Category Archives for Tips & Tricks

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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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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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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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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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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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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