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  • Going Deep with Cutting Records – Interview with Adi Flück

    Today we are taking a dive into an area of audio not as often talked about. A place that goes beyond Mastering… and beyond the digital realm. As retro as it is current, Vinyl is often an audiophile and music collector’s favorite medium to listen to their favorite songs. This is why I decided to […]

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  • Waldorf announces the Iridium desktop synthesizer based on the Quantum engine.

    Waldorf Iridium has made the impossible possible. The mighty synth engine from Quantum is now available in a compact form. Tracing the footsteps of its bigger brother, Iridium features all the synthesis elements of Quantum as well in a rack-compatible format. The combination of the powerful engine, incredible flexibility and detailed sound shaping facilities creates […]

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  • Going Deep with Mastering – Interview with Klaus Hill

    Today we are diving into the world of mastering music with a professional that has earned his stripes (and then some) when it comes to knowledge and execution. Klaus Hill is known as one of the worlds loudest Mastering Engineers, and yet, he does so with such crisp transients and punchy masters, you’d never think […]

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  • Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts during the Coronavirus Isolation!

      During this trying time when the world is literally on lockdown, we know it’s easy to slip into unhealthy or nonproductive ways! So, with this podcast, we want to invite music producers to take a look at the Top 5 Dos and Donts during the Coronavirus Isolation and Lockdown!  

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  • Waves Releases MultiMod Rack – Distortion Dreams Come True!

    Waves Releases MultiMod Rack Today we will be talking about a brand new plugin from Waves Audio! Well, not entirely brand new because it is actually a rack that involves loads of their amazing plugins. The name of the game, you ask? Distortion. Some of you may have read the previous article about their distortion […]

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  • Top 4 Tips For Writing Hit Vocal Melodies

    With these four tips, we are going to consider some powerful concepts to keep in mind when writing a vocal melody. As producers and songwriters we often heavily rely on intuition, instinct, and raw emotion when writing. This is great and are definitely the foundations of a good song. However sometimes these raw ideas won’t […]

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  • Using Reverb Creatively

    TOP 5 TIPS FOR USING REVERB CREATIVELY IN YOUR MIX AND PRODUCTIONS Too much Reverb can make a sound feel washed out or too far back in the mix; too little can make an instrument or vocal far too dry without special sauce. It’s about finding balance to bring a mix and song to life. […]

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  • Grammy winning producer DJ Swivel releases new vocal mixing plugin The Sauce

    Grammy winning producer DJ Swivel – best known for his work with artists such as The Chainsmokers, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Cold Play, Kanye West) has released his own vocal mixing plugin The Sauce.  The Sauce is designed to help producers get a professional, mix ready vocal sound with one plugin.  Vocals can be one of the […]

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  • Sequential announces the PRO 3 synthesizer at NAMM 2020

    A Three-Generation Legacy The Sequential Pro 1 and Pro 2 mono synths achieved nearly legendary status in their time. So it was only natural that we build on their strengths with an even more worthy successor. Enter the Pro 3, Sequential’s 2-VCO + wavetable mono/paraphonic synth — a new benchmark for raw sonic power and […]

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  • Compression – All You Need To Know

    Compressors – All you need to know! by Slade Templeton Whether we are recording, producing, mixing or mastering, compression has its finger print somewhere in the pie. Today we will go over what types of compressors there are, what they are best used for, and some neat tips and tricks of how to use them […]

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  • Going Deep with Cutting Records – Interview with Adi Flück

    Today we are taking a dive into an area of audio not as often talked about. A place that goes beyond Mastering… and beyond the digital realm. As retro as it is current, Vinyl is often an audiophile and music collector’s favorite medium to listen to their favorite songs. This is why I decided to […]

    View Article
  • Waldorf announces the Iridium desktop synthesizer based on the Quantum engine.

    Waldorf Iridium has made the impossible possible. The mighty synth engine from Quantum is now available in a compact form. Tracing the footsteps of its bigger brother, Iridium features all the synthesis elements of Quantum as well in a rack-compatible format. The combination of the powerful engine, incredible flexibility and detailed sound shaping facilities creates […]

    View Article
  • Going Deep with Mastering – Interview with Klaus Hill

    Today we are diving into the world of mastering music with a professional that has earned his stripes (and then some) when it comes to knowledge and execution. Klaus Hill is known as one of the worlds loudest Mastering Engineers, and yet, he does so with such crisp transients and punchy masters, you’d never think […]

    View Article
  • Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts during the Coronavirus Isolation!

      During this trying time when the world is literally on lockdown, we know it’s easy to slip into unhealthy or nonproductive ways! So, with this podcast, we want to invite music producers to take a look at the Top 5 Dos and Donts during the Coronavirus Isolation and Lockdown!  

    View Article