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…

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…

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…