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.
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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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Here’s another peek 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. Counterparts Counterparts – 10 Years Later Forevermore Intervals River Oaks […]
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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.
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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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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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.
Here’s a peek 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. Watch more mix videos from my discography: Counterparts Counterparts – 10 Years Later […]
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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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#TBT! Here’s a look at my mix session for Counterparts “Goodbye, Megaton.” This record was recorded and mixed in 2009, and surprisingly I still get compliments on the sound of this record. In this video I take a look back at what made this mix unique. I find it a valuable exercise to take some […]
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