Saturday, February 8, 2020

Check out the latest episode with Adamental!

Adamental is a Christian hip-hop recording artist / producer who has been featured on Rapzilla's platform for independent artists, and has been making beats for up and coming as well as established artists. Today, we dive into his creative process as he displays his talents by making a beat on the fly.

To see the visuals along with his process head over here:

You can follow him here as well:

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Monthly Gear Giveaway - Patreon

Recently I posed the question to see if there would be an interest in a monthly gear giveaway. The votes are a unanimous YES! (See here:

With the addition of a Patreon account we can do just that! 

It's simple really...

I get enough memberships to reach the $500 goal and then every month the members will help pick out what gear will be purchased, reviewed, and then given back to the community (Patreon Members only). 

Watch the vid below and see if there's a tier you'd like to come in at!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Installation Troubleshooting-Cakewalk by Bandlab

Recently there have been a number of people having trouble installing Cakewalk by BandLab. In most cases this should be a relatively simple fix. Today I'm going to work out some of the reoccurring issues that have been coming up and hopefully get some of you on your way to using one of the best FREE DAW's on the market. Now, although I may not be able to help all of you due to limited knowledge of your personal computers specs and other variables. These system checks should be applicable to most users.

A couple things to be aware of. Cakewalk is only 64-bit, there is no longer a 32-bit version. Likewise there is not a Mac version of this software as of yet. Therefore, it will only install on Windows operating systems. Cakewalk by BandLab is available 100% free for 64 bit Windows 7, 8, and 10, delivered exclusively via BandLab Assistant. For the initial activation the DAW machine must be online. Even though it is free, you need a BandLab account to activate the software, otherwise it stays in demo mode. After the initial installation, you need only go online to update if you desire to do so.

First, let's make sure that you're downloading and installing Cakewalk properly. Open up your internet browser and follow this link:

 Here is a short list of steps for installing Cakewalk by BandLab:
1-Install BandLab Assistant
2-Login using Facebook, Google, or by creating a Username and Password combination
3-Click the Apps tab, then locate the Cakewalk logo. Underneath, you'll find a button that reads Install
4-Click Install and follow the prompts. The first window is for add-on items. You can simply click OK without checking any boxes if you do not wish to install any add-ons

When the installation is complete, you will have a desktop icon for Cakewalk by BandLab, and the Install button within BandLab Assistant will now read Open. You can use either the desktop icon or the Open button to launch. When an update is available, the Open button will change to Update.

If you see an update error or experience any difficulty while attempting to update BandLab Assistant, you may want to remove your existing version and reinstall the latest version. Note: An update notice will appear when an update for BandLab Assistant is available. I recommend staying up to date to ensure the best experience
1. Ensure that the BandLab Assistant is up to date.
2. Make sure that your firewall settings are allowing the BandLab Assistant access
3. When installing turn off any Anti-Virus protection software
4. Run the downloaded executables. You only need to run instruments.exe if you don't already have SONAR installed. Otherwise, just run cakewalk.exe to install the core application. If you continue to have any trouble, take a screenshot of any errors and reach out to them at so they can further assist or go to:

Saturday, January 4, 2020

New Training Course

A new training course is being launched! It contains 20 videos that cover everything from downloading and installing the FREE software, to in depth recording techniques and mixing tutorials. With this video course you'll be well on your way to easily navigating through this expansive and powerful audio software as well as having a best foot forward toward creating radio ready mixes.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is here again! You  know what that means...? Well for most of us, it means a lot of... "Oh. Geez, thanks for the... what is this again?"

No but seriously, we audio nerds can be a tricky bunch to buy for, so to make it easier I have complied a list for the holidays that you can share with your family to give them a nudge in the right direction.

Send them this link and tell them to just simply pick something on this list. I have chosen affordable items that all of us would use. So make it easy on everyone and save yourself the embarrassment of not knowing what in the world you just opened.

These Christmas gift ideas for the musically minded will be sure to have everyone pleased!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Step by Step Song Creation

When writing a song here are some things to keep in mind.

1-It all begins with an idea 
2-Set down with your instrument of choice and flesh out the breadth of the song 
3-Make a scratch track of your idea immediately, so as not to lose that vibe from the end product 4-Start to add instrumentation for a rough draft and brainstorming purposes 
5-Marinate in the song, let it take shape, don’t rush it unless it is writing itself 
6-Everything is subject to change at this point so don’t feel like you’re forced to go any one direction 7-Experiment with it, have fun 
8-Assess the mood and build around that 
9-Write down every idea, you don’t have to use them all but it’s better than forgetting something 
10-Write out the BPM, the Chord Progressions, and lyrics and carry a copy with you, when inspiration hits you’ll be ready