The 8 Best Guitar Strap Locks to Protect Your Axe

Guitar drops are an unfortunate mishap, often the result of a twisted strap or an otherwise insecure connection to the existing strap buttons. One accessory prevents disaster altogether, so you can protect your investment from potential incidents. The best guitar…

Inside Abbey Road: Behind The Mastering Console with Sean Magee
With a career spanning several decades, Magee has carved a niche for himself as a masterful mastering engineer, leaving an indelible mark on countless recordings across various genres. His exceptional skill, meticulous attention to detail, and dedication to his craft…
The 15 Best Dynamic Microphones for Any Budget in 2024

Looking for the best dynamic microphone to fill out your recording arsenal? We’ve tracked down 15 of them for a variety of instruments and applications. What Is a Dynamic Microphone? Dynamic mics are a style of passive microphone that operate…

Tone King Gremlin Review: Is This Stylish Combo Worth the Price?

The Tone King Gremlin is a compact yet robust tube combo amp that offers old-school tones in a convenient and manageable package. Nothing sings as sweetly as a boutique tube amplifier. How does the Tone King Gremlin hold up in…

Rate My Mix Winners ANNOUNCED – Lianne Kaye – Glow | Rate My Mix Contest
1st Place: Luke Ther Featured in Lianne Kaye’s upcoming Single Release! Audient EVO16 JZ V67 Kali Audio LP8 McDSP Emerald Pack LUKETHERMUSIC · LUKETHERMUSIC – Glow Production/Remix 2nd Place: Karlush Featured in Lianne Kaye’s upcoming Single Release! Audient EVO8 JZ…
Vox AC15C1 Review: Level Up Your Home Practice Amp

Vox is a renowned British manufacturer of musical equipment, including guitars, drums, keyboards, and most highly regarded of all, amplifiers. Founded by Thomas Walter Jennings in the late 1950s, Vox quickly became an iconic name in the world of music…

The 10 Best Guitar Tuner Options in 2024

It goes without saying that one of the most important first purchases for every guitar player is a tuner — that bears no further explanation! We’ve put together a list of 10 of the most popular options to help narrow…

5 Quick Automation Tips To Improve Your Mixes | Sara Carter
Automation is a powerful tool that can elevate your mixes to new heights of dynamism and excitement. In this blog, I'll share five indispensable tips for harnessing the full potential of automation to create mixes that truly shine. 1. Blending…
Bring Boring Guitars to LIFE with The “All Boost” EQ Trick From Joe Carrell
The Predicament: Reviving Lackluster Guitars Ever found yourself dealing with tracks that weren't part of your original recording process? Trust me, it's a common situation, especially in the world of mixing. Sometimes, you pull up the faders and everything falls…
How to Use Auto-Tune for Vocal Tuning

The really interesting thing about Antares Auto-Tune is that just about everyone has an idea of what it is. For engineers, it’s a very useful tool and effect; but the fact that it’s recognized by almost everybody, beyond studio pros,…

Fender Champion 40 Review: An All-Around Powerful Practice Amp

In the realm of musical amplification, Fender has held an unwavering reputation for shaping the sounds of generations. From revered vintage models to modern innovations, Fender’s amplifiers have continuously evolved to meet the diverse demands of musicians across genres. In…

Andrew Huang Designed A Plugin? | Transit by Baby Audio Review
We got wind that Andrew Huang and Baby Audio were about to release something crazy for music production so we got Andrew on a call to tell us all about it! Transit, designed by Andrew Huang, feels like cheating. There's…
Fender Rumble 100 Review: A Versatile & Reliable Bass Amp

With a legacy spanning decades, Fender has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation while retaining the timeless essence that musicians have come to rely on. Enter the Fender Rumble 100 Bass Amp — a formidable addition to the esteemed Rumble…

Don’t Let Me Down by The Beatles (Cover) | Aspen Pittman 1B-FET Microphone Review
The Aspen Pittman 1B-FET microphone stands as a testament to the delicate balance between vintage warmth and modern precision. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this microphone embodies the spirit of classic recording while incorporating modern advancements to meet the…
Mackie Thump 15A Review: Are These Affordable Speakers Worth It?

