RPM Season – Time to Upgrade Your DAW?

January 26th, 2018

We’re nearing the end of January and that means it’s nearly time for the RPM Challenge 2018 (write and record an album in the 28 days of February). But if you’d like to do it on a shiny new platform, there are plenty of options…

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Post-Production Tips for Lead Vocals

November 20th, 2017

The vocal is almost always the focus of a song, but can also be one of the most problematic elements to get right…

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VSTs in Reason

October 10th, 2017

Some people said it would never happen – including people who actually work for Propellerhead Software – but this year one of the most long-awaited feature releases has finally appeared…

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A Reason To Link

April 6th, 2017

Choosing a DAW can be difficult – from Pro Tools to Reaper, each has its own pros and cons. Although you can try demo versions – and Reaper is actually free – it can take quite a bit of time to get to know a program well enough to really leverage its potential…

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Capture That Hot Take

February 28th, 2017

It’s the last day of this year’s RPM challenge, and many participants are putting the final polish on their submissions. This year, I’ve returned to Reason after a long absence, and was pleased to discover its new compositing functionality…

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Mixing Versus Arrangement

November 28th, 2016

One of the great things about mixing in a DAW is that you can basically add as many tracks as your system can handle; but if you don’t arrange your music carefully, the end result can be a muddy mess that no amount of mixing can fix…

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Build Your Own Music Production PC

July 25th, 2016

Although computing is becoming increasingly mobile, and you can now make music on your laptop, tablet or phone, it’s still recommended to have a desktop computer at the core of your home studio. In fact, building your own can be a very cost effective route to take…

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The Return of Reason

June 28th, 2016

As an introduction to the world of digital audio production, Propellerhead’s Reason is definitely high on the recommended list. But with its ninth incarnation, there’s plenty there for seasoned pros too…

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Recording Vocals In A Home Studio

February 10th, 2016

It’s that time of year again when musicians’ thoughts turn to the RPM Challenge, and the task of recording an entire album in the month of February. If you’re laying down some vocal tracks, here are some tips to work with…

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Quick Mixing And Mastering Tips

November 12th, 2015

It’s possible to create great recordings without hiring a professional studio – if you have the right techniques (and know what to listen for) you can produce high quality output with relatively basic equipment. Here are a few quick mixing and mastering tips to keep you on the straight and narrow…

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