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 gain in your mixing process that can be quite helpful. Once you start doing this, you’ll think of mixing in an entirely new light: Use […]
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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 individual tracks until the muddiness goes away. For example, start by muting the piano. If that doesn’t fix it, unmute it and move on to […]
Day 19 in Multi-Platinum’s 100 Days of Waves! We’re counting down our top 100 Waves plug-ins, and showing you how we use them in our projects and daily work. Complete your sonic arsenal in ways you’ve never imagined with Enigma by Waves! We want to hear what you think about them – tell us your thoughts and share it for your audio friends!
Tracking sessions can be awkward. Especially vocal tracking sessions. For bands, sometimes the only way to make everyone’s schedules align is to send the vocalist into the booth right after you finish tracking guitars. (My normal flow is as follows: scratch guitars & tempo mapping, drums, real guitars, bass, keys/etc, and finally vocals.) I’ve noticed a pattern emerge when comparing projects where I get to edit and mix all of the instruments first before tracking vocals against projects where the […]
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 be able to manage these big mixes and get a better result. No matter if your “big mix” is 40 tracks or 200. Let’s think […]
It’s a struggle every engineer faces at some point in their early career: How do I get more tracks to practice mixing? Sure, there’s bits and pieces of stems all across the internet. But not a great place to actually download sessions and start practicing on your own. Or is there? Mike Senior has a page with plenty of multi-tracks you can practice with. Be sure to read his privacy agreement and don’t infringe – this is a cool way […]
You’ve probably been through something like this with your mixes. You start mixing and make a pretty big improvement the first day. Then you set it down, knowing that there is a lot more to get to. You pick it up again and are ready to keep working. You make a big step forward, but it’s not quite as big an improvement as you saw the first day. After many sessions, you start seeing smaller and smaller improvements in your […]
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 (internal or external, it doesn’t matter too much for this.) Call it [Your Name] Presets. Then, create several folders inside this folder. Title them “Vocals”, […]
For years Pro Tools has been regarded as the industry standard DAW, and understandably so. Though my opinion could be biased, it seems to me that everything I look for and want in a DAW, it does. Any tool, any trick, it can do. Any shortcut, it has it. From user interface to logical navigability, all is as it should be. Outside the pool of “believers” there is always grumbling. I often hear, “Pro Tools crashes too much!” In […]