The Riveting Singularity of John Martyn’s Solid Air
By the early seventies, John Martyn had already begun to showcase his remarkable fusion of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, alongside captivating folk-rock songwriting. But it was his 1973 album Solid Air, which truly showcased the singular sound he had created,…
Mixer, Producer, & Sound Scientist: Eva Reistad Interview
Eva Reistad is an audiophile and sound scientist known for getting amazing guitar tones, wrangling in the largest of mixes and sessions, and being able to patch together most recording studios. Located in the entertainment hub of Los Angeles, she…
Kali Audio’s LP-6 2nd Wave Is Here! Review & Giveaway
Kali Audio has announced the 2nd Wave of their best-selling LP-Series studio monitors. The lineup consists of the LP-6: a 6.5-Inch 2-way monitor available in both black and white, and the LP-8, an 8-Inch 2-way monitor. Kali Audio has generously…
4 Powerful Reaper Features with Adam Steel
Today we have our good friend, Adam Steel from Hop Pole Studios with us, sharing 4 Powerful Reaper Features! Adam is known for the amazing work he is able to produce using Reaper, which as you may know, is one…
Sister Rosetta Tharpe: “The Godmother of Rock ‘n Roll”
Little Richard credits his own discovery to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, when in a 1945 show in Macon Georgia, she invited him up onstage. He called it “the best thing that ever happened to me.” For two decades before rock ‘n…
11 Weird Musical Instruments You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Human ingenuity seems never in short supply, as witnessed here in 11 weird instruments. Some clever and others downright bizarre, these unique inventions stray a long way from tradition. 1. Marble Machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvUU8joBb1QVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled:…

Cato Zane’s Favourite Plugins
Cato Zane is a full time audio engineer providing services in Southern California. Cato is fascinated by all aspects of the audio industry, especially sound texture work, and horror/suspense soundscapes. She has joined us to share her Top 5 Favourite…
The Best Automatic Tuner? Slate Digital Metatune
Slate Digital has released the MetaTune, which is a “Pitch-Correction” tool primarily for vocal tuning but with automating tuning capabilities for any instrument. Get MetaTune here! Slate Digital has generously given us THREE of their All Access Passes, which includes the…
Universal Audio’s Feature-Packed Audio Interface: Volt 276
Universal Audio created Volt 276 for collaborators, from musicians and producers to livestreamers and content creators who want to easily record audio with big studio sound. Plug right in to your Mac, PC, iPad, or iPhone and Volt just shows…
Ecoplate ULTIMATE Plug In Review Feat. Hot Pole Studios & Paul Third
The Ecoplate Plug In is a BRAND NEW plug in modeled after the original Ecoplate I, delivering authentic true-to-life sound with functionality through a simple, clean design with modern features. Get the Ecoplate Plug In here! We also are giving…
Artists Who Changed Music: Charlie Christian
By Paul Tingen. Charlie Christian was to jazz what Jimi Hendrix was to rock. Both guitarists were at the forefront of a new musical genre, came up with a revolutionary approach to playing their instrument, and ended up becoming the…
Mixing Cinematic Rock with F. Reid Shippen
Today we have excerpts of the wonderful F. Reid Shippen's new mixing course. When it comes to Pop-Rock and Country, Nashville is the capitol of the world. In fact, the music scene in Nashville is so competitive that, in order…
The Future of Audio with Dolby Atmos with F. Reid Shippen
Over the past few years, Producer/Mixer F. Reid Shippen has engineered and produced countless legendary artists, such as Death Cab For Cutie, Cage The Elephant, Neil Young, The Jonas Brothers, Backstreet Boys, Eric Church, Johnny Lang, and Chris Tomlin, mixed…
2 Steps To Wider, Deeper And Fatter Mixes
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson shows a two step trick to bringing out the best in your mixes. Follow along as he shows you how to get Wider, Fatter and Deeper mixes. Sounding Huge! Marc Daniel Nelson is…
Uri Gelman Interview & VooDoo Doll Production Studio Tour
Uri Gelman is a Producer and Songwriter with 20+ years experience in the music industry and song placements in several independent films. He works from VooDoo Doll Productions studios, which was owned and designed from the ground up by Aspen…
Most Used Plugins with F. Reid Shippen (Death Cab For Cutie, Eric Church, Neil Young)
Today we have the wonderful F. Reid Shippen with us sharing his most used plugins! When it comes to Pop-Rock and Country, Nashville is the capitol of the world. In fact, the music scene in Nashville is so competitive that,…
Top 5 Favourite Plugins with Clay Blair (Cheap Trick, 30 Seconds to Mars, Keith Urban)
Today we have the wonderful Clay Blair with us, sharing his top 5 favourite plug ins! Clay is the owner and head engineer of Boulevard Recording in L.A., formerly know as the Producer’s Workshop. This studio is considered to feature…
BOB MARLEY: AN OMNIPRESENT, UNIFYING VOICE IN OUR DIVIDED WORLD
Today the influence of reggae is everywhere, and a world without it would be unthinkable. However, until the early seventies, reggae was virtually unknown in most of the world. Reggae originated in relative isolation in Jamaica in the late 1960s,…
What Is “Noise Floor” & How Does It Affect Your Music?

