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Give Your Album its Own Sonic Signature - How to track and mix your project so it has a cohesive and memorable sound
A cohesive sonic signature helps make an album, EP or other multi-song project more appealing to listeners. If you listen to a classic album, whether it's Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” The Beatles' “Abbey Road,” Nirvana's "Nevermind," or countless others, you'll notice a sonic consistency throughout each one. You might think sonic cohesi...
- 01/17/16Getting started
A Handy Rule for Choosing Reverb Presets - A guide to mixing music - Part 66
My goal today is to try to make it even easier for you to choose your starting reverb preset...Yes, I know, it's starting to feel a bit like an obsession, but your choice in this regard is so important, that I can't insist enough on this.
- 01/10/16Getting started
How to Use the Pink Noise Trick - A guide to mixing music - Part 65
Despite everything I've told you, you might still be having some trouble trying to decide which preset is the best starting point for your song. Even more so considering that software makers are usually very generous when it comes to the number of presets they provide with their reverb plug-ins. As a consequence, even if you have a clear idea ab...
- 01/04/16Getting started
It's Just a Matter of Feeling - A guide to mixing music - Part 64
By now, after several articles dealing with the different reverb types, you ought to be able to determine which families match better the goals you have in mind. Now it's up to you to decide which presets of these families are the best starting points for the song you are in the process of mixing. And this is by no means a minor issue, because y...
- 12/20/15Getting started
Mixing with Room Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 63
This week we'll finish our overview of the different reverb families addressing the biggest one among them: rooms.
- 12/13/15Getting started
Mixing with Chamber and Ambience Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 62
Today we'll look into chamber and ambience reverbs.
- 12/09/15Getting started
Don't Spit the Bit - How to make the right choices when it comes to session bit depth
You have a number of options when it comes to the bit-depth of your DAW or other digital audio recording session including 16-bit, 24-bit, or 32-bit floating point. But do you know why you’d choose one over the other, and what the ramifications are? In this article we hope to demystify the issue of session bit depth, and look at what are the bes...
- 12/06/15Getting started
Mixing with Plate and Hall Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 61
As we continue looking at the different reverb families, we'll focus this time on plate and hall reverbs.
- 12/02/15Getting started
Customize Your DAW - How to personalize your DAW to fit your work style
Your DAW is your most important piece of software — the heart of your studio. Most DAWs offer a lot of features that you can customize to fit your taste and the way you work. Since you use your DAW so frequently, you might as well make it as comfortable and efficient a workspace as possible. In this article, we'll point out some of the key aspec...
- 11/29/15Getting started
Mixing with Spring Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 60
Regardless of whether your reverb is algorithmic or convolution, chances are the plug-in you use provides different types of reverb. And, in my view, the choice of reverb type is crucial to get the expected results. Unfortunately, most beginners usually make random choices, which only complicates things. That's why, starting today, I intend to r...