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…

5 Tips for Better Rock/Metal Drum Programming

You want to play rock or metal, but you can’t find a drummer! Maybe you live in Middle-of-Nowhere, Kansas, maybe you’re a total control-freak when it comes to your art, or perhaps you’re just too damned shy to leave your bedroom studio? Thankfully, the art and technology of drum simulation in music production has come…

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…