Want to make more (and better) music in your home studio next year? Then it’s time to become intentional. Take a few minutes to watch this video and then ask yourself the most overlooked question in the average home studio. It will help you move from reactionary music making, to planned and intentional music making.
Do you find yourself having to mix exclusively on headphones? Are your mixes coming out all wacky? I think I can help. In an ideal world, you would mix primarily on a simple set of studio monitors and then simply check that mix on headphones. But sometimes headphones is all you have to work with…. Read more »
One hallmark of great songs is a killer vocal that always seems to cut through the mix. There are a handful of ways to approach getting your vocals to seemingly sit on top of the mix, from mixing them last, to stacking compressors. Today I want to show you another way get every element of… Read more »
So this week I’m mixing an EP at Starbucks – on headphones! I know, I’m a crazy person. Sometimes you gotta change it up and challenge yourself, just to keep the creative juices flowing. This EP was written based around drum loops and I’m trying to make them pop in the mix, even though I… Read more »
Sometimes hard panning your background vocals isn’t enough. Today I want to show you two simple ways (one obvious, and the other not-so-obvious) to help your background vocals pop out of the speakers a little bit more, giving you that lasts inch of separation you need from your lead vocal.
No two mixes look the same. But I find myself using a few mixing hacks in each and every session because they invariably pull my mixes together quickly and easily. And since it’s Thanksgiving here in the US – I thought I would share three mixing moves that I am very thankful for. They have been… Read more »
If I asked you “Have you maximized your home studio?” what would you say? Would you get overwhelmed with thoughts of acoustic treatment, expensive monitors, or a new microphone? No need to worry. Even though chances are very good that you aren’t getting the most out of your current space, the great news is, you… Read more »
I’m a huge fan of great sounding, easy to use, low cost home studio gear. Especially when it’s FREE! Steven Slate of Slate Digital just released his much anticipated Virtual Mix Rack plugin this week, but the surprise news to me was his very own sonic enhancer plugin called Revival. This thing can enhance the bottom… Read more »
Have you ever sat down to mix and felt like you spent more time wandering around then actually mixing? What should you do first? What about second? Is there a “well worn path” to getting a great mix? There are a lot of different methods to mixing but if you are just starting out (or… Read more »
Do you find your final mixes don’t sound nearly as bright or present as your favorite pro mixes? You’re not alone. During a recent segment of my Creative Live masterclass on EQ and compression I was teaching the students about using good reference tracks while mixing to make tonal tweaks to your mix – in… Read more »