Non-Linear Music Production

One of my goals is to help people be more productive and finish more tracks. I've learned that for many people out there, getting a project done can seem overwhelming. Many will never complete them, because the sole thought of finishing it to perfection stalls the whole process. We could even...

When Do You Know A Track Is Finished?

Are you one of those perfectionists that has a hard time finishing a project because they feel there's always one more detail that needs fixing? I've published a few posts with tips on how to finish tracks, but maybe you're still spending countless hours on minor tweaks. You're not alone. I've long been like that too,...

Where to Get Fresh New Ideas for Tracks

One of the questions I used to get the most from my students was how to come up with new ideas when making music. Unlike with jazz or rock, the options for creating electronic sounds are limitless, and so the range of electronic music genres and sub-genres is vast. Because of this, it becomes particularly easy to get...

The Rule Of 10: Production in Rotation for Big Results

I was speaking with a friend about my approach to making music, and I explained my rule of 10. Most people, especially new producers, will work a song until it's done. But this is actually a huge mistake. The reason is simple: after working hours on the same track, these guys have a hard time...

Find a track tester for your productions

This might be one important post, so consider taking 5 minutes to go through it carefully. You probably already know how important it is to test the music you're creating, but the big question is, how do you test your music effectively? First, there are a few traps people fall into....

Wisdom From Experienced Producers

So you've decided to make music, bought the minimum to get going, and started to learn. But now you have this internal voice that keeps popping up, telling you that you'll soon need to look for a label to get signed. No matter what you do, that little voice just keeps coming...

Luis Rivera tells us what he loves about Pheek's song finalization and analog mastering services

Conversations with Clients: Luis Rivera

In Conversations with Clients, we bring you an honest and unfiltered look at Pheek's services, straight from the mouths of those who know -- and want you to know too! For this second piece in our series, I spoke with Luis Rivera (artist name LRb), a minimal techno producer based in Puebla, Mexico.  ♦   ♦   ♦ Hi Luis,...

Learn Mixing At MUTEK’s Panel Workshop

Learn more about the workshop here! I've been asked by MUTEK to present a workshop on how to prepare tracks for mastering. This means, in technical terms, how to get the most out of your mixdown session. For many people, the whole music production process seems like a crazy, disorganized back-and-forth of...

Music Production And Studio Tips

When I talk to music producers, both newcomers and more experienced ones, I realize that many of them could use some tips on improving their production workflow. I'm talking about the little things in life that aren't necessarily computer related, but that can make a big difference in how effective you are with your studio time. Most...

Circle 2 VST plugin review

Plugin Review: Circle 2 VSTi

Okay guys, this is a first. I've been thinking about writing reviews for a little while now, mainly because I get asked sometimes what I use to make my sounds. So I thought I'd share some feedback about the tools I appreciate most and why. Here's the important thing for me though: I usually...

Create Your Own Concept Album

I was recently discussing a concept album I did in 2015 entitled Tones Of Void, and I was asked about my views on what makes an album unified. It's an important question if you want to create a concept album: how does one come up with a theme, or create their own style? Let's start with a...

Mindfulness for Creatives

The mindfulness movement has been getting a lot of buzz in the US health industry recently, but we hear less about how valuable this form of meditation can be for creatives. If you've never heard of it, you're probably missing out on the next wave in healthy living, much like jogging or yoga. All of these practices complement...

Use This Free Ableton Live Session Template

After months of seeing clients repeat the same mistakes in Ableton Live, I thought, "If only I could provide them with a session template to use as a default, it would help them so much." It's not that I wanted to free myself from fixing certain things, but I really believe that having a...

Simple Sound Design Tips

I've been giving some classes since the beginning of the year, and I noticed certain questions around sound design that kept coming up while I'd be sharing other tips. I thought I'd share them with everyone so it can benefit more than one person out there. Recently I was in a...

Make the Leap from DJ to Producer

Many people dream of being able to enjoy a self-sustaining life while working as a DJ or music producer. If you're a DJ, you might be contemplating the idea of jumping into production. Both avenues can lead you to doing it full time, but not if you do it half-way. Make it your passion. It's always...

Isaac Prieto is a Detroit-based DJ/producer and a client of Pheek's, who helped Isaac with song finalization, mixdown and mastering. I spoke with Isaac.

Conversations with Clients: Isaac Prieto

Isaac Prieto is a Detroit-based DJ and producer and the co-founder of vinyl label Detroit Vinyl Room. He was also a client of Pheek’s, who helped Isaac with song finalization, mixdown and mastering. I spoke with Isaac to gain some insights into his journey as a DJ and producer and his experience working with Pheek. Note:...

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