LR Baggs Anthem Pickup Review (Why We Love These Pickups)

This review covers the LR Baggs Anthem pickup and microphone system for acoustic guitar — a natural sounding alternative to many of the other options out there. What Makes for Good Sound in an Acoustic Guitar Mic? Being an acoustic…

Behringer X32 Rack Review: Is This Digital Mixer Worth the Price?

The Behringer X32 is a well known digital mixer available in different formats. Today’s review looks at the Behringer X32 rack: a fader-less version of the popular board designed for convenient storage and portability, whether it’s a permanent installation or…

Unboxing the Holy Grail Of SPACE with Marc Daniel Nelson
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson unboxes a very special vintage piece of gear. The HOLYGRAIL of Space. Follow along as Marc tests this beauty out in the studio. The Lexicon 480L is a digital reverb processor that…
Ramones: Artists Who Changed Music
Written by Thomas Hanslowe The Ramones were one of the most influential bands to emerge from New York City in the 1970s. Hailing from the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, the Ramones helped to define the sound, style, and attitude…
Waves Announce Reinstatement Of Perpetual Licences And WUP
In a turbulent few days in the industry, as first reported by Production Expert, Waves have made an announcement concerning their move towards a subscription-only model and addressed concerns by the community and users. Letter from Meir Shashoua, Waves CTO…
Yamaha N12 Review: Powerful Digital Sound You Can Rely On

The Yamaha N12 isn’t new to review, but it’s a cool piece of kit that performed well in its prime and still holds up today. The digital mixer and audio interface provided seamless Cubase integration and hands-on control for an…

The 5 Best DJ Software Options in 2023 (Which One Is Right for Me?)

The modern DJ requires software to help them manage a vast digital music library as well as mimic the classic two-turntable setup for mixing songs. While many of the same elements of “analog” DJing are still present (i.e., controllers and…

Exploring Studio A at Sweetwater Studios: Epic Studio Tour
Sweetwater Studio A is a state-of-the-art recording studio located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. With a reputation as one of the best recording studios in the Midwest, Sweetwater Studio A has become a top choice for artists looking to create high-quality…
9 Best Stereo Imaging Plugins Available [FREE & PAID]

Stereo imaging is a pivotal part of any mix. It mostly has to do with with the spatial locations of each sound source, both side-to-side and front-to-back. A well-mixed stereo image means listeners can easily identify where sounds are coming…

JZ Vintage 67 Review: High-End Performance in a Vintage Style Mic

JZ Microphones was founded in Latvia in 2007 by Mr. Juris Zarins. He’d spent the better part of two decades researching and developing successful microphones with companies like Blue before striking out on his own as JZ Microphones. Today we…

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…

Sweetwater’s GIANT Guitar Gallery: Behind The Scenes Tour
Following on from our first video in the series, Sweetwater's Guitar Gallery is a mecca for guitar lovers. Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Guitar Gallery is a 44,000-square-foot facility that showcases the latest and greatest in guitars, amps, and…
Warren Huart to be featured keynote presenter at Capital University Creative Arts Workshop
Los Angeles, CA, March 23, 2023 — Following closely on the heels of the launch of his landmark comprehensive and reference text, Home Studio Recording, The Complete Guide, renowned producer, engineer and musician Warren Huart has been chosen as the…
PMC Result 6 Review: Top of the Line Analog Active Monitors

PMC Result 6 monitors are two-way active nearfields providing more affordable access to some of the industry’s best monitoring. These speakers inherit all of the same qualities that have established PMC’s reputation as one of the finest developers in the…

Guitar & Innovation – The Markus Reuter Interview
Markus Reuter is a German musician who is recognized for his outstanding contribution to the field of progressive and experimental music. With his unique approach to playing the guitar, he has redefined the boundaries of the instrument and created a…
DISNEYLAND For Musicians – A Mind-blowing Tour of Sweetwater’s Headquarters
Sweetwater Headquarters is a hub for all things music, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As one of the largest retailers of music instruments and equipment in the United States, Sweetwater is a destination for musicians and music enthusiasts alike. The…
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…

The Dirtiest Reverb Ever? – Reviewing Rotten Pool Reverb by AuroraDSP
The Rotten Pool Reverb by Aurora DSP is a new and unique reverb plugin that has taken the audio industry by storm. Co-created by Kristian Kohle of the Kohle Audio Kult and available FREE as part of the membership, it…
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…

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…

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…

ASM Hydrasynth Review: Powerful Synth Sounds Catered to Your Needs

Ashun Sound Machines consists of a small and dedicated team of diverse talent and background. Their primary goal is to bring high-quality creative tools to musicians that seamlessly blend iconic sounds we’ve come to know and love with all of…

Lindell Audio 902 De-Esser Review: Is It 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…

DIY Bass Traps: You NEED These in Your Studio

So much of our success in recording and mixing is dependent on where we’re physically doing it. Ideally, this means purpose-built, acoustically unambiguous rooms designed for professional recording and mixing — big commercial studios with a legacy of fantastic sound!…

Bill Medley of Righteous Brothers: The Life and Legacy of a Music Legend
Bill Medley is a legendary musician who has left an indelible mark on the world of music. Best known as one half of the duo The Righteous Brothers, Medley's distinctive baritone voice and songwriting talents have earned him a place…
On Tour With Alice Cooper – Manager Reveals Insider Stories
David Libert (born January 20, 1943) is an American music executive, musician and author. He was one of the founding members of the musical group, The Happenings. Hailing from Paterson, New Jersey, United States, The Happenings had several hit records including "See You…
What Is Sibilance (And Is It Always a Bad Thing?)

