Pluck Synth Tutorial: 5 Tips For Bigger Pluck Synth Sounds!


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Pluck Synth Tutorial: 5 Tips For Bigger Pluck Synth Sounds!


In this pluck synth tutorial Daniel Grimmett & Christian Fiore, Owners of The Songwriting Team & Anthemize Music show you the 5 steps for making bigger sounding pluck synths for modern pop music. In this pop song production tutorial we’ll be using Logic X, Soundtoys Devil-loc, Omnisphere 2, and a Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 analog synth. Note that you don’t HAVE to use those software programs! These fundamental approaches transfer to your DAW and software synths.

Justin Bieber + Skrillex Vocal Effect Tutorial: Logic X Flex Pitch


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Justin Bieber + Skrillex Vocal Effect Tutorial: Logic X Flex Pitch

Daniel Grimmett & Christian Fiore, Owners of The Songwriting Team & Anthemize Music show step by step how to quickly and easily achieve the Skrillex type vocal effects similar to those on the new Justin Bieber album.

In this vocal effects tutorial we’ll be using Logic X and flex pitch but please note that the fundamental approach can be easily achievable in any DAW with any tuning software such as melodyne, waves tune, or autotune. We just happen to use what we use? The tutorial is demonstrated on a client’s song that we’re currently working on.


1. Choose sections of the vocal line that you want to use to make your vocal edit. We suggest looking for “vowel” sounds for this vocal effect.

2. Don’t worry about pitch of melody yet! Start arranging the samples to make a cool rhythmic pattern.

3. Finally, use your favorite vocal tuning software to adjust the pitch of each edit to create your melody.

4. Process the vocals. We like to double the vocals and make a copy that is an octave higher and layer that in. A little valhalla reverb and CLA-76 for compression to taste.

5 Free Pop Drum Production Tutorial Videos

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To celebrate our upcoming course the Drum Production Bible Vol. 1 (release next week) were giving away almost 25% of the course for free to you!

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Mark Eckert Reveals His Instagram Tips for Music Producers


INTRO – Instagram Tips for Music Producers

There are so many ways to attract new clients on the web. This week we interviewed 21 year old producer Mark Eckert. Not living in a “music town” hasn’t held this young indie pop producer back at all because a high percentage of his work is done virtually on the web! In this interview Mark chats about how he uses Instagram for attracting new clients clients. He also offers some great tips for you to try yourself!

>>> Learn more about getting mixing, production, and songwriting clients on the web!



Who are you, what do you do, and where are you based?

My name is Mark Eckert. I am a producer and drummer specializing in indie pop. Currently in Charlotte, N.C.

What percentage of your business is local versus long distance?

On an average month, approximately 90% of the artists I work with are long distance.

How are you attracting long distance clients?


Really?? Do you have a strategy for Instagram or did it just happen that way?

I’d say a combination of both. Initially, I was just on Instagram so I could post pictures and videos of my productions, so it could post to Facebook. However, Instagram became a bit more search friendly, and as soon as direct messaging was made available, I had a few inquiries sitting in my box within a month. Once I had enough inquiries that I could basically pay my rent, I thought “Hey, this is DEFINITELY something I need to capitalize on.”

What tips would you give another music producer/songwriter if they wanted to attract clients on Instagram? Any secrets or techniques?

Sure! No secrets really. I’d say there are at least 5 main things that everyone should know.

YOUR BIO. In these 150 characters, potential clients need to know who you are, what you kick ass in, something personal and relatable, and where you are located. Lastly they need to know how to contact you (and it must be through a seemingly professional channel.)
Quality & Consistency. Your pictures and videos must look consistent, and look good. If you go to my channel (@markeckert) all of my pictures have somewhat high contrast, really bright whites, very dark dark’s, and are typically very crisp. *This is a visual generation, you must appeal to them!*
Be yourself. Make relatable posts so people feel like they’re your friend. Don’t come across as unapproachable, even if you really are too cool for school.
Like pictures tagged in the field you specialize in. Don’t be afraid to seek THEM out.
Ratio. Although you’re marketing yourself as a producer (or anything you do) make sure to include a personal post sometime. 5 to 1, 10 to 1, whatever you want. Remind people that you’re a cool and humble person too. Don’t be all business. For the most part, most of my inquiries included how they were drawn to working with me because I seemed like a nice guy, AND they liked my sound. Not the other way around.

Any Apps that you find helpful for making your Instagram look more pro?

Yes! I dig SnapSeed and VSCO Cam

What projects are you really excited about right now?

