The 13 Best DAWs for Windows [2024 Complete Guide]

Most of today’s DAWs are cross-platform, making it easy to choose if you’re running PC. Some titles are Mac-only, like Apple’s own Logic Pro, but for the most part options won’t be limited if you’ve chosen Windows as your primary…

12 Best Kontakt Libraries for Every Collection in 2024

Native Instruments‘ free sample player, Kontakt, is every music producer’s entry point to the industry’s largest collection of sampled instruments. Kontakt is a universal host to hundreds of realistic sampled libraries from dozens of manufacturers. The best Kontakt libraries should…

The 14 Best Drum VSTs for Any Budget [2024 Guide]

The best drum VSTs we’ve gathered run the gamut between $89 all the way up to $700! Thankfully, this means there’s a variety of choices to suit any budget. Of course, there are free options as well so you can…

The Ultimate List of Free Pro Tools Plugins 2024

If you’re looking for third-party plugins to expand your growing collection, look no further than The Ultimate List of Free Pro Tools plugins. Whether you need a Pultec-style EQ or a trigger gate for electronic music stutter effects, this list…

The Best Pitch Shifter VSTs in 2024 [Free & Paid]

A pitch shifter is a useful tool that can be used for both subtle pitch correction and heavy-handed effects. Auto-Tune is one of the most popular pitch shifters, and it serves as a great example of how pitch correction can…

The 9 Best Rhodes VSTs [Free & Paid]

The Rhodes electric piano was an incredibly popular instrument throughout the ’60s and ’70s. Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek was one of the first prominent musicians to start playing the Rhodes, picking up one of the earliest models in 1965. Its…

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…

21 Best FREE VST in 2024 [with Links!]

Steinberg developed Virtual Studio Technology in 1996 to bring synthesizers and effects into digital audio workstations. It’s a plugin format that numerous major DAWs host, like Ableton, Logic, FL Studio, Digital Performer, and Reaper, amongst others. VST instruments are a…

11 Best Orchestral Strings VST in 2024

Using string samples instead of real ones offers a lot of obvious advantages for the average home producer or songwriter. Just from a logistical standpoint, booking studio time and hiring musicians is costly and time consuming. But with samples, you…

5 Crucial Tips For Success in Music with Marc D. Nelson
In this video, Grammy Nominee Marc D. Nelson (known for his work with Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz) discusses 5 crucial concepts found inside Warren Huart and Jerry Hammack’s #1 Best-Selling book 'Home Studio Recording: The Complete Guide.' These are…
Recording an ALL STAR Jazz Quartet – FREE Multitracks Included
Today, I've got a VERY special treat for you! Recently, I've had the honor of recording a band of a-list Jazz musicians, all performing in the same room together, and making up song arrangment on the fly. It was an…
10X Grammy Winner Darrell Thorp – Top 5 Plugins for Mixing
In todays video, 10x Grammy Winner Darrell Thorp spills the beans about his favourite mixing tools! Darrell is an incredible producer and engineer who has worked with the Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Switchfoot, Molotov, Beck and countless other a-list artists. A…
Mixing tracks recorded by LEGENDARY engineer Geoff Emerick
In todays video, Grammy Nominee Marc D. Nelson (Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz) walks you through his mix of a song produced by the late, legendary engineer, Geoff Emerick. Geoff Emerick has engineered FOUR The Beatles albums alongside George Martin, recorded…
Mixing With A Limiter ON? FAQ Friday With Warren Huart
In this edition of FAQ  Friday, Warren shares his thoughts on mixing decisions, time management for budding engineers and producers, and dispels the myth of being "too old" to learn new recording techniques. Let's dive into the insightful world of…
Music Producer Vs Mixing Engineer? A Conversation with Mike Pepe & Lurssen Mastering
In today's music landscape, understanding the nuanced differences between a music producer and a mixing engineer is essential. This exploration will delve into the key distinctions that define their roles and shed light on how their responsibilities intersect and diverge…
Abbey Road’s Software Collaborations with Waves Audio, Spitfire Audio & Native Instruments
Abbey Road Studios: A Legacy of Excellence Abbey Road Studios, located in London, holds an unparalleled place in the annals of music history. Its legendary status stems from its role in recording timeless albums by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and…
Top Drum Software for Realistic Sounding MIDI Drums

Using drum software is one of the quickest and easiest means to lock down your song’s backbone. As a matter of fact, drum software has gotten so good that it isn’t uncommon for solo artists to release finished albums with…

