Got a good mix but feel it could use a little life? There’s one simple move that I use on practically every single mix I do that can make your kick drums pop, your bottom end fill out, and give your song more energy overall. It’s called mix buss compression – and if you aren’t… Read more »
One thing I regret last year was not spending enough time mixing without any plugins. So often I found that I backed myself into a corner because I began inserting plugins into the mix too early on in the process. Many times I would scrap a mix for a client, start over and mix a… Read more »
If there were a way you could save tens of hours of your life each year and make more music, with greater ease every time wouldn’t you do it? That’s exactly what happens when you create (and actually use) a solid mixing template. This is something I used to do years ago and have gotten… Read more »
Want to make more (and better) music in your home studio next year? Then it’s time to become intentional. Take a few minutes to watch this video and then ask yourself the most overlooked question in the average home studio. It will help you move from reactionary music making, to planned and intentional music making.
One hallmark of great songs is a killer vocal that always seems to cut through the mix. There are a handful of ways to approach getting your vocals to seemingly sit on top of the mix, from mixing them last, to stacking compressors. Today I want to show you another way get every element of… Read more »
So this week I’m mixing an EP at Starbucks – on headphones! I know, I’m a crazy person. Sometimes you gotta change it up and challenge yourself, just to keep the creative juices flowing. This EP was written based around drum loops and I’m trying to make them pop in the mix, even though I… Read more »
Sometimes hard panning your background vocals isn’t enough. Today I want to show you two simple ways (one obvious, and the other not-so-obvious) to help your background vocals pop out of the speakers a little bit more, giving you that lasts inch of separation you need from your lead vocal.
No two mixes look the same. But I find myself using a few mixing hacks in each and every session because they invariably pull my mixes together quickly and easily. And since it’s Thanksgiving here in the US – I thought I would share three mixing moves that I am very thankful for. They have been… Read more »
I’m a huge fan of great sounding, easy to use, low cost home studio gear. Especially when it’s FREE! Steven Slate of Slate Digital just released his much anticipated Virtual Mix Rack plugin this week, but the surprise news to me was his very own sonic enhancer plugin called Revival. This thing can enhance the bottom… Read more »
Have you ever sat down to mix and felt like you spent more time wandering around then actually mixing? What should you do first? What about second? Is there a “well worn path” to getting a great mix? There are a lot of different methods to mixing but if you are just starting out (or… Read more »