The Best Cheap DIY Vocal Booth Options
The key to getting better sounding vocal takes at home is a DIY vocal booth. Believe it or not, it doesn't have to be terribly fancy, and it especially doesn't have to cost a lot of money. If your vocal…
Choosing the Best Pickup for Classical Guitar

In order to amplify your nylon-string acoustic guitar for live performance, you’ll probably want to invest in the best pickup for classical guitar. It’s theoretically possible to just mike the instrument on stage, but you run the risk of bleed…

MXR Duke of Tone Review: The Last Overdrive Pedal You’ll Ever Need?

The MXR Duke of Tone is a fun one to review, as it’s a highly versatile and affordable addition to a pedalboard in need of some grit. As part of Analog Man’s elusive King of Tone lineage, the MXR Duke…

Top 3 MIDI Keyboard Controllers with Sanjay C
Following the events of NAMM, the marvellous Mr Sanjay C who many will be familiar with his content came by the studio to share his top 3 MIDI controller keyboards for home use. Check out the full video above but…
The Rob Kinelski Interview: Pushing Pop Music Production Boundaries
Rob Kinelski is a Grammy Award-winning audio engineer and record producer known for his work with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Billie Eilish, Kanye West, and Travis Scott. He is widely regarded as one of…
Primacoustic VoxGuard Review: An Affordable Nearfield Absorber Mic Shield

Acoustic treatment is one of the first steps in achieving quality sound. Primacoustic is a trusted name for solutions to everyday problems associated with poor room acoustics. In this review, we’re looking at the Primacoustic VoxGuard: an affordable means of…

Mixing Progressive Metal – Animals As Leaders’ Red Miso in Dolby Atmos
Animals as Leaders is a progressive metal band known for their innovative and technical approach to music. In 2021, they released their sixth studio album, “Parrhesia,” which was mixed in Dolby Atmos, a cutting-edge audio format that allows for an…
Best Mic for Rap Vocals: 15 Great Mics for $1000 or Less

Access to the best microphone in your price range is paramount for recording rap vocals. They’re the #1 thing that has to sound great; we can forgive a beat ripped from YouTube if the vocals sound crisp and professional. Even…

Haas Effect: What It Is and How It’s Used

The Haas effect is a psychoacoustic phenomenon discovered by Dr. Helmut Haas in 1949. Also known as the “precedence effect,” the law states that when one sound is followed by another with a delay time of approximately 40 ms or…

Best Recording Software for Your Home Studio

We’ve covered recording software quite a bit over the past few months, taking a look at both the top inexpensive options, the best free daws as well as the best-of-the-best in digital audio production. And while we can’t in good…

3 STEPS to get your Bass & Drums Sitting Better Together with Marc Daniel Nelson
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson demonstrates a 3 part trick to getting your bass and kick drum to sit together better. Sometimes in mixing these two elements together, there are issues in the low end that cause…
What is Spring Reverb?

Spring reverb is an early form of synthetic reverb. Similar in principle to plate, spring reverb uses a coiled up piece of metal instead of a flat sheet. What is Spring Reverb? A spring system has a transducer at one…

Free Multitracks to Hone Your Mixing Skills

It goes without saying that the only way to get better at something is to do it a lot. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an athlete or a carpenter, a musician or a painter; practicing your craft is essential to developing what…

BeatBuddy Mini 2 Review: Perfect Drum Rhythms Straight from Your Pedalboard

Who says you don’t need a drum machine on your pedalboard? We certainly don’t, as we’ll be looking at the BeatBuddy Mini 2 in today’s breakdown and review. The BeatBuddy Mini 2 Brings Versatile Drum Sounds Straight to Your Pedalboard…

Music Production For TV & Film: Wildflower with Chad Fischer (Garden State, Sex & The City, Lazlo Bane)
Chad Fischer is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He was born on December 30th, 1967, in Boston, MA. Fischer is known for his unique and eclectic style of music, which ranges from folk and rock to pop and…
Expressive E Osmose Review: A Powerhouse of Futuristic Synth Sounds

