How to Add Drum Kits to FL Studio: Tutorial

Image-Line started off as a video game company in 1992. Eventually, one of the lead developers was drawn into music production applications. In 1998, FruityLoops debuted as a MIDI-only step sequencer inspired by early Propellerhead software. Four years later, FruityLoops became…

Ultimate SNARE Drum MIXING On 7 Different Songs
We have another instalment of our Ultimate Guide Series, where today we will be looking at 7 different ways to mix a Snare Drum on 7 different songs, each a different genre. Cameron Webb will be mixing a a snare…
CLO ReMix Contest Winners Announcement with Matt Lange and CLO
Last month we announced an exciting new ReMix Competition with CLO and Matt Lange where the song participants were working with was Sliding Doors by CLO. Check out the full competition guidelines here. You can listen to the song here.…
Dave Mattacks Interview: One Of Most Recorded Drummers Of All Time
Dave Mattacks is arguably one of the world's best and most recorded drummers of all time. His recording credits include: Joan Armatrading, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Brian Eno, George Harrison, Jethro Tull, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page,…
Recreating Chris Lord-Alge’s Studio Mix LA? Waves CLA NX Plugin Review
The CLA Nx Plugin brings Grammy-winning mixer Chris Lord-Alge's famed Mix LA studio control room to any pair of headphones – so you can monitor reliably on headphones and make better mixing decisions anywhere, anytime. After faithfully modeling Chris’s console…
“Reelin’ in the Years”: The Lasting Legacy and Consummate Musicianship of Steely Dan’s Iconic Hit
Written By: Caitlin Vaughn Carlos The story of Steely Dan is one of consummate musicianship, cerebral writing and audio polish. Their first big hit - “Reelin’ in the Years” showcased these values. Fusing together their deep love of jazz’s complex…
Iconic Session Guitarist: Elliott Randall Interview (Steely Dan, John Lennon, Peter Frampton)
Elliott Randall is an American guitarist, best known for being a session musician with popular artists. Randall played the well-known guitar solos from Steely Dan's song "Reelin' in the Years" and Irene Cara's song "Fame". The solo was ranked as the 40th best guitar solo of all…
Mixing Top 40 Pop Hits On An SSL – George Seara (Drake, Rihanna, Shawn Mendes)
George Seara is one of Toronto’s leading Mixers and Recording Engineers. A musician and lifelong recording enthusiast, he is known for his great musical ear and astute attention to detail. George works in all genres of music and happy recent…
Cardioid vs Condenser – What’s the Difference?

When you’re first learning about microphones, all of the various terms can be confusing. After reading this article, you’ll have a better grasp of the different kinds of microphones, and most importantly, why cardioid vs condenser is an invalid comparison!…

