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Setting limits - A guide to mixing music - Part 135
After all we've been through, I can't find it in me to simply tell you to stop just like that, even though our journey into the world of mixing has certainly reached its final destination. Hence, in the coming weeks I will address some issues that I wasn't able to fit in coherently into the narrative of the series. Although less focused on the pra…
Alternative mixes - Part 2 - A guide to mixing music - Part 134
Last week we started discussing the importance of exporting alternative mixes starting with the basic ones you need, namely Vocal Up, Vocal Down, Instrumental, and A Capella. Today I will take it even further my suggesting other alternative mixes that might come in handy in different situations.
Billy Bush on engineering for Butch Vig, working with R… - Recording Garbage
Although he wasn’t formally trained in engineering, producer/engineer Billy Bush learned to record and mix from two of the best, Butch Vig of Garbage, and legendary producer Rick Rubin. Bush, who has been Garbage’s engineer since the 1990’s, has a discography that also includes artists like Snow Patrol, Jake Bugg, Dweezil Zappa, the Naked & Famous…
Alternative mixes - Part 1 - A guide to mixing music - Part 133
Now that we've seen how to optimally make the final export of your mix, we can discuss a point often neglected by beginners: alternative exports.
The final export of your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 132
Dear friends, believe it or not, our epic saga through the wonders of mixing is slowly approaching its end. Nevertheless, before we get to the final stop we still have to look into some details, starting with the export of your mix. This crucial stage might seem very easy at first glance, but there are some technical precautions you need to take s…
Over 50 plug-ins to make you mixing life easier - The best audio plug-ins for mixing
From the first editing click to the last automation, mixing is a passionate and arduous job. That's why we decided to write this article to discuss some tools that can make your life much easier and/or expand your horizons.
How to tell when a mix is done? - A guide to mixing music - Part 131
Today I'll try to answer a question seldom addressed on the web, but which nevertheless is crucial: how to know when to call it quits...?
Making the best of other's opinions of your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 129
Last week we saw a listening method involving someone else, whose opinion we intentionally ignored. As useful as that approach might be, it doesn't spare you from having to actually consider the remarks and reactions of your Guinea pig, even if the person in question doesn't have anything to do with the professional music world. After all, your ma…
A new look at your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 128
Judging a mix objectively can be one of the hardest things ever. After all those hours working with a mix, it can be really hard to take a step back and judge it rightfully. And even more so for the regular home studio owner who not only wears the audio engineer hat, but usually also that of the composer, performer and producer. However, there is …
Critical listening outside your studio - A guide to mixing music - Part 127
The home studio environment is usually pretty far from the ideal conditions of a commercial studio, so it's strongly advised to check your mixes outside of your work space. With that in mind, today's article will be dedicated to a "classic" way of approaching this critical listening stage "outdoors."