Category Archives for Gear

4 Secret Weapons for Mixing Metal in Pro Tools (with FREE plugins)

You don’t need a ton of expensive plugins to crank out big, heavy mixes. Check out these 4 stock plugins, included free with Pro Tools, that I use in almost every metal mix. You’ll see how to easily and accurately gate drums; sit your vocals perfectly in the mix with delay; achieve explosive reverb effects; […]

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My Most Essential Studio Gear

There are certain things that I’ve come to rely on in the studio, whether I’m tracking or mixing. Some pieces of gear that I simply can’t work without. That I REFUSE to work without! But it’s not what you think… No mics, no preamps… no compressors, no monitors…. These are the pieces that travel with me […]

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Guitar Tuning Tips for Recording

We engineers spend a lot of time researching microphones, trying to put them in the perfect spot, and setting up the perfect signal chain. So much so that we often overlook the little things that can make a way bigger difference in whether our recordings sound professional or not. One of these things, often a tell-tale […]

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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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5 Tips for Buying Studio Gear

With all the fancy gear out there, it’s hard not to get G.A.S. – Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  G.A.S. clouds your judgement and will quickly bury you under a mountain of debt with nice gear that you don’t need. When starting a project studio or home studio, you need to be smart about how you spend your […]

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