How to Treat the Master Bus

What’s the secret to the Master Bus?  What’s the best compressor?  What’s the best Limiter?  Should I EQ my track, and if so how should I do it?   These are some of the common questions asked when someone is trying to figure out how to master a song.  They come up, quite frankly  more often […]

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Using Reverb on Vocals PART 2

In Part 1 of “Using Reverb on Vocals” we discussed the importance of setting up and aux bus and using a pre-delay.  In this article I’m going to discuss why you should manipulate the return to create an interesting sound to your effects. So what do I mean when I say manipulate the return?  Well we are talking about […]

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Using Reverb on Vocals PART 1

I think I can confidently say that anyone reading this already knows what a reverb is.  Great, so I don’t have to explain it.  Plus I would probably ruin the explanation anyhow.  But if you are still not sure of what it is then check out the definition here. First we need to set up […]

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Buses, Auxes, Sends/Returns

Buses, Auxes, Sends and returns – What are they and how do they benefit me?  Well in this article I try to simplify it as much as I can so that anyone can really wrap their head around it.  Mainly because I cant explain it technically, haha.  I use them in every mix and you […]

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Resonant Frequencies

Have you ever noticed that your music has those pesky little peaks that come in and out every so often?  The ones that tend to take the listener away from the performance, even if its just for a split second?  Well you are probably experiencing resonant frequencies.  In the beginning of your mixing career, you […]

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The Rule of Thirds and How it Applies to Mixing

The concept of The Rule of Thirds, in regards to photography, states that your points of interest should line up with one of the horizontal or vertical lines.  Now if you really think about this concept and compare it to music it seems kind of silly.  That being said we can still use some of […]

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Preparing a Session for Mixing PART DEUX

In the first part of Preparing a Session I spoke about cleaning up tracks, eliminating unwanted tracks, organizing tracks into track folders and editing the volumes of tracks.  These all lead into what I’m going to be speaking about today. Naming Your Tracks Usually when I receive a session or multitrack wav files, everything is not […]

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Preparing a Session for Mixing

Ever been in a mixing session and you couldn’t find something?  Have you ever been mixing when you heard some noise you wanted to get rid of but couldn’t find the track it was on?  Well I think this happens to everyone at some point.  The problem is that it actually slows down your workflow.  This is why […]

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Gain Staging Before Mixing

In this article I want to discuss gain staging . Gain staging is probably one of the more boring processes of mixing but a very important one. I find once I have my gain staging in order I usually worry less about sound fidelity and can focus more on shaping my mix. We’re living in […]

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What is Mixing?

Before I begin I just wanted to make a disclaimer. Most people to come across this article will more than likely know what mixing is.  However, I thought it was important to explain this because there still are a lot of people who want to know “What is Mixing?”.  I receive the same old question […]

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