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Studio Acoustics Part 1: An Overview of Room Issues

In this new mini-series, Joe Albano demystifies the science of studio acoustics. Part 1 deals with common room issues and applies to all of us who have home or pro recording and mixing studio spaces.

Making Your Own Shadow: Tips to Establish Your Own Visual and Musical Persona

Creating an identity, persona, shadow (whatever you wish to call it) is as integral to your musical expression as it is to your audience's perception and enjoyment of you. GW Childs explores it here.

Five Tips for Dealing with Large Sampled Instruments

It's a fact. Sample libraries are getting better and more realistic and expressive, but that means they're also getting bigger too. Here's some tips on how to manage big libraries from Hollin Jones.

Programming Drums: 8 Tips for Better Beats

Beats: we all create them—some better than others… Sound Designer, G. W. Childs is here to share 8 tips to help you create better beats for your tracks, whatever DAW you use.

To Buy, Or Not To Buy: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing Music Gear

So you might be considering picking up some bargains in a seasonal sale, or just want to burn a hole in your pocket… but do you really need new music gear? G.W. Childs plays devil's advocate.

5 Confidence Building Techniques for Live Musicians

It's completely natural for musicians to feel nervous or shy about performing live. So, here's 5 tips to help build your confidence for your next live performance.

Audio & Music Production Concepts: Understanding Phase

You've probably been warned of "phase" when recording with multiple microphones, or discovered phase issues when mixing down. But what is it actually and how can you make use of it when producing?

Will Human Drummers Become Extinct for Live Performance?

Technology is empowering musicians like never before. There are fewer barriers between going from studio to stage for a one-man band. But should we be dispensing with real drummers so easily?

Music Production Tips: Using Different Meters

It's common practice to play with the BPM to achieve a different pace in our songs. But how often would you alter the time signature, and should we be exploring new meters when composing?

Producer Tips: 3 Ways to Re-Experience Your Favorite Music

If you listen to music only on iPhone... shame on you! But seriously, take a leaf out of Andy Bowen's book as he suggests 3 simple ways to re-experience your music to understand it better.

Synthesis Survival Guide: Harmonics, Overtones, Partials

It's time to take a journey into the world of synthesis with veteran synthesists, Logic guru and musical maestro, Peter Schwartz! Here he explores harmonics, overtones and partials.

A Creative Approach to Music Production: The 5-Minute Trick

Whether you're writing an opera, composing a pop song or constructing an EDM anthem, it's important to have your muse on your side. G. W. Childs shares a quick trick to keep your creativity flowing.

6 Tips For Studio Monitoring

You can have the most awesome recording gear and mixing plug-ins in the world, but what's the point if your studio monitors are not up to scratch. Joe Albano shares 6 tips for effective monitoring.

Getting That Hollywood Sound for Orchestra…On a Budget?

Is the much talked about "Hollywood sound" attainable in your studio on a budget?Is it even desirable? Joshua Aker blasts this utopian ideal out of the water in this enlightening read.

Microphones, Part 3: A Guide to Ribbon Microphones

In part 3/3 of this popular series exploring the ins and outs of microphones, Matt Loel T Hepworth examines what makes ribbon microphones sound fantastic. [Includes video demo too].