Lost Emotional Connection to Urban Music

We are living in an era where music is being “consumed at an all time high!” Or is it? What needs to be said is “Music is being given away at an all time high!” Lets look at this problem that’s destroying our genre at a rapid pace on a business vs. consumer basis….. Lets […]


Should you use internal synth effects or external/plugin effects?

Many synths include some form of on board effects processing. Whether they’re multi-processor modular effects units on modern workstations or simple chorus or delays, effects processors of some kind or another are probably on board most of your synths. You’ve probably also got a good selection of external (including plugin) effects too. And some of […]


Five alternatives to reverb (and why they work)

Reverb is not the answer. Reverb is the question. And sometimes ‘No’ is the answer. Reverb gives you two things for your mix: depth and diffusion. You can adjust the balance between the two by your choice of reverb type and adjustment of the parameters, but ultimately you can’t have one without the other. But […]


The five worst compression mistakes you can ever make

Compression is a pretty powerful tool. Used well, it can transparently keep your track’s dynamics under control, or creatively manipulate a sound to give it more vibe or punch. Used incorrectly, however, and it can mash up your sound and leave you scratching your head. Most compressors have at least four or five controls (some […]


Where are Miley Cyrus’ parents?

I wasn’t going to watch the VMA’s this year.  After the past couple of lack luster seasons I’d decided I’d had enough.  Sorry MTV.  So when I turned on the news last Monday I was especially shocked to find the top story to be Miley Cyrus ‘twerking’ up against Robin Thicke’s junk at the show.  The only reaction I […]

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