Review of Naughty Seal Audio’s Perfect Drums

For every 300 guitarists, there is probably one drummer dedicated enough to his or her art as the guitarist is. This creates a seemingly bleak disparity, where droves of guitarists—dying to rock the f*ck out—are left noodling away in unsatisfying, percussion-less jam sessions. But along came the brilliant idea of drum simulators. “Oh, you mean…

The Keys to Learning Music Production Online

The internet is saturated with open access YouTube channels, websites, and blogs (*ahem*) that offer free music production advice, including tips for dialing in guitar tones, vocal lessons, recording, mixing and even the mysterious art of mastering. While it seems like there is enough information freely available out there to turn any beginner into a…

Plateaus – “Crash Landing” EP [Peer Review 02]

Instrumental thrash/prog shredder Nate Flores aka Plateaus returns with a follow up to the “Annihilation” EP, bringing some expansive new sounds and flavors to his energetic brand of metal. Plateaus – “Crash Landing” EP Mayday Another Happy Landing (feat. Vanessa Flores) Avarice (feat. Chharath Chay) The Hermit (feat. Chris Tarver) Squiggle To Adventure (feat. Kyle…

“The Systematic Mixing Guide” Book Review

Years and years ago I used to lurk on a forum on the website UltimateMetal.com. There you’d find legions of metal musicians and producers exchanging recording and mixing tips. In just about every UM forum thread there was an incredibly generous and knowledgeable guy called “Ermz” who would respond to user’s queries with some really…

5 Ways to Monitor Your Mixes in the Home Project Studio

Every listening device is like a new set of ears to hear with, and having a handful of different ears at your disposal can prove very useful in fine-tuning your mix. Investing in a solid set of studio monitors is an absolute must for the home project studio, but some other devices that you may…