The 16 Best Chord Generator VST [Free and Paid]

A great chord progression is one of many factors that contributes to a quality piece of music. It forms a template, or the backbone, from which the rest of the song can be built. But finding chords that go together…

3 Steps To Add FUNK Back To Your Bass | Marc Daniel Nelson
Introduction: In the world of music production, exploring different techniques and experimenting with instruments can bring a fresh and exciting dimension to your tracks. One such technique involves doubling parts with a clavinet, a keyboard instrument known for its funky…
Exploring the Musical Genius of Rob Moose: An Interview
In the vast world of music, there are artists who possess an exceptional talent for creating transformative and mesmerizing compositions. One such musician is Rob Moose. With his diverse skill set as a violinist, guitarist, and arranger, Moose has made…
Turning Drum Samples In To Breakbeat Fills
In today's video, we'll dive into the world of breakbeats and learn how to unleash our creativity by chopping them up. Download the Cheatsheet here so you can always return to it! Part 1: Chopping Break Beats To begin our…
“Don’t Stop”: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and the Platinum Power of Resilience in the Midst of Heartbreak
In early 1976, the members of Fleetwood Mac were facing some of the most trying moments of their personal lives. And they had a decision to make. Christine McVie later explained: “We had two alternatives – go our own ways…
One of Nasville’s greatest – Bil Vorndick: Artists Who Changed Music
Bil VornDick was one of the great unsung heroes of American music. He never obtained the name-recognition of some of the more high-profile American engineers and producers from New York and Los Angeles, but he was famous and treasured in…
What Is an 808 Beat & How Do You Create One?

The 808 is a defining feature of hip-hop (and its many sub-genres), pop, EDM, and modern electronic production. The original Roland drum machine took a while to catch on, but it would eventually revolutionize music. What Is an 808 Beat?…

How to Use Arpeggiators: 5 Tips to Instantly Enhance Melody & Rhythm

An arpeggiator is a common synthesizer feature. It’s an easy way to quickly add interest and movement to a chord progression. We’ll explore what an arpeggiator is, as well as offer some tips on using them in your own music!…

8 Best Orchestral VST For Any Budget (2023)

You might be surprised how often software instruments make it into final productions. Plenty of TV shows and small-budget films infrequently use live orchestras for their scores anymore, simply because the cost and time demand is too great. The same…

Understanding Texture in Music (And How to Utilize It in a Mix)

When we hear the word “texture,” we tend to picture visual or tactile mediums. Paintings and photographs can vividly capture a sense of texture, as can sculptures, architecture, and things naturally occurring in nature. But what about texture in music?…

Using Polyrhythms to Create More Interesting Mixes

Introducing polyrhythm is one way to make your productions more interesting. It doesn’t have to be overly complex to stand out and take your music to the next level! Polyrhythm vs. Polymeter: What’s the Difference? Both share a prefix, but…

Best Resources for Drum Loops in 2023

Drum loops are a quick and easy way to set up the foundation of a song. We’re lucky to have so many ways to chop up loops and samples, so they can actually become an integral part of any production…

Loopcloud 6.0 Review: Changing the Way You Produce Music

Electronic music production has exploded over the past several years. More than ever before, non-instrumentalists are getting into music-making using just their laptops, DAW, and a selection of royalty-free samples. Loopcloud is a provider of over 4 million loops and…

