Let’s face it, when you’re first starting out, your mixes *suck*. I mean, your mixes aren't *THIS* bad. It took them YEARS of practice to get *THAT* bad of a record. And of course, as I’m sure you've guessed, mine did to. The low end is completely off. Loud on one playback system, quiet on… Read More
Do you release your recordings? Put them on a website, Facebook page, or even distribute them digitally? Maybe even make physical copies? If you don't, you should seriously consider doing it. Not only is it cool to get to share your work with friends, family, and strangers, there are actually some incredible benefits to doing… Read More
Last week, we talked about the importance of the click track. But what is equally as important as having a click? Having the right click. That's right - there is certainly a way to have the wrong click. Having the wrong sound, coming in on the wrong subdivisions, or even just being unclear as to… Read More
How do you apply effects your tracks while mixing? We're not talking about what plugins you're using - we're talking about what process you're using. It's a good idea to hear exactly what a certain plugin is doing to one track specifically. You obviously don't want to completely trash a track and not even know… Read More
You've probably heard the saying - "the customer is always right." But as engineers, sometimes we're "right." Actually, most times we're "right." Contrary to what some artists think, there's no such thing as the "umph" knob on the kick drum channel. But it's our job as the engineer to make them think there is. If you deal… Read More
The four-on-the-floor kick drum is one of the staples in dance/pop music. But getting it to sit perfectly in your production can be a little trickier than just hitting "quantize" on the MIDI track. There are two ways to greatly adjust the entire feel of your track - just by moving the kick drum part… Read More
Multi-tracking is an essential skill set that any engineer must have. But it's not quite as easy as it might seem. It's a lot more than just hitting record. It can be a stressful situation, even when you're just multi-tracking with three musicians. Let's go through 5 steps to a successful session: 1. Set up… Read More
Are you using clip gain in your mixing process? You might be using it to fix a quick peak, or maybe to level out a vocal. It can be easier than automation in some cases, and can be a bit more precise than riding an actual fader. But there are actually other uses of clip… Read More
You've probably seen the knobs on your virtual synths labeled 'A', 'D', 'S', and 'R'. But do you know how to use them to fully control your sound? These are very powerful knobs - they control the envelope, and therefore can change your sound quite drastically. Let's take a look into how it works and… Read More
Name a piece of music. Chances are that you can sing, hum, or identify its "hook." A hook is an incredibly important part of any recording. And if you're not highlighting it in your production, you're missing out. There are a lot of misconceptions about what a hook actually is, so let's figure out how… Read More
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