What is the one mixing tool that can clean up, fatten up, and open up your tracks all at the same time? You guessed it – EQ. In today’s One Hour Mix segment I start working on the individual tracks using nothing but my stock EQ to get more separation, clarity, and pop – all… Read more »
After setting the optimal volume and pan for each track, it’s a great idea to sculpt your mix starting at the top most layer – the mix buss. Today I have Part 2 of our One Hour Mix series where we’ll build off last week’s video by cleaning up the mix and giving it some… Read more »
Want to watch me mix a song in front of you? Today I’m starting a 6 week series called “The One Hour Mix” where I will be mixing a song in front of you, 10 minutes at a time, for a total of one hour of mix time. Why one hour? To leverage the power… Read more »
I love stupidly simple moves that can instantly enhance your mix. Today’s tip is one of those tweaks and it involves taking an OK hook of a song and quickly and easily giving it some pop and energy. It won’t make a bad mix good, but it can make a good mix even more engaging… Read more »
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.