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 »
Every week I’m telling you it’s possible to get pro sounding mixes “in-the-box” – but when top level mixers are saying the same thing, I love to share it with you. Today I have a great interview for you with one of my mixing buddies Joe Carrell, a pro engineer out of Nashville who’s worked… Read more »
Why is it that so many home studio mixes sound overly harsh and out of balance when the pro mixes we love and admire sound natural, warm, and clear? What is the difference maker? Is it expensive plugins? Better acoustic treatment? A console? The difference, in my opinion, is how they use EQ. I cannot… Read more »
If you ever get into mixing music in the studio or in a live venue, you’ll need to know what a compressor is and how to wield it with precision. But when you first start out, compressors can seem a bit scary. They have lots of knobs with weird names (“soft knee” anyone??) and it’s… Read more »
If you’re mixing in the box with stock digital delay plugins, let me give you a tip: don’t leave those delay plugins as is. You gotta mess them up a bit. Get them dirty. This way you create a more warm and subtle vibe to the delay (which sounds more like the goodness of analog)… Read more »
Let me ask you something: on your next recording session or mix, are you going to try a few new things? Perhaps a new preamp, higher sample rate, different mic technique, and set of new plugins? Don’t. As exciting as it is to try out a bunch of new gear, tips, and techniques, it’s a… Read more »