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LIVE Q&A With Jerry Hammack of The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals
Musician, recording engineer and producer, and author of The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals, Jerry Hammack,  joins us for a live Q&A today at 11AM PST. His Beatles Recording Reference Manuals reveal the secrets behind the recording of the band's entire…
Inside The Produce Like A Pro Academy and Lifetime Membership Giveaway
If you’re reading this, you definitely know about ProduceLikeAPro.com. You might even know about all the great stuff on the site like free drum samples, multitracks, giveaways, podcasts and more! We also have an Academy where we post EVEN MORE…
Norman’s Rare Guitars & Jamming with Tim Pierce

Norman’s Rare Guitars, as its name might suggest, is an absolute paradise. A longtime authority on vintage guitars and a household name in the music industry, the shop is like a theme park for guitar geeks! We had the pleasure…

5 Quick Automation Mixing Tricks
Automation is the secret to a truly great mix! Simple volume automation of instruments can save the heartache of trying to replicate dynamics with complex compression techniques. Automating plug ins can give them multiple purposes adding both subtle ear candy…
A day in the life of a producer

When Warren Huart asked me to write about “a day in the life of a producer”, my first thought was to finish that sentence with “…is never the same.” It’s true, and to be perfectly honest, it’s one of the…

How to avoid creative burnout & managing time in the studio (FAQ FRIDAY)
There’s a lot this week about the business side of the music business. Not numbers, accounting and contracts- We talk about how to prevent from burning out creatively and physically and how to manage time when in the studio. If…
LIVE Q&A with Matt McGlynn of Recording Hacks
Frankly put, Matt McGlynn is a professional audio equipment genius. His meticulously curated online publication and database, Recording Hacks, is an all-inclusive resource for recording techniques and the gear that makes it possible. Of particular note is Recording Hacks's extensive…
Roswell Mini K-47 Microphone Review & Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway I've had this box since November! This came from a very good friend Mr. Matt McGlynn! We did a video last year with Matt talking about microphones, which you can watch here: Mic Madness with Matt McGlynn! (MMWMM!)…
Dave Pensado Interview and Fab Factory Studio Tour

This week we had the opportunity to tour the Fab Factory Recording Studio and speak with each of the fantastic engineers working there–including the wonderful Dave Pensado! The Fab Factory is a 4-room, 3-booth studio owned by Shaun Fabos. Right…

5 Quick Modulation Mixing Tricks
Download The Modulation Tricks Cheatsheet 1. Widening A Mono Guitar This trick can work for any mono instrument source you get. Very often I hear mixes where someone has taken a mono guitar and panned it to one side and…
Sonnox VoxDoubler Toolbox Plug-ins Review

By: Barry Rudolph The Sonnox’ VoxDoubler plug-ins are the first two new processors in their Toolbox Series coded exactly for vocals. Music mixers can now easily fatten up vocals dimensionally in stereo with the VoxD Widen plug-in or more conventionally,…

Pink noise mixing: Everything you need to know

What is Pink Noise Mixing? If you’ve ever found yourself sitting in your chair staring at your computer wondering how you let yourself be bamboozled into mixing a track that appears to have hundreds upon hundreds of layers, you’ve come…

Introducing Barry Rudolph
Hey Everybody! I'm going to be reviewing current audio equipment, commenting on various topics and generally will get in the way from time to time. Hope you don't mind! Ha! You might know my byline from Mix Magazine where I've been…
SSL’s, Recording with Tape & Building a Resume (FAQ Friday)
In this week’s FAQ Friday we have a lot of very very wonderful questions starting with "Do you use the SSL at all? It seems that it is simply an expensive book stand?" Yes! They’re books! - On the left…
Sonnox Vocal Thickening and Widening Plugin (Review & Giveaway)
What is a VoxDoubler? (From Sonnox.com) VoxDoubler is presented as two separate Plug-Ins that focus on the two most common vocal doubling workflows. Vocal performances lie at the very heart of a song. Doubling vocals is a really effective way…
Ken Scott Interview (The Beatles, David Bowie) and Sound Techniques at NAMM

What an immense pleasure it was to have run into the amazing Ken Scott at the Sound Techniques booth. Ken is a record producer and engineer who’s worked with a handful of lesser known artists like The Beatles, David Bowie,…

