Category Archives for Plugins

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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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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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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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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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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Waves C4 for Metal Guitars – The Andy Sneap Preset

One common issue with heavy guitars, or even acoustic and clean guitars, is the low-end buildup that happens during palm-muted chug sections. If you use a regular compressor, it will react to these loud frequencies and you’ll lose the overall level and energy. If you use EQ, your guitar tone will suffer during sections where […]

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Automating Plugins the Easy Way [VIDEO]

Here’s a short video tip on how to automate plugins quickly and easily in Pro Tools, using some little known keyboard shortcuts.  Automating plugins can open up a new world of possibilities in your mix.  As a bonus, you’ll also learn how to create a simple filter sweep effect using the bundled AIR Kill EQ […]

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Plugin Preset: Waves SSL Channel for Scream Vocals

SSL Channel Preset - Scream Vocals

This is my preset for scream vocals, using my #1 go-to plugin: Waves SSL Channel.  I use this as a quick and dirty preset during tracking and adjust it to suit the mix. Since it’s common for a screamer to be recording right up on the mic, it’s necessary to cut out some low end […]

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Plugin Preset: H-Comp Lead Vocal

Waves H-Comp Preset for Lead Vocal

Waves H-Comp – Lead Vocal Preset I’m a huge fan of the Waves H-series plugins.  These plugs deliver old-school vibe & warmth with innovative features only possible in the digital realm.  The H-Comp is one of my favourites, and this is one of my go-to settings for an instant in-your-face vocal sound.  Don’t be shy […]

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