Fundamental Stereo Miking Techniques

Stereo miking techniques use two microphones at the same time to record one sound source. Each microphone is then panned to the left and to the right to mimic the way our ears perceive sound in the “real world.” This…

Rock and Roll on the Dance Floor: Behind the Music of “Let’s Dance”
Written by Caitlin Carlos From his early beginnings as Davy Jones, to his alien persona of Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie had spent much of the sixties and seventies, inventing and reinventing himself. The decade’s end culminated with the critically acclaimed…
Top Audio Technology Trends of the Past Year

Audio technology trends are slowly but surely changing the way we produce and consume music, film, and other media. From the studio and beyond, these are some of the top trends we’ve observed in the last year. Monitor Calibration Computer-aided…

Best Classic Modulations in ONE PLUGIN? | Waves Kaleidoscopes
Waves has another exciting new plugin that we get to try out today! The Waves Kaleidoscopes plugin is exciting because it could be exactly what I have been asking for the last few years, which is a plugin that has…
Top 6 Plugins for Mixing Metal
Jordan Valeriote is a Canadian producer/mixer/engineer and the founder of Hardcore Music Studio. He has worked with bands like Silverstein, Neck Deep, Forevermore, Intervals, Counterparts, Nick Johnston, Auras, and many more. Today, he is here to share with us his…
Automate Your Analog Equipment! | Tegeler Crème RC
Today, we are trying out the new Crème RC from Tegeler! We have used the Crème before, and just like almost everyone else who tested it out, found that it was one of the most affordable SSL compressor and Pultec…
7 Pieces of Equipment I Use Every Day!
I often get asked what gear I use most frequently, so today I am going to share with you 7 pieces of equipment that I use in recording and mixing every single day. These 7 pieces are a combination of…
How to go from Intern to Grammy Winner
Today’s featured question is: “I’m going to be beginning an internship at a studio near me this fall, what skills, technical or not, do you believe are most important for an intern to have?” This is a fantastic question! I…
Your First Recording Adventure: Mac or PC, Desktop or Laptop

Your First Recording Adventure: Mac or PC, Desktop or Laptop More people than ever before are looking for ways to occupy their extra time indoors. Let’s face it – there are only so many puzzles you can do or reruns…

Baby Audio: Parallel Aggressor Plugin | Demo & Giveaway
In this video we’re taking a look at Baby Audio’s brand new plugin, which comes out today! We’re big fans of Baby Audio because they do really simple and really good sounding plugins! I’m really excited about this plugin because…
Ariel Chobaz’s Top 5 Plugins
Ariel Chobaz is a Grammy nominated engineer who has worked on countless platinum-selling and chart-topping records. He has worked with major artists including Nicki Minaj, Drake, Eminem, Rihanna, NAS, Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men, Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige,…
Recording a Song with ONE MIC! | Soyuz Bomblet Demo & Giveaway
Today, we get to try out the Soyuz Bomblet microphone! Soyuz makes wonderful microphones, and we are so excited to get to try this one out as well! We are also lucky enough to get to give one away! Enter…
The Secret to Writing Great Songs?
Today's featured FAQ Friday question is: What’s the best song structure for the music industry at the moment? This is a huge question! Song structure is a very broad term. This question made me think of all the knee-jerk reactions.…
Get an Analog Sound with this Digital Trick!
Today, we are going to focus on parallel compression! Parallel compression is quite wonderful and is definitely something you will want to use in your mixes! Recently, we did a video talking about loudness in mixes, and realized there is…
How do mixing and mastering engineers get productions so loud?
Today's featured FAQ Friday question is: How do mixing and mastering engineers get productions so loud? When I first started mixing I felt the exact same way! I didn't know how people got their productions to sound loud without them…
Studio One Version 5 – What’s New

Since its inception in 2011, PreSonus Studio One has quickly become a go-to Digital Audio Workstation for beginners and pro’s alike. Combining the best parts of each DAW, Studio One offers a Customizable Workflow, incorporating everything you need in one…

