Piracy – Why Shouldn’t You?

Photo by Markus Spiske

There’s a request I keep getting regularly. It comes in different shapes and forms but the gist is always the same. Here’s an example of an email I received:

“I began with the program Logic pro X. But i have a problem: I want to get some plug ins for this program, i’d like to get it for free, because buying it is too expensive for me at the moment,
so i like to download it, but it’s so hard to find it…

I need the following plug ins:

[followed by a list of paid plugins]”

Now, ethics aside, there is something quite big at play here that I want to address. Something that is especially difficult to understand when you’re first starting out in music.Continue Reading


Why You Should Be Using Presets to Learn Sound Design

using presets for sound design

This is a guest post by Jake from  www.cryonautmedia.com. To learn how to get started with sound design, download his free 10 step guide to sound design here. If you were to ask 100 producers whether they use presets or create their own original sounds, you would probably find the results to be pretty evenly split. […]

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My Essential Saturation Plugins

My Favourite Saturation Plugins

In this blog post I’m showing you a bunch of saturation plugins that I absolutely love. I will also talk about the different ways I use saturation and how each of the plugins ties into that. I’ve also created short videos of each plugin and embedded them into this post. This way you can see and […]

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What’s On My Mix Bus

Sonimus Satson Buss

I’ve been steadily improving my mix bus skills and setup in the past few years. I wanted to share with you a little bit of my thought process as well as show you some of my favourite plugins. Whether I’m working on one of my own tracks or doing mixing work for a client, these are […]

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Why I’m Using Two DAWs to Make One Track

Pro Tools Mix Window

I’ve used many different DAWs in my 20 years of making electronic music. These days I mainly use two different ones: Ableton Live and Pro Tools. It often confuses people to hear I am actually using both DAWs to work on the same piece of music. I get asked about why and how I do […]

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Best Free VST/AU/AAX Plugins for Mac and PC (2016 edition)


It’s time again to update ourselves on the current state of free VST, AU and AAX plugins for Windows and Mac. This is not an attempt to list all available free plugins. Rather, I’ve hand picked the best of the best free plugins for you. All of the listed plugins work on both PC and Mac computers. […]

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Identifying Procrastination

The latest lesson in Smart Productivity for Musicians is about dissolving procrastination. Before you can deal with procrastination, you must identify procrastination. And it’s not as simple as it may seem!

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My Black Friday Recommendations

Black Friday is here again. Like it or not, it’s the best time of the year to make investments on plugins and sounds. For many of the deals to happen again you are going have to wait another year go by. I’ve been saving up cash for the past 6 months to invest on some tools […]

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A Solution for Overcoming Chronic Lack of Time

This week’s lesson in Smart Productivity for Musicians is about how to overcome stress, procrastination and chronic “lack of time” – while at the same time enabling your brain to focus on what it does best: being creative. I wanted to share some thoughts on the topic here on the blog too.

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Adam S2X Review

Adam S2X

I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Adam S2X monitor speakers, which I’ve been using for the past few months now.

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