When you near the end of a mix, sometimes you feel that it’s missing something and you can’t quite put your finger on it. Today I want to show you my favorite little mix buss EQ trick that I use on just about every mix as it nears completion. In one simple move it cleans up the mix while also pushing vocals and snare drums just up a bit more to the listener. Enjoy!
A great drum mix doesn’t just sound good, it feels good as well. And sometimes with sampled drums you get a nice clean sound, but it lacks the punch and impact you’re looking for. In today’s tutorial I show a quick and easy way to instantly bring out more power from your kicks and snares. Enjoy!
Today I have a boring piece of advice for you that many of your other home studio buddies are overlooking. It’s not flashy, fancy, or clever, but if you learn this concept you will get better results in your current DAW and be one step closer to being a home studio master. Which is why you’re here after all, isn’t it?
More Than Just A Clip Light
It’s scary to see that most home studio owners treat their DAW’s meters as nothing more than a clip light. They don’t pay much attention at all to what the meter is reading and how hot their audio is (not visually, but numerically). In fact, they only check in with their meters if they see a clip light go off. Then we have a problem. If that’s all you need meters for, then why have the meter at all. Just give us a clip light.
But you’re smart, and you realize that their must be a purpose for fancy meters in your mix window. You read this website so you know to stop recording everything so hot in your DAW. But did you know that there is a sweet spot for digital recording? Long story short, you want to be recording your tracks at an average volume (not peak volume) of roughly -18dBfs.
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Nothing irritates me more in the audio world than seeing impressionable home studio owners being led down pointless rabbit trails in the name of “getting better recordings.” There is a gospel of “better gear” being preached day and night on popular internet forums and all around the inter-webs that not only doesn’t help get people the results their after, it leaves them more confused and disenchanted than ever.
Why Are We Obsessed With Converters?
If can’t tell by now, the title of this article is chock full of sarcasm. But the sad thing is, this statement is being made all the time. Many of you even have been “convinced” by someone online that your converters are bad and you need to upgrade. You might not have even known what converters were, let alone that the ones you already own in your audio interface aren’t “good enough” to do serious audio work.
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Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned vet, with so many capable DAWs to choose from your head can spin constantly wondering which piece of software is right for you. Today I want give you some wisdom as you approach the purchase of or potential switch to a new DAW in hopes that it will bring you more productivity, joy, and better results.
If you’ve listened to just about any Soundgarden album over the past 20 years you’ve heard this effect. The creepy vocal swells up moments before the vocalist blasts into a new line. It sounds cool, because it is cool. You’ll likely recognize it when you hear it. Here’s how to do it.
If you’re like me, you rarely get to record your drums in a nice big studio space. Perhaps your tracking space is a bedroom, basement or living room. Maybe you’ve tried using room mics or a mono room mic to capture some energy and ambience naturally, but in the mix it just doesn’t sound great. Here’s a nifty little trick to take that lackluster room mic (or pair of room mics) and turn them into a more studio ready sound.
Struggling with a small and mediocre mix? Want it to sound bigger, wider, and larger than life? It’s time break it out of the confines of the mix box. In Part 1 of this little series we looked how to get more depth and width in your mix. Today I want to take things even further and show you how to get more top and bottom separation. The transformation at the end is powerful!
Do your mixes sound like small and underwhelming? Do pro mixes sound much more open and larger than life than yours? It might be that you’re crowding the mix box with too many tracks, but also might be that you’re not using these simple mix moves to open them up to their full potential. In this two part video series I want to show you how to get more depth, width, and height out of your mixes and free them from the mix box’s confines.
Pro Tools 11 is a huge update, not because of crazy new features, but rather a major under the hood rewrite. For the first time in maybe 20 years, Avid has built Pro Tools from the ground up with fresh code running as a 64 bit application. The result? A much slimmer, sleeker, and more powerful version of Pro Tools that will give you way more power on your current audio Mac or PC. It’s almost like getting a new computer.