Mackie is a well-known brand in the professional audio and music industry, specializing in the design and manufacturing of audio equipment. The company was founded in Washington in 1988 by Greg Mackie, who aimed to create high-quality audio products that…

How To De-Ess Vocals | Settings for a Pro Mix

Sibilance is what we call the hissing noise made by ‘ess’ and ‘shh’ sounds in the voice. We don’t notice it in conversation, but it can get really harsh on a recorded vocal. A de-esser can take care of excess…

Chandler Ltd Factory Tour | Resurrecting Abbey Road’s Audio Magic
Established by Wade Goeke in 1999, Chandler Limited has steadily gained recognition and respect among music producers, engineers, and artists for its distinctive range of analog hardware that imparts a warm, classic character to audio recordings. With an unwavering commitment…
Lace Sensor Hot Gold Review: Why You Should Consider These Single-Coil Pickups

As long as the electric guitar exists, Stratocasters, S-type copies, and their associated triplet of single-coil pickups will as well. Strats created the blueprint for single-coil pickups, and various iterations have been done countless times over by the finest designers…

Pioneer DDJ 1000 SRT Review: The Ultimate Serato DJ Controller

Pioneer has a reputation for producing exceptional DJ equipment — particularly controllers and mixers — and their products are ubiquitous among amateur and professional DJs alike. Similarly, Serato is synonymous with current-gen DJs, providing substantial control over beat-matching, mixing, applying…

FIRST LOOK – Kazrog Avalon VT-747SP – An Analog Icon Redefined ⚡️
Kazrog, renowned developer of innovative audio software, has partnered with Avalon Design, a legendary name in the world of professional analog audio equipment, to introduce the Kazrog Avalon VT-747SP. This state-of-the-art audio effects software plugin is a direct emulation of Avalon's widely-acclaimed VT-747SP…
How to Get NEVE 1073 Sound in Your Home Studio

Rupert Neve designed the ubiquitous 1073 preamplifier in 1970. For over five decades its sound has been featured on thousands of recordings. A true studio staple, the Neve 1073 produces one of the most sought after sounds ever made. Neve…

Diatonic vs Chromatic: What Is a Diatonic Scale?

The basic definitions of diatonic vs chromatic are pretty easy to understand, but like most music theory lingo, it sounds scarier than it is! The diatonic and chromatic scales together actually form the foundation for most of western music. Let’s…

Running A Record Label In 2023 – The Cheryl Pawelski Interview | Grammy-Winning Producer
Cheryl Pawelski, a name synonymous with innovation and artistry, has made an indelible mark on the industry through her exceptional work as a producer, music archivist, and record label executive. Her commitment to preserving musical legacies, promoting diverse voices, and…
Abbey Road Studios & The Future Of Innovation In Music Production | Abbey Road Red
Imagine a place where music's rich history converges with cutting-edge technology to compose a new chapter in the music industry. This realm of innovation and creativity is none other than Abbey Road Red, an incubator nestled within the iconic Abbey…
One Skill Home Studio Engineers Can EASILY Learn To Make Powerful Recordings
In a world where music production is constantly evolving, the ability to blend organic and electronic elements seamlessly is a sought-after skill. We had the privilege of speaking with Alex Case, a seasoned audio engineer and educator, about his experiences,…
Rolling Stones, XTC, Peter Gabriel and more – The Steve Lillywhite Interview
Born on March 15, 1955, in Surrey, England, Steve Lillywhite's journey into the world of music production was marked by an incredible fusion of talent and opportunity. He began his career as a tape operator at Polygram Studios, learning the…
Inside The Album: The Lemonheads’ It’s A Shame About Ray with Bruce Robb
In the world of music, some albums stand as timeless testaments to an era, encapsulating the spirit of their time while also retaining the power to resonate with new generations. One such album is The Lemonheads' "It's a Shame About…
Music Production From Home | The Andy Stochansky Interview with Warren Huart
A Journey Through Music: Early Life and Career Beginnings Born on November 23, 1973, in Toronto, Canada, Andy Stochansky's passion for music was evident from an early age. Growing up in a musically inclined family, he took up the drums…
The 20 Best Filter Plugin VSTs in 2024 [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 UAD Plugins for Vocals [2024 Guide]

Over 20 years ago, Universal Audio ushered in a new standard for plugins and interfaces. UAD’s plugin catalog is a huge collection of some of the best analog emulations out there. Most importantly, the software runs on dedicated DSP supplied by…

The Best Compressor Pedal for Any Budget [Our Top 12 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…

Apogee Boom Review: Should You Use This Audio Interface?

With a rich legacy that spans several decades, Apogee has earned a reputation as a trailblazer in multiple sectors, catering to the diverse needs of professionals, creatives, and tech enthusiasts alike. Whether it’s audio interfaces, digital converters, or other top-of-the-line…

An Interview With Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios
Mastering engineers are the final gatekeepers of a record's sound, ensuring that it shines in its best light and is ready for distribution. In this blog, we sit down with Jeff Pesh, a renowned mastering engineer with a career spanning…
Cutting Vinyl at Abbey Road – with Geoff Pesche
Vinyl records, once thought to be obsolete, have made a remarkable resurgence in recent years. Audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike appreciate the warm and authentic sound that only analog records can deliver. But have you ever wondered how those intricate…