The Truth About Why Your Mixes Suck

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Every day I go to work trying to help you get better recordings and mixes in your home or project studio – and for that reason I must tell you the truth. Think of me as your audio “brother” who is looking out for you, making sure you aren’t believing a fairy tale. I want… Read more »

Why LCR Panning Is A Hack To Better Recordings (And Mixes Of Course)

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I love simple hacks that force me to get a better recording and mix. LCR panning is one of those hacks. LCR panning (which stands for Left Center Right) is for some reason a hotly debated “method” of placing tracks in the stereo field. Although many of our favorite mixes are panned this way, people (including… Read more »

Mixing Vocals To Sit Upfront

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If your song has vocals, you generally want them to sit upfront in the mix. Right in the listener’s face. But on their own, without the right processing, most vocals won’t sound like that. They are simply too dynamic of an instrument. The key to that upfront sound is compression, specifically something I call stacked… Read more »

Two Steps To Conquering EQ

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One thing that separates amateur sounding mixes from professional sounding ones is EQ. Good mixers know how to wield EQ with confidence and intentionality. They use it to take good recordings to the next level. While amateur mixers know they “should” be using EQ, but they only tend to make things sound worse. Have you… Read more »

The 1-2 Punch Of Starting Your Mix The Right Way

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How you start your mix will determine just how good (or bad) your final mix and master will sound. Most people miss this truth entirely and want to move straight away to dropping in all the fancy plugins and sophisticated mix tricks – working very hard to get an OK mix. Instead, I have found that… Read more »

Recording Acoustic Guitar (My Foolproof Method)

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Here is my absolute favorite way to record acoustic guitar. It’s simple, impossible to mess up, and most importantly it sounds great. All you need is one microphone, a little bit of common sense and you can get a musical and well balanced acoustic guitar track in your home or project studio.

The 4 Rules Of Acoustic Guitar Recording

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You would think recording an acoustic guitar would be easy. And yet, 9 times out of 10 when I hear a mix from a home studio recording, the acoustic track sounds thin, harsh, muddy, and just downright disappointing.  A bad acoustic guitar track can bring the quality of the entire mix down considerably. And I… Read more »