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Everything you need to know about mixing music, the mixing process, mixing techniques and mixing engineers in one place.

Do Hardware Synths Really Sound Better than Soft Synths/VSTs?

Do hardware synths sound better than soft synths/VSTs? This article highlights the differences between hardware and soft synths so you can make up your mind depending on what is most important to you.

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How Do You Design a Synth Sound? [Synth Programming Fundamentals]

How do you design a synth sound? How do you use a synthesizer? This article introduces synth programming fundamentals and how to design with a synthesizer

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What Does a Music Producer Do?

What does a music producer do, actually? In the last few decades a lot has changed in the studio, this article looks at the role of a music/record producer in music today

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What is a DAW (Digital Music Workstation)?

If you're just getting started in music production, you're probably wondering what a DAW is, this guide is what you need.

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What is a Mix Bus, a Master Bus and Bus Routing?

What is a Mix Bus? What do you put in it? What is Bus Routing and what is the Master Bus? This is an easy topic, let's answer these question w/out needlessly complicating things.

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What is a Music Sequencer, and What Does it Do?

You'll have a pretty good idea of what a sequencer is, and how it works after this article, and you'll be able to use any sequencer, pretty much.

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What is a VST Plugin (How Do I Use It)?

If you're just getting started in music production, you're probably wondering what a VST plugin is and how you use it, this guide is what you need.

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What is an Arpeggiator in Music Production?

What is an arpeggiator in music? How do arpeggiators work? Here's the answer to those questions a brief look of how the arpeggiator in the Ableton Live works.

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What is Audio Compression?

This article introduces and explains the concept of audio compression in music production--what audio compressors are and how they work.

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What is Equalization (EQ in Music Production)?

This article introduces the concept of equalization in music production, and explains what EQs are, how they work and why we use them in audio processing

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What is Lo-Fi... Why is it So Popular?

What is Lo-Fi hip hop? Why is Lo-Fi so popular? Is it just chill hip hop with depressing looping anime gifs and VHS overlay?

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What is Mastering (in Music Production)?

This article introduces the art and science of mastering in music production with a little history for context

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What is Mixing (in Music Production)?

This article introduces the concepts of mixing, frequency and balance as used in music production

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What is Music Production? Step-by-step Guide + 5 Tips

What is music production? This step-by-step guide shows you the entire process of making music, whether you're working from a home studio or you've booked some time at a professional mixing and mastering studio

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What is Reverb, Delay in Music Production?

What is reverb in music? What is delay? This article looks at the two most common echo effects in music production— reverb vs delay

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When Should You Compress Audio?

This article looks at when and how pros use use audio compression on individual instruments and the mix bus.

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