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.
If there were a way to get a better mix in less time, with less effort, all while boosting your confidence, would you be interested? You better believe you would! And yet so many people still don’t take advantage of this powerful and simple concept. By simply beginning each mix with an EQ and compressor on… Read more »
When I think of an engineer I picture someone with advanced degrees, a firm grasp of graduate level math, and a white lab coat. No, I’m not smart enough to have the word “engineer” anywhere near my name or job description. Instead, I much prefer to go by the term audio enthusiast. I’m simply a… Read more »
What if I told you that most of what you do in a given mix doesn’t contribute much to your final sound? In fact, 80% or more of your mix actually comes from how you handle two simple things: EQ and compression. Today I want to show you a mix done purely with two plugins… Read more »