Just because you use drum samples in your mix doesn’t mean you’re getting the most out of them. For years I skipped this one simple technique and my drum mixes suffered. So today let me show you how to create more power, punch, and definition with your drum samples – all without a single plugin.
Fact: not all compressor plugins sound the same. Fact: it took me years to finally realize that this is a good thing that can be leveraged in your mixes. Today let’s look at how you can get more sonic separation and interest by strategically picking the right compressor for your tracks.
Looking for some great sounding and affordable microphones for your home studio? Here are some of my all time favorites. You can build a great sounding and versatile mic locker without breaking the bank Earlier this week I wrote about the different types of microphones and suggested you try and own at least one of… Read more »
Applying some distortion to your bass guitar tracks is one of the smartest things you can do. Whether recording through an amp or mixing it in with plugins, the harmonics and drive that distortion brings is invaluable in getting more out of your bass guitar.
Do you struggle to get good mixes in the box? There are many reasons why this could be, especially if you’re coming from the analog world (or have grown up learning from engineers who mixed on a console). But there is one key issue when it comes to mixing (and summing) in the digital domain… Read more »
Want to save CPU power, get great sounding tracks, and mix in half the time? Then today’s video could quite possibly change the way you work in the studio forever. We’re going to exploit the curiously powerful Pareto Principle in our mixes so you can get better results with less effort.
There is something beautiful about simplicity, especially when it comes to music making. Take one of the most complex instruments to record, an acoustic drum set. Typically the modern studio reaches for 12 or more microphones to capture the entire kit well. But legendary producer/engineer Bob Clearmountain (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen) shows you an… Read more »
There’s something that smart mixers do to mix faster, use fewer plugins, and get a better mix in the end. It costs absolutely no money to implement in your DAW of choice but can be the difference maker for how your final mix will sound. No matter what speakers or headphones you mix on, what kind of… Read more »
It took me way too long to figure out how to get that pro drum sound. No matter how well I recorded them or how much I tweaked the kick and snare sound, in the mix they never quite had that clarity, punch, and depth I heard on my favorite records. Turns out the secret… Read more »
What gear you use to record or mix is totally irrelevant. How you use it, however makes a world of difference. And how well you KNOW your gear changes how you use it. Today I want to wrap up our little $300 Studio Challenge by offering some parting thoughts and takeaways (including the biggest thing I… Read more »