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.
Mix revisions are par for the course in music production. In this article, I list 3 simple ways that you can establish and manage a mix project for online clients that will protect you from getting a large number of mix revisions towards the end of your next online collaboration.
Puremix Are running a mix series where six top mix engineers all mix the same song. Great idea! We’ve already seen Fab Dupont, Chris Lord Alge and Mick Guzauski mix the song. Now we’ve can hear Andrew Scheps tackle the same material at Puremix.net.
Ever wondered what “Top Down” Mixing is all about? Eli Krantzberg presents an in-depth video tutorial series on the mixing technique "Top Down Mixing" which is growing in popularity. Learn about the general principles used when approaching a mix from a top-down mindset, and how it forces you to focus on the bigger picture of the song and the music, rather than on specific plug-ins used on individual tracks.
Softube’s Console 1 has no drawbacks, it’s a control surface only limited by your imagination and creativity. That’s why Softube recently published a free ebook which lists 7 cool Console 1 power users tips that demonstrate intricate time saving Console 1 tasks. Softube say these tips help their Console 1 users to work faster and produce better mixes every time.
Primarily, I’d use the original Insight in post production and mastering. I might refer to it from time to time for mixing, but not as often as in other cases. This has changed with Insight 2, as the suite provides several improvements that make it a killer companion for mixing duties for me. In this article I will outline its killer features…
What is the most iconic compressor of all time? Surely it has to be the legendary Teletronix LA-2A tube based optical “levelling amplifier” compressor. Do you agree? Check out this list of top LA-2A modelled plug-in emulations.
In this article we list 10 pain points everybody new to mixing experiences early on in their music production workflows. We cover some typical mix translation topics followed up with some possible areas in your studio setup that could be working against you as well as highlighting some emotional roadblocks that you need to be aware of that can easily stop your creative juices flowing in a mix session.
I was deeply honoured to be invited to Studiya Igorya Matvienko recording studios in the Russian capital, Moscow to lead an audio engineering workshop in association with Soyuz microphones and APS monitors. During this one day event we would record a four piece band then mix the track. You know the way records used to be made. This is the story of new found skills, great music and new friends.
Russ talks about the biggest challenge facing everyone involved in mixing and why you can never fix it.
Does your mix suffer from a lack of definition? Is it too flat and upfront, or has so much depth that it's an indistinct wash of sound? If so, chances are you’re misusing or overusing reverb. In this article from the Waves blog, we’ll take a look at six pointers for working with reverb in your mix.
Conventional wisdom would tell you that to make something cut through a mix you need to turn it up, not so.
As you may know, Steven and the team at Slate Digital have released their latest module for the Slate Virtual Mix Rack (VMR). The FG-A module is a 4 band EQ modelled after a very famous and popular 3 band American EQ, the API 550A. In this Mix Test, we take a look and listen to how you can use the FG-A along with other VMR modules and Slate Digital plug-ins to create a hard-hitting heavy rock mix.
Not got a lot of time but want to learn something new? Then In this article, we have 7 more great 2 minute tips from iZotope including Adding Impact by Removing Mix Elements; Pan Background Vocals with Visual Mixer; Make Beats Sound Lo-Fi; Use a High Pass Filter to Shape Low End; Add Transient Power to Snares; Enhance Bass Guitar and Cut Through the Mix with Distortion. At 2 minutes each these are just the ticket for a busy engineer.
There's a lot of myths that pervade the audio recording and mixing world, one I hear repeated often is 'a mix is never finished, it's just abandoned!' Rubbish!
Ever summed your mix to mono, only to find that elements become thin and lifeless, or disappear altogether? Chances are you have some degree of phase cancellation. Maybe you tried the examples in our article If You Don't Want Your Mixes To Sound Bad On The Latest Audio Equipment then what do you do? In this article, Mike Levine from Waves helps you to find out how to spot these problems and helps you get your mixes sounding great in both mono and stereo.