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5 Hacks Every Recording Musician & Engineer Should Know

The recording process can throw all kinds of curve balls at you, however well prepared you may be. Joe Albano shares some industry secrets that can save your bacon if the worst happens.

The Final Mix: Using Your Car

Of all the mixing tools you can think of, your car probably doesn't feature very high on the list. But it should! Here's why.

Dealing With GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

We all lust after shiny new gear from time to time, but is it always a good idea? Shane Berry has some advice on when to leap, and when to only look.

Recording and Production: Close-Miking Techniques

Close miking is a core skill for recording all kinds of sources from guitar and drums through to keyboards and vocals. Joe Albano takes you through the fundamentals of this technique.

Music Producer Workflow: iPad To Desktop

Moving between iOS and desktop has got easier and smoother than ever with the advent of AirDrop and iCloud Drive. Here’s how it works, including a couple of Logic tricks you may not have known about.

3 Essential Ableton Live Techniques to Help You Be a Better Producer

Here are 3 incredibly useful techniques to use while working inside Ableton Live that will help you make music better, faster, and more efficiently. 

This Video Explores Akai MPC Live's Connectivity Options & Rear Panel

Hooking up computers, audio feeds and even turntables to your MPC Live requires some familiarity with the rear panel. Booker Edwards Jr is here to help you out.

Choosing The Right Sampler: Top 5 Sampler Shootout

Stumped by samplers? Confused by choice? Matt Vanacoro is here to guide you through some of the very best virtual samplers he has ever used.

7 Mixing Mistakes Every Producer Should Avoid

Mixing is equal parts art and science, but years of experience can teach you a lot. Luckily we’ve saved you time with these great tips!

Build A Music Studio Setup On A Budget

Some people spend a fortune on music gear and while that’s a nice option to have, not everyone can flash quite so much cash. Here are some tips for building a system without breaking the bank.

Mixing Tricks: Making Artificial Harmonies Sound Authentic

Software lets us create vocal harmonies even after the singer has left the studio, but there's an art to making the results sound believable, as Joe Albano explains.

Five Ways to Use Harps & Plucks in Any Arrangement

The harp may not be the first instrument you think of when arranging but here are some ways you can use it to your advantage that you may not have known about.

Simple Gain May Not Be So Simple: Understanding The Gain Knob on Preamps & Consoles

Understanding the different ways that gain is represented on different devices can be confusing. Luckily Paul Bissell is here to explain everything loud and clear!

What Every Modern Music Producer Can Learn From Making a Sandwich

When it comes to recording, mixing, and mastering, or any aspect of music production, you've probably not considered it being similar to making a sandwich. Perhaps the two are actually closely linked?

Arranging Techniques For Real & Virtual Instruments

Blending real and virtual instruments, when done correctly, can help to ensure that your productions sound more live than they really are. Joe Albano explains why.