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11 Best Ways To Become A Better Mixer In 2017

Your inbox is still stuffed with Black Friday deals… The size of your plugin folder has doubled overnight… And your bank account is empty (yet again). Sounds like the end of another year. Holy crap…right? But let me ask you an honest question. This past year, did the quality of your mixes actually improve? Did mixing get any…

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Acoustic Guitar EQ: 6 Simple Steps To Studio-Quality Sound

It’s exceptionally difficult to EQ an acoustic guitar. For starters, the instrument produces a range of frequencies that extend from the deepest lows to the highest highs. On top of that, it’s super dynamic. And don’t even get me started on the string squeaks and fret buzzing… While mastering the art of acoustic guitar EQ is undoubtedly tricky, it’s crucial if…

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5 Massive Low End Mixing Mistakes (Are You Making Them?)

I recently asked two thousand of my readers what their biggest mixing challenges were. Guess what the most common response was? Mixing low end. No surprise there…we all know it’s one of the most difficult, frustrating parts of the mixing process! If you’re struggling to craft a low end that sounds tight, balanced, and clean, you’re not alone. Avoid the following…

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Black bass guitar

Bass Compression: The Ultimate Guide

The bass is the foundation of almost every mix. While a great bass sound will rarely draw attention, getting it right is one of the keys to crafting records that sound thick and solid. Screw it up, on the other hand, and you’ll be on the fast track to a boomy, muddy mix. So how do you achieve a world-class bass sound in your…

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It’s Almost Black Friday. Do You Really Need Another 1176 Plugin?

It’s almost Black Friday. And if you’re like me, you’re eagerly awaiting sales announcements from your favorite plugin developers. But before you settle on this year’s picks, I’d like to share some thoughts that might help. Though I grew up in the digital age, I’m still floored by the quality, flexibility, and variety of today’s plugins. Opening up my own plugin folder feels like taking…

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Bass guitar

EQing Bass Guitar: 7 Tips For A Better Sound

If you’re struggling to craft a bass that sounds balanced, full, and punchy, you’re not alone. For many, EQing bass guitar is one of the most challenging parts of the mixing process. The following 7 tips will help… 1. Boost Higher Many mixers add low end to try to make the bass cut through. While this can work, a boost higher…

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Sonarworks Reference 3 Review: The Best Room Correction Software?

Crafting a mix that sounds great in your studio is hard enough. But that’s only half the battle. The true test is how well it will hold up in the outside world. For many, getting a mix to translate well on other speakers is most frustrating part of the mixing process. Sonarworks Reference 3 is a plugin…

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Vocal microphone

Vocal Compression Settings: How To Nail The Perfect Sound

Many bloggers will tell you what the “perfect” vocal compression settings are. I wish I could do that too. Heck, it’d certainly save me a few keystrokes. But the truth is, it’s not that easy. And I don’t want to mislead you. There is no one-size-fits-all formula to vocal compression. There are no magic settings that work 100% of…

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A potential problem frequency appearing as a peak on Pro-Q’s spectrum analyzer

5 Ways Spectrum Analyzers Can Supercharge Your Mixes

They say “don’t mix with your eyes.” I agree…sort of. Today, we’ve got tools that yesteryear’s mixers could have never dreamed of. Spectrum analyzers are one of them. By plotting a track’s frequencies on a graph, they allow you to “see” the sounds that your mixes are comprised of. Don’t get me wrong—what matters most is always what comes out…

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