Ducking a track against the vocal is a common technique but have you ever thought about how you can better target what gets dipped in the track to make room for the vocal? Surfer EQ from Sound Radix is the perfect tool for this. Find out more in this free tutorial.
It can take time to develop your own style and way of working in your chosen DAW. This is often referred to as your workflow. In this article we talk to mix engineers Steve Genewick, Mick Guzauski and Sylvia Massy about how they have designed their mix templates to get new sessions into a format to enable them to can get to work quickly in a way that suits them.
Top-down mixing is all about taking the less is more approach. Working this way in drum mixing can be very helpful. In this article, we suggest several dynamics plug-ins and generic plug-ins that lend themselves very well to the job of top-down drum mixing.
In this free video tutorial series made with the kind support of Waves, session guitarist and producer Paul Drew, shows the how to mix layered electric guitars in pop tracks.
In this four part free video tutorial series we show you a selection of plug-ins that you can use to quickly sweeten the sound of your sub mixes and masters. Sweetening is often the spit and polish many of us reach for in a mix when the finish line is in sight. Check out these tutorials to discover four plug-ins that you can use to get your mixes sounding even better very quickly.
Our friends at PureMix are running a mixing contest with the chance to win one of three prizes of Universal Audio hardware. First Prize is an Apollo x8, second prize is an Apollo Twin and third prize is a UAD Satellite, but hurry, this competition ends on the 28th of July.
In this article we highlight several control surfaces we feel are very well designed and also represent great value for money that you can buy today for your studio from $600. These are fairly small in size and suitable for placing on desks. Do you use a control surface in your workflow? If so, what control surfaces can you recommend to the Production Expert Community?
I have had the great pleasure of having one of the new SSL SiX desktop mixers at my studio for the last couple of weeks. During that time I’ve been testing it and putting the SSL SiX through its paces both in the studio and at live events. When it was first launched I think some thought that this is just a small mixer with an SSL badge on it, why buy the SSL SiX when there are mixers with more features and considerably cheaper? Having used it in anger in a variety of applications, here are my 7 reasons as to why you should seriously consider buying the SSL SiX.
In this in-depth article we unpack all the new features introduced with Neutron 3 from iZotope and help you to be able to get the best out of Neutron 3 as well as sharing what we think about this latest release from iZotope.
Do you use references when mixing? If so do you have any tracks you use all the time? We asked the Production Expert team and got very different answers.
We’ve all had that moment when we feel like an element of a track just needs a little more oompf at the bottom end but for some reason just turning up the bass isn’t working. There can be lots of reasons why just turning it up isn’t getting the results you want. Here are eight, very different, solutions.
In this article we share seven golden rules of drum mixing to help you tackle your next live multitrack drum mix. The points presented are valuable rules that many top mix engineers use in order to work a set of drum channels together in a mix. These rules do not focus on specific plug-ins or processor techniques, instead these points are broad mindsets that can apply to your workflows to help you stay focused on mixing a drum kit as a single instrument instead of a collection of kit pieces.
Essential plug-ins are tools that give you confidence in your abilities and the music you and produce. It’s so important to use plug-ins that you know inside out, regardless of whether they are stock DAW plug-ins or third-party. In this article I look at the plug-ins that I consider to be more than just my go-to tools, these are my plug-in essentials.
They both do similar jobs. What is the difference and which should you use?
In a recent poll of nearly 2,000 professionals and hobbyists recording and mixing audio, only 1 in 5 said they bothered recording and mixing above 44.1kHz/48kHz.
Two groups were polled, those who said they were professionals and those who said they recorded and mixed as a hobby, in both cases the majority opted to record at either 44.1kHz or 48kHz.
The team at Solid State Logic, better known as SSL have been very busy of late. First we got the amazing SSL Fusion Colour mixing and mastering processor, now we get a new table top mixer called SiX, that they claim is the ultimate desktop mixer. And from what I see they could well be right.
In this video, supported by Antelope Audio, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at some of the latest Antelope Audio gear. James teams up with songwriter and guitarist Paul Sundt and they use the Antelope Orion Studio 2017 to track a song called Crazy Lady. This video is the story of recording this track, and how it was mixed using the new Antelope Audio AFX2DAW plug-in.
Some people refer to “mixing tricks” but are they really tricks? When is a technique just a technique? Julian looks at some common examples and decides.
Learn how to recreate a convincing “ambient drum mic” track to compliment your drum mixes in your DAW using Eventide’s brilliant Tverb plug-in. In this free video tutorial we show you how to achieve this mix trick along with a technique which adds punch and energy to this “virtual drum room channel” using Eventide’s Omnipressor dynamics processor.