Recording Articles and Music Production Articles

Recording Articles And Music Production Articles

Songstuff Recording Articles and Music Production Articles give you a collection of free how-to guides and tutorials. Our articles and tutorials give clear explanations. They help music producers to create better music by being well informed.

Topics covered include acoustics, mastering, mixing, the fundamentals of treatments like EQ, compression, effects like reverb and delay, vocals, plugins, DAWs, VSTs, MIDI controllers and much more.

If you need recording or music tech advice or you want to understand something better? Or, maybe you feel you are drowning in terminology or lost in a sea of buzz words? Then you have come to the right place. We have made a wealth of information available to you.

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Embarking on the journey of recording and producing a commercial track is an intricate dance of creativity, technology, and collaboration.

Making music involves a number of key roles. Each role plays a pivotal part in weaving the raw threads of melody and rhythm into a tapestry of auditory art.

This section of Songstuff largely covers technology and how it is used in the making of music and the presentation of music. This includes the technology aspect of being a Keyboard Player, the roles of Music Producer, Recording Engineer (Sound Engineer, Audio Engineer, Sound Recordist), Tape Operator (Tape Op), Mix Engineer (Mixing Engineer), Mastering Engineer, Music Video Director and Music Video Editor.

In home recording studios, much, if not all, of these roles tend to be carried out by one, maybe two, people.

Production Vision

Enter the music producer, the project’s guiding light. They work closely with the artist, drawing out their best performances and making pivotal decisions on the song’s direction, sound, and arrangement. Their expertise in blending the art with the technical ensures the project’s vision is realized to its fullest.

Music Producers have to keep up to date on music equipment. Not only that, they need to be full of creative ideas on how to use new music technology.

Capturing the Sound

The recording engineer lays the foundation, expertly managing the studio’s gear to capture the magic. With microphones carefully placed and levels precisely set, they ensure every note and nuance is preserved in pristine clarity.

The Tape Operator is a largely redundant role as most modern recording studios are now digital studios. 

Technology is ever evolving. Recording engineers also need to keep up with new music technology and how to use it. They are the on-hand experts on all the equipment within their studio.

The Art of Mixing

With all elements recorded, the mix engineer sculpts the sonic landscape for a song. They find a pleasing balance, blending tracks from a multitrack recording of a song. The mix engineer will balance levels, pan instruments, and apply treatments and effects, in order to create a mix where each element complements the others, ensuring the track sounds cohesive and compelling across any playback system.

In most smaller recording studios the recording engineer is also the mixing engineer. Mix engineers are commonly available for hire, online.

Final Polish

The mastering engineer adds the final gloss, making subtle tweaks to ensure the track stands up to commercial standards. Their work ensures the music translates perfectly, whether it’s streaming online, blasting from a radio, or pressing into vinyl. In demo studios and some other studios, the mastering engineer is also the recording and mix engineer.

Like mix engineers, mastering engineers offer their services, online.

Home Recording Studios

Of course, in home recording studios, the studio owner is the music producer, the recording engineer, commonly the mix engineer and often the mastering engineer.

All the more need to access plenty information about recording and music production. So dive in, and if you have any questions, then please head over to our music community forum and post your questions there. Community members are generally helpful and well informed.

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Articles and Tutorials About Recording, Music Production and Music Mastering

Songstuff recording and music production content will help you in a number of ways.

  • Our recording and music production articles are in-depth but clear to understand.
  • The Songstuff glossary is broad-ranging and gives you clear, to the point explanations.
  • Our music community is friendly, keen, informed and experienced
  • Plus, our reviews are open, honest, detailed and clear.

So, without any more blurb, dive in. You didn’t come this far, to only go this far.


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As well as our articles and tutorials you can discuss recording, mixing and song production on the music production and recording board.

You might want to talk over something you read to improve your understanding, or to pass on a new understanding to another recording engineer or music producer. Maybe you just want to share your songs? Or just chat to fellow recording engineers, mix engineers, music producers or mastering engineers? If so, please join our music community. Our members and staff are friendly and welcoming.

Other Useful Stuff

Our product reviews are carried out by Songstuff Staff and music community members. They cover software, hardware, acoustics tools, performance tools and other music technology. So, please visit our Product Reviews page.

If you are interested in any of the other roles involved in the making of music, you should find useful information in the areas below:

  • Songwriter (Composer/Music Writer or Lyricist/Author), Music Arranger, Music Director, please visit our Songwriting (song writing) area.
  • The Band/Artist role is covered by pretty well all of the site!
  • Session Musician related content can be found in our musical instrument/music performance areas (Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums and Vocals).
  • The A&R Representative (A&R Rep, Artists & Repertoire Represetative), Artist Manager, Music Publisher, Music Marketing and PR Teams (Public Relations), as well as Music Distribution are covered in our Music Business area

If you would you like to talk about any of our articles or guides, then please join our music community! You would be very welcome and it’s a very friendly community. Please ask questions and offer opinions. Share your music, and get (and give) critique.

Are unsure of any terms mentioned in any of our articles? Then please visit our Music Glossary. It is absolutely crammed with definitions and explanations of a broad range of music and music technology terms.

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We are continuing to build recording and music production resources for independent artists and recording enthusiasts and professionals.

Are you a qualified/experienced recording engineer, mix engineer or mastering engineer? Or perhaps you have in-depth knowledge about music production? Are you an experienced music technology designer? Or perhaps you are a video producer? Would you be interested in helping musicians to build their skills and understanding by contributing demonstration videos, reviews, articles and tutorials to the Songstuff music library? We rely upon musicians, and people working within the music industry, being willing to contribute to our knowledge base.

As well as contributions to our music library, we feature contributions in our site blogs and social media portals. In particular, we add video contributions to the Songstuff Channel on YouTube.

Please contact us and we can explore the possibility of you joining our contributors asap.

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