5 Quick EQ Mixing Tricks
Download the EQ Tricks Cheatsheet 1.Bass Guitar EQ Multiple sources differently to create one great sound. i. With the first source, the DI, control lows and highs with EQ filters- Using a stock plugin, set around 170-200Hz, and everything above…
Vocal mixing, widening, compression and getting a great vocal performance- FAQ Friday
As always, I get tons of amazing questions from you guys on a daily/weekly basis! If a singer thinks that there he or she is the world's greatest singer and they have this amazing range but actually don’t, how do…
Sonuus Loopa Mic Review And Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway What is a looper microphone? (From Sonuus.com) A looper microphone works just like a normal microphone, but lets you record what you sing, replay it in a loop and sing over it. Beatboxing is very cool, but…
J.J. Blair Interview and Studio Tour (The Who, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart)

After “threatening” to do it over the course of several AES and NAMM conventions, I finally had the chance to meet with my good friend and marvellous engineer, J.J. Blair. J.J.’s worked with many incredible artists over the years, including…

5 Quick Master Bus Mixing Tricks
Download The Masterbus Tricks Cheatsheet 1. Automate the output of your last plugin - If you want add more impact to different sections of your song use this simple trick.  Create an automation line for the output of the last plugin…
Analogue vs. Mixing in the box & dodgy contracts – FAQ Friday
Hello lovely people! I got a good bunch of great questions this week! Please keep them coming! I post a new FAQ Friday video... every Friday! haha Let's get to it! I get this questions similar to this all the…
IK Multimedia’s iRig Pro I/O Interface Review & Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway The thing that intrigued me about this was "portable audio midi device for iOS." It's really interesting - I've never recorded my guitar onto my iPhone before! We're going to try it and you're going to see…
Mark Endert Interview (The Fray, Fiona Apple, Train)

I recently had the tremendous pleasure of speaking with Mark  Endert, a mixing engineer whose credits include The Fray, Train, Fiona Apple, Maroon 5, and Madonna, among many others. Mark and I have both a personal and professional relationship going…

5 Quick Compression Mixing Tricks
Download The Compression Tricks Cheatsheet 1. Side Chain the guitar to the lead vocal - This is a simple effect to set up. If you find yourself at the end of the song, and the lead guitar and vocal are…
Logic 10.4 Update: the first to utilize ARA-2
By: Carlo Libertini Apple's release of the latest Logic Pro update this year at The NAMM Show was no accident. Amidst all the clamor and thunder of almost countless software developers, Logic quietly hit the app store with nothing less…
FAQ Friday – Building Your Business
Hello lovely people! It's hard to believe that the entire first month of 2018 is gone and behind us! The Produce Like A Pro team had a wonderful time at NAMM checking out all the cool gear, filming videos and…
Mics, Preamps, Plugins, Vocal Tuning, and a Giveaway! NAMM Day 4
This is the last video we'll be posting from NAMM 2018! For those of you who couldn't attend, I hope you enjoyed "attending" via these videos! It was a great time and I can't wait to do it all over…
Songwriters Win Big in Royalty Battle with Streaming Services

An uphill legal dispute with music streaming services has finally come to a head, marking an unprecedented victory for songwriters. The federal Copyright Royalty Board headed the push for increased royalty rates from digital streaming and won a nearly 50%…

Nobels ODR-1: Review & Giveaway
While I was at NAMM I was given a Nobels ODR-1 overdrive pedal to try out. I have never personally used one, but I wanted to give it whirl because I have recorded guitarists before that use and love this…
Interviews with Pro Audio Legends @ NAMM 2018

At Day 3 of NAMM 2018, we had the immense pleasure of chatting with several recording industry masters–each of whom are certainly “legendary” in their own right! We first spoke with Mike Piersante, perhaps best known for engineering and mixing…

