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…

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…
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…
Everything You Should Know About Booking Studio Time

Booking studio time isn’t the most complicated thing in the world, but there are lots of details that both clients and sometimes studios miss the mark on all the time. As an artist, you’ll need to answer several questions for…

Cleaning Up a Muddy Mix
There is a lot of confusing information out there when it comes to how you should go about cleaning up a muddy mix. In the tips that follow, we will go over how to clean up your mix to make…
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…

Best Guitar Impulse Responses [Free and Paid]

Collecting impulse responses isn’t necessarily new tech. But it is becoming increasingly popular for capturing the sound of a unique speaker cabinet, microphone, and room for guitar. Beyond your amp settings, there’s a whole lot more that affects your recorded…

The Different Kinds of Microphones and Their Applications

The more you get into the recording craft, the more you’ll start to recognize different types of microphones and their uses. There’s a huge world of mics out there, but knowing the major types will help you determine what to…

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…

5 Compression Mistakes We All Make!
Today, I am sharing 5 Compression Mistakes We All Make! From using the wrong attack or release time, to not truly knowing why we are compressing something, these are things we are all guilty of! All of these tips are…
What is a Synthesizer? A Comprehensive Guide

Synthesizers have never been more popular than they are now. They currently play a dominant role in the production of the world’s most in-demand music. Synthesizers are the sound of pop, hip-hop, EDM, and more. But you certainly wouldn’t be…

Flanger vs. Phaser: What’s the Difference?

Two of the most common modulation effects are flanger vs. phaser. We’ve heard both all over various recordings, and they do have a similar sound. This lends itself to some confusion, but if you know the subtle differences between each,…

EQ/Compression Plugins Modeled After Analog Gear

Not all, but many of the plugins we reach for while mixing in-the-box are modeled after analog gear. Engineers made some of the best sounding records of all time well before any of us started recording in our bedrooms; and…

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…
Copyright in Music: Sample Clearance vs. Fair Use

Like any artist, songwriters have a tendency to borrow from their influences. Especially in hip hop and related genres, producers will sample music from another artist to flip it and make it their own. The issue with this, though, is…

Home Studio on a Budget: Getting Started for Less than $1000

It’s 2019: You can make records in your home studio and spend less than $1000 getting set up! Today’s recording tech has given everybody the opportunity to create high-quality music in their bedroom, even with just the bare essentials. We’ll…

Drum EQ Basics
In today's video we will be going over Drum EQ Basics! We also have the multitracks for you to download, so you can follow along and mix them yourself! Click here to download the multitracks! EQ is one of the…
Mixing Basics: EQ Before or After Compression?
In today's video we are going to be talking about whether we should EQ before or after compression! There is not a lot of consensus on this topic, because the truth is, it may vary from case to case. The…
8 Tips For Getting Better Low End
This is a bit of a contentious subject, and one that is talked about a lot, but it is an important one! Low end is a crucial part of every mix, and if it is not done properly, it can…
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…
Mixing Guitars: 10 Helpful Tricks for Incredible Tone

Many of us are guitarists, and most of us probably love to geek out on gear and tone as much as we like to actually play. After all, finding our individual “holy grail” tone is half of what makes playing…

The Best Tips for Producing and Mixing Guitars

A huge part of what we do as producers and engineers is not only make things sound great, but also make sure our musicians are inspired along the way. This is true for virtually all aspects of the music production…

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…
Digital Music Distribution: Getting Music Out in 2021

Before making albums in people’s bedroom was the norm, record deals were the only way to get your music out there. A label provided the budget for recording, marketing, printing, and distributing copies of an album to consumers. Today, digital…

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,…
What is a Compressor Ratio?

Compression isn’t the easiest thing to understand at first. Wrapping your head around the controls and how they impact the sound is confusing—but you definitely aren’t alone. If you’re struggling to figure out just how to set your compressor ratio,…

What kind of equipment do you need to be a mobile recording studio? | FAQ Friday
Hello everyone! We're back with another FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is: What kind of equipment would I need to be a mobile recording studio? The equipment you will need to set up a mobile recording studio will be pretty…
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…