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Back to the Basics

A common question I hear from aspiring music producers is, “How can I use a sample pack to quickly build a beat?”

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From Demo, to Mix, to Master

I often find that inexperienced producers try to make their song sound as loud as possible before they’ve produced a solid mix.

A Tour of EastWest Studios

If you ever have the opportunity to visit a major recording studio, someplace where the history of recording was written, such as Abbey Road Studios in London

Remix Song Structure

Do remixes have a defined song structure? Yes they do, and for good reason. The object of a dance music remix is to get the song that’s been remixed played in the clubs.

Easy Sound Design in Reason

I’ve worked in a lot of DAW programs: Digital Performer, Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Live, and Reason.

Proper Home Studio Set Up

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best gear money can buy if your studio isn’t properly set up. I can’t tell you how many home studios I’ve seen with improperly positioned monitors

Nectar, Stutter Edit, and an “Army of Love” Remix

After returning from summer vacation in Hawaii, I needed a little remixing exercise to get me back into a music production mood.

Why Mixing Through a Gain Maximizer is a Bad Idea

Here’s a common mistake I see over and over: producing and mixing a track with a gain maximizer on your mixer’s main output.

Hip-Hop Drum Beat and Bass Tutorial

I’ve received many requests for tutorials on writing/producing a hip-hop or dance beat. In theory, this is a nice idea.

Hiring a Mastering Engineer

A common question I hear from students is, “Do I need to hire a mastering engineer?” The answer is, it really depends; it depends on what you’re trying to accomplish.