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Monitors and Mixing

Stephen – I have a question which may be difficult to verbalize. When we mix a song over a set of speakers, we attempt to get the song sounding the best we can over those particular speakers. Then, if we hope to have that song translate over

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Comments from Al Schmitt

What a great weekend!  Met the one and only Al Schmitt yesterday at the Northwest Studio Summit.  Followed up with some messages back and forth and found out that he was the one who wrote the critique for my winning mix in the Sennheiser/Neumann Bo Bice mixing

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The Secrets top Mixing Engineers don’t want you to know!

Are the top mixing engineers hiding trade secrets and purposely misleading younger engineers about how to get great sounding mixes? Award winning mixing engineer Stephen Sherrard lets you in on the secrets!

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Robot Mastering

Stephen – have you any experience with these “online” mastering services? Here is one: (link removed) Apparently you can send in an MP3 file and they will plug it into an “algorithm” of some sort and then send it back to you. Have any of your customers ever

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Questions regarding Analog vs Digital Compression

Hi Stephen, I am a third year music tech uni student. I was wondering if you prefer to use analogue hardware compression or a digital plug-in? Do you think that digital is taking over in studios when it comes to mixing? Every recording & mixing engineer is

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Expanders and their uses

Stephen – over the years you’ve answered several of my questions and have taught me a lot. I have another question if you’ve got the time. I hear everyone talking about compression for dynamics, but I never hear anyone talking about using expanders. Why do people use

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WordPress web sites for Musicians

“Do you have a web site?” As a band or artist of any type, that is a question you may get asked often. These days it is more important than ever to have a strong web presence to promote your music or art.  Sure, Facebook, Twitter, and

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Relaunch of the FREE Musicians’ Classifieds

Just a quick post to mention that the FREE Musicians’ Classifieds site has been entirely reworked and upgraded (version 6 now) and is once again open for musicians.  It’s an all new system, so I had to start fresh and could not import old user accounts and

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Getting Started as a Mixing Engineer or Music Producer

Here’s a question I got via email this morning: What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out at producing/mixing music? I can’t quite decide if I’d rather wear the producer’s hat or the mixing engineer’s hat. I ask because I want to take

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Must Have Tools – UAD Cambridge EQ (High pass filters)

Haven’t written for a while, because I’ve been super busy in the studio with several big mixing projects, as well as some remixing/reworking type projects. However, I just wanted to add a quick article to my “Must Have” series to point out the UAD Cambridge EQ, which

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