The easiest vocal de-essing trick?
There are some wonderful de-essing plugins available, but I have noticed over the years that often the best way of de-essing is to go in there and clip gain, or gain down, or volume automate down all of the esses.…
Is this the Best Free Drum Mixing Technique?
Have you ever had a snare that just has way too much kick and hi-hat bleeding in, and then you spent hours messing around with the gates and all kinds of other things, but still didn't get the results you…
my confession
Today, I wanted to talk a little bit about my journey and why I started Produce Like a Pro. I have mentioned before that I started this because I saw a gap in the information about creating and recording music…
MIDI Basics and What You Should Know About 2.0

Short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, MIDI is a standard which includes a communications protocol, digital interface, and physical connectors for different electronic instruments, computers, and other audio devices. Perhaps most importantly to musicians, it allows us to play, record, and edit virtual/electronic instruments…

Understanding the Difference Between Gain and Volume

Many of us have wondered if there’s a technical difference between gain and volume. The answer is “yes,” even though the terms sometimes seem to be used interchangeably. The most important distinction between gain and volume is how, or more…

A MasterBus EQ I Can Trust! | AMEK EQ 200 Demo & Giveaway
In today's video, we are trying out the AMEK EQ 200 plugin! This plugin is based of the first parametric equalizers that started it all and is inspired by the classic sound of icons like the GML 8200 and vintage…
Get Great Rock Recordings with the Amethyst! | JZ Microphones Amethyst Demo & Giveaway
Today, we are testing out the wonderful Amethyst microphone from JZ Microphones! This microphone is a premium class large diaphragm microphone that will give you that classic warm, vintage sound. Each Amethyst contains the unique Golden Drop Capsule technology. This…
Should you leave any effects or equalizers on your master bus? | FAQ Friday
We're back for another marvellous FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is: What final volume limit is preferable when mixing before mastering? Should you leave any effects or equalizers on your master bus? Honestly, you don't want to be mastering when…
Adjust the Polar Pattern in Real Time! | Austrian Audio OC818
Today, we are testing out the OC818 from Austrian Audio! What is unique about this microphone is that it records the front and the back of the capsule at the same time, and also includes an app that allows you…
Create your own ‘custom plugins’! | Waves StudioRack
Today, we get to try out a brand new plugin: the Waves StudioRack! This marvellous new plugin allows you to create powerful plugin chains of up to 8 plugins. The enhanced features of the StudioRack include parallel processing racks, multiband…
A Must-Have for Recording Bass! | Radial HDI
Today, we are trying out the wonderful Radial HDI! Radial is quite well known for their DIs, and has been an industry standard for quite a few years now. We have used a few of their products before and loved…
Lewitt Project 1040 | Demo with Multitracks!
Today, we are doing something very exciting: we are testing out Lewitt Project 1040! Project 1040 is Lewitt designing a brand new microphone with the help of us, the customers! At the moment, it is just a prototype, so it…
Apple Introduces Biggest Update to Logic Since “Logic Pro X”

Last week, Apple released a massive update to their Logic Pro X software with version 10.5. The DAW already excels at music production and songwriting, with useful features like Drummer, a huge built-in loop library, intuitive MIDI capabilities, and more.…

