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…

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…

The Stages of Music Production: From Noodling to Mastering

People involved in music production bat around the terms mixing and mastering a lot. What do they mean, and how do they fit into the overall process of producing a song? As an independent or self-produced musician, can you take some liberty and consolidate or be more efficient in any of the stages of music production? A…

Music Production 101: EQ

Equalization, better known as simply “EQ”—you suspect the pros are using this all the time and you’ve got to insert an EQ plug-in on your tracks to start shaping the sound. But what are you doing when you turn those knobs or pull those little nodes down, and what is this mysterious value called “Q”…

Music Production 101: Compression

While being one of the most fundamental tools to getting your productions tight, compression is also the least intuitive at first glance. Some compressor plug-ins are fairly basic and non-threatening while others have more knobs and dials than a NASA shuttle launch control. To add to that, it’s difficult to actually hear what a compressor does…