If you’ve ever recorded through a virtual guitar amp plugin or box then you might have noticed that many of the overdrive settings can sound a bit, well, fake. Now, this is a subtle problem but a problem none-the-less, especially on some of the free emulators out there. What about them sounds fake? The exaggerated… Read more »
Oh my goodness do I have something awesome for you today. Has the mastering process every confused you? Left you frustrated that you are either doing too much to your audio or too little? You want your mix to have that final coat of “polish” but you don’t want to ruin your hard work either…. Read more »
Want your vocals to cut through the mix but without sounding harsh? Then this nifty little trick is for you my friend. By leveraging the power and flexibility of parallel processing you can get as much or as little “air” on your vocals as necessary, all while maintaining the natural warmth of your original vocal… Read more »
Just because you use drum samples in your mix doesn’t mean you’re getting the most out of them. For years I skipped this one simple technique and my drum mixes suffered. So today let me show you how to create more power, punch, and definition with your drum samples – all without a single plugin.
Fact: not all compressor plugins sound the same. Fact: it took me years to finally realize that this is a good thing that can be leveraged in your mixes. Today let’s look at how you can get more sonic separation and interest by strategically picking the right compressor for your tracks.
Applying some distortion to your bass guitar tracks is one of the smartest things you can do. Whether recording through an amp or mixing it in with plugins, the harmonics and drive that distortion brings is invaluable in getting more out of your bass guitar.
There is something beautiful about simplicity, especially when it comes to music making. Take one of the most complex instruments to record, an acoustic drum set. Typically the modern studio reaches for 12 or more microphones to capture the entire kit well. But legendary producer/engineer Bob Clearmountain (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen) shows you an… Read more »
There’s something that smart mixers do to mix faster, use fewer plugins, and get a better mix in the end. It costs absolutely no money to implement in your DAW of choice but can be the difference maker for how your final mix will sound. No matter what speakers or headphones you mix on, what kind of… Read more »
It took me way too long to figure out how to get that pro drum sound. No matter how well I recorded them or how much I tweaked the kick and snare sound, in the mix they never quite had that clarity, punch, and depth I heard on my favorite records. Turns out the secret… Read more »
What gear you use to record or mix is totally irrelevant. How you use it, however makes a world of difference. And how well you KNOW your gear changes how you use it. Today I want to wrap up our little $300 Studio Challenge by offering some parting thoughts and takeaways (including the biggest thing I… Read more »