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 »

The One Mixing “Tool” Many Of Us Aren’t Taking Advantage Of

| Mixing, Tips

When you think about mixing, where does your mind immediately jump to? EQ? Compression? Or what about delay and reverb? Or perhaps automation, sample rates, conversion, summing, speakers, or acoustic treatment? Mixing is about all of those things, yes. But ironically there is an even simpler “tool” at your disposal on every mix that in… Read more »

The Secret To Maximum Creativity (In The Studio And Beyond)

| Mixing, Rant, Tips, Video

Have you ever felt stuck as a songwriter, producer, or engineer? First you have to know that this is normal. Second, you need to know the secret to waking up your brain to maximum creativity. Today I want to share with you two strategies to keeping you at your best with your music making.

How I Was Fooled By A Mastering Engineer

| Mastering, Mixing, Plugins, Tips

It’s amazing how easily our ears can be tricked into hearing something that’s not really there. Specifically, loudness can dramatically change how we perceive a piece of audio. I re-learned this lesson yesterday when I got fooled by my friend and mastering engineer Ian Shepherd at the Audio Bloggers Live event in L.A. and what a powerful… Read more »

The Case For Mixing On Headphones In The Home Studio

| Mixing, Tips, Video

Can you actually get a great mix on headphones? Absolutely – in fact it might be one of the smartest things you do in your home studio. I have already addressed why I believe headphones are the most powerful recording tool you have, and it seems this could be said for the mix phase as well. Today… Read more »