A War Of Inches – Consistent Mixing with Marc Daniel Nelson
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson goes all in on the importance of consistency in mixing. With mixing, you have to be consistent in all genres, in all songs on an album – it is one of the elements…
Artists Who Changed Music: Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck has been called “the greatest living rock guitarist.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, in 1992 as part of The Yardbirds, and in 2009 as a solo artist. Jeff Beck has won…
Professional Mixing & Mastering Headphones? – Austrian Audio Hi-X65 Review
Today we are looking at Austrian Audio's Hi-X65 Professional Headphones. Austrian has generously given us one of these headphones for a giveaway, so enter below for a chance to win the Hi-X65's. a Rafflecopter giveaway Austrian Audio designed the Hi-X65…
Ultimate VOCAL MIXING On SEVEN Different Songs
We are back with another video in our Ultimate Guide Series, where we will be looking at Vocal Mixing. We will have 7 completely different songs mixed in 7 different ways, so you can see all different kinds of ways…
How To Build A Network In The Music Industry?
How do I build a network in the music industry? This is a question that I get asked a lot! Getting yourself into a good community and finding other people to work with is so important. Working online has completely…
The Basics of Reamping
Reamping. It may be a basic part of your recording process already, or it might be something that you’re just starting to dip your toes into. Even if you’re deep into the reamping game, it’s always good to get a…
Multiple Tempo, Meter and Key Changes Created This #1 Hit – “Come On Eileen” (Dexys Midnight Runners)
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  Commonly viewed as one of the best one-hit wonders of the 80’s, Dexys Midnight Runners were actually one of the most important bands in the UK at the start of the decade.  While they achieved…
ULTIMATE Kick Drum MIXING on 7 Different Songs
In today's video, we have 7 different mixers showing you how they mix kick drums! Each mixer has their own process, since there is no one way of doing things. Each mixer will also be working with a different genre,…
Is Musical Talent Born or Made? FAQ Friday
Is musical talent born or made? This is the question we will be focusing on for this weeks FAQ Friday! I didn’t start playing music until I was 15, when my father and I completed a guitar we had built…
Top 6 Plugins for Mixing Metal in 2021
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…
Putting The Punch Back Into Your Kicks
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson shows his favorite tricks to bring back massive punch in kicks and impact instruments. Watch as he uses his custom settings to achieve the right amount of punch! You will also be…
“You Really Got Me” and the Raw Power of the Kinks
By: Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  Despite being one of London’s most exciting new bands in 1964, the Kinks were off to a rocky start.  After releasing two singles which flopped, Pye Records was threatening to drop the band if their next…
Arturia FX Collection 2 Review: 22 Great Sounding Plug Ins
Arturia’s FX Collection 2 is an all-encompassing suite of plugins combining the analog warmth of vintage effects with the creative flexibility of modern audio enhancers, putting exceptional studio-quality sound in the hands of musicians and producers of all styles and…
Ultimate Bass Mixing on 7 Different Songs
How do I mix bass? It's a simple question, but compare a dozen records picked at random and you'll see that there's no simple answer. When it comes to instruments, 'bass' can mean (at the very least) guitar, upright, drum or synth. Each…
How To Be A Credible ‘Old School’ Producer and Engineer – FAQ Friday
Today we have another exciting FAQ Friday video where, as the featured question, I will be answering "How to be a credible producer and engineer when you like to focus on old school ecological production?" This is a question that…
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…

DIY Bass Traps: You NEED These in Your Studio

So much of our success in recording and mixing is dependent on where we’re physically doing it. Ideally, this means purpose-built, acoustically unambiguous rooms designed for professional recording and mixing — big commercial studios with a legacy of fantastic sound!…

How to Make DIY Acoustic Panels for Your Studio

Unless your home studio was specifically designed for recording and mixing music, it’s probably not an ideal tracking and monitoring environment. Professional studios are carefully planned out to eliminate acoustic issues in many ways that residences are not. But if…

“My Generation”: The Song that Defined Rock’s Defiant Spirit
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  In 1965, The Who were on their way to becoming one of the biggest bands in rock music history, with their legendary stage shows, powerhouse sound, and rebellious attitude. But the song that transformed everything…
Audient iD14 MKII: Take Your Recordings To The Next Level
Today we are looking at Audient’s iD14 MKII audio interface. A couple of weeks ago we tried out the iD4 MKII and the main difference between the iD4 and the iD14 is that the iD14 MKII has TWO mic pre’s…
Shel Talmy Interview: One Of The Most Important Producers Of The 1960’s
For his work on the early Kinks and Who records alone, producer Shel Talmy was an important figure in the British Invasion, cutting sessions that had a harder and more distorted guitar sound than anything else that had been heard before the mid-'60s. Talmy's other credits with…
Logic Pro X Tutorial: Get Mixing in a Powerful DAW

Apple’s Logic Pro X is an industry-standard DAW known for its massive built-in virtual instrument and loop library, as well as its intuitive piano roll and MIDI editing capabilities. Logic’s interface overall is attractive and intuitive, and it’s priced at…

