Who says you need expensive studio gear to make an album you’re proud of? Just this week I released my latest EP, and the feedback I’ve received from many of you is so encouraging. But since it’s no secret that I made did this entire project with a $69 microphone, a simple USB interface, some… Read more »
Got a good mix but feel it could use a little life? There’s one simple move that I use on practically every single mix I do that can make your kick drums pop, your bottom end fill out, and give your song more energy overall. It’s called mix buss compression – and if you aren’t… Read more »
One thing I regret last year was not spending enough time mixing without any plugins. So often I found that I backed myself into a corner because I began inserting plugins into the mix too early on in the process. Many times I would scrap a mix for a client, start over and mix a… Read more »
If there were a way you could save tens of hours of your life each year and make more music, with greater ease every time wouldn’t you do it? That’s exactly what happens when you create (and actually use) a solid mixing template. This is something I used to do years ago and have gotten… Read more »
As we usher in a brand new year, I have big dreams for my music and yours. I want us to experience more freedom, creativity, and passion in our music making and studio sessions than ever before. But the truth is, our studios are over bloated with stuff we don’t need – creating a lethargic… Read more »
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.
Do you find yourself having to mix exclusively on headphones? Are your mixes coming out all wacky? I think I can help. In an ideal world, you would mix primarily on a simple set of studio monitors and then simply check that mix on headphones. But sometimes headphones is all you have to work with…. Read more »
One hallmark of great songs is a killer vocal that always seems to cut through the mix. There are a handful of ways to approach getting your vocals to seemingly sit on top of the mix, from mixing them last, to stacking compressors. Today I want to show you another way get every element of… Read more »
So this week I’m mixing an EP at Starbucks – on headphones! I know, I’m a crazy person. Sometimes you gotta change it up and challenge yourself, just to keep the creative juices flowing. This EP was written based around drum loops and I’m trying to make them pop in the mix, even though I… Read more »
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.