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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How to Create a Reverse Cymbal Swell Effect

Here’s a super quick & simple tutorial on how to create the classic reverse cymbal effect.

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How to Make Lead Guitars Cut Through The Mix (VIDEO)

It can often be difficult to get a lead guitar to sit on top of all the other layers in a mix. Here’s how I use EQ, compression, and limiting to make lead guitars cut through the mix.

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How to Get Louder Cymbals in Your Overhead Tracks [VIDEO]

You need the cymbals to be louder in the mix, so you turn up the overhead track. The cymbals are louder, but the rest of the kit sounds worse. You start to lose all the punch and intensity you worked hard for on your close mics and drum samples. Ever had this problem? Check out […]

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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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