The Osmose synthesizer by Expressive E is one of the most innovative instruments we’ve seen in recent review. It makes full use of all the latest tech to deliver a synth that’s uniquely expressive, playable, and unlike any other. The…

Eventide H90 Review: A Modern Take on Classic Harmonizer Sounds

For over 50 years, producers and engineers have relied on Eventide for both bread-and-butter and cutting-edge experimental effects. The Eventide H90 is a multi-effects pedal capable of producing everything from “always on” effects like overdrive to completely unconventional sounds. In…

8 Best LED Lights That Sync with Music for Your Home Studio

LED lights that sync with music are the recording industry’s best-kept secret behind multi-platinum hits. Okay, that isn’t true, but colorful lighting is definitely a great way to step up your studio’s aesthetics. And when you’re working late into the…

Bass Compression: The Foundation of Any Mix

Bass compression is easily one of the most important parts of a mix. Bass gives music that energy which is often felt more than heard. Low-end energy is critical because it has the power to produce a defined groove and an intelligible…

Quilter Mach 3 Review: Powerful Tube Tones from a Compact Combo

Many guitarists will love the Quilter Aviator Mach 3 after even a cursory review of its features, its portability, and its quality of sound. This flexible solid-state combo dishes out a wide array of tones in a compact, lightweight package,…

Eva Gardner: The Talented Bassist Who Rocked the Music Industry
Eva Gardner is a highly talented bassist, singer, and songwriter who has made a significant impact on the music industry. Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1979, Gardner grew up surrounded by music, as her father, Kim Gardner, was a…
Ableton vs FL Studio: Which DAW Is Best?

For years running, Ableton and FL Studio have been ‘specialized’ DAWs. They cater mostly to the electronic music production crowd, with workflow, virtual instruments, and effects streamlined for that purpose. Arguing Ableton vs FL Studio is tough, because each has…

FINAL DAY of NAMM Show 2023 – Solid State Logic, Neumann, Soundflow, Audient & More
Sontronics Microphones Sontronics is a British company that specializes in designing and manufacturing high-quality microphones for a variety of applications, including music recording, broadcasting, and podcasting. Established in 2004, Sontronics has quickly gained a reputation for creating reliable and affordable…
The 5 Best Tube Preamp Options to Add Some Warmth to Your Sound

One of the best investments we can make as engineers, producers, and home recorders is in a premium microphone signal path. Purchasing a high-quality mic preamp, such as a tube preamp, is a huge way to elevate your recording quality…

5 Vocal Reverb Tips That Will Level Up Your Mixes!

Let’s get down to it..a dry vocal sounds pretty weird! Even what we’d consider “dry” overall mixes have at least a little bit of dimension, probably from the room where things are recorded, with a little extra help from hardware…

Home Studio on a Budget: Getting Started for Less than $1000

It’s 2019: You can make records in your home studio and spend less than $1000 getting set up! Today’s recording tech has given everybody the opportunity to create high-quality music in their bedroom, even with just the bare essentials. We’ll…

RC-20 Retro Color Review

RC-20 Retro Color by XLN Audio is a popular creative effects plugin. With its multiple parameters, you can quickly add character and vintage vibe to any sound source in your mix. RC-20 Retro Color Overview The idea behind Retro Color…

Soundtoys, Oeksound, AudioScape and more – Exploring NAMM Show 2023
ASA-6a By AudioScape Engineering & co Learn from the man behind the mustache, Mr Marc Daniel Nelson in the video link above! Soundtoys Super Plate SuperPlate emulates the tonal character of five classic electromechanical plate reverbs with it's algorithms capturing…
Who Makes the Best Guitar Stands? [Top 10 for All Budgets]

You may be wondering, “who makes the best guitar stands?” Below are 10 of our top favorites to keep your guitars safe and secure! Keeping Your Space Organized and Functional Is Key We talk about workflow and efficiency in the…

Exploring NAMM 2023 Day One
Soyuz 1973 FET Mic The Soyuz Microphones 1973 FET mic is a modern condenser microphone that pays tribute to the classic Soviet-era microphones of the 1970s. This microphone is handmade in Russia and features a unique design that incorporates a…
“Don’t Stop”: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and the Platinum Power of Resilience in the Midst of Heartbreak
In early 1976, the members of Fleetwood Mac were facing some of the most trying moments of their personal lives. And they had a decision to make. Christine McVie later explained: “We had two alternatives – go our own ways…
Lauten Audio Clarion FC-357 Review: Your New Go-To FET Condenser

