How To Become A Music Producer

Tips on becoming a hotshot producer Tip #1 Decide what you want to be There are many different avenues into this world, and even more potential outcomes. However, perhaps the most important consideration is deciding which type of producer you want to be. Do you want to be known for excellence working in a specific genre? Or… Read More

How To Promote Your Music Online

Tips to make it happen online for your band So you’ve written the songs, put the hours in practicing and carefully recorded your music the way you want it to be heard. Your live shows are generating a bit of buzz and you’re perhaps now looking at how to promote your music online. In the… Read More

How To Sing Metal Styles

 Scream if you wanna go faster It will come as no surprise to regular readers of the blog that this particular author is something of a metal-head. It’s not a blatant credibility-grab to say the first record I ever owned was Guns n’ Roses epic Use Your Illusion 2. Ever since I’ve been on a… Read More

Tips For Managing A Working Band

Tips for getting the show on the road People who don’t play in bands would, I assume, have a certain view on what life must be like for a working musician. Access to the latest gear, playing in front of adoring crowds every night, fully stocked riders with all the brown M&Ms removed…sounds like a pretty… Read More

Taming Your Amp Simulation Software

Deconstructing the digital beast Amp simulation software (aka amp sims) offer guitarists digital approximations of pretty much any sound you could feasibly think of, all from within your laptop or computer. By simply connecting your guitar to an audio interface, then into a computer running the right software, you can get close to more sounds than… Read More

Using Your Recording Studio As An Instrument

Unlocking the potential of your recording studio We all know the recording studio as the place to go when your tunes are written, your tones dialed in and your chops well practiced. You enter the studio environment with the goal of committing your tracks to record, giving them a polish and sending them off into… Read More

Live-looping With Ableton & MIDI

Using Ableton’s looper device as a performance tool Many players now are exploring with the possibilities offered by looping. We’ve likely all seen people like Ed Sheeran and KT Tunstall using loops as the centre-piece of their entire sound, and been inspired to give it a try. For guitar players particularly, looping tends to come… Read More

Introduction To Mixing And Post-Production

Tips for making your music sparkle For many home recording enthusiasts, the mixing and post-production stage is often one shrouded with mystery, a dark art which only a few hallowed individuals can practice. In reality, it’s as much a crucial part of the recording process as recording itself, because it is only after you have… Read More

7 Tips For Recording Better Guitars At Home

Making the most of what you’ve got Making the leap from just playing the guitar to actually writing your own songs with it is a fantastic experience. You never forget the buzz of writing your first riff, or composing your first full track. Better than the writing stage, however, is when you actually come to… Read More

Using Creative Automation In Your Daw

Making the machine do the work If you read the newspapers you would probably assume that automation, in the wider sense of the word, is coming to take our jobs and reduce humanity to slavery. That may be true – and this isn’t the place to get into those debates – but there is conversely… Read More