Just because you use drum samples in your mix doesn’t mean you’re getting the most out of them. For years I skipped this one simple technique and my drum mixes suffered. So today let me show you how to create more power, punch, and definition with your drum samples – all without a single plugin.
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.
Do you struggle to get good mixes in the box? There are many reasons why this could be, especially if you’re coming from the analog world (or have grown up learning from engineers who mixed on a console). But there is one key issue when it comes to mixing (and summing) in the digital domain… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Sometimes hard panning your background vocals isn’t enough. Today I want to show you two simple ways (one obvious, and the other not-so-obvious) to help your background vocals pop out of the speakers a little bit more, giving you that lasts inch of separation you need from your lead vocal.
No two mixes look the same. But I find myself using a few mixing hacks in each and every session because they invariably pull my mixes together quickly and easily. And since it’s Thanksgiving here in the US – I thought I would share three mixing moves that I am very thankful for. They have been… Read more »
What if there were a simple mix move you could do that would improve the tonality of your tracks before you even reach for an EQ? Would you do it? Well in many cases this one single process can help enhance your tracks before you even begin sculpting and shaping with your favorite EQ plugin. Think… Read more »
If you’re looking for drastic results with a simple mix tweak, this is it. When working with stereo tracks, or multiple mics on a single source you have to be super careful about phase issues. Today I have a recent example with stereo guitars in a mix I did where this one little tweak made… Read more »
Wish you had racks and racks of vintage outboard gear and an air tight control room so you could tweak your sounds on the way in “the box”? You can, just by using your plugins! Today I want to show you how crazy simple (and practical) it is to take your favorite existing plugins –… Read more »