Are You Suffering from Music Burnout?

I’m going to keep it real right now. There have been many, many times in the past 17 years I have considered walking away from music, for good. I’m talking “DELETE FU**ING EVERYTHING” levels of disenchantment. As a matter of fact, this happened fairly recently, thus this blog was quiet for a while. Luckily, the…

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…

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…