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

How to Start a Band in a Few Simple Steps

Being in a band is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have as musicians. Collaboration opens your songwriting up to new possibilities from other people’s input. You get to step outside of your own head and create a…

Optimizing Mixes for Streaming

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the incredibly talented Warren Sokol to talk about mixing/mastering for streaming release. Some of the main topics we covered are LUFS metering, the different codecs streaming services use to encode masters,…

The Fray’s “You Found Me”: Inside the Song with Warren Huart
On this week's Inside the Song, our very own Warren Huart breaks down The Fray's "You Found Me," which he recorded! Warren has worked closely with the band over the years on three of four studio albums, including the 2005 debut How…
The Best Free VST Synth Plugins

If you’re a music producer or songwriter, virtual instruments and software synthesizers are your best friend. And if you haven’t already developed an unhealthy obsession with plugins, you will eventually! The only problem with the plugin game is that it’s…

Free Audio Editors: Cutting Tracks on the Cheap!

Regardless of the type of audio you’re working with, there’s a good chance you’ll want software to help you mix, edit, or directly record the source. It doesn’t matter whether you’re producing music, podcasts, or audio to sync with video;…

Andrew Scheps: GRAMMY-Winning, Multi-Platinum Engineer/Producer
Andrew Scheps has been blessed to engineer and mix some of the biggest rock bands in the world: Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Audioslave, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Linkin Park, Hozier, Kaleo, and U2 are but a few his…
Alice In Chains’ “Man in the Box”: Inside the Song with Dave Jerden
Dave Jerden is an incredible producer/engineer who's done legendary work in the alternative rock, punk, and metal scenes over the years. He got his start as an engineer in the late '70s at Eldorado Recording Studios in Hollywood. There, Dave engineered and…
What is Dithering?

There’s lots of terminology in digital audio that we’ve heard before, but aren’t quite sure what it is or how it works. If dither, or “dithering,” is one of those terms for you, you’re not the only one! Dither is…

How to Master a Song: Understanding the Goal of Mastering

Mastering is the final step in preparing a song or album for commercial release. This means that it takes place after mixing, so the overall sonic aesthetic should be well established by the time a song reaches mastering. What a mastering engineer…

Ariel Chobaz: Multi-Platinum Hip Hop/Pop Engineer

Ariel Chobaz is a GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum engineer and mixer with handfuls of Billboard #1s under his belt. He mixed a record-breaking number of singles charted by a female rap album with Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday. He and Minaj also set the record for…