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…

Mixing and Mastering Your Own Music vs. Hiring Someone

As an independent artist you wear many hats. You could even be a one-person band, and as such you probably handle every aspect of how your music is created, captured and presented. The mysterious arts of mixing and mastering define two final stages of the process where many artists, big and small, hire professional engineers…

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…