Mooer GE200 Amp Modeler and Multi-FX Review

I’m careful about the investments I make in my project studio; I can smell hype from several miles away, and I’m not lulled by the siren song of some artist I like endorsing a revoltingly over-priced piece of gear. I simply want something that is solid, dependable, flexible, and doesn’t dent the bank account too…

5 Tips for Better Rock/Metal Drum Programming

You want to play rock or metal, but you can’t find a drummer! Maybe you live in Middle-of-Nowhere, Kansas, maybe you’re a total control-freak when it comes to your art, or perhaps you’re just too damned shy to leave your bedroom studio? Thankfully, the art and technology of drum simulation in music production has come…

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…