What’s the Best Digital Music Distribution Platform?

Matt CookProduction, Reviews, Tips

Distrokid Logo

Studio Buddha’s pick for the best digital music distribution platform is DistroKid. Sign up using this link to receive a 7% discount on the service and help support Studio Buddha in the process. So you finished mixing and mastering your next chart-topping hit. Delivery is the next step. There are several reasons we believe that DistroKid is the best in the … Read More

What is Compression?

Matt CookProduction, Tips

Ableton Live's built in compressor

What is Compression? Compression plays a huge part in every professional mix. Put simply, its roles are most often glue (on busses) and volume control (on individual tracks). We will dive in with a more technical explanation after covering these concepts. Glue In the mix, related tracks are in groups, or “busses”. For example, separate tracks for the hi-hat, snare, … Read More

The Best Pair of Headphones for Music Production

Matt CookGear, Reviews, Tips

Sony headphones on a desk

The Best Pair of Headphones My #1 pick for the best pair of headphones is a studio standard around the world. They work well in just about any situation you can throw at them. They present audio with extreme clarity and an even response. Just as important, they are comfortable for extended listening sessions. Best of all, they come in … Read More

Filters are the Gateway to a Clean Mix

Matt CookProduction, Tips

A hi-pass filter

“What is the one thing I can do to make my mixes sound more professional?” My answer to this – filters – is one that many producers either overlook, or don’t understand. Let’s get to it. Filters One of the first steps I take in every mix is to add low-pass and high-pass filters to most tracks in the project. … Read More

What is Mastering and Why is it Important?

Matt CookProduction, Tips

A simple mastering chain

What is it? Mastering is the final part of the production process, and it includes several important parts. Glue ‘Glue’ the different sounds together with low-ratio compression. At this point, a little compression goes a long way. Timbre Make any final tweaks to the overall timbre and sound of the track through EQ, and other very subtle effects to make the … Read More

Start Producing Music on a Budget With These 5 Items

Matt CookGear, Guides, Production, Reviews

Checklist and pen

There are a lot of articles that claim to start you out with the perfect “cheap” home studio setup, but they usually go on to recommend that you go out and buy $1,000+ of gear and software. Unless you have a lot of money to throw around, this is a pretty insane approach. Good news! You can start producing music … Read More