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Music production software

All the DAW, VST plugin, and other music production software articles, reviews, guides, and tutorials at Higher Hz.

Reaper review: Powerful and highly-customizable

Cockos Reaper has been around for almost two decades, making it one of the well-established DAWs in music production.

Yet it always seems to be scoffed at when compared to Logic, Ableton, Pro Tools, and other seemingly more professional workstations. Why’s that?

While there are some reasons you might want to stay away from it, Reaper is also a resourceful workstation that packs a punch.

What is audio normalization, and how (and when) to use it

If you’ve been involved in music production in any way over the last couple of decades, I’m sure you’ve come across the term “normalization” many, many times. Normalizing tracks has been a common practice among artists since the dawn of DAWs, but with the advent of streaming platforms and the subsequent loudness standardization, as well as new, less invasive ways to make tracks louder, you might wonder whether it’s still worth it normalizing your tunes before...

Top 5 advanced Serum techniques you can apply right now

It can be extremely daunting to open up a fresh patch in Serum, stare at the blank slate in front of you, and try to get from the default saw wave to a head-crushing bass sound, or a gentle bell pad.

This list is to give you a few places to start your sound design process, and to set you up with some common techniques you can keep in your back pocket, which you could probably use in other synth plugins too!

The 7 best DAWs for music production in 2024

A digital audio workstation is to a music producer what a studio is to a painter: the perfect environment for creativity, a blank canvas ready for your vision.

Like a painter needs colors, you need plugins, time, and a clear vision. The right DAW provides a clean workspace to start from.

The 5 best piano VST plugins right now

As pianists, we dream of playing concert grand pianos in iconic halls, but most of us have to settle for MIDI keyboards and bedroom studios (everyone has to start somewhere).

While we can’t sit you in front of a Steinway Model B or Yamaha CFX concert grand, all is not lost. Thanks to the best piano VST plugins on the market, we can get closer to those beautiful tones than ever.

The 9 best free VST synth plugins

It’s been a hard year and we are all looking for the cheapest way to make music that we can find, which is why we’re bringing you this list of the best free VST synth plugins around!