Why lack of gain staging makes your tracks sound bad

Techno Tips & Tricks 03 - Gain Staging

Gain staging is one of the most important aspects of a mix, yet it is often overlooked. If your mixes sound flat, lifeless or distorted, then you might want to take a look at your gain staging structure. What is gain staging? So what is gain staging? Or better yet, what is audio gain? Gain […]

Production Basics #16 – Mixing with Compression

Mixing with Compression

In production basics part 15 we’ve learned some things about one of the most important mixing tools: EQ. Another tool that is used all the time when mixing is compression. Compression is often overused and misunderstood. I hope this article will clarify the mysticality’s of compression a little bit. What is compression? As we’ve discussed […]

Production Basics #15 – Mixing with EQ

Mixing with EQ

In part 14 of this production basics series, we briefly went over the different types of effects. In the next couple of articles, we will dive deeper into each effect category. Let’s start by looking at one of the most important plugins that exist: the equalizer. An equalizer is a powerful tool that is often […]

Production Basics #14 – Effects

Effect Types

Effects are used everywhere in music production. Effects are found inside synthesizers, guitar pedals, and mixers. The sheer number of different effect types can be overwhelming. That’s why I want to give an overview of the different effects used in music production. The practical use of these effects will be covered in feature articles. Filtering […]

Can I master my own tracks?

Can I Master My Own Tracks

Mastering is an art form that requires a deep technical understanding of analog and digital audio. Mastering is much more than just putting a limiter on the master bus. While it’s technically possible to master your own tracks, there are many reasons why it’s not recommended.. Let’s first start with 4 reasons not to master […]

Mastering with LANDR v.s. Mastering Myself

Mastering myself v.s. using LANDR

LANDR has been around for a while now and I finally decided to try it out for myself. I recently mastered a track I produced a while ago, a bad idea, I know. I put the track to rest for a month so I could master it with fresh ears because I didn’t have the […]