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 »
Can you really get a great mix with only the stock plugins on a free piece of software? That’s been my challenge this week as I’m wrapping up our little challenge of recording and mixing a great sounding full band production with only $300 worth of gear. In today’s video I want to show you how… Read more »
Today we wrap up recording our song with a humble low budget home studio. It’s time to track vocals and any remaining fill instruments. When you boil down great recordings of great songs, it always seems to come down to having a great vocal track. So the question is, how do you get a great… Read more »
Time for Part 2 of our mini series, where we’re recording an entire song with nothing more than $300 worth of gear. Today we tackle the guitars and bass – a pretty straightforward endeavor (at least compared to drums last week). The acoustic guitar was captured with our $79 condendser mic and the guitars/bass were… Read more »