Two Steps To Conquering EQ

| Mixing, Plugins, Tips

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

| Mixing, Plugins, Tips

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)

| Audio Example, Tips, Video

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

| Tips

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 »

The Low End Mix Trick

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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 »

The One Mixing “Tool” Many Of Us Aren’t Taking Advantage Of

| Mixing, Tips

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 »

The Secret To Maximum Creativity (In The Studio And Beyond)

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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.