Author Archives: dean

27 Feb 2017

Running Out of Time? Here’s the Steps You Can and Can’t Skip!

We’ve almost all been there. Someone comes up to you and asks – “Hey, can you mix this for my by Wednesday?” Other than the fourteen other projects and tasks you have to do before then, you’ve got all the time in the world! So you take the job. But you don’t have three days to listen, tweak, break, tweak, listen, etc. You’ve got three hours. So what can you do to make sure you still end up with a […]

27 Feb 2017

Need Some Strings?

Are you looking to add some lush strings to your productions? Maybe some exciting tremolo – or even energizing staccato? Don’t feel like you need to spend $499, $799, or $1,250 on the expensive string libraries to get these great sounds. In fact, for only $99, you can get a pretty great sounding string library from Native Instruments. Check out this product review by Dean Palya Jr to get a glimpse at what this product can do! Then check out […]

24 Feb 2017

Mixing With Consistency

Achieving consistency in your mixing is a tough thing to do. Some of them seem to come out louder, some softer, some just better. But there’s an easy and quick way to help you find a consistent way to measure your mix so that you reach a good mix every time. It has to do with metering and the actual level of your mix. Setting a deliberate level to mix at is a good idea, as it will help you […]

24 Feb 2017

An Exercise In Decision Making In the Studio

It’s time to turn your highly advanced DAW into an old school tape machine. Well, in functionality, at least. After you complete this exercise, you’ll be well on your way to making better decisions in the studio. The exercise? You’ve only got four audio tracks. Go. All you have to do is create an entire production using only four audio tracks. If you want this to actually pay off, however, you’ll need to have a lot more instruments than that. […]

24 May 2016

The Great Plug-In Debate: Long List or Go-To Few?

It crosses my mind just about every week. “I wonder if I should get some more plug-ins?” Or maybe “I could make such better music if I just had [insert plug-in here].” But is this really true? Or is the opposite actually true – having only a few trusty go-to plug-ins will make your productions tighter and better sounding. There’s a lot of ways this discussion can go – let’s lay out the pros and cons of long vs. short […]

24 May 2016

The Hidden Advantages to Tuning Vocals

“Tuning” or “Auto-tuning” gets a bad rap. But the truth is that there are a lot of uses for it besides making someone sound like they can sing if they really can’t. In fact, tuning has only a little bit to do with the perceived “ability” to sing well. Diction, style, and confidence play equally important roles. So what are some of the hidden advantages to tuning vocals? Glad you asked! 🙂 1. If you know that you can nudge […]

22 May 2016

So Do I Need Acoustic Treatment?

So Do I Need Acoustic Treatment? Well, that’s a good question. If you’re wondering whether or not acoustic treatment is a good purchase for you, consider what it will do for your mixes. It won’t automatically make your mixes sound better – but what it will do is allow you to hear deeper into your mixes. You’ll be able to get a more accurate sound from your studio monitors, which can ultimately lead to better sounding mixes when you take […]

25 May 2015

Hip Hop Mixing

Snoop Dogg, Tupac and Sublime all trust his production skills. Do you? Multi Platinum Hip Hop Mixing is 5 hours of Hands On mixing with Hip Hop master Dave Aron. How do you mix massive low end, punchy snares and tight rap vocals? Follow along with the included Pro Tools session as Dave Aron, the engineer behind Prince, Sublime, Death Row, and more, shows you the techniques, tips, and tricks that big-time mixers use to craft massive hits. Along the way […]

22 May 2015

Zoom H6 at Summer NAMM

We got to play with the new H6 at Sweetwater GearFest 2 weeks ago, and LOVE it’s portability and swappable microphones. This great interview from SOS shows you just how versatile this could be for those of you doing a lot of mobile recording, audio for video, or cutting scratch tracks of an artist you’re about to produce. Check it out.