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…

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”…

You Don’t Need Expensive Music Gear

If you’ve surfed YouTube in the past couple of years or so you have most likely noticed a tidal wave of gear reviews from various musicians and enthusiasts, including both mega-popular and relatively-unknown YouTubers. On the Tube, you can find your favorite artist or producer pumping up a hype new piece of gear in an endless stream…

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…