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10 Mar 2017

It’s Official – Maschine Studio and Maschine 2.0 Software is here!

Today, Native Instruments released a new line of their world-class drum sequencing tool Maschine, as well as an update to the software for all of the Maschine products. And it looks amazing. At $999, this Maschine, dubbed Maschine Studio, is the most advanced (and expensive) Maschine to date – rivaling the MPC Renaissance in function and power. While the users of this mega-maschine might be somewhat few and far between, one thing’s for sure – the software update will be […]

09 Mar 2017

Want a New Logic Pro X Theme?

How about something like this? I had just heard about some new Chrome themes (this one’s pretty cool), and thought to myself – “what if I could do that to my DAW?” I like the flexibility that Digital Performer (among other DAWs) gives you when it comes to changing the skin of the DAW – you can make it look like the music you’re making, which can really help the creative juices flow. (Try typing a creative paper on Windows […]

09 Mar 2017

Do You Know How Much You’ve Improved?

Have you ever thought about how much you’ve improved over some period of time? Maybe how much better your mixes have gotten over the last year? Or maybe how much better a track sounds after a few rounds of mixes? If you haven’t, you should start. Why? Because if you know what you’ve improved on, you’ll know what has worked and what hasn’t. You’ll also be able to better identify whatever still needs work. Use this test when comparing two […]

08 Mar 2017

Interactive Processing: Something You Should Be Doing

How do you apply effects your tracks while mixing? We’re not talking about what plugins you’re using – we’re talking about what process you’re using. It’s a good idea to hear exactly what a certain plugin is doing to one track specifically. You obviously don’t want to completely trash a track and not even know it. But soloing out a track to add processing is only half of what you should be doing. Here’s the other half: Processing individual tracks […]

08 Mar 2017

Never Lose Your Session Again Due To Weather

Are you sick of working for countless hours on your production, only to have a storm come through, knock out the power, and corrupt your entire session? If you’re not yet, you will be as soon as it happens to you! Don’t wait until it’s too late – take action and be prepared! But how? Get yourself a UPS. Uninterrupted Power Supply. It’s basically a mini generator that runs for a short time off an internal battery. It’s not going […]

08 Mar 2017

Your 2014 Recording Resolution: Get Better With This Simple Tip

Happy New Year! Whether or not you have a New Years resolution, you should still have a 2014 recording resolution. Why not make it something that’s going to make your recordings way better. It’s not hard – and you don’t even have to think of what it’ll be. We’ve got you covered. So what’s going to make you way better at recording in just a few short months? It’s simple and we promise it’ll be fun. Here it goes: record […]

07 Mar 2017

Become a Sound Engineer in 6 *Easy* Steps

I stumbled upon this interesting article on wikihow, and must agree with the steps to success that are laid out. Although it may seem quite a bit easier than it really is, this is a good breakdown of the steps to become a good engineer, producer, or musician for that matter! Here’s a quick outline of the article (which you should read here if you like): Start practicing. It’s impossible to become the next Mozart if you’ve never picked up […]

07 Mar 2017

Master Background Vocals – Bil Vorndick. Master Vocal Production

Let’s get back in the studio today with master vocal producer Bil Vorndick. In this video we watch his technique for pro-level background vocals with some of Nashville’s hottest vocalists.

07 Mar 2017

The Production Challenge

Back in the day, I was reading a book where they mentioned something about recording challenges. It was always interesting, and I always wanted to give it a shot. Basically, you give yourself a time limit (this competition was 24 hours), and a number of songs that you will write/record. For example, 5 songs in 10 hours, or 3 songs in 8 hours. Then guess what? You do it. No interruptions, no stopping, maybe 15 minutes for a lunch break. […]

05 Mar 2017

My Drums Don’t Fit – What Do I Do Now?

My drums don’t fit – what do I do now? Don’t panic. This is one of the most frequent worries any producer has at some point during the session. Maybe it’s the timbre, maybe it’s the part. A lot of times, it’s hard to tell exactly what is causing your second guessing. But after you figure out what it is, you’ll be able to fix it in no time. Use these steps to figure out what the problem is: [wc_box […]