Plugin Preset: Digirack Gate for Toms

It’s an an age-old struggle… trying to cut out bleed from tom tracks but having the gate misfire or not open up when it’s supposed to. In the past I would just skip the gate all together and manually cut out bleed from tom tracks. Ugh… what a waste of time. I hate wasting time […]

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10,000 Hours

In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become a master of something. This is backed up by studies of successful artists and business people. Elite musicians commonly have more than twice the amount of practice hours under their belt than amateurs by age 20. Bill Gates pulled […]

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How to Use Drum Samples in Your Mix Session

Here’s my workflow for auditioning and printing drum samples in a mix. I recommend that you commit your triggered drums to audio in this way, for a few reasons discussed in the video. Click here to get the drum samples used in this video.

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Inside the Mix – River Oaks (Shane Told) – EQ on Acoustic Guitars

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Here’s a peak inside the mix for “Let You Down” by River Oaks (Shane Told of Silverstein). This video walks through how I used EQ on the acoustic guitars to put them up-front in the mix and create the acoustic-driven rock vibe.  

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Master Your Own Mixes

5 reasons not to master your own mixes

It’s getting more common for mixers to do the mastering for clients, especially when you’re just starting out. I used to do this too in the first half of my career. These days though, I’m a big believer in getting someone else to master your work. In fact I haven’t mastered anything in years. Here […]

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That awkward moment when Nick Jonas is in your car…

  It’s true, about 7 years ago I drove Nick Jonas in my car. I was working in Toronto as a studio assistant and the Jo Bros were there working on their 2nd album. I had to drive Nick to his hotel at the end of the night. Anyways, this post isn’t really about that. […]

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Proof That You Can Mix with Stock Plugins

I never buy excuses like “I don’t have the right gear” or “I can’t afford good enough plugins.” I’m a firm believer that it’s about your skills and your taste, not the gear itself. So I decided to do a little challenge for myself. In this video, I take a vocal track loaded with expensive plugins […]

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Inside the Mix: Counterparts ‘Prophets’

Counterparts Mix Session

#TBT! Here’s a look at my mix session for Counterparts “Goodbye, Megaton.” This record was recorded and mixed in 2009, and surprisingly I still get compliments on the sound of this record.  In this video I take a look back at what made this mix unique. I find it a valuable exercise to take some […]

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How to Edit Drums With Beat Detective in Pro Tools

This tutorial shows how to use Beat Detective in Pro Tools to edit drums quickly. Sometimes you have to ‘trick’ Beat Detective into doing what you want, but learning how to use it will save you a lot of time when editing drums. Here’s my technique.

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How to Create a Reverse Snare Effect (VIDEO)

Quick tutorial video showing how to create a simple reverse snare swell effect.

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