The vocals are undoubtedly the most important element of your mix. You may have captured the greatest guitar tone known to man but if the vocal sucks then no one is even going to notice. Vocal EQ In broad terms vocal eq or any eq for that matter falls into two categories, creative and corrective. The creative side is where you ensure the vocal fits with the tone and vibe of your song while corrective issues may involve high passing the vocal, ...

Here’s a really cool trick you can try out with Waves Doubler. If your looking for bigger wider guitars a la Linkin Park this will get you there in a hurry. OK first off take your guitar track and pan it to about 10 o clock so we can give a little room for the vocals in the center. Then set up a mono effects send,  buss or aux channel (whatever it’s called in your DAW) and pan that to 2 o clock Route your guitar to the aux channel....

Today we are going to take a look at the classic reverse reverb effect. I will be using Cubase 5 for this tutorial but a similar method can used in most DAW’s. Check out the video below. Transcript Reverse Reverb Video Step 1: Duplicate the vocal track. Step 2: Using the scissors isolate the first few words from the two phrases in the vocal sample. Step 3: Select these two parts and in your DAW use the reverse part function to process th...

The snare drum is the star of your drum mix and deserves some special attention. Engineers and producers have for years obsessed over the perfect snare sound so today we going to look at some common snare drum eq and compression settings for getting you there. Snare Drum Eq I typically high pass filter the snare at around 100hz, this tightens up the low end and removes any low level rumble or mic bleed that’s not really helpful when mixi...

The bass guitar can often pose the biggest problem when mixing audio. Along with the drums it provides the bedrock of a song and can make or break a mix. Today I’m going to take a look at a few key elements that can get your bass sounding great. Panning We’ve all heard them old Beatles tracks with the vocals on one side and the music on the other but they were different times and they were doing the best with what they had. In mode...

A wimpy kick drum sound can really suck the life out of an otherwise good mix. If your want your mix to stand up to today’s modern rock and pop songs it’s important your have a killer kick drum driving your track. EQ Shaping First off , what you can do in most situations is high pass filter the extreme low end somewhere around 20Hz  with a fairly steep slope. The majority of home studio systems are not going to reproduce these low ...

For years now the ubiquitous Auto-Tune has been coming to the rescue of many a dodgy vocal track saving an engineer’s ass and making Joe Schmo sound like a star (well almost). For good or for bad we all know how much Auto-Tune is used these days and people often question the merits of any vocal tuning but lets leave that argument for another day. Yet Auto-Tune can be used for more creative purposes too. Everyone remembers “Believe&...

In this tutorial we are going to cover side-chaining and ducking in Cubase 5. In this example I am going to demonstrate a technique that is commonly used in techno or dance music to tighten up the low end and increase the impact of the kick drum, or even to create cool pumping effects. When mixing your kick and bass sounds together you may find that some frequencies are overlapping and conflicting with each other causing a muddy low end. A gre...

Parallel or New York compression has long been a favorite of studio engineers. Usually deployed to “fatten” up  tracks it can sound great on drums or vocals. Parallel compression is achieved by mixing an unprocessed dry signal with compressed (usually heavily compressed)  version of the same signal.The advantage of parallel compression is the dynamics of the dry signal are left intact while your free to add as much or as little bod...

There are few audio processing techniques that mange to confuse the home studio owner more than compression. So let us try and take the mystery out of it and shed some light on its basic applications. Simply put, compression is the process of decreasing the difference in level between the loudest and quietest parts (the dynamic range) of an audio signal. So why might we need to do this? Lets consider the example of a vocal recording where the ...

Vocal Processing: Eq & Compression
Mixing & Mastering , Tutorials / April 21, 2017

The vocals are undoubtedly the most important element of your mix. You may have captured the greatest guitar tone known to man but if the vocal sucks then no one is even going to notice. Vocal EQ In broad terms vocal eq or any eq for that matter falls into two categories, creative and corrective. The creative side is where you ensure the vocal fits with the tone and vibe of your song while corrective issues may involve high passing t...

