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.
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.