Recording & Mixing feature articles
Recording Levels And Gain Staging - How to get the levels "just right"
One of the questions that I get asked fairly often by neophyte recording enthusiasts is "how hot should I record?" The amount of signal you record per track can have an effect on not only the sound of that individual track, but on the overall mix of all tracks as well. There are definitely some misconceptions floating around out there in terms o...
Straight to the Bottom - How to Mix a Bass Guitar
A good bass line, played on a good bass, can be made into a great Bass track. But you need to know your way around your Bass Guitar Processing. Lets take a look at giving your bass that extra little something.
The Importance of Space in a Mix: Part 2 - Techniques for Mixing the Space
So you’ve recorded all your instruments and room captures, you’ve got a basic mix going, and you ‘ve selected your delays and reverbs. Now what?
The Importance of Space in a Mix: Part I - Tools for Mixing the Space
When entering a new space, how often do we consider it’s sonic characteristics. And more frequently, when building a mix, how often do we think of space(s) as its own sonic element?
4 Steps for Effective Guitar Mixing - How to Mix Guitar
The world may not revolve around guitar music anymore, but there is still a lot of it out there. Whether you’re working on face melting hardcore or a gentle country ballad, the presentation of the guitar content in the mix has a lot to do with the overall stylistic impression of the song.
How to Get the Pumping Drums Effect with Sidechain Co... - Sidechained Processors Can Give a Variety of Special Effects
Sidechaining has been around for years; this is the process of using one signal to control another. A couple classic examples are using a kick drum to gate a bass part, or doing de-essing - isolating the high sibilant frequencies from a vocal, and using those to trigger compression so that the sibilants come down in volume.
Avoid Common Recording Mistakes - Identify and remove obstacles that get in the way of great recordings
Why is it so hard to get tracks that kill? Mixes that scream with emotional impact--music that holds up to the work of the masters of our craft?
Mixing Rap Vocals - Part 3: Compression - Tips for Mixing Rap Vocals: Compression
Time for the third installment of the Mixing Rap Vocals series: Compression.
Mixing Toward Loudness - Tips for Mixing Toward Loudness
Some people want their music really loud, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If loudness is part of their aesthetic and the audience likes it, then I say let’s go for it. In order to deliver the most musically effective loudness, that goal must have been addressed in the mixing process, but not as directly as you might think.
Mixing with an Attitude - Exclusive Interview with Chris Lord Alge
World renowned mixer/producer Chris Lord-Alge granted Audiofanzine an exclusive interview. The man behind Green Day, Paramore, Deftones, Madonna, Tina Turner, James Brown, among others, shared his working methods and ethics from his studio in Tarzana. Let’s see what the master has to say.