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The 10 Best 808 Plugins (2023) – Free and Paid Options

The 10 Best 808 Plugins (2023) – Free and Paid Options

The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was manufactured from 1980-83 and like an acoustic drum kit, it has a kick/bass drum, snare, toms, conga, rimshot, claves, clap, maracas, cymbal, and hi-hat sounds.  When Roland released the TR-808 in the 80s, it became singularly responsible for the birth of many new genres ...

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Cakewalk by BandLab Review (2023)

Cakewalk by BandLab Review (2023)

Despite being completely free, Cakewalk has powerful features that make it a very capable DAW for professional use. Although available exclusively for Windows, Cakewalk’s effortless workflow makes it a must-try for songwriters, producers, and engineers alike. Cakewalk by BandLab is a digital audio workstation that ...

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What Does DAW Stand for in Music?

What Does DAW Stand for in Music?

A digital audio workstation (DAW) is software that allows you to record, edit and play back music. DAWs include all the features of your basic multi-track recording studio combined with advanced tools for MIDI sequencing and score editing. There are many different types of DAWs available today for PC, Mac, Linux, and ...

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The 8 Best Sequencer VST Plugins (Free and Paid Options)

The 8 Best Sequencer VST Plugins (Free and Paid Options)

On the lookout for a great sequencer plugin to add a bit some extra life to your tracks? Look no further then this round-up! A sequencer is a tool that enables the musician to process sound with the help of a series of steps or sequences. It assists in making melodic patterns, beats, grooves, or shutter and sputter ...

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Can Loud Music Damage Speakers and Headphones?

Can Loud Music Damage Speakers and Headphones?

Loud music can damage speakers or headphones. This is a more common problem with speakers, but it’s also possible to damage headphones. The failure mode may differ from one case to another, but the end result will be the same: a pair of speakers or headphones that’s as useful as a brick. Can Loud Music Damage ...

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15 Of The Best Ableton Live Stock Plugins

15 Of The Best Ableton Live Stock Plugins

Ableton Live is very popular for being the go-to DAW for musicians and producers who want to record and play live sets using the same DAW. One of the best things about Ableton Live is all the default plugins that are included in the package. You don't necessarily even need to download external VSTs and plugins ...

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Mac vs Windows For Music Production (For Studio and Live)

Mac vs Windows For Music Production (For Studio and Live)

Mac offers better out-of-the-box software and hardware audio optimizations for music production in comparison to Windows computers, but generally at a much higher cost. Windows computers can be very capable for music production as long as you choose the right hardware and change settings on your machine to optimize ...

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Why Your Voice Sounds Different in Recordings

Why Your Voice Sounds Different in Recordings

When we listen to our own voice as we talk or sing, the sound waves vibrate through our skulls resulting in us thinking our voice is lower in pitch. This is why our voice sounds very different when we listening to it in recordings. Even the greatest of singers often cringe when hearing their voice. This happens ...

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How to Use 32-Bit VST Plugins in a 64-Bit DAW

How to Use 32-Bit VST Plugins in a 64-Bit DAW

The computing world has moved to the 64-Bit standard, but some older plugins in your collection might still only run on 32-Bit. Some DAWs such as FL Studio and Reaper will automatically load 32-bit plugins using a "bridge". Let us take a look at why some of your plugins do not work and what you can do to fix the ...

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Mono vs Stereo Sound – What Are the Differences?

Mono vs Stereo Sound – What Are the Differences?

Although the primary difference between ‘mono’ and ‘audio’ is the number of channels they use and send to the speakers, this has quite an impact on the output sound. So what are they and why do we use them? Read on to find out: Differences Between Mono And Stereo Mono refers to the use of only one channel ...

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Nektar Impact LX25+ Review – Is It worth It?

Nektar Impact LX25+ Review – Is It worth It?

The Nektar Impact LX25+ is a compact, sturdy controller that combines a classic look with modern functionality for a very affordable price. Here we take a look at what it has to offer, its qualities, and some of its drawbacks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT9PqYzxgkA Main Features  The ...

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Do You Need a DAC?

Do You Need a DAC?

A DAC or Digital-Analog Converter is an essential piece of equipment that makes listening to digital music files possible.  But do you really need one? If so, which one to get? That’s what we’re going to find out right here in this guide! What Is a DAC? A DAC (Digital Analogue Converter) is a device ...

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