The Freedom To Not Upgrade

| Plugins, Rant, Tips

I hate feeling like I’m not in control. This is definitely true when it comes to gear upgrades. We’ve all been there: we excitedly bought a new piece of software, maybe your DAW, and a few months later a newer version is released. It has more power, better features, and a slick new design. Dang…. Read more »

Go For The Big Wins In Recording (Or It’s Not About The Gear)

| Tips

There are so many elements to making a great recording. But most of them are a big waste of your time. Seriously, you could spend hours swapping out microphones, preamps, EQ settings, and even tweaking things like the sample rate in your DAW and maybe see some slight improvement (more like slight “change” if we’re… Read more »

What’s The Point Of EQ In Your Mix?

| Mixing, Mixing Month, Plugins, Tips

We all know we’re “supposed” to use EQ when mixing. We see the big boys using it in magazines, videos, etc. They come stock with our DAWs. They come built into our live consoles. Clearly EQ is a normal tool for the mixing engineer. But why? What’s the point and how should we be using… 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 »

Why You Should Be Mixing With A Timer

| Mixing, Mixing Month, Tips

One problem plaguing home studio mixers these days is a giant lack of focus. We pull up faders, tweak knobs, drop in plugins, fiddle with automation, and then repeat this crazy process for hours. In the end we wind up with a mix. Maybe a good one, maybe not so good. I believe that the… Read more »

The Simple Secret To Mixing [Video]

| Mixing, Mixing Month, Rant, Tips, Video

Did you know that mixing can be summed up in just one word? It’s true. Mixing isn’t about plugins, converters, or studio monitors. It isn’t about acoustically treated rooms or golden ears. All of those things play a part (potentially) in getting a good mix, but to focus on them when mixing is to miss… Read more »

Why What A Plugin Looks Like Matters

| Mixing, Plugins, Rant, Tips

Today I want to make the case that what your plugins look like in your DAW is critical to your track’s success. Now, let’s be clear up front. What the graphical user interface (GUI) of a piece of software looks like has no actual affect on the sonics of your music, technically speaking. However, so… Read more »