Using Silence to Improve Your Productions

We don’t often consider the importance of silence when it comes to our musical productions. It’s easy to get caught up in the sounds we want to add, because that’s what music is all about! But if you use silence itself…

The Top 5 Most Common Drum Programming Mistakes

Drum samples and plugins have gotten so good that it’s never been a better time for realistic drum programming. As a matter of fact, it’s totally viable for solo artists to release projects with convincing programmed drums. But even with…

6 Ways to Make Your Production Sound Unique

Unique production is one of the best ways to have your music stand out from the pack. Whether you’re a songwriter, mixing engineer, or both, you can employ these techniques to make captivating productions! 1. First things first…make the song…

Choosing Software Synthesizers for Your Home Studio

If you’re a music producer or songwriter, software synthesizers are your best friend. Not only are they super inexpensive compared to hardware, they sound just as good! Plus, a lot of them come with gigabytes and gigabytes worth of sounds…

Understanding Additive and Subtractive Synthesis

Additive and subtractive synthesis are two of the 4 fundamental ways synthesizers create sounds, next to wavetable and FM. If you plan to get into synths at all, or even just use them occasionally in your work, it’s a good…

Modular Synthesis: The Most Powerful Synthesizers Ever

Modular synthesis is one of the most powerful sound design and music production tools you can use. From the outside, though, it looks pretty confusing…Even understanding the basics can take a while if you don’t know where to start. Luckily,…

FM Synthesis: The Classic Synthesizer Sound

Lots of classic keyboards like the Yamaha DX7 use FM synthesis to generate sounds. If it seems daunting at first, that’s because FM synthesis really is more complex than other types of synthesis. FM is much more theory-driven, so trying to…

Synth Basics: The Top Virtual Instruments for Any Studio

We’ve taken a look at sound synth basics in the past, like how granular synthesis differs from wavetable, and how each factors into the creation of sounds we use everyday. But when we’re in the studio making music, we’re not…

MIDI Keyboard 101: Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

A MIDI keyboard—also known as a MIDI controller—is a piano-style device that lets you play and record your DAW’s software instruments and any other VST synths you have. They typically connect to your computer via USB for easy integration with…

Checking out Eddie Van Halen’s 5150 III with Glenn Fricker
This is going to be a lot of fun, I’m excited to have our good friend Mr. Glenn Fricker at the studio with us today. If you’ve been watching my videos you may have noticed the one amp rack in…