In my recent post listing the best YouTube channels for music production videos, I listed a number of my absolute favourite channels for music production tips, tutorials and advice. In this post, I cover some of the best music production websites available based on the amount of content they provide, the quality of that content and how helpful they've been to me over the years.
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Recommended music production websites
In no particular order, here are the websites that you should be checking out to further your music production skills.
While a number of them offer paid products, you can gain a great deal from their blogs and other free resources. This stuff should keep you busy for a few years!
Sound on Sound
I was fortunate enough to meet Paul White and Hugh Robjohns of Sound On Sound in 2014 when I was lecturing at a college. They regularly visit educational institutes to answer students' questions and provide feedback on their music. Considering how busy they are running the magazine, the website, the podcast etc., I think it's pretty awesome that they still make time to give back!
The original Sound On Sound magazine became an essential part of most producers' and engineers' lives, be they amateur or professional. It was packed with advice, technical knowledge and gear reviews that kept people inspired again and again. The fact that the magazine is still so popular in today's digital age speaks volumes about its quality, and the website is no different.
With so much content, plus an active community and forum providing help and advice, you should definitely bookmark this site if you haven't already.
The Recording Revolution
I mentioned Graham Cochrane's popular YouTube channel in my previous post, and with good reason. Not only does Graham have one of the biggest YouTube channels for music production and recording, he also has one of the most popular production websites on the internet.
He regularly links to his latest videos from the blog, and he also posts some great articles. While his content is targeted towards musicians who are learning engineering, he has some great advice for artists and producers at most levels.
Ilpo Kärkkäinen is an electronic music producer from Finland, who also shares advice and tutorials on his popular blog, Resoundsound. What I really love about Ilpo's content is that it's straight to the point, clear and honest. Considering his skills and success, he's very humble and it's really refreshing and engaging to read his material.
I first found Resoundsound when I was on the hunt for some free plugins, and Ilpo provided the most comprehensive breakdown I could find online! In addition, he regularly updates this content, so I never need to look any further. Highly recommended.
I first discovered Sam Matla's site when I was searching for social media tips for music producers. I was surprised to find a substantive 3-part guide on the subject that went into a great amount of detail. From then on, I've been hooked on his content.
Although much of the advice focuses on electronic music production (as the title suggests), Sam has some great articles on mindset and creativity that make for fantastic reading, no matter what genre or field you're in.
Check out the podcast, too, for some refreshingly honest interviews with a range of figures within the music industry. Guests include up-and-coming producers, experienced professionals, label owners and other industry professionals.
Music Tech magazine is a well respected print publication, featuring articles about all areas of music production, including tutorials, artist interviews and gear reviews. Their specialist printed guides, in particular, are fantastic resources to keep handy in the studio.
The Music Tech website features all of the above, with a frequently updated blog and many detailed articles. Although they cover all DAWs, there are some great articles dedicated to Logic Pro, in particular, if you're a Logic user.
Music Radar is the home of a number of successful music magazines, including Future Music and Computer Music. If you've enjoyed issues from either of these publications, I'd highly recommend checking out the Music Radar umbrella site.
As someone who used to have a subscription to Future Music, I can highly recommend their content (the only reason I cancelled was due to a move to a paperless life!). In particular, their artist interviews and In the Studio features are worth their weight in gold.
Attack is a site that is positively bursting at the seams with brilliant content. As well as the latest news and product reviews, the site also features in-depth interviews with producers and incredibly in-depth tutorials.
If you're an electronic musician and are looking for a place to start, this would be a fantastic choice. Attack is one of the most popular music production websites out there.
The Pro Audio Files
The Pro Audio Files have received support from a wide variety of websites, bloggers and artists, which speaks volumes about the quality of content on offer.
Having purchased one of Matthew Weiss' mixing courses myself, I can personally vouch for the knowledge provided.
Music & Audio Tuts+
Music & Audio Tuts+ is one of the most well-known and respected music production websites on the world wide webiness, and for good reason. If you're looking to gain a fundamental understanding of the key principles, this is a great place to start.
However, I would also argue that it's a great destination for producers at all levels, with some more advanced tips and inspirational ideas.
I've recommended these sites based on my own experience, but don't treat this list as exhaustive by any means. There are many more music production websites and blogs available that provide all kinds of valuable information on improving your skills.
However, as I stated in my article on recommended YouTube channels, I would suggest beginning with just one or two. It's important not to get overwhelmed, particularly when starting out, and you can learn a great deal by gradually and methodically progressing through the content from one or two respected providers.
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