The Psychological Hack Of Mix Buss Processing

| Mixing, Plugins, Tips

Did you know there’s a  simple hack that both instantly improves your mix within minutes and ensures you do your best mixing work each and every time? It’s called mix buss processing (or more crudely put: slapping plugins on your master fader) and it’s more than mere technical processing – it has psychological implications that help me every… Read more »

Mix It To Sound Mastered

| Mastering, Mixing, Mixing Month, Tips

There seems to be a growing debate about how far a mixing engineer should take a track before handing it off to be mastered. Many of you have voiced concern about how much processing (specifically on the mix buss) is OK and how much should you leave for the mastering phase. I think much of… Read more »

The Art Of Top Down Mixing

| Mixing, Mixing Month, Plugins, Tips

Today I want to share a helpful strategy to getting better sounding mixes with fewer plugins. Why is fewer plugins a good thing? For one you can save CPU power if you mixing on a native system (which many of us are). Secondly, I’m of the belief that the less processing you do to the… Read more »

3 Ways To Create More Headroom In Your Mix

| Mixing, Tips

The name of the game with mixes these days is headroom. This is especially true with mixing in the box (i.e. your software). What is headroom and why is it important? The short answer is: the range between your song’s loudest peaks and 0dbfs (or clipping). The benefit of lots of headroom? Sonic clarity and… Read more »