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Understanding Headroom to Get the Most Out of Your Mix

  One of the most common misconceptions that I see new music producers make involves getting their tracks ready for mastering, specifically when it comes to how loud their mixes are…

Multiband Compression Basics

Compression is one of the most commonly used (and misunderstood) audio processing techniques in modern recording. Simply put, compressing an audio track reduces the dynamic range between its loudest and quietest…

Using Parallel Compression for Punchier Drums

So you're looking to beef up your drums eh?  Of course you are!  And while there are many methods & simple EQ and compression go a long way, overdoing it can result in…

What Is A Digital Clock & Why Should You Know It

If you’re confused by the terms: ‘digital clocking’, ‘word clock’ or ‘jitter’, we are here to help.  It’s simple: When digital audio is being transferred between 2 pieces of equipment, the…

Tweaking Synth Presets To Perfection

If you're not an expert in sound design and you like to work quickly, you can find a lot of creative inspiration in presets. Most professional producers will remind you about the…

Inside Mixing & Mastering Techniques with Pharrell’s hit “Happy”

"Happy" by Pharrell Williams is a true feat of production mastering minimalism. After all, it’s composed of only a few featured sounds: programmed drums, bass, keys, handclaps, and William’s lead vocals.…

Creating Kick Drums Using Massive

With the emphasis on low end in modern electronic music, producers are always looking for new ways to create heavy kick and bass elements to build a solid foundation for their…

5 Creative Ways To Process Your Synth Pads

Synth Pads don't have to be just a filler ingredient!  Not only are they a go-to tool to break up the monotony from your repeated lead & bass melodies, but pads can serve as rich,…

Prepping Your Music For Live Performance In Ableton Live

So you’ve done it, you finished a track and it all sounds great. Now it’s time to get up on stage and share your new work with the world. You have…

How To Make A Simple Sub Bass

As an audio production instructor, one of the most common questions that I receive is: “how do I make a powerful sub bass?” Everybody wants to have soul-shaking, booming bass that…

Three Delay Tricks for Techno

Although delay is one of the most common effects, its still one of the most effective. Techno is a genre that calls for both subtle and staggering delay effects. If used…

The Five Basics of Mixing Vocals

Mixing vocals may be the most important part of mixing a track. Listeners will always appreciate when they hear a great lead vocal shining through in the mix. Here's five tips…

How to Sync Traktor and Ableton Live

If you'd like to expand your DJing arsenal and be more creative in your sets, the next step to take is to begin using Traktor and Ableton Live together. Syncing the…

How to Mix Your Drums for a Bigger Sound

In every style of music, producers want to make their drums sound big and polished. Once drums have been programmed, there's a little behind the scenes work that needs to be…

ITB Mix Secrets: Part One

The ITB Mix Secrets series of articles were written by Edvin A. of Function Loops exclusively for Razer Music.  Be sure to visit Function Loops for all your pro audio & loops needs.  …

ITB Mix Secrets: Part Two

The ITB Mix Secrets series of articles were written by Edvin A. of Function Loops exclusively for Razer Music.  Be sure to visit Function Loops for all your pro audio & loops needs.  …

ITB Mix Secrets: Part Three

The ITB Mix Secrets series of articles were written by Edvin A. of Function Loops exclusively for Razer Music.  Be sure to visit Function Loops for all your pro audio & loops needs. Front-to-Back…

Harmony for Dummies: Adding Chords, Melodies & Basslines

Music theory is an imperative practice that will help you to apply your creative juices to the technical side music production. It will also make a major difference as a DJ…

New Year’s Eve 2015 Countdown: Playlists, Tips + Tricks

New Years Eve is by far the most important (and often highest paid) night of the year for DJs. Stakes are high as promoters / guests have invested their most precious…

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up Studio Monitors

Proper studio monitor setup is critical to ensuring your productions sound top notch. While many producers often focus on which brand or model of monitor is best, it's important to remember…

Creative Effects: Noise Gate Shuttering

The Noise Gate is a classic tool in music production, yet numerous music producers don’t realize the power and potential that lies within this simple function. Initially intended to clip the…

Three No-Fail Ways to Live Record your Live DJ Set This Weekend

Recording live sets is a must for any aspiring DJ. A well recorded set can be applied not only towards marketing efforts, but also for self improvement. It can be tricky…

Analogue Warmth and the Sound of Tubes, Tapes & Transformers

Digital Recording is far from being a new technology, yet the argument still exists as to what gives a better sound; Analogue or Digital equipment.

Sound Design: Sub Bass Layering

Getting a well rounded, wholesome bass sound in a new song is much more difficult than you’d think. And let's face it, a great bass beat is essential to a killer…

Deep House: 5 Production Essentials

Deep House... ~120 BPM, soulful, and a vibe that appeals to just about anybody.