Creative Techniques for Mixing Vocals

Vocals are one of the most important elements in a song, regardless of genre. It’s safe to say that how you approach mixing vocals can make or break your track. Have you ever heard a hit record, or even just…

The Difference Between Mixing and Mastering

Mixing and mastering are the two essential processes in polishing and finalizing a recorded song. If you’re making music that you plan to sell, or use to promote yourself (i.e., not a demo), you’ll want to invest some time into…

Hi! My name is Gordon McNeil! (Musician, Producer, Mixer, Label Owner)

Hi! I’m Gordon McNeil! In 2014, I was touring with the world’s leading Queen Tribute band “One Night Of Queen” fronted by Gary Mullen (winner of TV show Stars In Their Eyes) It was touring pretty much for a full…

Music Publishing Essentials: Everything You Need to Know

If you aspire to earn income on your compositions, music publishing is one of the most important–and least understood–aspects of the music business. It’s how songwriters make the majority of their money, and how they’re able to earn royalties when…

12 Incredible Songwriting Tips that Work

As musicians, we spend the bulk of our time improving on what we do. We’d probably all agree that every new project we start (and sometimes never finish!) is a step towards getting better at songwriting. While there isn’t a…

How to Overcome Writer’s Block: 10 Tips and Tricks Used by Pros

It’s something that every creative has experienced and will likely face again: the feeling of being totally out of ideas. Inspiration comes to a halt, and starting or finishing a project seems like an insurmountable task. Writer’s block is discouraging and…

Top 10 Home Studio Essentials for Beginners

An efficient home studio set-up is essential for producers, engineers, and musicians of any level. And luckily, the time has never been better to get into the game. Rapid advances in digital technology over the past decade have made home…

10 Things No One Tells You About Music Production
1. Your first attempts at making music will not be that good! It’s ok! My first productions were atrocious! Knowing what I know now I wish I had created more songs and spent less time trying to perfect the ones…
How to Mix Music Using 5 Simple Elements

Mixing music requires both technical ability and the creativity to try things that would make a song compelling and interesting to listeners. Mix engineers firstly possess the technical knowledge of audio signal flow, DAW and/or console operation, and how to…

7 Stock Pro Tools Plugins Covering All the Basics

Whether a DAW boasts an impressive selection of stock plugins can be a deciding factor when the time comes to choose. If you’ve picked Pro Tools, you’ll have access to over 60 plugins right out of the box. Luckily, stock…

The Best Free Audio Editors in 2018

Regardless of the type of audio you’re working with, there’s a good chance you’ll want software to help you mix, edit, or directly record the source. It doesn’t matter whether you’re producing music, podcasts, or audio to sync with video;…

6 Steps in Becoming a Better Songwriter

The path to improvement as a songwriter is an on-going, ever-evolving process. As a craft, songwriting is highly individualistic, dictated by a host of personal characteristics. The instrument(s) you play, the genre(s) you most enjoy, and your technical and creative…

How to Write a Song with 10 Helpful Holistic Hints

When it comes to writing music, there’s surely no substitute for a bit of creativity and the keen desire to make something new. Everyone has a method all their own, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t observable parallels between creative…

Music Production With Phil Allen, Bob Horn & Erik Reichers
a Rafflecopter giveaway This week has been all about production. Recording the right parts, perfecting the arrangement and getting the sounds the way we want to hear them is huge! This channel is called PRODUCE Like A Pro after all!…
Best DAW 2018: Getting the Most from Your Software

We’ve covered DAWs extensively over the past several weeks, examining both the top inexpensive options as well as the best-of-the-best in digital audio production. And while we can’t in good conscience crown a single DAW king, we can further look…

What You Should Know About Analogue Summing

As I’m sure you’re well aware, the analogue vs. digital debate still rages on despite digital’s advancements over the years. Whether you grew up working on analogue equipment or simply call yourself a “purist,” some folks still consider “old-school” recording…

EQ Cheat Sheet: Simple Guidelines for Effective Equalization

Understanding equalization–probably the most widely used signal processor available to engineers–is essential to making records sound their absolute best. Sometimes it’s as simple as high-passing an instrument in the proper spot, while other cases require a bit more attention and…

The Best Music Production Apps for Mobile

Musicians’ creativity doesn’t come to a halt when they’re on the road. In a perfect world, we’d all have access to the comfort of our home studios 24/7, efficiently churning out music as often as we’d like. But whether you’re…

Free Multitracks to Hone Your Mixing Skills

It goes without saying that the only way to get better at something is to do it a lot. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an athlete or a carpenter, a musician or a painter; practicing your craft is essential to developing what…

The Top 7 USB Audio Interfaces for Studios on a Budget

After the computer and DAW, arguably the most important component of any studio is the audio interface. It may seem like spending a fortune is the only way to get the best digital recording and playback quality. However, “you get what you…