Mixing & Mastering

Take your own and your client’s songs to the next level. The tips and tricks provided here can provide crystal clear clarity to your recordings that can make the difference between a dud and a worldwide hit. Don’t miss the info in our other columns as well. Take advantage and dominate your sector.

Fletcher Munson Curve: The Equal Loudness Contour of Human Hearing

Wednesday - Nov 15, 2017 Mixing & Mastering

Working with studio headphones and monitors that feature the flattest frequency responses is important.  They reduce the possible variation our listener's will hear due to their own stereo systems, equalization preferences, and the influence of their listening rooms. Untold hours and billions of dollars have been spent in research and development in these industries alone. […]

EQ Cheat Sheet? Frequency Charts for Mixing Hurt More Than Help!

Tuesday - Oct 17, 2017 Mixing & Mastering

They're designed well and make nice posters for a school classroom.  They get a lot of re-pins on Pinterest.  Halfway interested amateurs pass them around because they seem profound and packed full of useful information. Except they aren't. Your first clue that these abominations suck are the instrument frequency charts that purport to show the […]

Understanding Mix Bus Compression

Monday - May 29, 2017 Mixing & Mastering

There are very few topics and techniques that amateur mixing and mastering engineers will avoid out of the sheer complexity and thus confusion.  One of them is stereo bus compression and auxiliary bus compression. Today our goal is to remove this shroud of mystery so all of us can enjoy the fruits of this advanced […]

Studio Subwoofers: All You Need to Know (and More…)

Saturday - Apr 22, 2017 Mixing & Mastering

There’s nothing that can match the mind-bending power of deep bass. Its sheer might is a big reason why we still shell out absurd amounts of money to see an action movie in the theater (which is crazy expensive now even if you don’t shell out the cash for popcorn and a soda!). It also manages to make […]

Delay & Echo: A Guide to Using Time-Based Audio Effects

Tuesday - Mar 21, 2017 Mixing & Mastering

Everyone loves delay.  One of the first effects pedals a guitarist goes after is a delay.  The first thing a kid does on his family trip to the Grand Canyon is scream "Hello?" and wait for the response to come bounding back. Delays and echoes are not only pleasurable but they're a great way to […]

Subtractive EQ vs Additive EQ in Mixing

Monday - Jan 23, 2017 Mixing & Mastering

Since you're reading this you're likely familiar with the issue, but for the sake of those fortunate enough to not have dealt with it, let's explain the typical conversation surrounding this topic. It always boils down to some variation of: Cut instead of boost. Attenuate instead of amplify. Never add when you can subtract. People […]