Are you frustrated with how your recordings and mixes are sounding? Are you overwhelmed with the amount of advice and gear options being presented to you? Today I want to cut through the hype and give you some good news. No matter your experience level, home studio setup, or available budget – if you simply… Read more »
If you fire up your tracks, pull up the faders, and start mixing without a reference track – you’re mixing blind. In fact it’s somewhat arrogant to think you (and I) truly know what a good mix sounds like in isolation. Instead we should reach for not just one, but two or more reference tracks… Read more »
Doing what I do, I hear this question a lot: “What is the best vocal mic for the home studio?” Unfortunately it’s a really bad question. Here’s a better one: “What is best vocal mic for my voice/singer?” This is at least a step in the right direction, although I can’t answer it for you. Here’s… Read more »
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.
Do you struggle to get good mixes in the box? There are many reasons why this could be, especially if you’re coming from the analog world (or have grown up learning from engineers who mixed on a console). But there is one key issue when it comes to mixing (and summing) in the digital domain… Read more »
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. Where I First Went Wrong It all started… Read more »
Want to save CPU power, get great sounding tracks, and mix in half the time? Then today’s video could quite possibly change the way you work in the studio forever. We’re going to exploit the curiously powerful Pareto Principle in our mixes so you can get better results with less effort.
There’s something that smart mixers do to mix faster, use fewer plugins, and get a better mix in the end. It costs absolutely no money to implement in your DAW of choice but can be the difference maker for how your final mix will sound. No matter what speakers or headphones you mix on, what kind of… Read more »
Have you heard of the phrase “chronological snobbery”? It was coined by the famous british author C.S. Lewis (of the popular Chronicles of Narnia series) and as he put it it referred to “the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate of our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is… Read more »
It took me way too long to figure out how to get that pro drum sound. No matter how well I recorded them or how much I tweaked the kick and snare sound, in the mix they never quite had that clarity, punch, and depth I heard on my favorite records. Turns out the secret… Read more »