How To Change Acoustic Guitar Strings
There are a ton of methods to change your acoustic guitar strings, and there is no one right way! In this tutorial I will show you how I change my acoustic guitar strings and also give you an extremely helpful…
The 6 Microphones You Need to Know About!
Today, we are going to talk about the 6 microphones that you need to know about! Some of these we have talked about before, but we have some new ones too. It is also microphone month over at Sweetwater, which…
Bring old school magic to your recordings! | Soyuz Launcher Demo
We have something very exciting to try out today: the Soyuz Launcher! The team at Soyuz has spent the last few years developing and experimenting in order to develop what they believe is their unique sound, and they have put…
Master Compression with SoundGym’s Compressionist
SoundGym is an online ear training and learning centre for producers and engineers. It is a gym for your ears! We have used SoundGym before, and it is a great tool for training your ears and developing your skills. Today,…
Mojave Audio MA-201fet | Demo & Giveaway
Today, we have another great demo and giveaway for you! In this video, we will be trying out the wonderful new MA-201fet from Mojave Audio! To test out this mic, I am going to be recording a whole song -…
8 Things I’ve Learned in my Career!
Over the course of my career, I have worked in many different areas of the music industry, which has allowed me to have the opportunity to learn a lot of different things from many different people. Today, I want to…
Sonarworks Reference 4 Studio Edition with Mic | Demo & Giveaway
Today, we get to test out Sonarworks' incredible Reference 4 software! This software really is game changing because it levels the playing field. This software works to flatten out the speaker responses in your room, no matter what your space…
Fiona Apple ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’
When Fiona Apple’s ‘Tidal’ was released in 1996 and it blew open the musical doors at a time where everything in a Radio dominated World seemed to fall into the loud/quiet formula. A breath of fresh air, it had no…
Eight-Track Nostalgia: Finding Abbey Road at the Nexus of Progress and Reflection
BY: CAITLIN VAUGHN CARLOS On January 30, 1969, The Beatles performed their first live concert together in almost two and a half years, in an unannounced rooftop performance on top of the London headquarters of their record label, Apple Records.…
How to EQ Acoustic Guitar in a Mix

The most important factor when it’s time to EQ acoustic guitar is context. You’ll have to determine its prominence against other instruments and make EQ moves based on that. Acoustic guitar can be the most important rhythm instrument, or it…

Do you need a separate mic pre? | FAQ Friday
a Rafflecopter giveaway We’re back with another FAQ Friday! Today’s episode is sponsored by our good friends over at Austrian Audio! Today’s featured question is: “Do you need a separate mic pre along with an audio interface or can you…
Could Soothe2 Be The Ultimate Vocal Plugin? (Demo & Giveaway)
About a year and a half ago I sat down with the rather wonderful (and exceptionally talented) Eric Valentine! I went to his new studio, and he had some incredible stuff! He had a J37 tape machine, these beautiful Strauss…
Writing and Recording a Song in 20 mins with the Evo 4
Today I’m going to be writing and recording a song in only 20 minutes using the EVO 4! We’ve had this unit since about NAMM, so a video is long overdue! The EVO 4 is made by our good friends…
Recording Vocals [Tips from the Pros]

If you struggle recording vocals from time to time, it’s nothing to worry about! Every time a new vocalist steps up to the mic, there are a bunch of variables at play which can skew our results from session to…

Solid State Logic (SSL) 9000J Plugin | Demo & Giveaway
We have a very exciting video for you today! About a year ago, I tried the SSL plugins for the first time. These plugins emulate the sound of the SSL consoles and give you that great analog sound using just…
GameChanger Audio Plasma Rack | Demo & Giveaway
Last summer, we were with Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound, and noticed that he had a really fancy looking unit in his rack. That unit was the GameChanger Audio Plasma Rack! Today, we are lucky enough to have the opportunity…
Baby Audio: Comeback Kid Plugin | Demo & Giveaway
Today we are going to be trying out an exciting new plugin from BABY Audio: the Comeback Kid! This is a delay plugin, with ducking features, and reverb, and so much more. I can't wait to try it out! We…
Satisfy by Vedera | Inside the Song
"Satisfy" by Vedera is a fantastic song that was recorded in 2008, in Bloomington Indiana at Echo Park Studios. The evolution of this song is actually quite interesting because it came from the bridge of another song the band had…
Should you record to a click track? | FAQ Friday
We're back with another wonderful FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is: It seems like every producer records to a click track no matter what the genre of music. I feel like it hurts the song, like almost every song before…
Big Bad Sound Studio Tour
Today we have a very exciting video for you today! We recently had the opportunity to sit down the Zach Fisher from Big Bad Sound, and he gave us a tour of their incredible new space! Big Bad Sound is…
Free Course & Multitracks! – Anatomy of a Mix: Mixing Singer/Songwriter
Hope you are all staying safe and healthy! To help you make the most of this time while you are stuck in your home, we have another course for you! We hope this course helps you develop your skills and…