How To Unlock The Great Mix Hiding Inside Your Tracks

| Mixing, Tips

There’s more potential for your raw recorded tracks than you think. In fact, it’s highly likely that you have a killer final mix hiding inside what you think is an average recording. And the best part about? It won’t cost you a penny to unlock it. A Stellar Mix Hidden For 28 Years Let me… Read more »

The Tale Of Two Mixes (Or How Doing Less Gives You More)

| Mixing, Plugins, Tips

What if the way we think about mixing is all wrong?  What if our collective obsession with plugins, post processing, and “doing stuff” to audio might actually be working against our goal of delivering a butt kicking mix that has punch, power, and musicality? What if actually doing less in the mix gave us more… Read more »

The Vocal Air Trick In Mixing

| Audio Example, Mixing, Plugins, Tips, Video

Want your vocals to cut through the mix but without sounding harsh? Then this nifty little trick is for you my friend. By leveraging the power and flexibility of parallel processing you can get as much or as little “air” on your vocals as necessary, all while maintaining the natural warmth of your original vocal… Read more »

Two Elements You Need To Get A Killer Studio Vocal Performance

| Tips

Great vocals make great recordings. Period.  And while on the technical side of things, both matching the perfect microphone to your singer and following a simple two step workflow is crucial for a great sound – getting a killer vocal performance is paramount. While many factors contribute to the performance of your vocalist, they can… Read more »

The Power Of Matching The Perfect Vocal Mic With Your Singer

| Tips

Doing what I do, I hear this question a lot: “What is the best vocal mic for the home studio?” Unfortunately it’s a really bad question. Here’s a better one: “What is best vocal mic for my voice/singer?” This is at least a step in the right direction, although I can’t answer it for you. Here’s… Read more »

The Case For More (And Different) Microphones And Preamps

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Have you ever noticed how all the big studios you’ve ever been in (or seen in interviews) have racks of outboard preamps and massive mic lockers? If Neve preamps are so amazing why do many engineers also own and use APIs? If Neumann mics are so great then why do they also own AKGs? Believe… Read more »