Music Production, Recording & Mixing

Archive for the Mixing Category

The Mixing Process

How to Mix a song – The Mixing Process Mixing is not something you can learn to do quickly.  It takes many years of practice and experience before you get really good at it, just like learning to be a great guitar player or singer.  My belief is that if

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Must Have Tools – The SPL Transient Designer

The “Secret Weapon” behind many great recording and mixes! Here is something that not too many people talk about any more, and thus many beginners might not know about.  But, it’s one of those tools that I can’t live without!  The SPL Transient Designer is a cool piece of hardware,

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Should you mix your own music?

Don’t underestimate the importance of great mixing! There is no denying that many artists are choosing to purchase recording gear and record themselves at home.  There are certainly many advantages of recording yourself at home, not the least of which is the potential cost savings versus recording at a big

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Remaking and Remixing The Village by Lee Ritenour

I’m really starting to get into remixing, even though I’m not a dance club, DJ type producer.  I certainly don’t keep up with modern dance music trends, even though I do enjoy the music.  Instead, what I like to do is to take the songs in a different direction than

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Drum Mixing Breakdown Video

Breakdown of the mix of Ben Smith’s drums The drummer for Heart, Ben Smith, helped me out with some drum tracks for one of the songs I co-wrote with Coreena, “If You Wanna”.  We tracked the drums at the famous London Bridge Studio, which has a HUGE room, and then

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Less is More – Bigger sounds through simplification

Want bigger & fuller sounding songs?  Less is More! The biggest problem I encounter with inexperienced artists, producers, and engineers these days is that there is too much of everything.  Too many parts in the song arrangements.  Too many tracks in the recording.  Too many plugins in the mix.  Too

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Reducing plosives (pops) with EQ

Even with pop filters in front of a microphone, plosives (pops) can still be an issue with some vocalists. However, there is a relatively simple fix that can quickly reduce or eliminate those loud pops from your vocal tracks.  Use a high-pass filter, or low shelving EQ, to roll off

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Maximize Your Recording Budget

Revised & Updated! This is an old article I wrote in the early 90s. Quite a bit has changed since then, but most of the advice here still applies. With the reworking of my site in 2012, I have gone through this article and made some additions and revisions to

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Inserts vs Effects Sends – Which to use for what

Many young engineers, and home recording enthusiasts, have never worked with an analog console before, and they only mixer they have ever used is that built into their DAW software of choice. They may have had no formal training, and thus may be unfamiliar with the way channel inserts and effects sends, or aux sends, are traditionally used, especially in the big studios with big analog consoles. While there is no right or wrong way to do anything, and modern DAW software and computers have enough power to do almost anything you want, there are reasons why the more traditional methods of using inserts and sends were established.

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Why your mixes sound soft compared to commercial release

Recently I had an artist ask me why the mixes he does in his home studio sound so much softer than the commercially released music he buys. I thought that everyone already knew about the whole “loudness wars” craze that has been going on since the late 1990s, but apparently

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