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The Creators Tool Box

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.

We've all been there: The looming deadline when your ideas aren’t flowing…the song you abandon because it sounds too much like everything else you’ve written lately. Here's how pads, plugs-in and more can help you solve creative obstacles.

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.

We found some fantastic new gear for songwriters and producers!

Nick Gallant explains how he and his team adapt their experience in the gaming music world to create music for mobile apps.

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,, 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.