Mouth Sounds. A record I’ve been working on for a year with a local artist. Also I have a single I’m working with Tramayne Tirrell out of LA. Sounds like Broods and Chvrches, with male vocals. Stoked about that.

What does your near future have in store?

Finishing up Mouth Sounds and a few singles. Then working on 15+ songs for a personal project that will enable indiepop, synth pop, and other artists to buy original music. (Among other services.)

Also gonna travel the world. Whoop!




To find out more about Mark and see his Instagram tips for music producers put into action… I suggest following him: @markeckert

>>> Learn more about getting mixing, production, and songwriting clients on the web!

How To Earn More Money For Your Audio Services

We all want to get paid more for our audio services. I remember when I first started out I was only charging a few hundred dollars to produce a track. Now, my company The Songwriting Team charges anywhere between one to three thousand depending on the scope of the song. We stay slammed 24/7 at that rate too, and did I mention that’s all from independents? No majors forking out dough to cover the bill. You may be thinking… I can’t find anyone with that budget! Well, the are out there and here’s how you can attract them…

The first thing that you should know is that there will always be someone that’s willing to do things cheaper than you. Always. The second thing that you should know is that no one can do what you do. Think about it… If 2 photographers go to the same shoot with the same gear and same model will they get the same picture? Nope. This is because no two people are exactly the same.

So what’s the problem? The problem is the way your potential client thinks!

The solution? Change your potential client’s thinking…

It’s common practice for people to shop based on price. It’s your job to encourage your prospects to not shop based on price but shop based on what they actually want. Ask them, “If price wasn’t a concern then who would you really want to work with?”. Now know that the answer might not be you. If it isn’t then it wouldn’t matter whether you charge $200 or 2 million for your services.

I use this as an example…

If I want to drive a Ferrari then buying a Honda doesn’t solve my problem. If I want the Ferrari then I have to save up and buy it. There’s no way around it.

It’s funny to me that some artists spend years perfecting their craft, put all of their emotion into writing a song, and then when it comes to making the song the best that it can be they try to do it for $100. That’s silly. Those people don’t get it and don’t make good clients. Think about it. Does that make sense to you? If someone is okay with spending just $100 on their creation that they put years into then they don’t respect their own work whether they think they do or not.

It’s part of your job to help put that into perspective for them. When they hear it out loud it clicks… “Oh, that is kind of silly!” Yeah it is!

Encourage your potential clients to buy based on what they really want and what is best for their music. How?

Never lead the conversation with “pricing” or “services”. Instead, think more big picture. Be an advisor, not an order taker. Ask them what they want their outcome to be then provide a solution that will help them reach that outcome. Now it isn’t about money anymore… It’s about them getting exactly what they want. You aren’t going to ever be the cheapest provider, but you can be the provider that gives your client exactly what they need/want. That is priceless.

Give your clients value and then do a kick ass job!

How To Rank Your Home Recording Website On Google (Get More Clients)

I’ll be doing a lot of articles how a great website for your home recording is imperative for getting clients. It’s your first impression. It’s the first place potential clients will look (the internet). If someone Google’s recording studios in your town will they find you? If the answer is no then it’s time to get to work. Now, I will say that if you live in a highly populated area than this can be harder (but not impossible). Here are a few tips for getting your home recording studio website ranking on Google…

#1 – Use an SEO friendly website platform such as WordPress. “All in one” sites like Wix & Square Space are going to have a hard time ranking compared to WordPress in my experience.

#2 – Use the YOAST SEO plugin on WordPress to make sure that your pages are optimized for SEO rankings. It’s very simple to use!

#3 – Create SEO pages often. These are typically “hidden” pages (not in your main menu) that are obviously going after key words. Also, keep up with your blog posts. Google loves websites that are relevant. 

#4 – Get creative with your keywords. Use a keyword search tool if you’d like. Most importantly, think about what your audience is searching for. Is it “Charlotte NC Recording Studios”, “Rock Studios In Charlotte”, “Rap Producers in North Carolina”, etc. etc. 

#5 – If you are in a heavily populated area then opt for going after longer and more niche keywords such as “indie rock recording studio in Los Angeles with parking” (lol) 

So, there you have it. How to rank your home recording website on Google and get more local clients. To wrap up, if your home recording studio doesn’t have a website then you’re crazy. If you have a website but people aren’t finding it then it’s a waste. I encourage you to take your home recording studio website very seriously here in the modern age. Dig in and make it the best it can be. For deeper information on home recording studio business strategy go here. Thanks for reading! Comments? Thoughts? What’s worked for you?