Every recording system or piece of equipment has a noise floor. It correlates to how much dynamic range you’ll have in your recordings, as well as how clean or noisy the sound is. What Is Noise Floor? Electrical components generate…

‘We Are One’ Mix Breakdown with FREE Multitracks
Welcome, my name is Ady and I’m a mobile record producer, traveling with my partner Kasia through the world, recording singles/LP’s with local artists to support their musical culture and heritage. Today we present to you artists that we recorded…
Travelling The World Recording In A Van
Welcome, my name is Ady and I’m a mobile record producer, traveling with my partner Kasia through the world, recording singles/LP’s with local artists to support their musical culture and heritage. On top of that I work on client mixes…
Here Are the Best Ways to Make Money in Music in 2021

The music industry’s landscape has changed pretty dramatically over the last 15 years. Whether you’re in a band or a solo artist, or working behind the scenes in music production or the music business, the industry has evolved and continues…

Can You Mix A Radio Rock Hit 100% ITB? FAQ Friday
Can You Mix A Radio Rock Hit 100% ITB? Yes! It really is possible, and so many mixes now are made entirely, 100% in the box. Actually, I would say 80-90% of mixes you hear today are made entirely in…
Building an Affordable Dolby Atmos Room with Kali Audio
What is Dolby Atmos? Dolby Atmos goes beyond the ordinary listening experience and puts you inside the song in a new spatial way, revealing every detail of the music with unparalleled clarity and depth Enter to WIN 1 of 3…
How The Rolling Stones Turned Record Company Pressure Into a Rock Classic: “Get Off of My Cloud”
In the fall of 1965, The Rolling Stones found themselves overwhelmed by the immense popularity of their hit single, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and the pressure to follow that accomplishment with another great track was mounting.  In a remarkable…
HUGE sound from SMALL speakers! EVE Audio SC205 Speakers
The SC205 is a two-way system with a 5" woofer. It might seem like a small speaker, but it definitely packs a punch. With an extended bass frequency response and an astounding output level, the SC205 will easily fill your…
How To Recreate The Beatles ‘Let It Be’ Recording Process with Clay Blair
The Beatles are arguably the most influential band in music history: With over one billion records sold and fans camping outside of their concert venues days in advance just to get a front row seat, The Beatles have shaped the…
Mixing with Dolby Atmos: Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, The Bangles)
Brad Wood, a record producer and mixer since 1988, has produced hundreds of albums including groundbreaking debuts by Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Sunny Day Real Estate, Ben Lee, Pete Yorn & Placebo. He has also produced career highlight albums for artists like Smashing Pumpkins, mewithoutYou,…
“John Barleycorn Must Die”: Traffic’s 18th Century Ballad for the 20th Century
When Steve Winwood entered the studio in 1970 after the breakup of his supergroup Blind Faith, he intended to record a solo album. However, with the recruitment of two of his former Traffic bandmates, that solo album turned into Traffic’s…
Kenny Aronoff Drum Recording Tips & Studio Tour
What do John Mellencamp, Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Sting, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler, The Smashing Pumpkins, Meatloaf,…
Nashville Engineer & Mixer Rachael Moore Talks ‘The Nashville Machine’
After graduating from Full Sail with a Bachelors of Science in Audio Production, Rachael decided to relocate to Nashville in hopes of pursuing audio engineering among the best in the music capital of the world. She did just that by…
Best Way to Get PULTEC EQ in Your Home Studio

The Pultec EQ is one of the most revered pieces of analogue equipment ever made. Any mention of it is usually followed by some form of the words ‘magic’ and ‘musical,’ and it’s been a standard piece of studio equipment…

Kristian Kohle’s GrindStein Ultimate Metal Plug In Review
Precisely modeled in collaboration with Klirrton Manufaktur and producer Kristian Kohle from Kohlekeller Studio, the Grindstein is the official analog modeled simulation suite of their ultimate death metal preamp, along with the cutting edge Schnauze noise gate and the new…
The Proximity Effect: 3 Tips To Reduce It