What is sibilance? We hear about it all the time, and how it’s this ugly sound in vocal recordings that we have to tame. Is that always the case? What Is Sibilance in Audio? By definition, sibilance is a kind…

Lynx Hilo Review: A World-Class Digital Converter & Monitor

Lynx has been known for industry-leading conversion since the company’s inception in 1998. For decades, Lynx has provided the link between professional audio equipment and computers for digital recording, mixing, and mastering. We’ll be looking at the Lynx Hilo in…

PMC 6-2 Review: A New Generation of PMC Studio Monitors

What makes a studio monitor one of the absolute best in its class? It unequivocally starts with expert design, in which the PMC 6-2 was developed over the course of five years as part of a complete lineup of modern,…

Recording & Mixing Metal Drums with David Gnozzi
Have you ever been torn between buying the latest and greatest plugins or investing in a course to take your recording and mixing skills to the next level? If so, I've got great news for you.Welcome to Audio Heaven: David Gnozzi…
Foam Mic Cover vs Pop Filter: Which One Should I Use (And When)?

When it comes to recording vocals, a pop filter is an essential studio accessory. You’ve probably seen microphone bundles which include a stand, XLR cable, and of course, a pop filter. We’ll explore the main difference between a foam mic…

Small Room Acoustic Treatment

Small Room Acoustics and appropriate treatment: It has been said that ‘You’ll never get a home studio room to the point where you can do professional mixes like they do in the big studios’. This is false. Today a great…

Types of Audio Compressors and Their Uses

There are 5 primary types of audio compressors from the analogue world that software emulates. Different hardware makes use of certain internal components and designs for various styles of compression. If you’ve only ever used plugins, you’d be totally forgiven…

Sennheiser e965 Handheld Microphone Review

In today’s review, we’ll cover the Sennheiser e965 handheld microphone — a tough and dependable mic designed to bring the clarity of condensers to live performance. The Sennheiser Evolution 900 Series Was Built to Dominate Live Sound Sennheiser has consistently…

Universal Audio Volt Review: Pro Sound at Home Studio Prices

This Universal Audio Volt review covers several of the company’s affordable entries into premium UA hardware at home studio prices. UAD Now Offers an Impressive & Capable Line of Affordable Audio Interfaces The launch of UA’s Volt series marked a…

Polyphia: Making Metal ‘Hip-Hop’

Polyphia formed in 2010 as an instrumental progressive metal group. Over the years they’ve honed their sound into something truly unique, arriving at a point where they employ hooky lead guitar lines and modern electronic production. Polyphia: In a World…

Using the Camelot Wheel to Mix in Key (What Is It & Why Do I Need It?)

In addition to maintaining energy levels and tempo between songs, mixing in key as a DJ is one of the most critical skills to have. The Camelot Wheel by Mixed in Key makes it easier than ever to keep the…

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…

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…

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…

Cockos Reaper DAW Review – The Best Value DAW in 2023?

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…

The Danny Saber Interview – From Rolling Stones to David Bowie
Danny Saber is a prolific musician, producer, and songwriter who has made a significant impact in the music industry. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and has contributed to many iconic songs over the…
13 Home Studio Essentials for Beginners

An efficient home studio set-up is essential for producers, engineers, and musicians of any level. And luckily, the time has never been better to get into the game. Rapid advances in digital technology over the past decade have made home…

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’…

Dolby Atmos Beginners Masterclass – With Ali AMAC McGuire & Dylan Ely
Back in February 2023, we head out to Portia Street Studios where Ali AMAC McGuire and studio owner and producer, Dylan Ely gave a beginner's masterclass to young producers on Dolby Atmos and Immersive Audio Mixing What is Dolby Atmos?…
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…

The 8 Best Electric Guitar Strings (For Any Skill Level)

Which electric guitar strings are best for you? Consider firstly the gauge, as well as the make, model, and occasionally a few other variables, to determine what sounds and feels right for your playing. Your Strings Help Shape Your Sound…

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 Chuck Ainlay Interview: Inside The Mind On Creating Exceptional Music
Chuck Ainlay is a renowned music producer, recording engineer, and mixer who has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry. He has won numerous awards for his work, including multiple Grammy Awards, and has been credited…
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…