The Low End Mix Trick

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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 »

How I Was Fooled By A Mastering Engineer

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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 5 Phases Of Every Good Mix

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Have you ever opened up a mix session and just not known where to start or how to begin? Or perhaps starting isn’t the problem, it’s knowing when the mix is finished that eludes you. What helps me is to think of mixing in phases or parts – and in my experience there are only… Read more »

The Parallel Mix Trick

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There’s a way to get more energy, fatness, and power in your mixes without killing your dynamics or transients. It involves compression, but not in the way I’ve traditionally used it. When I saw Andrew Scheps doing this at the NAMM show I instantly knew he was on to something. He calls it the “Rear… Read more »