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Jay-Z’s ‘4:44′ Engineer Jimmy Douglass Breaks Down Mixing Process of Hov’s Most Personal Album


  4:44 might be JAY-Z‘s most personal album to date, but that’s not just because of the subject matter. Listening to the LP over the last couple weeks, it’s clear Hov sounds like he’s talking to you in close quarters; the way the album is mixed makes it feel like an intimate, one-on-one experience. It’s better geared for headphones than…

The Hidden Danger Of Checking Your Mixes In The Car

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  You’ve been glued to your computer monitor for 12 hours. You’re about to pass out on your MIDI keyboard. And the mix? It sounds killer. But before you click “Bounce To Disk” for the last time… You hop in your ‘04 Honda Civic, plug the aux cable into your iPhone, and take your track…

Let’s make music!


Are you getting a musical groove on this summer? If so, you could be onto something that will make you smarter, happier and healthier. Research shows that making music regularly can improve your cognitive power, increase your IQ and even change the shape of your brain, making it stronger and better equipped to store information….

Gangnam Style is no longer the most-played video on YouTube


Gangnam Style had been YouTube’s most-watched video for five year. Psy’s Gangnam Style is no longer the most-watched video on YouTube. The South Korean megahit had been the site’s most-played clip for the last five years. The surreal video became so popular that it “broke” YouTube’s play counter, exceeding the maximum possible number of views…

13 Common Vocal Mixing Mistakes and How To Avoid Them


  Vocals are the most important part of your mix. The vocals sell the music. Whether they’re a seasoned pro or your tone deaf aunt, everyone listens to the vocals. When you focus your mixing energy on the vocals, you are focusing on the one part of the mix that every listener is guaranteed to hear. Of…

Stream-ripping is ‘fastest growing’ music piracy


Stream-ripping is now the fastest-growing form of music piracy in the UK, new research has suggested. Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers. Record labels claim that “tens, or even hundreds of millions of tracks are illegally…

How Losing SoundCloud Would Change Music

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The streaming giant — which laid off 40 percent of its staff Thursday — has long struggled to stay both stable and independent. But its unique contributions to music consumption can’t be overstated. On Thursday, SoundCloud laid off 173 of its 420 employees, closing two of its four offices, in San Francisco and London. Cofounder and chief executive Alexander…

Don’t Call It Road Rap – A Noisey Film (Full Length)

Imagine Dragons Fly to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 for First Time

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  Imagine Dragons leap from No. 8 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated July 15) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time. The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social…

Imagine Dragons takes number-two spot on “Billboard” 200 with “Evolve”


  ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons‘ new album Evolve debuts at number two on this week’s Billboard 200. The third studio effort from the Las Vegas rockers takes the runner-up spot with a total of 147,000 equivalent album units, 109,000 of which were pure album sales. Evolve‘s debut is the biggest week for a rock album in 2017. The last rock…