Category: Pre-Mastering Tips

Mixing is the process of combining finished recordings together into a song. It often requires very in-depth, specific look into adjusting levels, EQ, and editing to get the best possible sounds before a song is ready to be mastered. Not every problem with a mix can be fixed during mastering, and these tips should help provide a solid starting point for your mastering engineer.

1 Trick To Make Your Reverb Pop

Most engineers know how to set up a reverb send.  Few know how to process that reverb for specific, and often useful effects. Here, you’ll learn how to use your compressor, to affect your reverb, and make it pop.   There are multiple ways of compressing your reverb send, each technique resulting in unique and […]

Top 5 Affordable Stereo Imagers

Stereo recording was invented in the 1930’s. Nearly 90 years later, many of us still don’t know how to create a balanced stereo image.  Although the problem may arise from inadequate mix techniques, another explanation is our dependence on one tool – level based panning. Fortunately for the modern mixing engineer, new plugins sporting innovative […]

Make Your Acoustic Guitar Larger Than Life

Hey friend, welcome back to another Sage Audio video.  Today I’ll be showing you, how to make your acoustic guitar track larger than life with just one simple step.  A lot of singer songwriters, and engineers alike struggle with creating a detailed and impressive acoustic guitar sound, especially when using only one microphone.  Now due […]

2 Things You Need To Do Before Compressing

Hey friend, welcome to another Sage Audio video.  In this video I’ll be telling you two things you need to do, before you use compression. These are two things you should do to almost every instrument and vocal track, and is something that will definitely contribute to the overall quality of your mix.  In addition […]

Add Instant Character to Any Home Recording

Hey friend, thank you for watching another Sage Audio video.  In this video I’ll be showing you how to get the analog distortion you need to create recordings with character.  Often times recordings sound good, but lack a certain defining characteristic that make them memorable or distinguishable from other recordings.  But today I’ll show you […]

Clip Gain & Automation: 3 Differences You Need to Know

Hey friend, welcome back to another Sage Audio video. In this video we’ll begin discussing clip gain and automation, and the 3 main differences between the two.  Often times, these two processes are seen as one in the same and are used interchangeably, but due to some crucial details, they serve entirely different purposes when […]

How to Use a Compressor Like an EQ

In this video I’m going to be discussing how to use a compressor, not just to compress, but to equalize your recording.  So, essentially I’ll be showing you how to turn the act of compressing audio, into a way that shapes the sound of your recordings, similar to how an equalizer shapes the sound of […]

Use Your Compressor Musically

In this video we’ll describe how to set release times for compressors in a way that makes more sense musically Now by musically I mean that the release time corresponds to the bpm, or the beats per minute of the song with which your working, and in turn contributes to the overall musicality of your […]

Remove Unwanted Clicks Fast with Izotope’s RX

There’s a fair amount of talk in the audio world, regarding how to minimize the negative effects that jitter, electric pops, hisses, and plosives can have on a recording; however, little is said about an issue that is far more pervasive than any of the aforementioned noises.  It’s so rarely mentioned in articles or in […]