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Bigger Isn't Always Better

We looked at managing big mixes in yesterday's post. But bigger isn't always better. There are certainly times where a smaller track count can be even more powerful than a massive and polished mix. The key is knowing when to use either method. That's what we're looking through today. 5 Times a Smaller Production is… Read More

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Desert Island Plug-Ins

You've probably played this game before. It was probably with movies or books, though. Let's say you're trapped on a desert island. This desert island is outfitted with a studio. And electricity. (The details are hairy, I'll give you that.) Basically, you need to pick the only five plug-ins you'll use for the rest of… Read More

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Managing a Big Mix

If you've ever heard a pro talk about track counts, it can get pretty ridiculous. 200+ track ridiculous. And when you are working on a mix like this, things can be difficult. You might lose scope and not have a good perspective with all of those elements flying around. But with this mix tip, you'll… Read More


Muddy or Unclear Low End in Your Tracks?

Are you dealing with muddy or unclear low end in your tracks? It's actually a pretty common problem. And luckily there's a solution for it. The first step is identifying the problem tracks. Here's how to do it: After you've decided that your mix should be clearer, the best thing to do is to mute… Read More

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Better Programmed Drums with this Tip

Unless you've got a great kit, a great room, and a great drummer, it's tough to get great live drums. Oh, and don't forget the great mics/pres and years of great experience. The list goes on... This shouldn't be too shocking. Even if you don't have all of these things, you can still get some… Read More

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Saving Your Plugin Settings and Channel Strips

It may seem like a tedious and unnecessary task, but if you do this one thing, you'll save yourself countless hours down the road. You'll not only save time, but you'll actually become a better mixer. It all starts with a little file management - let's get started. Create a folder on your hard drive… Read More

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Should You Learn a New DAW?

I get asked this question a lot: "Should I get Pro Tools?" My response is usually something along the lines of "what are you using right now?" If they answer with any of the other pro DAWs on the market, I usually ask why they want to make the switch. And almost every time, it's… Read More


Ever wonder what the pro's workflow looks like inside a DAW?

As engineers, producers, and musicians, we each have our own best way of getting the job done inside a DAW. Sometimes it's just a slight difference - but sometimes it can be quite a different approach. But what you may not have known about (or may just want a refresher on) is that there is… Read More

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Emergency Track Surgery!

How often to you turn to emergency track surgery in your recording process? Emergency track surgery is any time - absolutely any time - where you say to yourself after a subpar performance, "I can edit that." The problem is that we use it so often, we forget that those tools are best used for… Read More


How to Choose the Best Mic for the Job

Whether you've got two mics or an entire closet full vintage ribbons and tube condensers, your understanding of your mic locker should be one thing: deep. When we talk about understanding your mic locker, we're talking about know what your mics sound like. When you know what your mics sound like, you'll better be able… Read More

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