5 Tips for Buying Studio Gear

With all the fancy gear out there, it’s hard not to get G.A.S. – Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  G.A.S. clouds your judgement and will quickly bury you under a mountain of debt with nice gear that you don’t need. When starting a project studio or home studio, you need to be smart about how you spend your […]

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Interview: Will Putney (Northlane, Stray From the Path, For Today, etc.)

Will Putney

Will Putney has become one of the most in-demand producers in heavy music, but his sound is far from the cookie-cutter style flooding the genre today. With a portfolio of records growing at a pace that seems impossible, we were lucky to catch up with Will and get an inside look at how he delivers […]

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Plugin Preset: Waves SSL Channel – CLA Toms

Waves SSL Channel Preset: CLA Toms

The Waves SSL Channel is my #1 go-to plugin.  I didn’t come up with this preset, but I almost always use it as a starting point for tom tracks.  This preset is included with the plugin and can be found under ‘CLA’ in the ‘load’ menu.  This preset instantly gets you close to that modern […]

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Waves C4 for Metal Guitars – The Andy Sneap Preset

One common issue with heavy guitars, or even acoustic and clean guitars, is the low-end buildup that happens during palm-muted chug sections. If you use a regular compressor, it will react to these loud frequencies and you’ll lose the overall level and energy. If you use EQ, your guitar tone will suffer during sections where […]

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Interview: Troy Glessner (August Burns Red, Underoath, Silverstein, etc)

“Loud is the really easy part. The hard part is keeping something punchy, clear, and consistently fun to listen to.”

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The Business Side of Mixing

There’s a lot of mixing advice out there, but no one talks too much about the business side.  In this post, I’m going to talk about how to deal with clients during the mix process, how to deliver your mixes to clients, and how to wrap-up a project. RULE #1: Never send a mix until […]

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Automating Plugins the Easy Way [VIDEO]

Here’s a short video tip on how to automate plugins quickly and easily in Pro Tools, using some little known keyboard shortcuts.  Automating plugins can open up a new world of possibilities in your mix.  As a bonus, you’ll also learn how to create a simple filter sweep effect using the bundled AIR Kill EQ […]

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Plugin Preset: Waves SSL Channel for Scream Vocals

SSL Channel Preset - Scream Vocals

This is my preset for scream vocals, using my #1 go-to plugin: Waves SSL Channel.  I use this as a quick and dirty preset during tracking and adjust it to suit the mix. Since it’s common for a screamer to be recording right up on the mic, it’s necessary to cut out some low end […]

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How to EQ Heavy Guitars [VIDEO]

How to EQ Heavy Guitars (video)

Here’s a short video demonstrating how to use filtering and narrow EQ dips to clean up and smooth out distorted guitar tracks.  Ideally, if you’ve captured a great tone to begin with, you won’t need much more EQ than this in the mix!

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Plugin Preset: H-Comp Lead Vocal

Waves H-Comp Preset for Lead Vocal

Waves H-Comp – Lead Vocal Preset I’m a huge fan of the Waves H-series plugins.  These plugs deliver old-school vibe & warmth with innovative features only possible in the digital realm.  The H-Comp is one of my favourites, and this is one of my go-to settings for an instant in-your-face vocal sound.  Don’t be shy […]

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