Tips & Tricks
Clipping on purpose? Aren’t we supposed to avoid that at all costs?! I’m gonna show you how to use clipping in your mix – not just in the master bus – as a tool for loudness, impact and punch.
Guys, I’m worried. Gain staging has caused an epidemic of confusion and stress in the modern mixing world. It’s dangerous out there. And it’s too late to stop it… But we can all take steps to keep ourselves safe in the studio. So, if you’re experiencing symptoms of clipping in your mix, such as audible […]
Continue readingGain Staging: Mix Safety Warning
This is probably the most timeless effect you can use in your mixes. It always works, it never sounds cheesy or dated, clients are always stoked on it…and it’s freakin’ easy to do! I’m talking about none other than the “telephone” effect (a.k.a. LoFi effect or ‘radio’ effect). By popular request, I’m showing you exactly […]
Continue readingHow To Get The LoFi Telephone Effect (Any DAW, Any Plugins)
What makes something sound LOUD? By comparing it with something that sounds quieter, right? So, what makes something sound WIDE? By comparing it with something that is NOT wide! Ironically, the way to achieve wider mixes is to have FEWER things panned out wide. The real key to width is CONTRAST. Check out this video […]
Continue readingMake Your Mixes WIDER Without Stereo Width Plugins
So, you want to create loud, dynamic and competitive mixes. Awesome! There’s just one problem… For loudness, you need less dynamic range. For movement, punch and energy, you need MORE dynamic range! So how do you get BOTH??? The answer: micro-automation. Micro-automation is a technique I’ve been using for many years and ONLY talking about […]
Continue readingMicro-Automation: The Secret to Loud AND Dynamic Mixes?
There is a TON of mixing information out there to choose from – and more is being released every day. From new tutorials and techniques, to must-have plugins and studio gear. Always something different to throw in the pot when you’re cooking up a mix. While it’s awesome to have lots options at your fingertips, […]
Continue reading8 Things To Do On Every Mix
My reference playlist hasn’t changed much in the past 10+ years. Why? Because familiarity is KEY when it comes to choosing your reference track list. What makes this list great is that I’ve logged significant time listening to them inside AND outside my studio. In the car. On headphones. So I know these tracks translate, […]
Continue readingWhat’s In My Reference Mix Playlist
When I first started out, I was obsessed with “fixing” my mix. I’d focus on the EQ, solo a track and go to town, cutting any nasty frequency I found. Problem is, if you go looking, you’ll always find something to fix. I know I did. And I ended up with boring, flat mixes. I’ve […]
Continue readingThe Most Important Mixing Tip Ever?
Saturation is one of my favorite tools to use in the mix to add size, punch, and glue. In this video, you’re gonna get a rundown of my three favorite saturation plugins and why they’re so magical… plus learn why and when to reach for saturation instead of EQ or compression.