Beginner’s Guide: Everything you need to know about studio monitors

In this guide, we're going to look at the most important items in your studio setup, the ones that you listen to the results of your production endeavors on: your monitors. Now we get to the important bit. Yes, really. We can't emphasize too much how important your studio monitors (call them speakers if you like) are. We started this series lo

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Slate Digital is letting you download every single one of its sample packs for free

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Grab these royalty-free sounds while you can from Slate Digital. With the Black Friday music deals machine starting to kick into gear, Slate Digital has announced that you can currently download every single one of its sample packs for free. These are all royalty-free, so you can happily release any music that you make with them. There are 16 packs

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Reverb Mistakes you need to stop RIGHT NOW!

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 You might have seen previous articles listing common compression mistakes and EQ mistakes. What's next? We're exploring some of the most common mistakes mixing engineers make when dealing with reverb and how to avoid them. Again, here's the phrase that has, by now, become boilerplate: if you find yourself guilty of any of these, don't worry—s

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How to Keep Reverb from Overwhelming Your Mix

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Reverb — an abbreviation for "reverberation" — is the reflected sound that bounces back to your ears from surfaces in your environment. It's what gives massive cathedrals their characteristic, echo-laden sound. So let's talk about how to use just the right about of Reverb in your mix Reverb, whether it be from a plug-in, digital rackmount unit

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How to Hear Compression While Mixing and Mastering

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Compression is a topic that is often discussed at length by producers and engineers. We talk about our favorite compressors, popular techniques, and the best settings to use for any and every situation. But one thing we don't often talk about is how to actually hear compression. When you're first starting out, it's important to train your ears to b

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Denise is offering you a free VST bitcrushing plugin, and a big brother that bites even harder

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 Those with an appetite for sonic destruction can choose from two options  Denise audio has expanded its plugin roster with two new bit crushers, one of which - My Crush - is free. Bite Harder, its big brother, adds more features, including extra drive, effects, parameter controls and a push-pull graph that enables you to target spec

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Songwriting basics: how to create a heartbreaking, sad chord progression

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Sprinkle a little magic, wonder and even soul into your chord progressions with this neat music theory device Music is an incredibly powerful tap into the emotions. As an experiment, try watching the most emotional scene from any movie you can think of with the sound turned off.  Without music, the emotional impact of the scene will be hugely

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Producer Studio hacks: 8 sure-fire ways to beat creative block

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I get into it too, just like you. It's like writer's block but its worse and it's a HUGE waste of time, so let's fix it.   How to keep your producing "moving forward" even if it's not the goal you intended. Drawing a blank in the studio? Use these bullet-proof creativity hacks to bust out of your writer's block We've all been there: you g

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5 things I’ve learned about music production: “Why do you even want to sound like anyone else?”

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 The hardest thing to do is find yourself in your own music. Finding that one fuzzy sound that makes everyone realize "it's you" every single time. If there was such a thing as 'a good lockdown', it's fair to say that German-Croatian producer Topic had it. First came "Why do you lie to me Why Do You Lie To Me featuring rapper Lil Baby, &n

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Behringer's new Studio XL audio interface. The all-in-1

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Behringer has turned its attention away from dropping synth remakes for a moment to introduce the new Studio XL, 192 kHz, 2x4 USB audio interface. The Behringer's new Studio XL takes much of its cues from Mackie's Big Knob Studio+ interface and as such gives you control over motor mixes and also includes studio talkback. The big USP

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Breaking down lo-fi and house music with Beatmaker and Astra

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Exploring new genres is always a great creative exercise for producers across skill levels. Getting acquainted with the techniques associated with different styles of music can help expand your musical vocabulary, which in turn allows you to blend contrasting influences into a sound that’s uniquely your own.

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How to make your bass dominate your mix

Use this Drum and Bass production trick to increase or augment the perception of power in your BASS. DnB producers such as Noisia and DLR are experts at increasing bass perception through clever mix interactions. Here’s a simple, effective way to replicate the effect.

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What is Mastering?

The art of mastering for CD and DVD evolved directly from the process of "cutting" a lacquer for vinyl pressing, and involves many of the same concepts. But what actually is it ?

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Backbone is Steinberg’s new “one-of-a-kind” drum resynthesizer plugin

Turn your rhythmic loops and one-shots into something else

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Audiaire Zenith review

Pulled from the heart of the Zone synth, this open-ended multitrack MIDI sequencer helps bring your hardware and software synths to life

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10 ways to turn musical ideas into whole tracks or sections

Tips and techniques to help you turn your core musical ideas into complete tracks.

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6 ways to get inspired without leaving the house

If you find yourself with a lot of studio time, but a lack of ideas, here’s our advice for getting inspiration without leaving the house.

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FL Studio How to: Create Vocal Chops

A surefire technique used across all genres, chopping up and processing vocals before sprinkling them throughout a mix can turn sturdy tracks into modern-day classics. Here’s how to do it in FL Studio.

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How to get started in producing your own music

Thomann has released a brand new video and audio podcast series, which hopes to delve into many different areas of the music industry

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Podcasting 101: Get Your DJ Podcast Onto iTunes

Many DJs think they need to be a celebrity, have a label, or major backing to get their music onto iTunes. Not so! Even though some people find out how to get their music, mixes, songs, videos, into an iTunes listing, many of them have no idea how to maintain it. In this first tutorial on the basics of podcasting for DJs, we'll show you how to create a podcast feed and be able to update it anytime you want, for free and with no coding necessary! It's all after the jump.

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