How To Record and Mix Modern Heavy Vocals | Ultimate Vocal Tone with Adam Steel
Today, we have the wonderful Adam Steel on the Channel. We've had Adam on the channel before sharing with us his ultimate bass tone, and guitar tone, and in today's video, he shares his ultimate vocal tone! He goes through…
Blending Jazz, Fusion & Hip Hop – The Swindle Interview
About Swindle For the South-London raised composer Swindle, 2020’s global COVID-19 response managed to drive the impetus for his latest LP THE NEW WORLD, which unapologetically ushers introspection, community and liberation into the ether. Initially numbed by the early pandemic…
How To Record and Mix Modern Heavy Guitar | Ultimate Guitar Tone with Adam Steel
Today, we have the wonderful Adam Steel on the Channel. We've had Adam on the channel before sharing with us his ultimate bass tone, and in today's video, he shares his ultimate guitar tone! He shares how important it is…
The ULTIMATE Guide To Drum Production!
Want to capture unique drum recordings that highlight the sound of the band and complement your own production style?In his new course, The Ultimate Guide To Drum Production, Mike Pepe (Taking Back Sundays, Lil Lotus) shows you how to produce Rock Drums…
Recording I Will Survive with ONE Ribbon Mic – AEA R84 Review and GIVEAWAY!
I Will Survive sung by Gloria Gaynor is the ultimate disco, female-empowerment, song. I’m here to share with you one of the best covers I have ever witnessed, sung by the fantastic musician and vocalist, Katie Ferrara. AEA has given…
Sandy Roberton – People Who Changed The Music Industry
Sandy Roberton was one of the music industry’s most significant unsung, behind-the-scenes heroes. During a career that spanned more than sixty years, he changed the lives of many artists, engineers, mixers, and producers, and of music lovers in general. Without…
Smallest Speaker Review on this channel – EVE Audio SC203 Review and GIVEAWAY
Small but powerful? The EVE Audio SC203 pair gets the job done! Last year we reviewed the EVE Audio SC205 and it packed a punch coming from a small speaker. Now we are reviewing the SC203 with even smaller speakers…
My 4 Favourite Drum Plugin Tricks
Let’s talk about plugins and how using the right ones can make all the difference when you’re mixing your tracks. To get that immaculate sound on the drums you’re searching for, there are some plugin tricks that will get you…
Katie Ferrara Interview & This City Performance
Katie Ferrara has been in countless Produce Like A Pro videos and today, we sit down to talk about her brand new single, This City. This City is a song Katie wrote and produced with Warren Huart about breaking free…
Studio Gear Tour: Top 6 pieces of equipment at Nest Recorders
Last week we visited Nest Recorders and took a studio tour with Grammy-Winning Chris Sorem and now we are back at Nest Recorders for a tour of the top 6 pieces of equipment that Chris uses the most in his…
BEST Gear For Home Music Production With Sanjay C
Happy Thursday! The week is nearly over and we have another treat for you!It was an honour to have Sanjay C over at Spitfire Studios a few weeks ago.We met at a very exciting event hosted by the incredible brand, Audeze at the…
Foo Fighters Everlong Cover & Multitracks – Lewitt Beat Kit PRO Review
This has to be one of the most explosive covers to date! The good folks at LEWITT microphones gave us their brand new Beat Kit Pro to try out but we thought we would take it one step further and…
Structurally Change Your Multi-FX with Eventides Physion Mk 2
We have been huge fans of Eventide for many many years.They are currently celebrating 50 years of incredible products for audio and music production and there isn't any sign of them letting up.They gave us the chance to check out their…
Recording & Mixing Jazz with Chris Sorem
There’s nothing better than experiencing band of talented musicians perform live. You’ve got raw sound surrounding you from all sides, you can feel the energy in the air, as the musicians lock in, and inspire each other to incredible performances.In…
Mixing Rock with Hunt Sales & Manny Nieto
This week, we not only shared our interview with Hunt Sales that has a truly touching sentiment to it, yesterday, we put out our weekly video on Songs That Changed Musicthat Hunt played drums on, Lust For Life by Iggy…
Lust For Life – Iggy Pop: Songs That Changed Music
From a simple recording of David Bowie on the Ukulele, “Lust for Life” was extrapolated into the instantly-recognizable song we know today. Rolling Stone placed it in The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004—and yet again in 2021—when…
Arturia FX Collection 3 & DIST Coldfire Review
Today, we're checking out the incredible Arturia and their FX Collection 3 that feels like we have long-overlooked! This is a powerful bundle for all creative engineers and producers looking to add a lot of flavour to their plugin arsenal.…
The Perfect Parallel Compressor for 2022? – IHNY2 by Baby Audio Review
Well, it looks like Baby Audio has done it again. Earlier this year, they released their take on algorithmic reverb in the form of their brilliant, Crystalline plugin. Today, they announce "version 2" of their very first plugin "I Heart…
Top 5 GEAR With LA Multi-instrumentalist & Producer, Fernando Perdomo
Today, we're checking out Stairway studios' engineer and meeting with multi-instrumentalist, Fernando Perdomo. Fernando shares his top 5 (actually 6!) favourite gear in his studio from a Nashville High Strung Parlour guitar and vintage Fender Mustang to a Soundcraft MTK…
How To Record and Mix Modern Heavy Bass | Ultimate Bass Tone with Adam Steel
Today, we have the rather wonderful Mr Adam Steel on the Channel. Last month, he shared his time with a ridiculous amount of gear recording drums! In today's episode, he shares his ultimate bass tone that is combining 3 separate…