The columns below represent the staples of our work and industry. They touch on the topics that can’t be ignored by successful musicians, but may be intimidating and overwhelming. Let our columnists simplify and share the info you need in an easily accessible manner so you can focus on your passion. Dig into specific columns on the right or view all of the most recent posts below.

The Best Equalizers - Outboard Analog Hardware EQ's for Mixing & Mastering

Wednesday - Dec 14, 2016 Gear Reviews

Click here to jump straight to the reviews! Emulation is simply that... a game of pretend... a simulation of the real thing. Software can pretend to replicate the circuitry of hardware.  It can even filter itself to act as if it's producing the subtle, pleasing artifacts of analog recording equipment.  In the end it's still, […]

Mixing with EQ: 23 EQ Tips to Sculpt the Perfect Sounding Song

Sunday - Dec 11, 2016 Mixing & Mastering

But all of these knobs and settings are staring back and grinning, daring you to even try to understand what they do. Have no fear.  With these 23 EQ tips, you'll have a broad overview of what the knobs do and what must be done for your music to rival the professional mixes.  It's nowhere […]

Musical Modes Explained

Saturday - Oct 1, 2016 Music Theory

It's easy to run into modes and think, "What the heck is going on?  Why does all of this need to be so convoluted and complicated?" It does seem that way at first until you work with modes enough to spot the pattern.  Then not only does it click into place but you can even work […]

Bass Programming Tips for MIDI & Synths

Tuesday - Sep 27, 2016 Beat Production

Bass programming is my second favorite part of making beats right after the drums.  Laying down the initial, fundamental groove of the song helps the rest of the process move along without any problems. And that needs to be the order of operations: Bass then drums or drums then bass. The problem is most of us are […]

The Circle of Fifths Explained

Wednesday - Sep 21, 2016 Music Theory

Typical discussion about the Circle of Fifths is largely for beginners and intermediate music theorists, and the tricky part is there's no way to avoid using other technical jargon that a beginner may not know when explaining it.  We're going to keep it as simple as possible with explanations of any new terms. So get […]

10 MIDI Programming & Sequencing Tips

Tuesday - Sep 20, 2016 Beat Production

There's nothing better than MIDI for getting ideas out of your head quickly and accurately. The faster you can do this without the distractions of tinkering with hardware and software, the better.  Staying in the left-brain mode can be the difference between a #1 hit and a dud. When it's time to pump out a […]