Sound Techniques feature articles
- 06/19/16Getting started
Using Distortion During Mixdown - A guide to mixing music - Part 93
This time around, we'll focus on distortion.
- 06/12/16Getting started
Using Buses to Make a Mix More Cohesive - A guide to mixing music - Part 92
In the coming weeks we'll discuss in detail the so-called "glue" effect, in other words how to make the mix more homogeneous using different procedures. Today we'll discuss a simple method to emphasize the cohesion we've achieved so far.
- 06/05/16Getting started
The Relationship Between Reverb and Delay - A guide to mixing music - Part 91
To close the chapter dedicated to the use of delay during mixdown, we'll look into the relationship between reverb and delay.
If It Sounds Good, Do It! - Breaking the rules is standard procedure for producer/engineer Sylvia Massy
Prince, Tom Petty, System of a Down, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sevendust are just some of the artists on producer and engineer Sylvia Massy’s discography. The 30-year studio veteran has never been bound by convention, and often finds solutions that deviate from standard studio wisdom. Her new book, “Recording Unhinged” (Hal Leonard), descr...
- 05/30/16Getting started
Fill It Up with Delay - A guide to mixing music - Part 90
This week we'll look into a somewhat particular use of delay ─ as a way of filling up a mix. You certainly won't be able to use this technique every day, but it can come in pretty handy to "dress up" stripped-down productions or songs with slow tempos.
The Human Factor - Engineer Nathan Hamiel on the art of mastering
Mastering, like mixing, is an art form that requires good musical judgment and entails a great deal of decision-making. Just ask engineer Nathan Hamiel (pronounced “Hamel”), who does both mixing and mastering, as well as recording, at The Freq Zone, his facility in Jacksonville, FL.
- 05/23/16Getting started
Using Delay to Broaden Your Horizons - A guide to mixing music - Part 89
After having explored depth with reverb, we will now move into another topic that is just as important during mixdown: width.
Studio Tips from The Big Boss - Producer Andrew Wade shares his mixing and guitar-recording secrets
Andrew Wade (aka “The Big Boss”) knows a little something about guitar recording. Wade is a producer/engineer/songwriter who has focused heavily on the pop-punk/Emo genres and has produced music (including top-20-charting songs) for artists on many different labels. He’s produced artists such as A Day to Remember, Neck Deep, and The Ghost Inside...
- 05/15/16Getting started
Using Delay Instead of Reverb - A guide to mixing music - Part 88
In this installment, I'll show you how to use delay instead of reverb to reinforce the sonic cohesion of your mix.
Unlocking Expressivity - An interview with producer Michael Beinhorn
Producer, musician, artist, painter… Our guest today is someone who has always been looking for a way to let Art be expressed in every piece of music he has worked on. Primarily known and renown for heavy records and powerful bands, his aesthetic vision is and has always been far more subtle and refined than his resume could indicate. Actually h...