5 Key Points To Look Out for in Every Recording Contract

Entertainment attorney and industry consultant Kevin Casini breaks down the five key points every artist should understand going into a deal.

April 19, 2022
How Do You Make Custom Vinyl Records?

So, you want to get a record pressed. What does it cost? Do you need to prep your audio? Do you choose lacquer or lathe cut? We explore the details.

March 17, 2022
What Music Distributor is Right for You?

From CD Baby and DistroKid to SoundCloud, Amuse, and more — which music distributor is right for you? Let’s compare the pricing and benefits.

March 11, 2022
Granular Synthesis 101: A Portal Exploration

Granular synthesis is a technique with unlimited potential. But how exactly does it work? Today, we’re using Portal to explain the basics of granulation.

March 2, 2022
How To Make a Migos-Type Beat With Arcade

Introducing: Made With Arcade, a new video series powered by Output’s signature instrument plugin. First up: a wavy Migos-type beat with Chu.

February 2, 2022
Arpeggiator 101: Arp Basics and How to Use Them

Arpeggiators are magic. But how exactly do they work? Today, we explore the history of the arpeggiator, the best DAW solutions, and much more.

January 25, 2022
Using Electric Guitars in Dance Music with Matt Lange

Producer and sound designer Matt Lange walks us through his favorite techniques for processing electric guitars in electronic music.

January 21, 2022
Gain Staging 101: How to Supercharge Your Mix

Your holistic guide to gain staging: what is it, how to properly monitor your levels during mixing, the importance of using a VU meter, and much more.

December 20, 2021
Black Friday Deals 2021: Best Buys for Musicians and Producers

Microphones, monitors, and MIDI keyboards galore! Check out these great Black Friday deals, and our own 35% off sale on all perpetual software.

November 24, 2021
Arcade 2.0: Note Kits Walkthrough

Introducing Note Kits: A whole new way to play in Arcade. Dive into these new, deeply customizable software instruments with this step-by-step tutorial.

October 6, 2021
Four Fast Thermal Presets To Add Depth and Distortion

With THERMAL, distortion is just a click away. Here’s how THERMAL can easily transform vocals, bass, drums, and guitar within seconds.

August 12, 2021
How To Set Up a Home Recording Studio for Beginners

To help you put together your perfect space, we’ve compiled a list of the 13 things you need to build a home recording studio.

July 15, 2021
How To Get the Perfect Kick Drum Sound

You know how important the kick drum is in practically all popular music from blues to techno. The stakes are pretty high, so it makes sense to learn about what makes a kick tick.

July 2, 2021
How To Use Arcade’s Kit Generator To Easily Chop Up Samples

Easily create personalized Kits from any of the samples within ARCADE or your own hard drive.

June 23, 2021
Convolution Reverb 101: 7 Best Plugins and How to Use Them

Convolution reverb can transport a listener to a cathedral, an arena, or a cozy studio. Here’s an explainer and top plugin picks!

May 6, 2021
Listen to Output’s Favorite Next-Level Presets

Check out some of our favorite presets in PORTAL, REV, and more… get inspired here.

May 3, 2021
Musician Guide: Proven Email Tips to Pitch Blogs and Promoters

Whether you’re writing to a blog, a promoter, or a record label, a well-written email boosts your business as a musician.

April 20, 2021
Getting Started With Arcade 1.6

So, you downloaded ARCADE? Great, you’re already on your way to making a track! Here’s a quick guide on how to use ARCADE 1.6.

April 6, 2021
Make Lo-Fi Hip-Hop Using Arcade and Substance

Lo-fi hip-hop is inescapable. Here, we show you how easy it is to get a lo-fi hip-hop groove going using ARCADE and SUBSTANCE.

March 27, 2021
Explore Kit Generator: New in Arcade Version 1.6

Kit Generator has arrived with ARCADE version 1.6! A brand-new feature, Kit Generator lets you automatically transform any audio file into a full, ready-to-play ARCADE Kit.

March 15, 2021
Studio Advice From 3 Grammy-Winning Hip-Hop Producers

Get production advice and studio tips from three Grammy-winning hip-hop producers: Larrance Dopson, Om’Mas Keith, and Hit-Boy.

March 13, 2021
Everything That’s New in Arcade Version 1.5

ARCADE version 1.5 is here with major improvements to the Browser navigation and search tools to streamline your creative process.

February 4, 2021
How To Record Hip-Hop Drum Samples With Daniel Gallardo

Combine acoustic and electronic: Step inside the studio with Daniel Gallardo and see how we recorded his hip-hop drum samples for ARCADE.

January 5, 2021
Celebrating Three Good Things That Happened in 2020

Why is it important to take some time for celebrating the the good things in life? It helps us get through the tough times.

December 22, 2020