2010 - 2019: Most Popular Music Tech Articles Of The Decade

Here's the top 15 articles from the past 10 years published only on Ask.Audio. These are the most read pieces on music tech, including news, tutorials and opinion editorials.  

2020 marks the start of a new decade, and while we tend to present the most popular, or most read article from Ask.Audio from the previous year, this time round we're going to showcase the best of the last 10 years.

Let's start with the most popular... 

1. Music Theory: 432 Hz Tuning - Separating Fact From Fiction

In exploring the 432 Hz debate at Ask.Audio, we soon realised this topic wasn't going to be resolved in one article. Here Assaf Dar Sagol explores the fact and fiction behind tuning to 432 Hz.

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2. Seven Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Up Studio Monitors


Correctly setting up studio monitors is crucial to ensure your audio productions aren't awash with problems. In this enlightening read, Joe Albano discusses 7 things which can be avoided.

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3. Music Theory: Exploring The 432 Hz Tuning Debate

Most of the world now uses 440 Hz as the standard pitch tuning. However, this has been a relatively recent standard, and 432 Hz is making a comeback. Lynda Arnold explores why with sound examples.

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4. 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Recording Vocals

Recording vocals is arguably easier than recording a drum kit, but there are still common mistakes to avoid when laying down vocal tracks or recording vocal talent. Here's six things to bear in mind.

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5. 11 Hardware MIDI Sequencers Every Producer Should Consider

MIDI Sequencers. The more 'veteran' music producer or musician among us probably has at least one. But with hardware sequencers becoming more popular and accessible, which one is best for your needs?

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6. 10 Essential Mastering Plug-ins

Which plug-ins are essentials when mastering your music? Mo Volans reveals his 10 essential mastering plug-ins—some of which you might not have come across

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7. 8 Essential Tips for Mastering in FL Studio

So you've mixed your latest production and it's time to master it? While mastering engineers are often the best option, if you want to master your own tracks in FL Studio here's 8 essential tips.

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8. 5 Excellent Software Guitar Amp Simulators

5 Excellent Software Guitar Amp Simulators

Software amp simulators have come a long way in the past few years. And many recording guitarists are now open to the idea of going software. Toby Pitman highlights five of the very best.

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9. 55 Top FREE Instrument & Synth Plugins

55 Top FREE Instrument & Synth Plugins

There are some amazing free plugin and standalone software instruments out there, if only you could find them. Luckily we have compiled a list of the top 55 - so now you can!

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10. Spotify Drops Loudness Target to -14 LUFS. What Does This Mean For Producers?

Good news, with Spotify's latest announcement, the loudness wars may finally be coming to an end. So what does this mean for producers?

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11. 11 Essential Logic Pro X Shortcuts for Producers

Becoming faster with Logic Pro X's shortcuts and key commands can leave you more time to focus on the music. Darren Burgos shares 11 of his favorite shortcuts when producing tracks here.

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12. Getting Started with In-Ear Monitoring

On the surface, in-ear monitoring solutions may appear expensive, but Keith Crusher explains why the cost could be justified and how they can positively affect your next live performance.

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13. 5 Easy Ways to Make Your Own MIDI Controller on a Budget

If you want to custom build your own controller, DIY style, where should you start? Liam Lacey explores 5 budget platforms that will take your MIDI controller idea from zero to hero.

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14. 52 FREE Audio Effect Plug-Ins For Musicians And Producers

There are some excellent audio effect plugins available, and incredibly many of these are free. Here's a list we've compiled of 52 that'll make you and your music productions happy.

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15. 11 Synth Mixing & Programming Mistakes Every Producer Should Avoid

11 Synth Mixing & Programming Mistakes Every Producer Should Avoid

Don't commit cardinal sin after cardinal sin when it comes to mixing / programming your hardware or software synthesizer. The following 11 tips are what every self-respecting producer should know.

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Rounik is the Executive Editor for Ask.Audio & macProVideo. He's built a crack team of professional musicians and writers to create one of the most visited online resources for news, review, tutorials and interviews for modern musician and producer. As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro Rounik has taught teachers, professional... Read More


Toni Mazzotti
I have been subscribing to MacProVideo and AskAudio since 2009. And I was very sad that you censored my documentary in the comments of the most read article of the decade. Lynda Arnold, who wrote this article participates in my documentary. This is the first documentary to feature 14 of the top 432 hz tuning activists in the world. Do you or do you not want this popular subject to be discussed?


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