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 »
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 »
Sometimes you have to travel across the world and work with some of the most talented people you’ve ever met to discover some of the most profoundly simple truths. This month a year ago I attended a week long Mix With The Masters seminar in the South of France with Jacquire King. While I learned… Read more »
If you think you need an expensive studio and years of audio training to get mixes good enough for a major label to take notice of your music, think again. One TRR reader from Hungary, Ben Lovas and his band The SunCity Rockets, was recently signed to a subsidiary of Warner Music all because of… Read more »
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.
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 »
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 »
A few months ago, when Grammy winner Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, James Bay, Mutemath) told me he was transitioning to mixing all in the box, I knew I had to get him to share his approach with you. Last week he graciously sat down with me to talk in detail about his mixing approach and… Read more »
When you think about mixing, where does your mind immediately jump to? EQ? Compression? Or what about delay and reverb? Or perhaps automation, sample rates, conversion, summing, speakers, or acoustic treatment? Mixing is about all of those things, yes. But ironically there is an even simpler “tool” at your disposal on every mix that in… Read more »
Have you ever felt stuck as a songwriter, producer, or engineer? First you have to know that this is normal. Second, you need to know the secret to waking up your brain to maximum creativity. Today I want to share with you two strategies to keeping you at your best with your music making.