9 Ways To Make Money As A Music Producer

There are many ways to make money as a music producer in the modern age. Most of us music producers want to make a living producing music. Not just a living, but a great living! Many music producers are left wondering, “how can I make money producing music?” You hear often that there is no money in the music industry, budgets are shrinking, etc. A lot of music producers think that unless they are signed to a label they cannot make money producing music. That isn’t true. I’ve made a wonderful living as an independent music producer without labels, managers, publishers, or any of that. Now, was it easy? Not necessarily, but it’s 100% possible if you’re willing to educate yourself, continue to hone your craft, and work hard as shit! Making a living producing music isn’t a myth, just a concept, or for only a select few. I know many freelance independent music producers that are killing it. Below, I’ve listed 9 ways to make money as a music producer. I recommend growing your roots in 1 or 2 of these and then expanding. Don’t spread yourself thin. Ultimately, you’ll find which models work best for your business. So, let’s go…

9 Ways To Make Money As a Music Producer

#1 – Local or Home Recording Studio

This is how a lot of us get our start. We set up shop in our house and start producing our friends. Then all of the sudden they start to pay us. Then we go out and network and find more clients to work one-on-one with. The biggest issue with home studios is that producer’s aren’t making the “experience” feel like a pro studio for their clients. If you can do that then your home studio will thrive. I have other articles that go into more detail on that subject…

#2 – Working For Clients Virtually 

This is my favorite and it’s how I’ve made most of my money producing. My music agency does custom music for clients all over the world. At any given time we’re working on 30-50 songs. There is a lot of work out there on the web. How do you get it? It’s about building a incredible online brand that speaks to the audience that you’re trying to reach. Everything must be in place from design to work process to lead capture and management tools. To me this model is the future of the recording industry which is why I’ve created courses on it.

#3 – Spotify Streaming 

Now, I’m sure that you’ve heard about artists and writers not getting paid jack sh*t from Spotify. Please know that this is most likely because of the deal that they signed with their label/publisher. One of the benefits to owning a lion’s share of your masters is that you can retain most of your streaming royalties. So how do you get spins? I recommend hiring a streaming promotions service to help place your music on big playlists. That’s what I have seen work for people.

#4 – Selling Instrumentals on Beat Sites

This is popular in the hip hop and electronic world and has been a concept for a long time. If you are creating awesome (like not mediocre) tracks then you can still make some nice supplemental income selling beats. My issue with this one is that it’s where most producers try to start. I DO NOT recommend trying to start your career with a passive model. This is why most producers give up. They don’t see results. Always start with a more active model (#1 and #1) to start making money and then invest in passive models. That’s what I did with

#5 – Stock Music 

Thousands of video makers and companies need simple stock music for their projects. The stock music industry is pretty easy to start getting into. The success in this will come from really studying what types of tracks work best for stock music. I’d recommend getting started on and

#6 – Micro Licensing

Micro licensing is a a concept that’s been growing quickly in the past few years. It’s falls somewhere in between “big sync placements” and “stock music”. It’s the middle market. A common user of micro licensing sites are indie film makers, wedding videographers, and start ups. I’ve heard of producers and artists making fantastic money with The Music Bed. Just keep in mind that you have to have killer music. They won’t accept crap :) My advice is to reach out and start building a relationship. Find out what they need… What type of music would help their clients?

#7 – Sample Packs & Products 

Are you a badass sound designer? Is there a loop pack that the world needs and doesn’t have? Look into creating loop and sample packs. Again, I don’t suggest starting your production career with a passive model like this but it can be a smart expansion later on. For example, check out what mixer Jonathan Roye is doing with his Woodshed Audio Co.

#8 – Giving Back

Once you’ve built the foundation of your company and done some cool things it’s time to give back! Educating your fellow producers on how you created your freelance production business can be rewarding. It feels good to help. Also, at some point (when you build an audience) you can monetize by creating helpful tutorials and affiliating with other helpful products for your “followers”.

#9 – Sales & Royalties 

This one is an obvious one and it definitely takes time. Firstly, you should educate yourself on how publishing, ownership, and royalties work so that you can negotiate fair deals for yourself and your clients. Get behind clients who “have a game plan” for their music. Those are the ones who are most likely to see some backend from their work. In that case, you’ll get your piece. This isn’t a very “active” way to earn money unless you are physically helping promote the music. This is more-so something that will come naturally as your catalog builds and your client’s careers grow.

So there you have it. 9 ways to make money as a music producer. This industry is all about adapting and putting your eggs in many different baskets. Some of the eggs will crack and that’s okay… Find what works best for your freelance producing business. Some of these will come naturally or be a bi-product of each other. You’re in for some cool surprises :)

I hope that helps!