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Songwriting, Strategies, Tools, All

Tips on Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is an inevitable symptom of working in a creative field. Presented in a variety of magnitudes, it’s a condition that affects even the most capable producers. Identifying and understanding your writer’s block is the first step to controlling it.

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Production, Recording, Songwriting, Tools, All

Creating A Vintage Beat Using Free 1982 Casiotone Samples

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.

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Production, Recording, Tools, All

The DIY Guide to Mastering Your Own Music

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.

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Production, Recording, Strategies, Tools, All

5 Overdrive Guitar Pedals Guitar Players Need To Try

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.

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Production, Tools, All

How to Find Free Audio Samples

Need audio samples but strapped for cash? Don’t fret; we’ve got you covered. From EDM melodies to overhead drum kits, this is your one-stop-shop for completely FREE audio samples!

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Marketing, Production, Tools, All

Spotify For Artists: How To Amplify Your Profile

Like it or not, streaming is here to stay. Wherever you stand in the widely discussed issue of royalties, making your music available for streaming is a great way to connect with new fans and grow your audience worldwide.

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Marketing, Tools, All

How To Create Your Own Album Artwork For Free With Canva

Between music, graphics, and marketing, an Artist has a lot to consider while running their project. You can’t expect an expert producer—one who might clock 50 hour weeks in the studio or have another full-time job to double as an expert in Photoshop. Luckily, free tools are available on the internet to help musicians create captivating album artwork, such as Canva.

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Tools, All

3 Ways To Convert WAV Files To MP3s

MP3 is a file format for compressed audio. Its compression scheme is considered “lossy” (in that there’s a measurable quality loss in the MP3 compression process). However, over the years, MP3 audio quality has improved, and it remains one of the foremost commercial audio formats.

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Production, Tools, All

Using A Vocoder For More Than Vocals

Vocoders are one of the best tools to give your mix an elevated electronic feel instantly. Luckily, these plugins often come with DAWs, or at the very least, can be purchased at a super affordable price.

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Production, Tools, All

How To Use Kick Plugins to Make Better Kick Drums

Have you ever listened to a song and thought to yourself, “this is the best kick drum sound I have ever heard?” When Led Zeppelin and the engineer Andy John recorded “When The Levee Breaks,” they did so in a cavernous setting using a set of Beyerdynamic M160 ribbon microphones which they positioned from the stairwell overlooking Bonham’s drums. That was 1971.

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Mixing, Production, Recording, Tools

What is a DAW and Why You Need One

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!

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Recording, Tools, All

Audio Interfaces: What They Are, And Why You Need One

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…

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Marketing, Tools, All

eMastered Review: 8 Content Creators Give Their Thoughts

eMastered has been around for quite a while now, and over the years our initial goal of using online mastering to help musicians make music more affordably and effectively has been a resounding success.

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Marketing, Tools, All

eMastered Reviews: Thoughts From 6 Of Music's Brightest Stars

eMastered has been around for quite a while now, and over the years our initial goal of using online mastering to help musicians make music more affordably and effectively has been a resounding success. As our company has grown so too has our support within the music industry, and we’ve been fortunate to have some of the biggest names in music join our family.

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Production, Tools, All

8 DAW Programs Perfect For The Home Producer

I’m all about cheap and good, doing things affordably and efficiently. And when it comes to choosing a DAW (digital audio workstation), I don’t have to compromise.

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Recording, Tools, All

A Beginner’s Guide To Home Studio Acoustic Treatment

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?

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