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Top 10 Free VST Plugins (2019)

In the jungle of free VST plugins, there are many gold nuggets to be found, if you know where to look. Some of the free plugins out there hold such a class that they could easily go for several hundred bucks. And there are a lot. Firstly, we would like to give a big thanks to all the VST plugin creators out there, who are willing to give out their amazing work for free. If you see a donation button anywhere on their websites, buy’em a cup of coffee, will you? Given how advanced and thought-out some of these plugins...

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Top 5 New Features in Ableton Live 10.1 Update (2019)

Ableton Live’s new update has plenty of new features, from which we chose our top 5. Let’s dive right in! 1. Freezing tracks with sidechain compression When using CPU-heavy synth patches, freezing tracks is a life-saver. However, if only you used sidechain, this option was unavailable. There used to be two workarounds. You could record onto another audio track, which was very time-consuming. Another technique was to ”group” the track, put sidechain on the group and freeze the source track. Now it’s possible with a simple click of a mouse. This simple-but-useful solution is going to save you a lot...

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5 Steps To Create Depth In Your Mix

One of the most common struggles of a music producer is to create a sense of vibrant, realistic depth in a track. It usually comes together with the feeling that “this could be done way better”. Maybe you’ve had to endure comments like “your track sounds too flat” or “that’s way too two-dimensional” on your creations. You’ve probably realized that you need to work on your depth-creating abilities when producing music, but how and where do you start? You probably already know that reverbs emulate the echoing acoustics of different spaces… but throwing a bunch of reverbs in randomly doesn’t...

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10 Music Production Mistakes To Avoid

One might say that there’s no mistakes when producing electronic music, as long as it sounds good. However, when giving feedback to fellow producers, I find myself noticing the same things I don’t like over and over. I thought I’d list these issues in an article, so that you guys make sure you’re not making these ”mistakes”. I’m also going to include techniques of dealing with these problems, which should greatly impact the sound of your tracks. Let’s get started! 1. Overproducing I’d say that the most frequent mistakes producers make is producing without a strong core idea. It could...

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5 Tips to Make Your Bass Sound Better

Your bass, always a hassle to get right. It lacks boominess, power and doesn't seem to fit right with your track. What can you do about it? For starters, just finding the right bass preset, or creating the right bass can be a hassle. The presets in your sound banks sounds great on their own, but just misplaced and too spaced-out in your track. And using a simple sinewave is boring, right? You want something beefier, heavier. Something that you know could blast the crowds out of their shoes on concerts. Struggling with the bass is a part of the learning curve...

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