Two Steps To Conquering EQ

| Mixing, Plugins, Tips

One thing that separates amateur sounding mixes from professional sounding ones is EQ. Good mixers know how to wield EQ with confidence and intentionality. They use it to take good recordings to the next level. While amateur mixers know they “should” be using EQ, but they only tend to make things sound worse. Have you… Read more »

The 1-2 Punch Of Starting Your Mix The Right Way

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How you start your mix will determine just how good (or bad) your final mix and master will sound. Most people miss this truth entirely and want to move straight away to dropping in all the fancy plugins and sophisticated mix tricks – working very hard to get an OK mix. Instead, I have found that… Read more »

The One Mixing “Tool” Many Of Us Aren’t Taking Advantage Of

| Mixing, Tips

When you think about mixing, where does your mind immediately jump to? EQ? Compression? Or what about delay and reverb? Or perhaps automation, sample rates, conversion, summing, speakers, or acoustic treatment? Mixing is about all of those things, yes. But ironically there is an even simpler “tool” at your disposal on every mix that in… Read more »

How I Was Fooled By A Mastering Engineer

| Mastering, Mixing, Plugins, Tips

It’s amazing how easily our ears can be tricked into hearing something that’s not really there. Specifically, loudness can dramatically change how we perceive a piece of audio. I re-learned this lesson yesterday when I got fooled by my friend and mastering engineer Ian Shepherd at the Audio Bloggers Live event in L.A. and what a powerful… Read more »

How to Mix: The 5 Phases Of Every Good Mix

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Have you ever opened up a mix session and just not known where to start or how to begin? Or perhaps starting isn’t the problem, it’s knowing when the mix is finished that eludes you. What helps me is to think of mixing in phases or parts – and in my experience there are only… Read more »