Huge Guitars With Waves Doubler
Mixing & Mastering / March 6, 2017

Here’s a really cool trick you can try out with Waves Doubler. If your looking for bigger wider guitars a la Linkin Park this will get you there in a hurry. OK first off take your guitar track and pan it to about 10 o clock so we can give a little room for the vocals in the center. Then set up a mono effects send,  buss or aux channel (whatever it’s called in your DAW) and pan that to 2 o clock Route your guitar to the au...

Music Production Books
Books / February 6, 2017

Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior is a down-to-earth primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. Drawing on the back-room strategies of more than 100 famous names, this entertaining guide leads you step-by-step through the entire mixing process. On the way, you’ll unravel the mysteries of every type of mix processing, from simple EQ and compression through to advanced spectral dy...

The Best Microphone For Me?
Recording , Tutorials / July 21, 2011

The Best Microphone For The Job With an huge number of models on the market these days trying to find the best microphone for your needs is no easy task. This guide will provide you with a solid foundation for making an informed choice when choosing the right microphone for the job. Dynamic Microphones The most common type of microphone are dynamic mics, they are hard wearing and resist distortion which makes them ideal for use in a ...

Reverse Reverb Effect
Mixing & Mastering , Tutorials , Videos / May 4, 2011

Today we are going to take a look at the classic reverse reverb effect. I will be using Cubase 5 for this tutorial but a similar method can used in most DAW’s. Check out the video below. Transcript Reverse Reverb Video Step 1: Duplicate the vocal track. Step 2: Using the scissors isolate the first few words from the two phrases in the vocal sample. Step 3: Select these two parts and in your DAW use the reverse part function to ...

BBC Musicians’ Masterclass 2011: Kaiser Chiefs
Videos / April 26, 2011

2001 and Abbey Road and Maida Vale Studios were opened up to 250 new musicians for a chance to to get up close and personal with some of the industries biggest names. This week British band Kaiser Chiefs give an insight into their experience in the music industry.  

Snare Drum: EQ & Compression
Mixing & Mastering , Tutorials / April 14, 2011

The snare drum is the star of your drum mix and deserves some special attention. Engineers and producers have for years obsessed over the perfect snare sound so today we going to look at some common snare drum eq and compression settings for getting you there. Snare Drum Eq I typically high pass filter the snare at around 100hz, this tightens up the low end and removes any low level rumble or mic bleed that’s not really helpful...

Bass Guitar Processing: EQ & Compression
Mixing & Mastering , Tutorials / April 12, 2011

The bass guitar can often pose the biggest problem when mixing audio. Along with the drums it provides the bedrock of a song and can make or break a mix. Today I’m going to take a look at a few key elements that can get your bass sounding great. Panning We’ve all heard them old Beatles tracks with the vocals on one side and the music on the other but they were different times and they were doing the best with what they ha...

Killer Kick Drum Processing: EQ & Compression
Mixing & Mastering , Tutorials / April 11, 2011

A wimpy kick drum sound can really suck the life out of an otherwise good mix. If your want your mix to stand up to today’s modern rock and pop songs it’s important your have a killer kick drum driving your track. EQ Shaping First off , what you can do in most situations is high pass filter the extreme low end somewhere around 20Hz  with a fairly steep slope. The majority of home studio systems are not going to reproduce ...

The T-Pain Vocal Effect With Auto-Tune
Mixing & Mastering , Tutorials / April 8, 2011

For years now the ubiquitous Auto-Tune has been coming to the rescue of many a dodgy vocal track saving an engineer’s ass and making Joe Schmo sound like a star (well almost). For good or for bad we all know how much Auto-Tune is used these days and people often question the merits of any vocal tuning but lets leave that argument for another day. Yet Auto-Tune can be used for more creative purposes too. Everyone remembers ̶...