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…

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…

The Lasting Legacy Of One Of America’s Greatest Songwriters – The Jimmy Webb Interview
Jimmy Webb is one of the most influential and celebrated songwriters in American music history. With a career spanning over five decades, he has written some of the most iconic and timeless songs of all time. From "By the Time…
Headrush Gigboard Review: The Last Effects Processor You Will Need?

We’ve seen a lot of amp sims and multi-effects pedals, and now we’ll be checking out the Headrush Gigboard in this rundown and review. What Is the Headrush Gigboard? The Gigboard by Headrush is a compact amp modeler and multi-effects…

How to Make Soft Synths Sound Analog

Digital synthesizers have gotten really, really good. We have analog emulations of classic synths that sound pretty darn incredible, and we have fully digital virtual instruments which are different beasts altogether. That said, there are still moments we’re left wondering…

Monitor Isolation Pads | Home Studio Accessories

Monitor isolation pads are a small but important addition to any home studio arrangement. In this article we’ll look at what they are, whether they’re 100% necessary, and how you might make some of your own! What are monitor isolation…

Get HUGE Drum Sounds On A Minimalistic Recording Setup + Free Samples
Recording live drums at your home studio can be a challenge. You might not have a huge selection of microphones, or have a limited number of inputs to work with. Can you capture a HUGE drum sound on a minimalistic…
What Does a Cloudlifter Do (And Should You Be Using One)?

Having trouble moving the meters with low-output microphones? Is your preamp tapped out and introducing noise? You might need a Cloudlifter. What Is a Cloudlifter? The Cloudlifter CL-1 is an inline gain boost designed and made by Cloud Microphones. It…

Boss Katana Air Wireless Guitar Amplifier Review

The Katana amp series by Boss has a fantastic price-to-features ratio, making it one of the go-to choices for beginners as well as experienced players in need of a solid practice amp. The lineup is extensive, and today we’ll be…

Sonnox Inflator Review: Loudness without Compromise

The Sonnox Inflator plugin has been around for almost two decades. It’s sort of a mysterious desert island tool for many engineers, somewhere in between a compressor and a limiter. The Inflator is able to increase perceived loudness, and it…

Aston Microphones Halo Reflection Filter Review

Aston Microphones is a young British company founded in 2015. They burst onto the market with the Origin large diaphragm condenser — a stylish and very original looking transducer, recognized by its brushed metal body and wire mesh grill. Over…

Sonnox Oxford Limiter Review

The Oxford Limiter often pops up in conversations regarding the best limiting plugins. It has a few unique features that set it apart from others, but it’s the promised “night and day” difference that intrigues most users. With seemingly endless…

Squarp Pyramid Review: 64-Track Sequencer

The Squarp Pyramid Mk3 sequencer is considered ‘the perfect brain for your musical setup, from studio to stage.’ It combines a powerful 64-track sequencer, a looper, a rhythm generator, a real-time effects processor, a MIDI controller, and an I/O interface.…

King Crimson – “The Drummer’s Drummer” – The Pat Mastelotto Interview
Pat Mastelotto is a highly acclaimed drummer and percussionist who has made significant contributions to the world of music. Born in 1955 in California, Mastelotto began playing the drums at the age of 10 and quickly developed a passion for…
Top Lessons Learned My First Year in the Studio

Being a professional engineer isn’t always easy. It’s as much about perseverance and resilience as it is about technical skill and creative talent. I believe you figure out very quickly whether the life is for you, and these are the…

LEWITT Announced the MTP-W950 Handheld Microphone
LEWITT brings studio sound to the stage with the new MTP W950 true condenser handheld for wired and wireless. If you’re a vocalist, the new MTP W950 modular handheld microphone will become the mic you will insist on using for…
Legendary Musician – Trey Gunn Interview (King Crimson, David Sylvian, Robert Fripp)
Trey Gunn is an American musician, composer, and producer who is best known for his work as a bassist in King Crimson, one of the most influential progressive rock bands in history. Born in Texas in 1960, Gunn began playing…
What Is an ISRC Code and How Do You Get One?

ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code. Publicly released songs are stamped with this 12-character identifier as a means of keeping tabs on important data pertaining to the song(s). What Is an ISRC Code? ISRCs are embedded into the metadata…

What is Audio Bit Depth?

Bit depth in digital audio is one of the settings that affects the recording’s overall resolution. In technical terms, it’s the actual number of bits (binary digits) in each sample. What is bit depth? Bit depth and sample rate work…

Tips for Recording Metal Guitar

It’s hard to think of another genre where guitar tone is as important as it is in metal. It’s so essential that an entire subgenre has been nicknamed ‘djent’ — onomatopoeia for a palm muted chug. Recording metal guitar with…

Songs That Changed Music: Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler
A growing snowball of Steinman’s artistic endeavors and experiences from his late teens and early 20s, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” arrived more like an avalanche of creative ideas on the doorsteps of The Power Station in 1982. The writer/producer/engineer/composer…
Apogee Duet 3 Review: Ultimate Portable Interface?

Fourteen years ago, Apogee revolutionized audio interfaces. The original Duet combined professional quality with portability in a never-before-seen way which changed the digital recording landscape. Over the years, they’ve consistently improved the original design, and in 2021, the Apogee Duet…

The Proximity Effect: 3 Tips To Reduce It

Proximity effect happens as you move a microphone closer to the sound source. The result is an increase in low-frequency response for a bigger bass boost than what is natural. It can be useful in some situations; but in others,…