What Tough Tones is all about?


Tough Tones is about creating hard hitting music straight from your home without techical jargon or expensive gear. Discover a workflow that allows you to make pro quality music faster and easier than you ever thought would be possible.

Welcome, I’m JP Pulkkinen, the founder of Tough Tones. I’ve made music practically all my life and started a recording business with budget gear half a decade ago. I founded this blog because I wish something like this existed when I was starting out my musical journey. The questions I had might be similar to yours today. Do these questions ring a bell?

Can I make pro sounding music from my home?

How can I write great songs and get better at composing?

What takes my songs from cheap, plastic sounding home demos to hard hitting, clear and powerful tunes?

Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced home studio warrior, you’ve come to the right place. Send me an email if there’s anything I can do for you or if there’s something you would like me to cover in this blog.

My email address is jp@toughtones.com

How Tough Tones will help you immediately?

You’ve probably found a lot of tips and tricks online, some of them useful and others not so much. People are telling you to “buy this and that” and to “use this trick your music blows away the speakers” etc. Sure, you could spend your money on all kinds of preamps, microphones or other things you don’t really need, but will that stuff truly improve you and your music? There is no piece of equipment or one trick that will drastically make your songs better sounding.

Here at Tough Tones you get access to the content that pushes you and your skills forward. Tough Tones is going to change the way you think about making music. The stuff I teach is something you can implement right away. I don’t recommend what you should or shouldn’t buy, but rather how you should think and what you should do to get better results.

You get my years of schooling, training, watching of endless videos and reading of guides. I’ll help you to avoid the major pitfalls and amateur mistakes, the ones I’ve already made.

So let’s face it, you don’t need expensive gear to make pro sounding music. It’s the skills you need and you get the skills by training. With the help of Tough Tones your skills will improve faster. You probably already have all the gear and software you need so let’s get to work. There are no excuses! Download my free guide and subscribe to Tough Tones. As my email subscriber you’ll get my best advice straight to your inbox.

About Me: JP Pulkkinen

Like mentioned above, I am the founder of Tough Tones. I’ve been in bands and made music on my own. I started a recording business years ago in Oulu, Finland. I’ve gone to audio school, but most of my learning have happened in my home studio and with endless tutorial videos online.

When it comes to my own music, I basically do it all in my own apartment without any fancy gear or acoustic treatment. I like to make hard hitting modern melodic metallish music. You can find my music here.

My approach to music is more from passionate than technical perspective. I want to create songs that generate feelings and I want those songs to sound as good as possible.

I’m a person who doesn’t like to do work just for works sake. Not that I’m not ready to do the work that’s required or sweat for what I love, but it’s insanity to do more than you need to just to look busy.

I don’t like to learn technical insights of equipment or instruments. They’re meaningless to me. All I care about is to get the results that I’m after, with a  simple and effective workflow, that allows me to enjoy the process and make artistic choices on the way. This mentality has helped me to narrow my focus on the music itself.

That’s why I want you too to concentrate on the right things and get the best possible results with the gear you already have.