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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Closing Corporate Clients: A Home Studio Owner’s Guide [Part 2]

In Part 2, producer/arranger/engineer Gary Gray educates home studio owners on the importance of understanding different buyer types and how to close.

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Producing Tracks For Licensing – How To Raise Your Odds For Success [Part 1]

In the first 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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7 Reverb Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Mix

[Editors Note: This article was written by Rob Mayzes. Read Rob’s previous article on compression mistakes to avoid, too!] Today, you’ll learn about seven common reverb mistakes. When I first started mixing, I made all of these mistakes. It took me years to learn my lesson. So I’m sharing them with you so you can […]

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5 Tips For Going Into the Recording Studio Prepared

[Editors Note: This article was written by Dan Reifsnyder, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, and it originally appeared on the Flypaper, the Soundfly Blog.] It’s a fact of life in the world of music that somehow, someday, you will have to record. Whether that means going into a fancy, high-budget studio, or pressing record on a four-track […]

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10 Compression Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Mixes

[Editors Note: This article was written by Rob Mayzes.] Over years of teaching others how to mix, I’ve noticed 10 compression mistakes come up time and time again. These common mistakes can ruin your mix if you don’t know how to avoid them. In this guide you’ll learn what these common compression mistakes are and how […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Go Into Debt Over Your Music

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.]   The phrase “it takes money to make money” applies to lots of ventures, and music is no exception. But while it might be tempting to put the tab for your next album or tour on your credit card, you might want to think twice about […]

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4 Tips For Saving Money on Studio Time

[Editors Note: This article was written by Hugh McIntyre.]   Writing great music takes a long time, but recording it is what can really hurt a band, as it can require every dollar a group has to their name. Recording a song or an album in a bedroom is a possibility for some acts, but […]

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Building a Home Studio On a Budget

[Editors Note: This article and infographic were compiled by Jonathan Biran of Catz Audio, an online pro audio magazine. Readers can head over to our “Complete Home Studio Guide” for more resources on getting theirs set up!]   The field of audio engineering can be intimidating. The countless shiny buttons, the myriad of knobs and meters, […]

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Mix Buss Compression Made Easy!

[Author: Scott Wiggins *]   How many of you are completely terrified of doing anything to the mix buss, aka “stereo buss” “2 buss”? It is real easy to mess up an entire mix with too much processing, in particular, mix buss compression. Over the years of searching the internet creeping on my favorite mixers […]

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