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 »
When you find a tool that simply makes your mix sound better, you rejoice. The MixCentric plugin from Waves (partnered with one of my favorite producers Greg Wells) is one of those kind of tools. Slap it on your mix buss at the end of a mix, dial it up a bit and listen to… Read more »
Sometimes you have to travel across the world and work with some of the most talented people you’ve ever met to discover some of the most profoundly simple truths. This month a year ago I attended a week long Mix With The Masters seminar in the South of France with Jacquire King. While I learned… Read more »
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.
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 »
A few months ago, when Grammy winner Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, James Bay, Mutemath) told me he was transitioning to mixing all in the box, I knew I had to get him to share his approach with you. Last week he graciously sat down with me to talk in detail about his mixing approach and… Read more »
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.
If there were a way to get a better mix in less time, with less effort, all while boosting your confidence, would you be interested? You better believe you would! And yet so many people still don’t take advantage of this powerful and simple concept. By simply beginning each mix with an EQ and compressor on… Read more »
What if I told you that most of what you do in a given mix doesn’t contribute much to your final sound? In fact, 80% or more of your mix actually comes from how you handle two simple things: EQ and compression. Today I want to show you a mix done purely with two plugins… Read more »
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 »