Category Archives for Mixing

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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Plugin Preset: Stereo Delay for Vocals

I use this short stereo delay to add a touch of excitement and width to a lead vocal, and to help it sit in the mix.  I typically prefer this approach over a short reverb. Note that since my FX are set up as sends and returns, the mix is at 100%. Having the left […]

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The Key to Mixing Faster

One of my core beliefs is that you need to mix fast and mix confidently. The two go hand in hand. If you’re confident, you’ll mix quickly. But there’s more to it than that. The key to mixing faster is having a system. A huge mistake that many engineers make is that they approach every […]

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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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