Feedback Friday: Reviewing YOUR Mixes LIVE!
Produce Like A Pro was started to help people make great music and to demystify the recording process and show that there really isn’t a difference between the “professionals” and home recordists. If you are talented, have a passion for…
LIVE with iZotope
iZotope makes intelligent audio technology to help musicians, music producers, and audio post engineers focus on their craft—rather than on the tech behind it. They design award-winning software, plug-ins, hardware, and mobile apps powered by the highest quality audio processing, machine…
How Jethro Tull Created Hard Rock’s Most Cerebral Album – Aqualung
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  In 1971, Jethro Tull released their landmark album, Aqualung.  The album became a major turning point for the band, kicking off a long career of critical and commercial success for the group. From the physicality…
The Differences Between Mixing Hip Hop vs Other Genres
Stepping out of our comfort zone is always daunting. If you are accustomed to mixing one genre, say Rock, or Jazz, or Dance-Pop, but suddenly find yourself taking on Hip Hop clients - this article is for you. Understand that…
John McBride of BlackBird Studio Talks Neve Studio A Console
John McBride's Blackbird Studios in Nashville probably has the largest assemblage of recording equipment in the world, and no expense has been spared on the eight rooms or ensuring the quality of his staff. Clients from all over the world,…
5 Plugins For Mixing Metal with Ulrich Wild
The amazing Ulrich Wild joined us to share the top 5 plugins he can't live without! Check them out here: Waves SSL E Channel The SSL E-Channel delivers the incomparable sound of the Solid State Logic 4000-series console’s all-discrete design…
Neve 8078 Pro Tools Only Plugin Review
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson reviews BlackBird Studio and Kit Audio’s Pro Tools BBN105 plugin. This plugin is a faithful recreation of the legendary Neve 8078 in studio A at BlackBird in Nashville, Tn. The Neve 8078…
THE MAKING OF THE STONE ROSES’
Written By Paul Tingen The Stone Roses are one of the most important British bands of all time. The Manchester band’s fame and influence is based almost entirely on its self-titled debut album. Released in May 1989, it is still considered…
Apple Music Boasts Massive Leap in Audio Quality, Supports Dolby Atmos

This month, Apple Music strengthened its footing as one of the industry’s top streaming platforms. In a major step forward, the service brings lossless audio to its catalog of over 75 million on-demand songs, as well as support for Dolby…

John Leckie Part 1: Working with John Lennon, Pink Floyd, XTC, and Roy Harper
John Leckie is an English record producer and recording engineer. His production credits include Magazine's Real Life (1978), XTC's White Music (1978) and Dukes of Stratosphear's 25 O'Clock (1985), the Stone Roses' The Stone Roses (1989), Radiohead's The Bends (1995), Cast's All Change (1995), Muse's Origin of Symmetry (2001) and the Levellers' We the Collective (2018). Leckie began work at Abbey Road Studios on 15 February 1970 as a…
Remix Contest – Over $27,000 in Prizes (CLO – Sliding Doors)
We are back with another Remix Competition! This is a REMIX competition so you are free to take the multitracks and do whatever you like – it is about coming up with something completely unique. The song you will be…
Proximity Effect: The Pros and Cons

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 that what is natural. It can be useful in some situations; but in others,…

Tapestry: Fifty Years of Carole King’s Unparalleled Masterpiece
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos By the end of the sixties, Carole King had already proven herself as one of the most talented and important songwriters of the decade, but in 1971 her landmark second solo album, Tapestry, revealed her…
Setting Up My New Genelec 8351B Speakers
Genelec is a brand that I have turned to for speakers for decades! I have been using Genelec's 1032A's religiously since the 1990's, and have used them for most of my professional life. Today, I am testing out Genelec's 8351B…
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…

Best Studio Monitors for the Home Setup 2021

If you’re shopping for a pair of studio monitors to fit your home studio, you’ve come to the right place. Flat, neutral monitoring is one of the keys to getting the best mix you can — and it all starts…

The Cranberries: Noel Hogan & Stephen Street Interview
Noel Hogan is an Irish musician and record producer best known as the lead guitarist and co-songwriter of the Irish alt-rock band the Cranberries Hogan formed the Cranberries with his brother Mike and drummer Fergal Lawler in 1989. The group recruited Dolores O'Riordan as singer soon…
TikTok Marketing Guide for Musicians & Independent Artists

TikTok launched back in 2017 and steadily simmered for a few years. The platform has since exploded, captivating millions of consumers and turning unknown social media users into bonafide stars. What is TikTok all about, and how can musicians leverage…

Programming Metal Drums with Scott Elliott (Chernobyl Studios Mixing Engineer)
I’m Scott from Chernobyl Studios, and I’m just like you: a home studio musician and mixing engineer. From the beginning of my journey, all I ever wanted was to have a big, massive, metal guitar tone for my music. In…