, we decided to share some of the more unusual, unthought of but absolutely essentials items for any studio JUST in-case you are planning on buying your…
Lauten Audio: Atlantis FC-387
Today, we are testing out the Lauten ATLANTIS FC-387 microphone! If you're at a point where you are looking to upgrade but unable to fork out for a U87 right now, not only is this microphone sounding like a U87 but…
Korg Opsix Review: The Ultimate FM Synthesizer?

Korg graced the synthesizer space with two new releases in 2020. One, the Wavestate, made its full debut at Winter NAMM that year, while the Opsix was yet an unmarked prototype. Despite the many ups and downs of a now…

What Are the Best Budget Guitar Cabs (Our Top Picks for 2023)

Curious as to what are the best budget guitar cabs for your brand new tube head? Here are our favorites heading into the upcoming year! What Is a Guitar Cabinet & When Would You Need One? A guitar cabinet is…

Genesis: Artists Who Changed Music – Part 2
During the first ten years of its existence, from 1967 to 1977, Genesis was one of the world’s most famous and influential prog rock bands, creating classic albums like Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound and The Lamb…
ART P16 Patchbay Review: The Ultimate 16-Channel XLR Patchbay

Applied Research and Technology (ART) are well known producers of affordable recording equipment, including everything from power conditioners to microphones and outboard gear. In this review, we’ll be considering the ART P16 patchbay and how it can simplify connections in…

Interview with TV Show Music Producer Ron Wasserman
What an honour to be able to interview the legendary TV show music producer Ron Wasserman! Ron Wasserman has been making television scores since 1992. His first hit shows were X-Men, Power Rangers and Dragon Ball Z. That was the…
Friedman Pink Taco Review: An Updated Take on a Classic Combo

Tone connoisseurs know all about the critically acclaimed amps by Friedman. For over 25 years, amp builder, modifier, and repairer, Dave Friedman, has helped cultivate the sounds of such legendary guitarists as Eddie Van Halen, Steve Stevens, and Jerry Cantrell.…

The Audeze Factory Tour: Building Headphones from Scratch
We had an immense amount of fun recently at the Audeze factory and headquarters where Marc Daniel Nelson and I met with CEO, Sankar Thiagasamudram, Chris Berens and many more great employees at one of our industry's most beloved headphone…
The Best Compressor Pedal for Any Budget [Our Top 7 Picks]

The compressor pedal can be an afterthought for many players. In fact, it’s probably right up there next to tuners as far as fun goes. For many guitarists, because it doesn’t have an immediately noticeable effect in the same way…

Studio Tour and Interview of ICONIC Drummer, Gorden Campbell
After sharing his Ten Essential Gospel Grooves for drummers yesterday, Gorden Campbell, a legendary drummer for Earth, Wind & Fire, Jessica Simpson, Herbie Hancock and more share his studio setup that helped him get through the pandemic. Gorden had already…
Legendary Drummer, Gorden Campbell Teaches 10 Essential Gospel Grooves
We are big, bad and back this Monday with a rather special episode with the legendary drummer, Gorden Campbell. Gorden Campbell was raised behind the drum kit from the age of 5 in Newburgh, New York and moved to Los…
Genesis: Artists Who Changed Music – Part 1
Genesis is unique in being one of the most influential prog rock bands in the history of music, and at the same time enjoying house-hold-name mainstream success in the pop market. Genesis sold a stunning 100 and 150 million albums…