Category Archives for Mixing

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 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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Interview: Andreas Magnusson (Scarlet, Oh Sleeper, Haste the Day, etc.)

Some of Andreas’s credits include Scarlet, Oh Sleeper, Haste the Day, and Black Dhalia Murder. We cover a wide range of topics in this interview, including how he got started, his favorite gear and how to make a career in audio. Andreas is one of my favorite producers and I’ve learned a lot from him […]

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How to EQ Snares (Video Tutorial)

In-depth tutorial on how to EQ the snare in a rock mix. Learn what frequencies to boost and cut on snare top and bottom tracks.  

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Why You (Desperately) Need a Mixing System

One of the keys to sustaining & growing any business is having repeat customers. If you want to have a career in the studio, then you need to make sure artists come back time and time again to work with you. I’ve talked to many bands over the years and I often ask about their […]

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Compressing Acoustic Guitars – Inside the Mix – River Oaks Part 2

Here’s another peak inside the mix for “Let You Down” by River Oaks (Shane Told of Silverstein).  In the first video, I walked through my EQ techniques for the acoustic guitars.  In this video, I show you the rest of the chain – the compressors.  

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Mixing Metal Kick – EQ and Compression Tutorial

Here’s an in-depth tutorial on how to get a tight, punchy kick drum with tons of attack and presence for metal and heavy rock. This video walks through how to EQ, compress and use saturation on a live kick track to give it a modern metal sound.  

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