We’ve all been there – we take a break from our mix, thinking that after we’ve given our ears their much needed respite, we’ll return to the same, sonically spectacular masterpiece we left only moments ago. Unfortunately, what we often return to is a messy, muddled, imaging nightmare. When faced with such a task, if […]
While many engineers dream of owning racks of gear and endless plugins, the reality is, we often only need to start with a few pieces of equipment and some free plugins. Lucky for us, there are all sorts of free plugins that can help improve a mix. Here’s a list of some free plugins that can […]
It is no secret that drums are the foundation of mixing across the majority of contemporary genres. They drive an immense amount of feel and emotion to any given song without much melodic context. Drums and their overall aesthetic alone can easily make or break any mix. Why? They are complex in nature, and they […]
Aside from vocals, drum tracks serve as the most prominent elements in most forms of modern music. Not only do drums provide the rhythmic foundation of to a song, but they can also cover the entirety of the audible frequency spectrum. As engineers, becoming proficient in the art of treating and mixing drums is one […]
Have you ever listened to a song and noticed that the snare sounded a little brighter during the chorus, the kick had more of a thump, and the vocal effect had changed from an eighth-note to a quarter note delay. A mix tends to get boring hearing the same sonic textures from beginning to end. […]
Everyone wants to make hit records, but little do they know of the hundred small steps that go in to getting a client and taking them to a finished mix that is ready to be sent off to mastering. One of the most common pitfalls that new and even seasoned engineers run into is having […]
In EDM, some inexperienced listeners and engineers misunderstanding equalization, thinking that it’s all about bass. The truth is that every mix comes down to creating space and balance. Does everything have a space or does it blend in? Is it muddy and confusing or well defined? The EQ (or equalizer) takes the highest priority in […]
Mix engineers of all experience levels are familiar with how a compressor can be used to control the transient content of various input source signals. However, a common topic of confusion is the use of compression across the complexity of an entire mix. Many would argue that applying compression to the entire mix is a […]
Part of calibrating and optimizing your studio monitors is ensuring that the input sensitivity is set to handle professional mixing and recording levels. Here’s an overview of what input sensitivity is and how to set it for your studio.
Berklee College of Music is offering a free course Introduction to Music Production online through Coursera. The six-week course is geared towards artists and producers who have never taken a formal music production course, and it will cover the basics of recording, mixing, programming and synthesis.