Featured Artist: Kevin Tye

Kevin Tye had never made a professional product with his music.  With the help of Studio Pros, he’s now taken his passion to the next level. Kevin Tye has quite a bit of musical experience–he played in local bands for almost a quarter century. Eventually he moved on to writing his own material, taking advantage of the fact that he could set up a home studio very easily with today’s computer recording options. These days, he writes and records songs… [Read More]

Featured Artist: Jeff Heiniger

Jeff Heiniger knew the importance of a professional production–so he turned to Studio Pros when he didn’t want to settle for anything less. Jeff Heiniger has known what goes into a professional production for a long time. In 1987, he won a national songwriting competition in the UK that was put together by Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. The prize: a chance to record in the Stones’ state-of-the-art mobile recording studio with top producers Mick McKenna and Terry Taylor. “It was… [Read More]

Why You Don’t Need 12 Finished Songs to Start Recording Your Album

You probably have an amazing album inside you, just waiting to burst out. The funny thing is, you might not even realize it yet… Sure, you know you have a lot of great musical ideas and a whole lot of untapped creativity swirling around inside your head. But a whole album might seem like something that you won’t be able to tackle until you have 12 fully realized songs ready to go. But the fact that you only have a… [Read More]

Buying Yet Another Piece of Gear vs. Recording Your Song With Studio Pros

Technology can be a great tool. It can help you come up with your next masterpiece, and it can give you the means of recording your latest creation.  And I don’t know about you, but it sure does make me feel warm and fuzzy inside when I buy a shiny new piece of gear for my home studio. That is, until I plug it in.  You see, technology is something of a double-edged sword.  Even though buying new gear is… [Read More]

Songwriting Tip: Lyrical Themes

A successful song usually has great lyrics that stick to a central theme or idea. “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos has a theme of an unrequited love, while “Fix You” by Coldplay is full of sympathy and comforting words. Great lyrics tell a story or create a mood, sucking the listener in with every successive word. But writing great lyrics can be easier said than done. If you don’t try to contain your thoughts to a particular theme, you… [Read More]

The #1 Reason People Love Studio Pros

We used to think that the best thing about Studio Pros was our roster of world-class session musicians. In fact, I recently wrote a post about how to get the most out of our players and explained why they are such an amazing resource to musicians and songwriters all over the world. But they’re not actually the thing that musicians like best about our service. When we asked some of our artists why they love Studio Pros, most of them… [Read More]

Writing a Music Bridge

A music bridge is a new section of a song that differs from the verses and choruses.  A great bridge can really take your song to the next level, but sometimes we’re so focused on the verses and the choruses that we forget how powerful an amazing bridge can be. A memorable song bridge can break up the monotony of simply switching back and forth between verses and choruses. It can be a great place to bring the dynamic level… [Read More]

Pitching for Film and TV? Want your song at the top of the charts? Spy on your competitors!

If you’re hoping for success in this industry, you might want to take part in a little musical espionage: If you want to pitch one of your songs to a TV commercial, study the music in every commercial on TV right now and learn it all by heart. If you want to pitch a song to films, buy the soundtracks for ten films in the genre you’re interested in. If you want to be at the top of the charts,… [Read More]

Guitar Solos: How to Record a Great One

Sometimes an awesome guitar solo can add a new level of energy and fun to a song. In some cases, particularly in songs from guitar-focused bands like The Black Crowes and Van Halen, the guitar solo can be the defining moment of a song. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a bad solo can really bring a song down with it. Imagine that just when you are really getting into a song, suddenly a lame solo completely takes you… [Read More]

Hit Songs Need Clean Music Production to Be Heard

So many talented songwriters and composers love melodies and harmonies so much that they layer as many into their song as they possibly can. They want the best music productions for their songs, but think that adding more and more instruments and parts will make their production sound great. Unfortunately, it won’t! Less is more Have you ever noticed that some of the biggest hits of all time only have three or four instruments on them? Lots of classic Beatles… [Read More]