Category Archives for Mixing

[Video] Drum Room Mixing Trick for Bigger Room Sounds

Find yourself always struggling to use your room tracks in the mix without making everything sound worse? Here’s a way to use sidechaining to get exactly what you want out of the room tracks without everything you DON’T want. Make your room tracks can be usable again!

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Committing: The way to better recordings, better mixes and a career in audio

Lack of commitment is a big problem for up-and-coming engineers today. I challenge you to find little ways of committing more with the projects you’re working on right now. Using one mic on an amp instead of 3? Bouncing your drum samples down to audio early in the mix? Finally sending that mix to the […]

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Compression: How to know if you “get it.”

Compression can be mysterious and confusing, but there’s no need to worry. Here’s a little rant on how to know if you really “get” compression, and some tips to help you get there.

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Interview with David Bendeth

“The challenges are always the same — writing and finding great songs with artists that can perform
them.”

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3 Ways to Deal With Hi-Hat Bleed

It’s a universal pain point for all engineers… The dang hi-hat bleed in the snare mic! In fact, how to deal with hi hat bleed is one of the most common questions I get from other engineers. Since it’s such a pesky problem, I figured it would be good to put together an article with some […]

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How to Mix Screaming Vocals (VIDEO)

Need a jump start on how to mix screaming vocals for metal and hardcore? EQ and compression are going to give you 90% of a good scream vocal sound… but you can’t be shy! See where to EQ and how to compress heavily to add energy and character to the vocal.

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How to Use Reference Tracks for Mixing

It’s definitely important to reference other tracks with our own mixes… But sometimes referencing can actually hurt your mixes more than it helps. Ever find yourself starting to compare endlessly back and forth and getting nowhere in your mix? This used to happen to me all the time, until I figured out that there are […]

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How I’m getting my BEST mixes in the WORST room

  Do you think your room is holding you back? Is it keeping you from hearing issues in your mix and making the right decisions? At the very least, do you ever question your mixing setup and wonder how much better you’d be if you were in a pro studio with top-notch gear? Hmmm. A […]

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Mixing Piano for Rock & Heavy Music

Here’s a walkthrough of my acoustic piano chain for a rock track. Main lesson: don’t be shy with your EQ and compression! It often takes a healthy dose of each to anchor the piano in a dense mix. Join the mailing list and get your free mixing cheatsheet: http://hardcoremusicstudio.com/mixing…

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How to Stop Mixing With Your Eyes

The SSL Channel is one of my favorite plugins, but not just because of the way it sounds. The other big benefit of a plugin like this is that it forces you to use your EARS more than your eyes. This video gives you an example of what a typical EQ on the SSL Channel […]

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