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Recording Vocals at Home: Clean & Clear

Tuesday - Jun 30, 2015 Studio Recording

No matter your goal... whether you're a rapper, producer, singer, podcast creator, video game designer, etc., you need a quality vocal chain set up and ready to rock at home.  Recording vocals at home used to be a dream, and now it's a no-brainer.  Money is no longer the barrier to entry.  The know-how is what […]

How to Sample Like the East Coast Producers

Thursday - Jun 25, 2015 Beat Production

        There's nothing like hearing a track with the perfect set of samples looped in.  When done right, you can even make a name for yourself.  Look at guys like Kanye West, the RZA, the Alchemist, Just Blaze, and on and on.  They made their name as sample based producers and are […]

The Ocarina Almanac

Friday - Apr 3, 2015 Gear Reviews

Life is full of many curiosities, and it is quite curious in itself that this instrument is making a comeback into the mainstream musical consciousness. A lot of people have recently been asking “What instrument is making that sound? It’s a what? How do you spell it? Didn’t that Zelda guy play one of those?” […]

Mixing Bass and Kick for Low-End Balance

Wednesday - Mar 18, 2015 Mixing & Mastering

When it comes to turning off your listeners, I don't know what's worse: having an anemic, powerless low-end or having a muddy, overpowering mess with no clarity.  Unfortunately, these are two of the most common problems with amateur mixes.  These two scenarios and could doom the reception of the best song ever written before it […]

Basic Song Structure Essentials

Saturday - Mar 14, 2015 Music Theory

The deeper into the adventure of song writing you delve, the more you'll begin to notice patterns, especially relating to song structure.  Differing genres and decades will display their various influences and preferences, but at the end of the day the basic song structure essentials never change.  One or two of the fundamentals may disappear […]

Mixing With Headphones Versus Monitors

Thursday - Mar 12, 2015 Mixing & Mastering

While it's indisputable that countless top quality songs have been produced while mixing with headphones, there are many issues to be overcome that can simply be avoided by mixing, or at least referencing, with monitors.  Properly balancing the stereo field can be extremely difficult in the full-immersion of earphones versus the natural ambience of an acoustically treated studio […]