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The traps of automation - Part 1 - A guide to mixing music - Part 117
As we've seen in the past weeks, automation is no rocket science or black magic. However, when it comes to putting it all into practice there are some pitfalls you should try to avoid. Here's a brief compilation of the most common mistakes and issues.
Handling intro-verse-chorus transitions with automation - A guide to mixing music - Part 116
With this article I'll close the automation "tips and tricks" chapter by approaching it from a song structure point of view. This time we'll deal with how to put together different puzzle pieces like the intro, the verses, the choruses, the bridges, the solos, the outro, etc.
An interview with legendary producer/engineer Ed Cherney - For the Joy of It
Talk about an impressive career—Ed Cherney has produced or engineered a veritable who’s who of iconic musicians including Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder and countless others.
Highlighting background instruments - A guide to mixing music - Part 115
Today I invite you to join me in discovering some automation techniques that take advantage of our animal instincts to give some background life to your music.
Automation - Tips and Tricks - A guide to mixing music - Part 114
In the previous episode we saw how you can, in theory, make use of human instincts to keep the attention of the listeners throughout an entire song, simple as it may be. This week I'll reveal some tricks that allow you to put that into practice.
Instinct and automation - A guide to mixing music - Part 113
Today we'll look into a concept that's relatively simple to understand and which will be of a lot of help when you automate your mixes.
Automation - A case study, looking into the details - A guide to mixing music - Part 112
Last week Yours Truly had the boldness of giving you some homework: to analyze the mix of "The Look" from an automation point of view. This week it is my turn to do the honors.
Automation - A case study - A guide to mixing music - Part 111
In my opinion, automation is at the core of a well-accomplished mix. And yet, as I have pointed out numerous times, this stage is often neglected by beginners, most certainly due to a lack of understanding of all the ins and outs of it. That's why I will keep bugging you with more articles on the topic in the coming weeks to really drive it home. …
Automating the star of your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 110
Today we'll see how to automate the most important track of your mix. This is usually the vocal track, but it might as well be a solo instrument. The true star of your song deserves special attention when it comes to automation. After all, everything else is meant to showcase it. Do note that to make both writing and reading easier I will call thi…
A top producer/engineer on technique, gear and recordin… - Talking Shop with Dave O'Donnell
What do Keith Richards, James Taylor, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Eric Clapton have in common? They’ve all had albums produced, mixed, or engineered by Dave O’Donnell. A native of upstate New York, Dave cut his teeth at New York City's Power Station Studios (now called Avatar), a facility that was the launch pad for many top engineers and producers.