It’s a hot debate – should you, or should you not, compress something on the way in? There’s a lot of different opinions out there, but the truth is that there are times when it helps and times when it hurts. Learn how to compress effectively on the way in to make your tracks even easier to mix and overall more polished sounding with these quick tips: [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left”][wc_heading type=”h1″ title=”1. Start with proper mic technique.” text_align=”left”][/wc_box] This is […]
And we’ve come to the end of the line – the final step to creating space in your recordings. This week we’re discussing frequency placement. And this might be the most important part of the entire discussion. Without carefully considering the placement of different frequencies in your production, you’re bound to make cluttered, closed-sounding mixes. So let’s dive right into what “frequency placement” is all about. We’ll begin with a metaphor. Imagine a bedroom. Possibly your bedroom. There are plenty […]
Sometimes we get caught up in trying to create “complex” music. We like our crazy chord structures, intense solos, and 200+ track sessions. And that music can sound really cool. But we often forget about the power of simplicity in music. Depending on the type of music you’re making, this might be the reason you’re not happy with your projects. Some of the greatest music ever recorded was done with four tracks, two verses, and a chorus. Four chords at […]
We all need a little reminder of how to run a proper session now and again.
Welcome to Multi-Platinum’s 100 Days of Waves! What’s that, you might ask? It’s where we go through our favorite 100 Waves plug-ins and show you a little about them. But we’re not going to just show you how the knobs work. We’re putting them on our actual mixes and giving you a peak at how we use them in the real world. We want to hear what you think about them – tell us your thoughts and share it for […]
This takes talent. And a lot of it! When looking around for some great pop mashups, we came across this video on YouTube: The mix and parts were put together extremely well in this mashup, and Daniel Kim even explains how he goes about putting together a project like this – which is extremely interesting! “Once a year, I try to make a seamless musical mix (“mash-up”) of the year’s top pop songs. This is not a quick and easy […]
Are you tired of a slow performing computer? Nothing is worse – I can assure you – than trying to work on a machine that is just…too…..slow….. But what can you do? If you’re not in the position to drop thousands on a new machine and dump the old, but still want to have a better machine to work with for your audio projects, the solution might be (relatively) simple. SSD. Solid State Drive. They’re fast, they’re incredible, and they’re […]
Interested in free stuff? We always are. That’s why we’re super excited every time Native-Instruments puts out a free plug-in. They’ve done it before with Driver, and luckily they’ve done it again with a new Tube Compressor Emulator. Visit this link to grab your free copy – only until December 31st, 2013! With this awesome piece of software, you’ll be amazed at what you can do. After testing it out on a few different tracks, here’s what we found: My […]
New gear always seems like it can bring a wave of creativity to your work. But beware, this is actually the least creative time as a producer or engineer! Here’s why: Getting new plug-ins, guitars, gear, etc. is an exciting thing – and a necessary thing if you plan to get any better or diverse. But you should always keep in mind that new gear does not equal a burst in creativity. And why is that? Because chances are that […]
There’s a lot of ways to get a great lead guitar tone. We go over it in just about ever genre in our training series. But the truth is, if you’re stuck, just give Michael Winslow a call and get your SM58 ready to go!