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…

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…

5 Tips for Finishing Your Music Projects

You’ve been sitting on those tracks for how long now? You even got your fans, friends and family excited about that fire you told them you’ve been working on. But months have passed, maybe even a year since you first conceived of those new songs. Maybe you haven’t ever released anything and you are carefully calculating…