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 »

The “No Plugin” Mix

| Mixing, Plugins, Tips

Let’s take a hypothetical journey today: let’s try to mix a song in our DAW without using any plugins or effects whatsoever. Our goal will be the “no plugin mix”, one that sounds full, clear, and punchy to the listener, but without inserting a single software or hardware compressor, EQ, or reverb. How would your… Read more »

How To Thrive In The Home Studio [Video]

| Mixing, Plugins, Rant, Tips, Video

Today’s video will help you immensely if you watch it with an open mind. I want to share two critical principles that you need in order to thrive in your home or project studio. They have served me well, along with every other great engineer I know. And even better, they will help you in… Read more »

Using Delay As Reverb [Video]

| Audio Example, Mixing, Plugins, Pro Tools, Tips, Video

Confession: I hate using reverb. It’s honestly not one of my strong suits. What I like instead, however are delays. In fact I actually enjoy using delays in a way that mimics the effect of a good reverb. Check out today’s video to see what I’m talking about.