Free VST Plugins
Plugin Review: D16 – Nepheton
Nepheton is D16's hyper-realistic take on the classic Roland 808 drum machine.
What is Reverb? Introducing Reverb for Music Production & Mixing
Reverb does much more than just add life back into dry recordings; the reason that this effect is used so extensively in mixes across so many genres is that it brings a huge number of additional benefits.
What Is MIDI? How It Works and Why It's Necessary
Despite being so integrated and fundamental to today`s music production prosses MIDI technology is still a mystery for modern music makers
Audio Compression Explained: How to Use a Compressor
We take a deep dive into all things compression-related; examining everything from the fundamentals through to some incredibly useful advanced techniques.
Mixing Vocals: 6 Tips for a Great Sounding Track
The ability to mix good-sounding vocals is a tricky but necessary skill for any recording engineer to possess.
Andreas Kaufmann – Closing The Loop EP
This month we focus on the `Closing The Loop EP` by Andreas Kaufmann
A Brief History of Mastering: From Vinyl to Streaming
The role of the mastering engineer has changed a great deal over the course of the history of recorded music. In this blog, we trace those changes from the dawn of mastering as a discipline, right up to the present day.
Plugin Review: D16 - Drumazon
Drumazon is D16's take on the classic Roland 909 drum machine. The sound is pristine and authentic, but what really sets this emulation apart is the fact that D16 haven't been afraid to expand on the functionality of the original box.
Demystifying Compression: An Exposé on the Secret Smurf Army Inside Your DAW
`What exactly is a compressor and what do all those controls mean?` As a sound educator I get this question often and the folks over at SoundGym invited me to share the answer
Waves Berzerk – Free for SoundGym Members!
We`ve teamed up with our friends at Waves to offer you their incredible Berzerk creative distortion plug-in for free.
LANDR Review - Mastering services & Royalty-free samples
Unfamiliar with LANDR or need some further convincing of just how unbelievable these services are? We went underneath the hood to bring you a comprehensive overview of exactly what LANDR has to offer
No_message – Another Error EP
This month we focus on the Another Error EP by Dutch producer No_message, AKA SoundGym member Dirk Visser
Five Ways To Spend Your Time Productively In Quarantine
These are strange times. More and more of us are confined indoors as we battle to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Is Making Music Damaging Your Hearing?
If you work with music in any way, your hearing is obviously indispensable, However, most of us in the music industry come in to contact with loud music as a matter of course.
How Deliberate Practice Can Improve Your Music Production
If you want to improve a skill you must practice it. Perhaps this is not a huge revelation, but how much do we think about the way in which we practice? Deliberate practice is a type of practice that is systematic and has purpose
Accusonus - ERA Bundle
The ERA Bundle consists of six audio repair plug-ins. Primarily aimed at vocal processing, a number of them can also be applied to other audio repair tasks.
Accusonus - Regroover and Beatformer
Beatformer is a plug-in that Accusonus claims will enable you to `musically sculpt your beats`, while Regroover is an innovative sampler that allows you to completely reimagine your drum loops.
The Top 7 All Time Classic Drum Machines
Below you can find our seven favourite drum machines of all time.
The Single Best Resource for Learning Audio Synthesis
Most of us use synthesisers at some point in our production workflow, but how well do you understand the principles of synthesis?
Passing On Experience
As I often do, I`ve been pondering education in sound engineering and what it is that teachers actually do for their students.
The New Way of Learning Sound and Production
There are proven benefits to learning online, as demonstrated by MIT in a report discussing the future direction of the institute.
How to Use Reference Tracks ( improve your mix in 30 secs )
References are one of the best ways to quickly improve a mix. First, create the ideal home studio that makes mixing easy. Then use reference tracks to become a better mixer FAST. They keep you from `mixing blind` by showing you how the pros do it.
Three Tips to save Time in Sound System Tuning
There are a million things to do in live sound system setup. Who has time for system tuning?
Who are the top women in sound?
To celebrate International Women’s day, Soundgym would like to salute some of these women, recognise their struggles and their achievements.
Celebrating the new SoundGym!
The new SoundGym is all about you, SoundGym members. Music producers, audio engineers, PA guys, students and home recordings musicians from around the world who share the strive for great sounding music.