There’s a reason why you might struggle to get a great mix. And it has nothing to do with your mixing abilities. In fact, your mix was already determined long before you dropped in a single plugin or moved a fader. Indeed, for better or for worse, your mix’s fate was sealed on recording day…. Read more »
We just took a song from OK to awesome in 60 minutes. So far in this mini series we’ve covered everything from panning, EQ and compression to mix buss processing, reverb, and delay. And today we need wrap things up with sweetening. We’ll even discover a little “mistake” I made at the beginning of this mix… Read more »
Want to watch me mix a song in front of you? Today I’m starting a 6 week series called “The One Hour Mix” where I will be mixing a song in front of you, 10 minutes at a time, for a total of one hour of mix time. Why one hour? To leverage the power… Read more »
The secret to getting a killer mix is to not wait until the mix to start. What I mean is that 50% or more of your mix will come from your recording decisions (for better or for worse). And yet most of us don’t even begin thinking about the mix until mixing day. At that point… Read more »
There’s more potential for your raw recorded tracks than you think. In fact, it’s highly likely that you have a killer final mix hiding inside what you think is an average recording. And the best part about? It won’t cost you a penny to unlock it. Via Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier Flickr A Stellar Mix Hidden For… Read more »
What if the way we think about mixing is all wrong? What if our collective obsession with plugins, post processing, and “doing stuff” to audio might actually be working against our goal of delivering a butt kicking mix that has punch, power, and musicality? What if actually doing less in the mix gave us more… Read more »
Just because you use drum samples in your mix doesn’t mean you’re getting the most out of them. For years I skipped this one simple technique and my drum mixes suffered. So today let me show you how to create more power, punch, and definition with your drum samples – all without a single plugin.
Fact: not all compressor plugins sound the same. Fact: it took me years to finally realize that this is a good thing that can be leveraged in your mixes. Today let’s look at how you can get more sonic separation and interest by strategically picking the right compressor for your tracks.
Last week I mixed the same song 6 different times. No, it wasn’t some challenge or experiment. At least not an intentional one. Rather it was the result of me losing something: my mixing mojo. The problem grew exponentially when I started doing really dumb stuff. Read on. Via jseliger2 Flickr Where I First Went Wrong… Read more »
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 »