Sometimes, it’s not about knowing what to do, but instead what you shouldn’t do. In today’s DIY music scene, there’s no shortage of unsolicited advice online. While a good chunk of it is helpful, entire threads are dedicated to terrible production advice that runs rampant on the internet.
Nothing is better than free plugins when it comes to music production. In many cases, there are tons of options to choose from that will provide quality results. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some free, helpful tools for your music. This list includes a chord generator, Granulator 2 (one of our personal favorites), and some quality drum machine, synth, and vinyl samples.
Imagine this – you sit down in front of your computer, eager and motivated to make music. You fire up your DAW, throw on your headphones, and the music flows out of you like art out of Picasso. But when it comes time to add a little extra flair, you freeze up. A medley of effects stands before you, and using the wrong ones will turn your glorious new masterpiece into an unpleasant cacophony.
There’s no shortage of mixing advice on the internet. With that in mind, it can be challenging to parse through what advice is beneficial versus harmful. Luckily, we were given this free master class by David Gibson. David Gibson’s “The Art of Mixing” is packed with all of mixing’s essentials in one surprisingly entertaining video.
FL Studio 20 was released on its 20th anniversary, and it came packed with many new features. Below, we’re going to explain some of these excellent features in more detail.
Mid/Side mic recording (M/S” or "MS") is a stereo recording technique with a wide range of applications. Read on to learn all about MS recording and its uses.
One of the best parts about being a musician in today’s day and age is the presence of free resources. Sample libraries are no exception, and we were overjoyed when we found out a user sampled a wonderfully retro 1982 Casiotone MT-45.
So you’ve finished recording your song – finally! After hours of painstakingly re-writing your lyrics, summoning up your best performance, and deftly displaying mad production skills, your opus is ready to be unleashed on the world!But wait just a moment; how will your song sound next to tracks by other artists? Will it sit nicely in that Spotify playlist, or will it be conspicuously limp compared to the other tunes? My friend, this is where mastering comes into play.
It might seem quite obvious, but if there is one pedal every guitarist needs to own, it is an overdrive pedal. Many guitarists own three or more overdrive pedals, as they generally have unique tones and can be ordered in different ways to create exciting sounds.
Music licensing can be very confusing to the layperson, especially royalty-free licensing. Even on user-friendly platforms like SoundCloud, it can be hard to find or publish royalty-free assets without knowing a few key details.
Is your refrigerator running? No, this isn’t a poorly-delivered April fools joke. Your fridge is one of many real-world examples of noise right in your own home. But why are there so many kinds of noise, and how do you differentiate between them? Continue reading to learn about the wonderful world of noise!
One of the most long-held debates surrounding electronic music production is whether using loops is cheating. After all, using loops is undoubtedly more efficient than recording an instrumental from scratch. Below, we’ll dive into the debate so that you can determine if these tools are a good fit for your production style.
Audio phase is one of those phenomena that can be tricky to wrap your head around. Once you’ve got a grip on it, though, you’ll be able to take your productions to a whole new level. In other words, it pays to know about phase. Let’s dig into this concept further and explore its implications in the studio.
If you're in the audio space, chances are you've heard about a DAW before, but what are they, and how do they help with audio production? Find it out here!
You’re getting ready to dive into creating your own music. You’ve read an entire internet’s worth of information about DAWs, plug-ins, and software instruments. You’re fired up! Then you read a little more on studio equipment and come across the term audio interface. Something else to buy? Maybe, maybe not. Read on to get the low down…
Colder weather is approaching, and the average American’s options for outdoor activities are beginning to dwindle. While winter recreation can be a blast, there’s truly no better time to hunker down and enjoy our favorite hobbies than from the comfort of your own home.
What recording studio equipment do you need to start recording a song? So many bedroom producers have asked this question, so I thought I’d present a guide on the topic.
Acoustic treatment can seem daunting, especially if you’ve just started recording at home. What can you use for treatment? Where in the room do you put it? And how do you know if your recording space even needs treatment?
Knowing what to do when recording at home is often more clear than what not to do. But the dos and don’ts are equally important.
So you want to record your new song…but you’ve never actually done that before. What does it take to make that happen?