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Range of Sounds is your source for everything audio. From learning how to mix your own music to finding the best pedal our team of producers, audiophiles, and engineers is here to help.

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We have worked with many different styles of music, including rock, funk, metal, hip hop, EDM, and just about everything else. That also means we write about just about every style of music and you can check out the latest from our blog here.

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Can You Make Your Own Guitar Strings?

You pull out your acoustic guitar on Jan. 1, ready to start your New Year’s Resolution of practicing every day, when, while tuning up, you break a string….

do thicker guitar strings sound better
Do Thicker Guitar Strings Sound Better?

Any player knows that string choice, especially string gauge, is a key part of the tone equation. That raises the question: Do thicker guitar strings sound better? In…

older and stiffer guitar strings
Do Guitar Strings Get Stiff With Age?

If you’ve ever picked up a guitar that hasn’t been played in a while and been surprised at how difficult it was to play, you might have wondered…

Looking For Your Next Pedal?

We love experimenting with pedals to try and find that next unique sound. Whether it’s a bass, violin, guitar or anything else in between there’s always room to add a pedal, right? You can check out all our reviews of effect pedals here.

bass guitarist using a phaser pedal
4 Best Phaser Pedals for Bass Guitar

I can’t help but start by referencing one of my favorite nerd pickup lines of all time. In Frasier, the geeky Trekkie Noel purrs to his coworker Roz,…

bass guitar player using a flanger pedal
4 Best Flanger Pedals for Bass Guitar

We’ve all seen it. The guitarist who could be more accurately called a pedal collector with a guitar. The player who runs their instrument through so many layers…

best overdrive pedal for tub amp
5 Best Overdrive Pedals for Tube Amps

Playing a tube amp is sort of like listening to your favorite album on vinyl, or driving a 1966 Mustang to work. It’s not the simple way or…

What About Strings?

Compared to most other parts of an instrument, strings are cheap. That means they’re often overlooked as a result but strings are a big deal so let’s talk about how you figure out which ones will work for your rig…and which ones won’t.

can you make your own guitar strings
Can You Make Your Own Guitar Strings?

You pull out your acoustic guitar on Jan. 1, ready to start your New Year’s Resolution of practicing every day, when, while tuning up, you break a string….

do thicker guitar strings sound better
Do Thicker Guitar Strings Sound Better?

Any player knows that string choice, especially string gauge, is a key part of the tone equation. That raises the question: Do thicker guitar strings sound better? In…

Ready To Record?

Recording a great track is a lot more than just pushing a button. But you already know that. Let’s talk about some of the more advanced (and not so advanced) recording techniques out there from selecting the right flooring to recording on your phone.

how to make midi guitar sound real
How to Make MIDI Guitar Sound Real

If I may say so myself, I consider myself more qualified than most to write about MIDI. I’m a producer and songwriter, and I work in a lot…

How to Build Homemade DIY Bass Traps Cheaply
How to Build Homemade DIY Bass Traps Cheaply

Being a musician these days is complicated. The most complicated part is that music technology has changed rapidly, and making music is suddenly a very different affair than…

how to mic a clarinet
How to Mic a Clarinet for Live and Recording

Even though the clarinet doesn’t always have a stellar reputation in popular culture and it could be because it’s a relatively new instrument compared to ancients like the…

Time To Master Mixing and Mastering

Getting a great recording is the first step but it’s definitely not the only one. You also need to mix and master your track to really bring out the best. From teaching you mixing and mastering techniques to providing the service for you, we cover a lot of ground.

How Long Does It Take To Mix And Master?
How Long Does It Take To Mix And Master?

The music we hear blasting through our speakers on a Sunday morning or through the privacy of our headphones has to go through a long journey until it…

how to pan vocals
How to Pan Vocals

Anyone who has ever been in a band knows that, for better or worse, the vocals are the star the music. Of course, there are bona fide rock…

Who’s Behind Range Of Sounds?

Hi, I’m Ryan!

I’m a freelance audio engineer based in New York and I’m usually working out of moon studios.

I play the guitar, bass, keyboard and consider myself an aspiring drummer. But honestly, I’ve dabbled with just about every instrument you can think of and I’ve been known to drop a mean didgeridoo jam from time to time.

I started Range of Sounds to help aspiring producers and musicians make better music and have fun doing it.

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Meet Robert Ruby

Robert is a freelance audio engineer, prolific musician, and the lead writer for Range of Sounds.

Robert has had a lifelong obsession with dissecting and understanding music and is a self-taught composer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, and recording engineer.

Robert is an active producer and you can hire him on SoundBetter to mix, master, and perfect your own tracks. You can also listen to his music on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. You can also learn more about Robert Ruby on his personal website.