Is Music Your Hobby or Your Passion?

Why do you do this music thing, anyway? Is music just your version of stamp collecting or trout fishing—something you do in your spare time to get a break from the daily grind? Or is it a little bit more of an intense thing than that? Does music stem from your soul and burn inside…

Music Production 101: The Limiter

The limiter is an essential tool in the mastering phase, and has a role at other stages of music production as well. Increasing overall loudness and preventing overload of a signal are the two main functions of the limiter, but how do you dial it in? If you are already familiar with compression, then you’ll…

Plateaus – Annihilation EP [Peer Review 01]

Welcome to the first in a series I call Peer Review, where I bring to you my impressions of a release from a fellow independent musician! I’m reviewing the EP Annihilation by Melbourne, FL artist Plateaus. Plateaus is the project of independent musician Nate Flores, a guitarist and songwriter who appeared on the Southeast Florida metal-scene…

6 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Artist or Band Name

Coming up with a great name for yourself or your band can be a massive headache. Add to that the fact that it has become increasingly hard to pin down a good name that isn’t already taken. There is also a myriad of legal variables to consider, which sucks all of the fun out of…

5 Tips for Getting Your Tracks Louder

One of the most striking differences between a track you may have produced on your own in your home project studio versus a song produced in a professional studio, is the overall loudness. Maybe your track sounds flat, small, weak, and deflated in contrast to the “real” production. This can really get under your skin…

Mixing and Mastering Your Own Music vs. Hiring Someone

As an independent artist you wear many hats. You could even be a one-person band, and as such you probably handle every aspect of how your music is created, captured and presented. The mysterious arts of mixing and mastering define two final stages of the process where many artists, big and small, hire professional engineers…