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Real-life mixing - A guide to mixing music - Part 144
In a couple of weeks, this mixing guide will come to an end. I'm not kidding! Even the neverending story must come to a conclusion. However, I do love good thrillers, so I left one last twist for the very end...
Increasing your productivity - A guide to mixing music - Part 143
I must admit that today's topic makes me grind my teeth, but we really need to call things by their name. And, as with any other creative discipline, when it comes to mixing, productivity is important, if only to try to land all those ideas constantly roaming the mind of the "creator." Although, in my opinion this a lost battle anyway, because whe…
Learning to mix – Part 3 - A guide to mixing music - Part 142
Last part in the chapter dedicated to learning. Some of you might think that today's topic is an apology of truisms, but that's not going to stir me from writing what I'm about to write, because I think it is a cornerstone of pedagogy.
Learning to mix – Part 2 - A guide to mixing music - Part 141
Last week I told you about the basic exercises you need to practice in order to start your way into the complex art of mixing. But that was only the first part, obviously. Before you sit down to mix your own masterpieces, there are two other exercises you should consider very seriously.
Learning to mix – Part 1 - A guide to mixing music - Part 140
In the previous installment you learned how to get to know your mixing tools like the back of your hand. But knowing how audio processors work doesn't necessarily mean that you know how to mix! Indeed, it's been almost three years since we started exploring mixing basics. However, I think I have never actually put forward a clear and simple learni…
An interview with mixing ace Manny Marroquin - Leave it to Manny
If you want something mixed with creativity, musicality and a contemporary sound, Manny Marroquin is your guy. Just ask Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, John Legend, and Alicia Keys, to name just a few of the major artists who Marroquin has mixed. Thus far in his career he’s won nine Grammys, and mixed more than forty #1 albums.
Getting to know your mixing tools - A guide to mixing music - Part 139
The last couple of weeks we've seen how to put together the perfect tool box to help you out with your mixes. Although having a shiny new tool box doesn't necessarily mean that you know how to use the tools inside! However, that can be solved easily if you dedicate some time to getting to know your tools by heart. And that's precisely what we will…
Essential tools for your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 138
In the previous episodes we saw how to test and choose the tools that will help you out with your mixes. But it's very important to remember to limit them in number so you can focus on what really matters: to realize your vision of the sonic puzzle of the song your working on. That's why today I will tell you how I go around choosing those plug-in…
Testing a plug-in - A guide to mixing music - Part 137
Now that we've covered the more or less theoretical aspects regarding the choice of plug-ins you should make, the time has come to tackle the issue in a more practical way. Today's installment is meant to help you learn how to test a plug-in as best as possible. This way it will be easier to decide whether you should include it into your ultra-sel…
Choosing your working tools - A guide to mixing music - Part 136
Last week we discussed the benefits of limiting the number of processing tools at your disposal so you can focus better on the mixing itself. Today I'll try to give you some guidelines for you to choose the best tools for your needs.