Headphones

Monitors Vs Headphones: Which Should You Use When Mixing?

Living in a studio flat in central London back in 2005, it was impossible for me to play music through speaker monitors without being a nuisance to the neighbours. In addition, the acoustics of the room were problematic. This room needed a few grands worth of acoustic treatment throwing at it. I was starting out […]

Software Synthesisers

3 Most Popular Synths For EDM

With hundreds of synths available to purchase in 2020, I’ll breakdown a few of my favourites and the one most widely used in pop and EDM. These synths should offer you everything you need in terms of sound design. Some of the top music producers in London and indeed around the world use these synths […]

Recording A Live Music Show

Recording A Live Music Gig

When asked recently to record a live show for an artist whose album I had produced, I knew I had to be as prepared as possible to avoid any pitfalls that may present themselves. I’ve been a music producer in London for nearly 15 years, but recording a gig presents a unique set of challenges. […]

Bass Guitar In Pop Music

Bass In Pop Music

If you succeed in pulling off the rest of the components in your production, you only need an epic bass line to finish off your awesome pop song (you probably wouldn’t leave bass until the very end, but let’s pretend you did). Any pop music producer worth his or her salt should know there are no rules […]

Why You Need A Music Producer London

Why You Need A Music Producer

If you aren’t a professional recording artist then you could be forgiven for not knowing exactly what a music producer actually does. In a previous blog, I highlighted exactly what I and other pop music producers in the UK do on a day-to-day basis, but now it’s time for me to really showcase why you […]

Mastering

Mastering

Mastering | Music Producer London The final process of audio post-production is known as mastering. The reason for mastering is to attain a sonically balanced stereo mix in order to optimise playback across all formats and systems. A long established practise, the mastering process is usually carried out by a mastering engineer, although music producers […]

Vocal Editing | Music Producer London

Vocal Editing

Vocal Editing | Music Producer London You could say that the vocal is the most important element of a song. Pop songs on the radio have nigh on perfect vocals. The singers are incredible. Timing and tuning is usually as good as it is possible to be, and the vocals are well mixed, leaving us […]

Music Producer London

What is a music producer, anyway?

I’m Jonathan Essex, Music Producer London. As a music producer, I’m often asked exactly what it is I do. It can be difficult to summarise since each project is different. With that said, there are some running themes. The modern music producer is probably somewhat different to the music producers of old. Technology has improved […]

Mixing EDM | Sidechaining | Music Producer London

Sidechaining

Sidechaining | Music Producer London If you’re a music producer, chances are you’ve at least heard of sidechaining. In a nutshell, sidechaining is a production technique where an alternative audio source is used to trigger a processor. A very common example of this technique is ducking, where the kick signal is fed into a compressor […]

Producing EDM

Producing EDM

The bulk of my work recently has been producing EDM (electronic dance music). As a music producer London I’m asked to produce all kinds of different music generally speaking, but EDM seems to be extremely popular right now. Dance music is all about the kick and bass. They are the foundations of the track. Get […]