How To Use A Compressor

Compressors are an integral part of the mixing process. 

Without this tool, your mix will be dynamically unbalanced and stand little to no chance of being labeled a professional mix. To many producers, it can be very difficult to understand how compressors work and how they can be applied to their productions in a positive way. 

In this article, I am going to go over what compression is, the basic controls of a compressor, and how to use a compressor in your music. 

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Meet Manic Kat Records’ Newest Punk Phenomenon: New Age Affair

New Age Affair is the pop-punk/post-hardcore band that’s soon to be on everyone’s radars. The band formed in Rapid City, South Dakota, by brothers Derek and Gage Flick in early 2017. Since its inception, the band has been working tirelessly to successfully craft a sound that is undeniably catchy, melodic, and refreshing.

New Age Affair is yet another ReverbNation Opportunity Success Story after getting signed to a prolific genre-specific label. The band recently signed a deal with the punk-centric label Manic Kat Records after submitting to the label’s opportunity. 

We interviewed the band about their biggest challenges, triumphs, the band’s wackiest member, and so much more. Read on to get the full scope of this exciting band.

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Your Guide To Successful Improvisation And Jamming On Stage

You don’t have to be a “jam band” to be a band that jams.

Whether you are ripping 28-minute face-melting musical behemoths or simply improvising your guitar solo differently every show, jamming with your bandmates opens up your gig to a world of possibilities, and ensures that every concert will be different than the last. 

I’m not suggesting that every band should have extended ambient improvs on stage, but it’s important to understand the benefits that jamming can have on your performances and even your musical chops. If your band has never improvised on stage and wants to try it out, or if you want to incorporate some new jamming ideas in your gigs, this article has got you covered.

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An Interview With Fierce Panda Records, The UK Label With Fresh Talent On The Roster

Fierce Panda Records has a storied and reputable history of putting out early records from some of music’s most prolific bands. The UK-based label has released early records from the likes of Coldplay, Oas*s, Death Cab For Cutie, and many more. Now in its 25th year, fierce panda has proven that it has the chops to identify and launch musical careers with precision and poise. 

Fierce Panda recently signed The Comstocks to its iconic roster as a result of its latest ReverbNation Opportunity. The indie alt-rock band caught the eye of fierce panda thanks to their unique, hefty, and raw sound. By the looks of fierce panda’s current roster, as well as its impressive list of label alumni, we think The Comstocks are going to fit in just fine.

[SAVE THE DATE] The Comstocks’ newest single “Six Months” is releasing on October 4, 2019 on your favorite streaming services. Click here to pre-save the song.

With a quarter-century of experience under their belt, we thought it would be great to have a chat with the team at fierce panda and pick their brains on all things music. Learn what it’s like to run an independent label, what specific things can cause a great band to not get signed, and so much more in this delightful interview.

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How To Master Your Own Music

When you think of a mastering engineer, you think of someone tucked away in a studio filled with hardware and expensive equipment. To many, mastering can seem like a dark art. With the advancements made with music production tools, all you need is a set of basic plugins that your DAW offers and a few guidelines on how to tackle the mastering process. In this article, I am going to go over a step-by-step process on how you can use your native DAW plugins to master your own tracks.

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3 Ways The Lines Between Songwriter And Producer Are Blurring

One of the more fascinating transformations happening in music today is how insanely easy it’s become for anyone with a laptop and microphone to create, record, and release music. A big impact of this trend we’re beginning to see is the widespread blurring of lines between songwriter and producer. Cheap DIY recording gear and easy access to digitally driven sound effects and synthesized instruments are putting production power into the hands of millions of musicians who wouldn’t have had it in the past. Here’s three ways songwriters are taking on music production roles:

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3 Ways To Promote A Show When Playing In A New City

Whether you’re a weekend warrior playing in a regional city close to your hometown or embarking on a long national tour, being able to promote shows in cities you’ve never played in is vital for bands trying to find momentum and new fans. But getting the word out in a new city isn’t easy, especially for new and unestablished bands. Here are three tips to help promote shows in places you haven’t played before:

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4 Types Of Show Faux Pas You Should Avoid

Even under the best of circumstances, performing can be an anxiety-inducing experience for artists. Since artists are under so much stress at shows, they’re easy to offend. The musicians that artists perform with end up being massively important connections throughout their career, so staying on their good side is essential. Here are four show faux pas to watch out for while playing live:

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