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 »

The Most Important Word In Mixing: Balance

| Mixing, Plugins, Tips

We all have a tendency to make mixing more complicated than it really is. On the surface (and in many publications, both print and online) mixing seems to be about turning fancy knobs on fancy plugins and using all kinds of secret moves and voodoo gear. In reality, the process of mixing is simple and… Read more »

How To Never Fail In The Studio

| Rant, Tips

Are you afraid of failing at this whole home studio thing? Do you fear that you’ll never be able to deliver a great recording or mix that sounds pro? You’re not alone. I’ve been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. The idea that one could fail in the studio suggests that there is a… Read more »

Pro Tools 11 Review [Video]

| Mixing, Plugins, Pro Tools, Product Review, Video

Pro Tools 11 is a huge update, not because of crazy new features, but rather a major under the hood rewrite. For the first time in maybe 20 years, Avid has built Pro Tools from the ground up with fresh code running as a 64 bit application. The result? A much slimmer, sleeker, and more… Read more »