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5 Tricks to Bring Your Drum Programming to Life

Friday - May 6, 2016 Beat Production

There's a ton of advice out there being spewed every time someone asks "How do I program realistic drums?"  The answers are always the same... Learn how a real drummer drums Use real drum samples instead of synth-based Layer your sounds on top of each other Yeah yeah yeah.  Here's the problem with that nonsense.  Knowing […]

Mixing with Reverb: How to Use Reverb for Depth Without Creating a Mess

Tuesday - Apr 26, 2016 Mixing & Mastering

Do you ever listen to professional mixes and wonder how in the world they have so many lush reverbs flowing throughout the soundscape, yet everything still sounds crystal clear?  How come you can't achieve the same? The answers are here. Most of the time we jump in, grab a reverb that has a sound we […]

What is Tape Saturation? Which Are The Best Saturation Plugins?

Friday - Apr 22, 2016 Mixing & Mastering

Lots of listeners hear older recordings and realize that something sounds different than the new crystal clear, extremely sterilized, computerized recordings of today.  It's not just a sense of nostalgia.  There is definitely a difference but it's hard to put your finger on it.  Even audiophiles have a difficulty nailing down just what that subtle […]

Vocal Warm Up Exercises for Singing

Thursday - Apr 7, 2016 Gigs & Live Performance

There are countless occupations that ask for you to put your best voice forward.  From singers, actors, and radio personalities, to teachers, salesmen, and almost any other professional... it's not only what you say but how you say it.  The key is preparation through vocal warm up exercises. Confidence and trust arises out of consistent […]

14 Tips for Recording and Mixing Vocals - The Right Way...

Thursday - Mar 24, 2016 Mixing & Mastering

The two most important aspects to "recording and mixing vocals" is implied in that phrase right there.  There is the recording phase and then there is the mixing phase. When recording, representing your voice in the most accurate and pristine way is about what not to do.  It's a somewhat passive stage where as long as […]

Music Industry Artist Networking & Branding Basics

Friday - Mar 4, 2016 Careers & Marketing

We all believe that success in the music industry should be based on musical skill of some sort, whether that's songwriting, technical playing prowess, or some other talent.  But unfortunately the industry has been taken over by businessmen who have their sights set on one goal... profit. This means that these record executives, A&R scouts, […]