Category Archives: Software

Tips on How to Make Drum ‘n’ Bass Drums

As you may or may not know, as well as writing for this site I also produce electronic music under the name HUMJUNKIE. I haven’t yet found myself slotted into any one genre and tend to draw on my influences from many different styles of music. One big influence, however, is Drum ‘n’ Bass. Especially the drum part.

In order to improve my game in programming and mixing drums for my own tracks I have been doing some research online to find out what advice is out there. My digging revealed a number of very interesting articles, which I’ll link to at the end of this. Here are the big tips I pulled out and will be sure to apply to my ongoing work. Continue reading

The Cheapest Basic Home Studio Setup

Are you totally new to the recording game? Do you really just want to get started with the minimum spend possible? Well there are options for you.

Yes, it’s great to have high end equipment that costs thousands but we all have to start somewhere. There is plenty very good, affordable gear out there to get you putting out music right away. Read on to find out exactly what you need to get going. Continue reading

DIY Music Blog #15 – Home Studio Challenge?

Hey there guys and gals. Thanks for swinging by my little DIY Music website and checking out this latest blog post. As usual I’ve had plenty of stuff going on to talk about but this time I’ve got one major new thing. In my last blog post I talked about facing my fears and forcing myself to do some singing and songwriting, as vocals seem to be the biggest thing holding me back these days. Well I took the bull by the horns and got on with it… so let me tell you about that.  Continue reading

DIY Music Blog #13 – DISASTER! And how to be prepared for it…

A new blog post so soon?! Well, yes… and there’s a reason for this.

I’ve suffered from a pretty major setback in the DIY Music home studio recently and haven’t been able to get a lot of stuff done that I’d hoped to. However, I’m going to find the silver lining around this and also share some valuable lessons I’ve learned so that you can be prepared for any similar fate that may befall you. Continue reading

DIY Music Blog #12 – Boosting Your Mixing Skills

Hey there guys and gals, thanks for clicking through to the latest DIY Music blog. It’s been way over a month since the last one, in which I wrote about some of my plans for 2016. One reason for the long gap is because I’ve been getting on with working on those targets, among other things… But anyway, here’s an overdue blog post! I’m gonna talk about how I’m hoping to boost my mixing skills and how you can boost yours. 
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Five Great Dynamic Compression Tutorials

Dynamic compression is one of those concepts in audio that can be difficult to get your head around. I know it took me a long time to fully understand it. This is partially because of the many different types of compressors available, partially because of the terms used like ratio, threshold and make-up gain, and partially because it’s just a bit of a weird idea… making stuff quieter, to make it louder…? How does that work?

Well. Hopefully after watching these five informative videos on compression you’ll know exactly how compression works.

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DIY Music Blog #10 – Peak Plug-in?

It seems it’s DIY Music blog o’clock once more. Yes. Here we go. Today I’m writing about reaching ‘peak plug-in’, a term I made up recently, interviewing people who know much more about stuff than I do, the holiday season, and a bunch of other things. So please, do read on if that interests you…  Continue reading

Recording ‘Back to The Drawing Room’ – Interview with Aled Jenkins from Smokey Bastard

I’ve known the band Smokey Bastard for some time now, my old band shared a stage with them a few times, they played at my 30th Birthday party and I helped with their previous album artwork (my typography work even appears on one of their T-shirts). I have always admired their exceptional talent and musical abilities with just a mere hint of jealousy.

Now they have a brand new album out (which I’ve been listening to a lot and am loving the direction they’ve taken with it) so I took the opportunity to grill Aled Jenkins, who’s a member of the band but also a skilled sound engineer, about all the work that went into producing it.  Continue reading

Audio Mastering – Interview with Adam Matza

Adam Matza is the founder and owner of Magic Ears Mastering as well as being a talented musician and writer with a rich history in the art of sound. I recently took the opportunity to talk to him about his company and the subject of audio mastering in general. If mastering is something you’re interested in, then read on. Continue reading