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.
There’s something that smart mixers do to mix faster, use fewer plugins, and get a better mix in the end. It costs absolutely no money to implement in your DAW of choice but can be the difference maker for how your final mix will sound. No matter what speakers or headphones you mix on, what kind of… Read more »
It took me way too long to figure out how to get that pro drum sound. No matter how well I recorded them or how much I tweaked the kick and snare sound, in the mix they never quite had that clarity, punch, and depth I heard on my favorite records. Turns out the secret… Read more »
I don’t care which DAW you use, if you can grasp these four concepts you can churn out a great mix. Consequently, if you know these concepts well, you’ll never be locked into any single DAW or mixing platform. You can mix on anything! Why is this important? Because to be a well rounded mix engineer,… Read more »
Can you really get analog sounding mixes in-the-box with plugins? That’s what my buddy Steven Slate has been out to prove over the past few years with his line of analog modeling plugins. Today I’m sharing with you the brand new Virtual Console Collection 2.0 plugin, which in my opinion adds a subtle and sweet… Read more »
Today I want to clear up some confusion about mastering, and how it’s different from mixing. Seemingly every time I show a tutorial about using plugins on my mix buss I tend to get the same two questions from some viewers: “Shouldn’t you save that kind of mix buss processing for the mastering phase?” and… Read more »
When you slap a plugin on your mix, do you have a concrete reason? Is it really doing something for your tracks? An engineer says “The XYZ Compressor is the smoothest sounding compressor I’ve ever heard. I love it!” So we blindly go out and buy XYZ Compressor, insert it into a track and just assume it’s… Read more »