The Lauten Audio Clarion FC-357 FET condenser is an inspiring mic upon review, pairing the best of vintage class with modern hi-fi. Lauten’s microphones always impress, thanks to a combination of premium sonics, innovative design, and affordability relative to other…

The 10 Best Acoustic Guitar Strings (2024 Guide)

Acoustic guitar strings are an often undervalued piece of the equation for people who are new to the instrument. Strings can make a huge deal of difference in overall comfort and playability, and most players prefer to swap them out…

One of Nasville’s greatest – Bil Vorndick: Artists Who Changed Music
Bil VornDick was one of the great unsung heroes of American music. He never obtained the name-recognition of some of the more high-profile American engineers and producers from New York and Los Angeles, but he was famous and treasured in…
PreSonus vs Focusrite Audio Interfaces 2023

An audio interface is one of the first things you’ll buy for your home studio. Typically two inputs are enough for the majority of home recordings, and there are tons of affordable entry-level interfaces. In terms of PreSonus vs Focusrite,…

Do I Really Need an Audio Interface for Streaming?

Streaming is bigger than ever. Twitch, the web’s top platform for a variety of live content, is massive. And it isn’t just about video games anymore; for some time now, popular streaming content includes people hanging out and talking to…

Jeff Wayne Discusses The Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds: An Interview
Jeff Wayne is a musical icon who has been entertaining audiences with his unique blend of rock, classical, and progressive music for over four decades. His most famous work, the musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’ "The War of the Worlds,"…
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: Albums That Changed Music
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is one of the most successful and celebrated concept albums of all time. Released in 1978, the album is a masterpiece, that enjoyed instant commercial success. The album has gone…
Exploring Cellar Door Studios with Warren Huart and Mike Arango
Many will have seen Mike Arango on our channel many times. What some may not know is that Mike was our engineer for many years! Yes, we recorded many great songs and albums together so this visit was an absolute pleasure.Whilst visiting…
Elektron Heat MK2 Review: Nail Your Stereo Analog Sound

Digital recording, with all of its advantages and convenience, is a little too clean for most ears. When we plug a microphone straight into an audio interface with sparkling clear preamps, we’re not getting any of the mythical analog “mojo.” So…

The Best 5-Watt Tube Amps for Any Budget [2023 Guide]

A 5-watt tube amp is the best way to achieve natural tube saturation at a reasonable volume; add some pedals, and you’ve got yourself a nice outfit! The Beauty of a 5-Watt Amp (& Why You Need One) High-wattage tube…

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…

The 10 Best Cheap Microphones for Any Budget in 2023

Mics are some of the most diverse pieces of gear we can own as recording engineers and producers. Some are super versatile and sound great on lots of different sources, and others are a bit more purpose-built. As you look…

How to EQ Acoustic Guitar in a Mix

The most important factor when it’s time to EQ acoustic guitar is context. You’ll have to determine its prominence against other instruments and make EQ moves based on that. Acoustic guitar can be the most important rhythm instrument, or it…

Alesis V49 Review: A Highly Capable (& Affordable) MIDI Controller

Every home studio needs a decent MIDI controller to take advantage of the incredibly wide-ranging world of virtual instruments. With a controller alone, you could feasibly play and program a complete arrangement — we’re talking every instrument — on only…

Sad Chord Progressions: How to Create an Emotional Sound

Sad chord progressions carry a lot of emotional content and provide the backbone to compositions across genres. While it’s normal to want to create something fresh whenever a songwriter picks up their instrument, knowing common chord progressions is a huge…

What Is Impedance in Audio? How to Avoid Empty Sounding Recordings

Like many technical terms in audio and electronics, impedance gets bandied about regularly. If you’ve ever read the specs on pro audio equipment, particularly headphones and speakers, but also mixers, preamps, and more, then you’ve certainly encountered the word. Just…