Proximity effect happens as you move a microphone closer to the sound source. The result is an increase in low-frequency response for a bigger bass boost than what is natural. It can be useful in some situations; but in others,…

You Asked For It! Adam Audio S3H Speaker Demo
ADAM Audio monitors have earned a worldwide reputation as the preeminent tool for sound engineers based on technological innovations that we’ve established in the field of loudspeaker technology. Check out the Adam Audio S3H Speakers here! The S3H builds on…
10 Music Blogs to Submit To | Marketing Tips

The hardest thing an artist can do these days is have their music played. That’s partly because the democratization of the music industry has made the market overwhelmingly saturated. However, there are still ways to get yourself out there in…

“My Hero”: An Anthem for the Ordinary
When Dave Grohl broke into the music industry in the early nineties, he was almost immediately recognized as one of the greatest drummers in rock music. But by 1995, he had also proven himself to be a phenomenal songwriter, guitarist…
STUDIO TOUR with Platinum-Selling Producer Andrew Wells (Halsey, Celine Dion, X Ambassadors)
Andrew Wells is a platinum-selling producer and multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles. He’s co-written and/or produced for artists spanning all genres including Halsey, Celine Dion, Phoebe Bridgers, James Bay, Borns, X Ambassadors, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Fall Out Boy, Young The…
The Basics of EQ with Mark Rubel (Rascal Flatts, Fall Out Boy, Ludacris)
Mark Rubel has taught audio, music technology, music business, and the history of rock to thousands of students since 1985 at various colleges and universities. Before becoming the Director of Education for The Blackbird Academy, he served as Audio and…
What Does Gluing Your Mix Together Mean? FAQ Friday
I met Rick Beato a few years ago when he worked at my old studio. Rick is amazing songwriter and was hired during this session to help the band write their songs. Which I think answers a question that I…
What Does Gluing Your Mix Together Mean? FAQ Friday
What Does Gluing Your Mix Together Mean? You'll hear the term “glue” thrown around a lot in discussions about modern music mixing. Generally, it's used to describe a type of processing that is usually applied to the master buss or sub-groups…
ASCAP vs. BMI vs. SESAC: All About PROs

If you’re a performing artist you know the value of royalties. Regardless of the size of the check, they show up every quarter like clockwork. But they don’t just appear out of nowhere; those royalty payments are the work of…

The Most Important Background Vocals Trick
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson shows a sneaky but extremely effective trick to get your background vocals to stay under the lead which in turn makes the lead vocal even stronger. Is this the most important Background…
Bass Trap Placement: Acoustic Treatment 101

Acoustic treatment is essential if you plan to make the most out of your home or project studio. The goal for treatment is to create a listening environment that you can trust; ideally, the room should have an even frequency…

Ableton vs Pro Tools | Choosing a DAW

In the current age of music production, we have virtually endless tools at our disposal. It’s overwhelming when you’re just starting out because you want to set foot on the so-called ‘correct’ path. In regards to DAWs, everybody has an…

“Songs Are Like Tattoos”: How Joni Mitchell’s Blue Transformed The Singer-Songwriter
In 1971, Joni Mitchell released one of the most influential and powerfully introspective albums of all time, Blue.  In a tumultuous period of her young life, learning to balance fame alongside changing personal relationships, Mitchell held nothing back. She shared…
Drums and Bass Set Up at Sunset Sound with Marc Martel
We are back at Sunset Sound Studio in Hollywood, where we are recording a song with the wonderful Marc Martel. We will be focusing on the recording of the drums and bass, and will give a breakdown of how we…
These are the 5 most sampled drum beats in hip hop
By Dave S We hate to break it to you, but there’s no secret recipe when it comes to crafting the ultimate hit. There’s no secret chord, syncopation or melody that is certain to make people get up and dance…
Top 5 Favourite Plugins with Billy Decker (Sam Hunt, Chris Young)
Billy Decker is with us today sharing his Top 5 Favourite Plugins! With 25 years of industry experience, Billy Decker has worked with some of the biggest names in the Nashville music scene. Country superstars including Sam Hunt, Rodney Atkins…
JamKazam Review: Collaborate Remotely

We’ve come to understand the importance of remote video conferencing more than ever before over the past year. For musicians, though, software like Zoom doesn’t quite cut it. In order to jam or rehearse remotely, you need low latency, high-quality…