When you slap a plugin on your mix, do you have a concrete reason? Is it really doing something for your tracks? An engineer says “The XYZ Compressor is the smoothest sounding compressor I’ve ever heard. I love it!” So we blindly go out and buy XYZ Compressor, insert it into a track and just assume it’s… Read more »
When Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry) said this one mix move is what makes his tracks actually sound like a record, my ears perked up. I was at the NAMM show, hanging out in the Waves booth, when one of my favorite mixers and producers was showing us his mix of an up and coming… Read more »
Today I have a simple suggestion for you. One that will help you get the results you want in the studio, put more money in your pocket, and remove some of that insecurity you might be feeling towards recording and mixing. It’s so easy (and liberating) that I’m surprised more people don’t do it. My… Read more »
If there were a way you could save tens of hours of your life each year and make more music, with greater ease every time wouldn’t you do it? That’s exactly what happens when you create (and actually use) a solid mixing template. This is something I used to do years ago and have gotten… Read more »
As we usher in a brand new year, I have big dreams for my music and yours. I want us to experience more freedom, creativity, and passion in our music making and studio sessions than ever before. But the truth is, our studios are over bloated with stuff we don’t need – creating a lethargic… Read more »
Want to make more (and better) music in your home studio next year? Then it’s time to become intentional. Take a few minutes to watch this video and then ask yourself the most overlooked question in the average home studio. It will help you move from reactionary music making, to planned and intentional music making.
Sometimes hard panning your background vocals isn’t enough. Today I want to show you two simple ways (one obvious, and the other not-so-obvious) to help your background vocals pop out of the speakers a little bit more, giving you that lasts inch of separation you need from your lead vocal.
Want to hear what a difference simple EQ and compression moves can make in a mix? Then please check today’s video out. Watch as I take subtle (we’re talking 3db or less increments) EQ and compression tweaks across my tracks, bypass them, and hear the massive change that occurs. This is the exact session I… Read more »
The moment I was introduced to digital recording and mixing, I became obsessed with plugins. These little pieces of software seemed like magic to me: you insert them on your track and they are supposed to make everything sound better. Or so I thought. And who could blame me? That’s how they are advertised by… Read more »
When you mix, do you ever go a little overboard with plugins? I know I do. It starts with a little EQ here and a little compression there. But 30 minutes later I’ve got effects and emulations and every kind of processing under the sun inserted in my tracks. Are all those plugins making my mix better? Probably… Read more »