Backing Vocals: Tessa Niles on the Art of Session Singing

What does a backing vocalist do? Backing vocals have been an important sound…


The 10 Best Melody Loops and Sample Packs to Start a Track

Writing a good melody is really hard, even for the best of the best…


Houdini Music Toolkit makes this 3D tool a sequencer, for a radical take on music

Sure, 808 Day is coming. But enough x0x sequencers and simple step patterns.…


ReEQ is a free plugin so good, it’s a reason to use REAPER – and it keeps getting better

Cockos’ REAPER is the stupidly affordable but endlessly customizable DAW.…


The 10 Best DAW Controllers for Hands-On Production

The modern DAW is one of the most powerful tools artists and producers have to…


How to Use Dynamic EQ for A Better Mix

Everyone knows good EQ is important for mixing music. Along with compression,…


8 Jazz Chord Progressions Every Musician Should Know

Jazz chord progressions may seem complex. Seventh chords, extended harmony, and…


What Is A Chorus? How To Write A Memorable Chorus

Think of your favorite song. What’s the most memorable part? The section…


Hard Truths: Mixing is Making Small Changes

It’s easy to think of mixing as a magic process that turns raw tracks…


Palette is the new, free, must-have oscillator for VCV Rack

Sometimes it’s the little things. Software Xenakios took the Mutable…