Max McAllister
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Max is a Los Angeles-based writer, musician, and assistant engineer at the Brewery Recording Studio.

Cheap Trick’s “I Want You to Want Me”: Inside the Song w/ Jack Douglas
Hello, everybody! We're back with another episode of Inside the Song, this time with a very dear friend and mentor, Mr. Jack Douglas! Jack and I have spent countless hours working together over the years---even as much as 9 months…
DAWs 2019: Best Free Audio Editing Software

A long-running trend in music production software has been the ability to download stripped-down versions for free to test the waters of home recording. The great part about many of these isn’t just the price, but the fact that you…

The DIY Vocal Booth for Home Studios

One factor in getting better sounding vocal takes at home is a DIY vocal booth. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and it especially doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. If your vocal recordings are suffering but you’re…

Manley Labs Tour & Interview with President/Co-Founder EveAnna Manley
a Rafflecopter giveaway Manley Labs are well known for producing some of the industry's premiere microphones and signal processors, including pieces like the iconic Vari Mu compressor/limiter and the Massive Passive EQ! Today, we're touring the incredible Manley facility headquartered…
Some of the Best Drum VSTs for Programmed Drums

Drum VSTs are one of the quickest and easiest means to lock down your song’s backbone. As a matter of fact, the software has gotten so good that it isn’t uncommon for solo artists to release finished albums with entirely…

How to Master a Song at Home with These Simple Steps

Mastering is the last step in preparing a song or album for release. The overall sonic aesthetic should be well established by the time a song reaches mastering. What you or a dedicated mastering engineer can do is make final,…

EVE Audio Tour & Interview with Founder/CEO Roland Stenz
Hello everyone, we have another exciting video for you today! We're back in Berlin with Roland Stenz, the founder and CEO of an incredible monitor company, EVE Audio! We had a chance to tour the amazing facility where their monitors…
The Offspring’s “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)”: Inside the Song w/ Dave Jerden
Dave Jerden is a dear friend and incredible producer/engineer who’s done some legendary work in the alternative rock, punk, and metal scenes. He's also a regular on Inside the Song, where we previously talked about "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's…
Which Audio Editor and Mixer (DAW) is Right for Me?

An audio editor and mixer, simply called a DAW, is the software used to record, edit, mix, and master music, podcasts, post production projects, and anything else audio-related. The truth is, there’s no “best” DAW—only the one that you know…

Plate Reverb Plugins vs. the Real Thing

On one side is the real EMT 140 plate reverb unit: a 600-pound, 8′ x 4′ behemoth introduced in 1957 as one of the first kinds of artificial reverb. On the other is a wide variety of plate reverb plugins…