10 Tips for Keeping Your Hip Hop Beats From Sounding Stale

A producer’s main challenge is to constantly create fresh material. No matter whether you’re a seasoned pro or an inspired upstart, at some point in your journey you’re likely to encounter what we sometimes refer to as “beat block.” Either that or you end up feeling like you’re reproducing the same beats over and over again.

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3 Hacks to Improve Your Home Recordings

In this article, Rob Mayzes shows you three mic hacks that’ll improve your recordings and make your home studio sound better than ever!

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3 Vocal Mixing Mistakes (That DIY Artists Make)

Mixing is crucial to getting a professional vocal sound, but it’s easy to mess up. When you first start mixing, vocals are one of the hardest things to get right. In this article, Rob Mayzes shows us three of the most common vocal mixing mistakes.

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Should You Invest in ‘Smoke & Mirror’ Gear For Your Home Studio?

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Gary Gray.] There is a category of gear for the home studio owner that I refer to as “Smoke & Mirror Gear.” What I mean by “Smoke & Mirror Gear” is gear that can be expensive for the home studio owner and impressive to the average potential client. […]

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How to Build The Best DIY Vocal Booth

Working on sharpening up your recorded vocals from home? Check out Dylan Roth’s tips for making your own isolation booth!

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How to Soundproof a Rented Apartment

Whether you’re living in a city apartment, a townhouse or even a village cottage, external noise can slip in under your door, seep in through your windows or seemingly fall from your ceiling, and when this irritating noise starts to interfere with your days and your nights it can be tempting to consider soundproofing.

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“Fundamental Frequencies”: What They Have to Do With Recording a Great Track

When choosing instruments and how you’ll play them, keep in mind
their “fundamental frequencies” — the frequencies they most often emit.
If you’ve got drums, bass, piano, and guitar, you can’t have all of
them playing in the lower register. Things will get muddy. The track
will be too bassy. You need variety in the frequencies.

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When to Reach Out for Help in Your Music Career

Subscribing to a DIY ethos doesn’t mean ignoring all opportunities to reach out for help! Patrick McGuire breaks down the times in your music career when it makes sense to connect with others for support.

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What Are VST Plugins and How Can They Boost Your Creativity?

VST plugins are a common feature in the music world and have become part and parcel of producing music. In this article we learn more about VST plugins and explore the different ways that they can help boost your creativity while making music.

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Producing Tracks For Licensing – How To Raise Your Odds For Success [Part 2]

In the second installment of another two-part series, home recording extraordinaire Gary Gray breaks down some tips for production with licensing in mind!

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