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 »
Did you know there’s a simple hack that both instantly improves your mix within minutes and ensures you do your best mixing work each and every time? It’s called mix buss processing (or more crudely put: slapping plugins on your master fader) and it’s more than mere technical processing – it has psychological implications that help me every… 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 »
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 »
What if the way we think about mixing is all wrong? What if our collective obsession with plugins, post processing, and “doing stuff” to audio might actually be working against our goal of delivering a butt kicking mix that has punch, power, and musicality? What if actually doing less in the mix gave us more… 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 »
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.
Last week I mixed the same song 6 different times. No, it wasn’t some challenge or experiment. At least not an intentional one. Rather it was the result of me losing something: my mixing mojo. The problem grew exponentially when I started doing really dumb stuff. Read on. Where I First Went Wrong It all started… Read more »
Want to save CPU power, get great sounding tracks, and mix in half the time? Then today’s video could quite possibly change the way you work in the studio forever. We’re going to exploit the curiously powerful Pareto Principle in our mixes so you can get better results with less effort.