Category Archives for Mixing

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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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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