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…
4 Steps To Amazing Sounding Acoustic Guitar ITB!
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson goes step by step to achieving amazing sounding Acoustic Guitars. Follow along with his presets to set up an incredible chain for acoustic Guitar completely ITB. To follow along, here are the plug ins…
VU Meter: Just How Useful Are They?

Most of us have a rough idea of what a VU meter does. But unless we spend a lot of time around analogue outboard gear, we probably aren’t super familiar with them. And let’s face it, many of us are…

The Cranberries “Linger”: How A Local Irish Band Changed the Sound of the Nineties
Written by Caitlin Vaughn Carlos  When the Cranberries were first discovered in the early nineties they had triggered a bidding war between major record labels and seemed poised for certain success. However, after recording their first album, things seemed far…
The Best Value Audio Interface? Audient iD4 MKII
Audient has upgraded their iD series by making them quieter, adding more headroom...all the things we want in an interface! When it comes to the iD4 MKII, it is fighting well above its weight class! The iD4 has an extremely…
Producing The Cranberries with Stephen Street
Stephen Street aka "Streety" is an English music producer best known for his work with The Smiths, The Cranberries and Blur. Street collaborated with Morrissey on his debut album Viva Hate following the split of The Smiths. More recently he has worked with Kaiser Chiefs, Babyshambles and The Courteeners. In 1992, Street started…
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…

Multi-Award Winning Engineer: Tommy Vicari
Tommy Vicari is an American recording engineer, mixing engineer, record producer and scoring mixer known for his work with Quincy Jones, Gino Vannelli, Nicholas Britell, Thomas Newman, Prince, George Duke and Barbra Streisand. He was the sound mixer for TV shows and films including Six Feet Under, The Newsroom, Behind the Candelabra, Phantom of the Paradise, Finding Nemo, Finding…
How To Get Started As An Audio Engineer – FAQ Friday With Matt Weiss
How do you stand out as an audio engineer when you’re just starting out in the industry? Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets preparation. There isn’t one way to get started, so you just need to do as…
Overdrive vs Distortion: Everyday Guitar Effects!

Two of the most common effects guitarists use are overdrive and distortion. No matter how long you’ve been playing, though, it can’t hurt to have a better understanding of overdrive vs distortion, how they’re similar, and how they’re different. And…

Ableton Live [Beginners Guide]
What DAW is the best one to use? I get asked this all the time and the answer is simple. The one you know the best! Here is Los Angeles every one of the remaining major studios such as Sunset…
THE VOICE – What Is The Hit Show Really Like? with Pete Mroz
Pete Mroz is a singer from Nashville, Tennessee who was a contestant on Season 20 of The Voice. He was a member of ‘Team Blake’. Pete grew up with a single dad and got his start singing in the school choir. His dad signed him…
Remembering Rock ‘N Roll: 50 Years of Nostalgic Longing in Don McLean’s “American Pie”
Written by: Caitlin Vaughn Carlos Don McLean was only 13 years old, delivering his hometown newspaper route when he found out that his idol Buddy Holly had died in a tragic plane accident. 12 years later, McLean took that poignant…
Nick Launay: The Jedi Producer
How Nick Launay harnessed The Force during his forty-year career.     “I tend to work with bands and artists with character and passion, who are absolutely focused and hellbent on making these kind of anarchistic records, often to the…
Marc Martel – The Ultimate Queen Celebration
Marc Martel is a Canadian Christian rock musician. He was born in Montreal, Canada, to father Michel Martel and mother Barbara Beresford Martel. He attended Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Saskatchewan, where he formed the band Downhere with his roommate Jason Germain and a few friends in 1999. Aside…
Nick Launay: My 5 Must-Have Plug Ins
Nick Launay joined us to share his 5 Must-Have Plug Ins! Check out the list below and watch the video to learn more about how Nick uses them to capture his signature sound! Soundtoys Devil-Loc Simple, devious and often unpredictable,…
The Secret Of Passive EQs
Marc Daniel Nelson is back with us again to share his secrets on passive EQs! I’ve been a big fan of Audioscape’s stuff for a long time, and the biggest thing I like to use them on is my mix.…
Songs That Changed Music: The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting For The Man
Few rock groups can claim to have broken so much new territory, and maintain such consistent brilliance on record, as the Velvet Underground during their brief lifespan. It was the group's lot to be ahead of, or at least out…
Mixing In The Box LIVE
I started Produce Like A Pro to help people make great music in any way that I can. I wanted to demystify the recording process and show that there really isn’t a difference between the “professionals” and home recordists. If…
The Best Affordable 3-Way Studio Monitors?
Kali Audio's IN-8 has been heralded as one of the most accurate powered studio monitors in its price range, and the second-wave version ups the ante with a new amplifier platform, improved transducers, and an upgraded cabinet. The IN-8 V2…
How To Deal With Excessive Mix Notes – FAQ Friday
We are back with another FAQ Friday, where I will be answering some of the questions you have submitted to me! This week's featured question is: Every mix I do lately is sent back for changes, almost to a point…
Open Back Headphones: What You Need to Know

Studio headphones come in different styles, with the two most common designs being closed back and open back. Many engineers prefer open back headphones for critical listening applications like mixing and mastering. Let’s find out why! What are open back…

SHAED – How To Self Produce Chart Topping Hits
Based in Washington, D.C., electro-pop trio SHAED balance effervescence and atmosphere. Consisting of the soulful, crystalline vocals of onetime solo artist Chelsea Lee and the environments of producers Max and Spencer Ernst, the group's second single, "Thunder," landed on the…
Artists Who Changed Music: Andres Segovia
Written By Paul Tingen Before the 20th century, the guitar was seen as a humble if not inferior instrument. So how did the instrument become so immensely popular around the world, in a relatively short span of time? The answer to…
Record Studio Quality Tracks Anywhere?
Today we get to try out iZOTOPE's Spire Studio with Steve Maggiora! Steve Maggiora is a multi-talented musician, songwriter and entertainer. Making his living both as a session musician and live musician, Steve is deeply passionate in the music he…
How Do I Make Money In Music?
The question I get asked more than any other question is: ‘How Do I Make Money in the Music Industry?’ Whether you are a Band or an Artist or working behind the scenes as a Producer, Engineer, Mixer or Songwriter,…
Does The Room Sound Affect Close Mic’d Guitar AMPs?
Does the room have to be dead if you’re just sticking a mic to the grill and the amp is cranked? With high gain guitars and a dynamic mic, there is a lot of wiggle room; it doesn’t really matter.…
My 4 Favourite Plug Ins For Heavy Low End
In this episode of MakeMineMusic, Marc Daniel Nelson shares his 4 favorite plugins to achieve heavy low end. Renaissance Bass Plug In When you need your bass to be heard even on a laptop or mobile device, Renaissance Bass is your…
Groundbreaking Producer and Engineer: Lenise Bent
Producer/engineer Lenise Bent is one of the first women recording engineers and has worked on many iconic records including “Aja” by Steely Dan, “Breakfast in America” by Supertramp and “Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac. She was also the first woman to…