As a music producer and freelance audio engineer, I can say without a doubt that a large chunk of the knowledge I’ve acquired and refined ever since I chose this line of work has come from a number of well-written audio blogs that I’ve stumbled upon over the years.
You’ll want to bookmark all of these sites for future reference and for continued updates, as many of these sites are frequently updated not only with informative articles and videos that can really help you to dial in your sound, but also downloadable freeware plugins if you know where to look!
For rank amateurs and seasoned pros alike, this is one of the most comprehensively detailed blogs on audio engineering with guides that cover everything from patchbays, MIDI, audio interfaces, and word clock to mixing, basic music theory, plugins, and even mastering!
With an exceptional array of articles covering a wide range of topics and tasks that tend to present challenges to aspiring music producers and audio engineers, Audiotuts is a superb resource to refer to when you’re stuck or fresh out of ideas.
From picking the right microphone for the job to designing a viscerally powerful lead in a popular trance song using a subtractive synthesizer and even how to program music for a video game, there’s something that everyone can learn from Audiotuts. Website / @audiotuts
3. KVR Audio
This is the ultimate online pitstop for music producers, musicians, and audio engineers who want to stay up to speed on the latest audio and music software developments and releases.
This is an excellent guide that you can use to find just the right plugin for your setup, and if you’re looking to simply try stuff out and browse around, there are also plenty of freeware plugins that you can pick through and download for starters! Website / @kvraudio
4. Variety of Sound
As a plugin developer who won the KVR Audio Developer Challenge in 2009, “Bootsie” has amassed a devoted following of fans, enthusiasts, and professionals that swear by his plugins when working on a project.
5. Production Advice
With more than 15 years of experience as a top-notch mastering engineer with additional experience in recording, mixing, and production, Ian Shepard generously shares his knowledge with readers who are eager to find out how to take their mastering skills to the next level.
The topics he covers are highly in-depth and yet surprisingly accessible and brilliantly written in a way that seamlessly conveys even the most complex aspect or topic without using ambiguous language or excessive industry jargon.
His book, How to Master with Multiband Compression, gives both novice and experienced engineers an edge in how to properly use one of the most sophisticated devices in today’s mastering arsenal: the multiband compressor. Website / @ianshepherd
Even though this is primarily a forum, Gearslutz is an excellent resource for just about anyone who is involved in the audio / music industries.
From recording and miking techniques to mixing, mastering, and even producing, Gearslutz features a wide range of moderators and forum members who collectively have years and years of industry experience and know-how that nearly any engineer, musician, or producer will find useful, at any level.
In addition to numerous forums that users can access regarding nearly every aspect of the audio industry imaginable, there is also a job section, a merchandise section called the “Deal Zone”, and a comprehensive Q&A section.
In the Q&A section, forum members can ask their favorite record producer / audio engineer about how they managed to reach the highlights of their careers in regard to the knowledge and experience that they gained along the way as well as their favorite plugins, recording gear, personal setups, and hardware processors. Website
7. Reaper Forums
For any or all active users of the excellent Reaper DAW platform, the Reaper forum platform is exceptional in its unusually fast and productive discussions regarding the continual development and use of the DAW.
If users ever experience any significant technical problems or issues while using Reaper, other more experienced users are quick to help, and there is a specific thread in which users can submit bugs or errors that appear to be bugs so that the developers can address each issue in a systematic and organized fashion. Website
While not a site that caters specifically nor exclusively to the needs of aspiring producers and audio engineers, this blog contains a variety of posts and user contributions that are instrumental in helping newcomers understand the ins and outs of synthesis.
Additionally, as rare and unique synthesizers are sold on the site, novices can click through to find said synthesizers on auction sites such as eBay. Although such synthesizers tend to cost a lot, clever bidders can get their hands on some great gear at awesome prices! Website / @matrixsynth
9. The Music Producer’s Blog
For aspiring producers and musicians really looking for ways to make it big, this outstanding blog is definitely a one-stop shop! It features scores of interviews with the industry’s hottest music producers and engineers to date as well as lists of the best freeware synths and effect plugins.
Additionally, there are innumerable links to various other blogs and tutorials that producers of all experience levels will find useful in furthering their ability to create and put out great music.
My personal suggestion is to dig in and start bookmarking the living daylights out of every tutorial and interview that jumps out at you.
Unfortunately, for those of you that prefer to use RSS to keep tabs on your favorite sites, you will have to settle for old-fashioned bookmarking for now, as the blog hasn’t integrated RSS functionality just yet. Website / @producerblog
10. DJ TechTools
This blog caters more specifically to DJs and live event performers, but there are also plenty of articles that music producers will also find incredibly useful.
Featured topics include things like how to use DJ key-tuning software to enhance your mixes or signing up for promo pools that will give you free tracks for your DJ sets.