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The Creators Tool Box

One of the most critical areas of any mix is in the low end - the frequency area around 200Hz and below. Managing those frequencies isn’t just important for your basses, low brass, kick drums, synths and other keyboards. “Hidden” low-frequency energy can play a role in your overall mix, too.

You've captured the perfect take. But when it comes time to mix, you notice that something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s some hiss, pickup hum, or a ’plosion on the vocal track. When timeline editing or EQ don’t work, call the plug-in equivalent of sonic mechanics: audio repair software. Here's how.

Once derided as “canned music,” production libraries are becoming a more respected—and lucrative—way to get your music placed in film, TV and other media. Killer Tracks executive producer Ryan Perez-Daple explains how.

If you have a DAW and even a handful of software instruments at your disposal, you’ve probably got more available sounds, loops, and other readymade content than you’d be able to use in a lifetime of projects. It seems like every instrument comes with hundreds— if not thousands—of presets.

Editor/producer Matt O'Connor chooses music for top television shows from a wide range of sources. He explains what composers need to deliver to get on the air.

Online services, social media sites, and mobile apps make it easier to connect with fans and clients. we asked the experts at Broadjam, section101.com, Bandzoogle, artista Mobile, and Moozar how to get the most from your online presence.

Modern technology has helped provide musicians with new ways to liven up shows. The excitement of creating is no longer limited to the studio. Here's how you can integrate computer tracks and effects into your performance.

Pro Tools 11, the technica at2020usB+ microphone, Wavemachine Labs' auria app, and Line 6's James Tyler Variax guitar modeling.

Audio mastering is one of the most important, but least understood, parts of making a record. We asked Grammy-winning mastering engineer John Greenham to explain what goes into it, and offer some advice on how best to prepare your album for the mastering process.

Want to get away from the keyboard? Audio-to-MIDI conversion lets you sing or play parts acoustically and use them to trigger electronic sounds.