Mixing Vocals To Sit Upfront

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If your song has vocals, you generally want them to sit upfront in the mix. Right in the listener’s face. But on their own, without the right processing, most vocals won’t sound like that. They are simply too dynamic of an instrument. The key to that upfront sound is compression, specifically something I call stacked… Read more »

Recording Acoustic Guitar (My Foolproof Method)

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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 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 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.

The Case For Mixing On Headphones In The Home Studio

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Can you actually get a great mix on headphones? Absolutely – in fact it might be one of the smartest things you do in your home studio. I have already addressed why I believe headphones are the most powerful recording tool you have, and it seems this could be said for the mix phase as well. Today… Read more »