Using old DAWs, $300 Speakers, And Winning An Emmy

| Mixing, Rant

If you feel like you don’t have the right equipment or enough money to actually make the records you want to make, this post is for you. Today I want to share with you three different examples of people who are getting a lot done without trying “keep up” with the Jones’s of audio. From not… Read more »

The Truth About Why Your Mixes Suck

| Mixing, Rant, Tips, Video

Every day I go to work trying to help you get better recordings and mixes in your home or project studio – and for that reason I must tell you the truth. Think of me as your audio “brother” who is looking out for you, making sure you aren’t believing a fairy tale. I want… Read more »

Mixing Vocals To Sit Upfront

| Audio Example, Mixing, Plugins, Tips, Video

If your song has vocals, you generally want them to sit upfront in the mix. Right in the listener’s face. But on their own, without the right processing, most vocals won’t sound like that. They are simply too dynamic of an instrument. The key to that upfront sound is compression, specifically something I call stacked… Read more »

Two Steps To Conquering EQ

| Mixing, Plugins, Tips

One thing that separates amateur sounding mixes from professional sounding ones is EQ. Good mixers know how to wield EQ with confidence and intentionality. They use it to take good recordings to the next level. While amateur mixers know they “should” be using EQ, but they only tend to make things sound worse. Have you… Read more »

The 1-2 Punch Of Starting Your Mix The Right Way

| Mixing, Plugins, Tips

How you start your mix will determine just how good (or bad) your final mix and master will sound. Most people miss this truth entirely and want to move straight away to dropping in all the fancy plugins and sophisticated mix tricks – working very hard to get an OK mix. Instead, I have found that… Read more »

The Low End Mix Trick

| Audio Example, Mixing, Plugins, Tips, Video

Here’s an incredibly easy way to get the low end of your bass and kick drum in the mix balanced just right – so that it sounds good any where your mix is played back. I originally learned this trick from Jacquire King, who then brought it up again during our interview a few weeks ago…. Read more »