Have you ever tried to mix a song in 10 minutes? If not, you’re missing out. It’s funny how if you only have 10 minutes to mix a song, you become super big picture oriented and you think like a listener, not a mixer. This exercise will help you with your mixes immensely. Check it out!
Why wait for the mixing phase to enhance your drum sound? This classic technique is so easy, so fast, and can be done for less than $16, even for free in some cases. Some people overlook it, but not you. You’re going to be different. I have a good feeling about you. Check it out and enjoy!
Want a fuller recording that makes mixing a much easier process? One thing to keep in mind then is how much balance your tracks have. Specifically today I’m referring to the balance of both rhythmic and sustaining parts in a recording. This can be achieved in a million different ways, but here are just two examples that might spark your creativity.
Are you a pseudo bass player like me? Then today’s video tip will help a lot. Great bass guitar recordings have little to do with complexity and riffs and way more to do with intentionality. Take a listen to two ways I’ve played the bass lines to this song and discover the two secrets to getting a tighter and punchier bass guitar sound in your recordings.
Looking for that warm, punchy, and fat drum sound? Try this fat mic technique on your next recording. By simply adding an additional mic just over the center of the kick drum shell facing down to the floor, you can capture a more focused and rounder tone to the kit that can be EQ’d and compressed to taste for mixing back in with your other drum mics. Take a look at how I used the fat mic technique in a recent drum session.
The foundation of a great recording is a great guide track. What’s a guide track you might ask? Simply it’s whatever you setup in your DAW to help your actual recording sessions go smoother, faster, and more efficiently. In a jet-lagged stupor I show you in today’s video what three key elements are in every one of my guide tracks and how you can copy my workflow.
Not hearing enough of one piece of the drum kit in your overheads track? Need more hi hat or ride cymbal compared to the snare or kick drum? A little strategic compression can go a long way to giving your overheads more balance so everything sits better in the mix. Check out this example.
To edit out breaths or not to edit out breaths, that is the question. Actually, the way I prefer to work is a hybrid approach. By trimming and ramping up certain breaths while leaving in other breaths entirely I get a controlled, yet natural vocal performance that holds up well even under heavy compression.
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!