5 Quick Saturation Mixing Tricks
Hello Lovely people! We have had such a wonderful response to the 5 Quick mixing tips series! Thank you for watching and leaving so many comments and questions below the videos.  Today I want to continue this series with 5…
What’s your favorite thing at NAMM 2018? & Giveaway!
What is your favorite thing at NAMM 2018? There's a ton of amazing gear, products, and people at this year's NAMM so naturally, that's what today's video features; amazing people and their favorite thing at NAMM! We heard from Audient,…
Preamps, Re-amps, Giveaways & NAMM 2018 (FAQ Friday)
This week we decided to do things a bit differently for the FAQ Friday episode. We filmed it LIVE at NAMM and we added 2 giveaways and several short interviews!  We're giving away the following: 1. Spectra Sonics STX 100…
UK Sound 1173 Channel Strip Review
This is very exciting for me because about two or three years ago I came up with the idea to take a 1073 and an 1176 and put them together! There's loads of 1073s and 1176s and all this kind…
Review & Giveaway: Rode NT1

Rode NT1 vs. NT1-A Although similar in name and physical appearance, the NT1 and equally popular NT1-A have subtle individual characteristics. The original NT1 first came out in 1997. Following the NT1-A’s success, Rode redesigned it from the ground up,…

5 Quick Delay Mixing Tricks
Hello Lovely people! Mixing with delay can add a depth to you mix in an interesting way. Short delays can be used to add distance between your instruments similarly to reverb.   But unlike reverb you can add multiple repeats to…
FAQ Friday – Interfaces, Microphones & Acoustic Guitars
Hello lovely people! Thank you so much for you incredible response to last weeks inaugural episode of F.A.Q. Friday!  The comments on the youtube video were amazing and the questions have been pouring in.  I feel as though we already…
5 Quick Reverb Mixing Tricks
Download The Reverb Tricks Cheatsheet Hello Lovely people! Learning how to use reverb is essential in mixing.  It can add width and distance between you instruments.   Reverb can also make your tracks sound like they were recorded in a completely…
Review & Giveaway: BAE 500C FET 500 Series Compressor
The BAE 500C is a FET style compressor that is reminiscent of the FET compressors you know and love from the 60's and 70's, but in a lovely 500 series rack format! As many of you know, I am a huge…
FAQ Friday – Episode 1
Hello Lovely People!  I hope you're doing marvellously well and that you're off to a great start in the new year!   This year we want to answer even more of your questions.  We have a great community here at Produce…
Gain Staging: 3 Things You Need to Know
Gain staging is a very hotly debated topic around the internet!  When getting started in music, gain staging meant something completely differently than it does now. In Ye Olden Days we were concerned with signal to noise ratio and tape…
Review & Giveaway: Phoenix Audio N90-DRC/500 Compressor and Gate
The Phoenix Audio N90-DRC 500 is a 500 series compressor and gate.  It was developed by Phoenix's lead designer David Rees over 20 years ago to resemble a more subtle style of compression from yesteryear. This compressor sounds fantastic! For…
Mixing The Aquabats Kick Drum with Cameron Webb
The Aquabats are an Orange County California based band that formed in the early nineties.  By 1997 they had released their second album featuring the song "Super Rad!" One of the coolest facts about this era of the Aquabats career…
Eddie Kramer Interview (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix)
Eddie Kramer is as much a record industry historian as he is a storied engineer and producer. Apart from his work with such names as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix, Mr. Kramer is also a wealth of…
Rock Mix Bus Processing with Bob Marlette and Ulrich Wild
Mixing through plugins on your master bus is a widely debated topic. There are many approaches and methods but the best part is that there is no one way to go about it. Today I have a video for you…
Mixing Kick Drums and Vocals
Hello lovely people, I hope that you had a happy Christmas/ holiday and spent time with the people that you love! Today I want to share 2 videos from my course Mixing Singer songwriter that I have put together for…
Removing Pops and Clicks with Izotope RX
Warren Sokol is a professional mastering engineer that works at United Mastering in Los Angeles. Sokol has worked on hundreds of albums for artists such as The Band Perry, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Ray, The Moody Blues, Public Enemy, Method Man…
Recording at Abbey Road – Live Q&A with Jerry Hammack
Hello Lovely people!  My good friend Jerry Hammack was kind enough to take a couple of hours on a Friday and sit down to talk with us and answer questions about the Beatles.  Jerry is an expert on the recording…
Four Tips to Improve Your Mixes
Hello Lovely people! Below are my top 4 tips for getting better sounding mixes. These tips are practical things that you can put into practice right away to take your mixes to the next level. 1. Rough mixes If you're…