Posts in Mixing
Effective Ways To Setup Parallel Compression In Your Mixes

Hey guys! Brad Simons here, and today I want to talk about parallel compression and a few ways to set it up in your mixes. It’s a great technique that can really make your mixes come alive. Setting it up in an efficient manner allows you to really get creative with your mixes. So let’s dive in and learn how to do that!

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Four Creative Ideas for Sitting the Snare in a Mix​​​​​​​

Snare drums. Usually, they’re an integral element of a song. It’s also one of those elements that has a reputation for not wanting to play nice with the balance of a mix. Sometimes you get a track to mix and for whatever reason (tonality, dynamics, performance, etc…) the snare just won’t sit in with the rest of the track. It feels detached. On top. It’s own weird separate entity. Straight volume, EQ, and compression are the usual suspects we turn to when trying to get a snare to blend in, but there are some other fun & creative techniques to help solve this problem as well.

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Metering Methods Using the Klanghelm VUMT Plugin

Hey everyone! It's Brad Smith here. Today I’ll be diving into the Klanghelm VUMT plugin, what it is, how it works, and how I use it in all three phases of the recording process. This will be broken out over two (potentially three) blog posts. Today's post will be an introduction to the plugin and I’ll talk about how I use the plugin while tracking.

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6 Mistakes I Made As A Beginner Engineer

When I was 18 and first getting into recording, I had no idea what I was doing. Today, I still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, but I have made enough mistakes along to way to learn what NOT to do, and that has helped me more than any blog/book/seminar ever has. During the process of recording my band Forester's full length album, I did many things incorrectly that one often only sees in hindsight. Some of these may seem like rookie mistakes by seasoned recording vets but with so many elements that make up a great recording, everyone makes mistakes somewhere along the way.

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7 Tips For Automation In Your Mix

Alright, today we're going to talk about one of my favourite topics, automation. Oh I just love this stage of the mix. This is the stage where the song starts to come alive, at least in my process. For myself, I rely a lot more heavily on automation than EQ to fit things together. This of course depends on the project, but generally speaking. So today we're just going to list a bunch of automation tips. Here we go!

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Ways To Practice Mixing

Mixing is no different than any other art form, it takes years of experience and intense practice to really get great at it. And let's face it, you're going to suck at it in the beginning. So, how can we improve faster? How do we shorten the time it takes to master your craft? Deliberate practice. Here are some ways you can deliberately practice mixing and get better faster.

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3 Ideas To Make The Chorus Stand Out

Part of our jobs as engineers is to make sure that we make when the song hits the chorus, the listener knows it. Of course, this is also part of the songwriting, but the producer and engineer have to add to that effect. Sometimes, it can be tough to really get it to hit home. So if you're ever stuck, here's a few ideas to help give you that satisfying feeling a chorus should have.

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