The Ultimate Guide to Drum Programming

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It’s been a while since I wrote an “Ultimate Guide”, or mega-post. The last one, I believe, was on writing better and more memorable melodies which many of you found helpful. This time around, we’re looking at an area of music production that’s just as important—if not more important—than writing melodies: drum programming. Now, this post is particularly long (around … Read More

The Importance of a Fader-Only Mix (And How to do it)

Sam MatlaMixing and MasteringLeave a Comment


When mixing, we often think of EQ, compression, reverb, delay, distortion; this plugin and that plugin, this technique and that technique. These are all important, particularly EQ and compression. They’re used to fix problems in the mix, and enhance it. But they’re useless if your mix isn’t balanced. It’s like adding delicious icing to a disgusting cake. You might cover up some of the bad taste, … Read More