A while ago an article about a website promising a free money scheme popped into my inbox.

The point of the scheme was to get an AI to make an album with royalty-free samples that you could upload to Spotify in your name.

The website pointed out that you may distribute your album to Spotify and play it in the background 24/7 to collect streaming payments.

Sounds great, right?

Questionable makes use of Spotify like this take away from the already small pool of money available to artists that distribute their music on Spotify.

Now, using an AI to write an album for you with royalty-free samples so you’ll be able to distribute it and personally stream it to earn money is definitely a grey area—and it’s pretty silly.

But similar schemes that promise to improve your stream counts on Spotify are much more dangerous—and they hurt developing artists more than you might think.

To keep your tracks safe on Spotify and other streaming websites, here’s how you can protect yourself from fake streams.

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Free plugins are one of the greatest things about being a music producer in 2021. High-quality music production tools have never been more accessible for the average musician. However, with more freeware plugins showing up on the scene daily, understanding which ones work for your music production isn’t easy. That’s why we’re introducing you to the most useful and creative free music plugins in this article.

Creative developers will never stop releasing amazing tools for music production.

Plugins like EQcompressionreverb, and synths have been around forever, however, there’s always a fresh new take on the core concepts to discover.

This month we take a look at some extraordinary approaches to plugin design that you’ll need to download right away.

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Vocal pitch correction is a controversial topic in music production.

It’s been an essential production technique for many years, however, skeptics still believe using it means you’re a bad singer.

For those who’ve never tried pitch plugins before, or you think vocal tuning is cheating, you’re missing out on the huge creative potential of this powerful software.

If you’re willing to experiment, plugins like Auto-Tune Access make it possible to bend and form the human voice to design a completely new instrument.

In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know to start using pitch correction creatively in your workflow.

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Every recording engineer has to work with the equipment available to them at the moment. Those recording tools and technologies put a distinctive stamp on the music they record. An album from 1955 sounds completely different than an album from 1985. The modern era of recording is no different. Developments like DAWs, compact audio interfaces, and plugins all contribute to the sound of modern music. What has changed is the pace of technology.  Things that were impossible in the past are trivial for modern producers. One of those main breakthroughs is vocal pitch correction. This powerful technology may seem like cheating, but it’s just another tool modern engineers have at their disposal—it can be used well, or poorly. Here we have a hard truth for you: everyone uses vocal pitch correction, even the pros. We’ll explain why.

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No mixing environment is perfect.

Even when you have acoustic treatment, quality monitors, and great headphones, there’s always a bit of guesswork in the final stages of your mix process.

To get good results you should know what you’re up against—and the right way to work around it.

Reference tracks are how you get that perspective. They’re an incredibly useful tool that will help you decide your mix objectively.

However, what is reference tracks? Which ones should you use, and how to work with them?

In this article, we’ll explain what reference tracks are, how to choose a reference track for a better mix, and some of my tops pick for different mix situations.

Let’s get started.

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A great vocal can help to build or ruin a track. That’s the reason why top artists and producers pay much attention to recording vocals as well as possible. You may think that fancy pro gear is all it takes to get an amazing sound. However, even the best microphones or fanciest preamps won’t matter in case the performance was poor or the recording wasn’t done right. The real trick to polished, professional tracks is a quality production. It’s a complete process that continues all the way to the final master. Great vocal production goes beyond just the music tools you use to record. It’s everything you do during a session to get the right result for your track. In this article, we’ll explore how to produce a vocal session in just 6 steps—even if you’re just recording yourself.

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