When you near the end of a mix, sometimes you feel that it’s missing something and you can’t quite put your finger on it. Today I want to show you my favorite little mix buss EQ trick that I use on just about every mix as it nears completion. In one simple move it cleans up the mix while also pushing vocals and snare drums just up a bit more to the listener. Enjoy!
A great drum mix doesn’t just sound good, it feels good as well. And sometimes with sampled drums you get a nice clean sound, but it lacks the punch and impact you’re looking for. In today’s tutorial I show a quick and easy way to instantly bring out more power from your kicks and snares. Enjoy!
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned vet, with so many capable DAWs to choose from your head can spin constantly wondering which piece of software is right for you. Today I want give you some wisdom as you approach the purchase of or potential switch to a new DAW in hopes that it will bring you more productivity, joy, and better results.
Looking for a great all around go-to studio microphone? Then put the Rode NT1a (or newly updated NT1) on your list. In the wake of last week’s article on affordable microphones vs expensive microphones I thought I would share one of my all time favorite affordable mics. For around $200 US, you really can’t go wrong with having one of these in your mic locker. Check out the review and sound sample at the end.
If you’ve listened to just about any Soundgarden album over the past 20 years you’ve heard this effect. The creepy vocal swells up moments before the vocalist blasts into a new line. It sounds cool, because it is cool. You’ll likely recognize it when you hear it. Here’s how to do it.
Logic Pro X might be one of the best home studio bargains around. I’m admittedly a Pro Tools guy (have been for over a decade now), but as someone who helps people get their home studios going, I’d be a jerk to not show what Apple’s latest version of their flagship DAW can do, and for such little money. Check it out.
If you’re like me, you rarely get to record your drums in a nice big studio space. Perhaps your tracking space is a bedroom, basement or living room. Maybe you’ve tried using room mics or a mono room mic to capture some energy and ambience naturally, but in the mix it just doesn’t sound great. Here’s a nifty little trick to take that lackluster room mic (or pair of room mics) and turn them into a more studio ready sound.
I know a lot of you would love to start charging to record or mix bands out of your home or project studio. But you’re afraid. You’re believing some very common invisible scripts that act as barriers. They hold you back from actually branching out and starting a simple audio freelance business. Here are the three biggest myths I hear every week about getting paid to do audio.
Struggling with a small and mediocre mix? Want it to sound bigger, wider, and larger than life? It’s time break it out of the confines of the mix box. In Part 1 of this little series we looked how to get more depth and width in your mix. Today I want to take things even further and show you how to get more top and bottom separation. The transformation at the end is powerful!
Do your mixes sound like small and underwhelming? Do pro mixes sound much more open and larger than life than yours? It might be that you’re crowding the mix box with too many tracks, but also might be that you’re not using these simple mix moves to open them up to their full potential. In this two part video series I want to show you how to get more depth, width, and height out of your mixes and free them from the mix box’s confines.