Massive NAMM 2019 Giveaway!
a Rafflecopter giveaway The NAMM Show was absolutely amazing! We spent 4 days visiting a ton of manufacturers, meeting you guys, and planning out some amazing stuff for 2019! God bless all of you who voted for us, we won a TEC Award! -…
What’s New at NAMM 2019
We had a Marvellous time at the 2019 NAMM show this year and put together this blog to show you some of our favorite gear! You can find chapter times in the YouTube video description if something specific catches your…
Reverb Mixing Tricks to Elevate Your Mix

Learning how to use reverb is an essential mixing skill. Time-based effects have the ability to add width and dimension to your mix, and give instruments their own sonic space. Reverb is often used to push mix elements further back,…

The Best Tips for Using Reference Tracks

Trying to match the intensity and sonic quality of a commercial release is no easy task. It’s incredibly challenging, whether you’re an experienced professional or trying to mix for the first time. Using reference tracks is an essential technique when…

FAQ Friday at NAMM
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! We are going to do a slightly different FAQ Friday today since we're at NAMM! We’re going to ask questions to different manufacturers, producers, and engineers that we meet throughout the day!…
Focal Trio11 Be Review (Studio Monitor Review)
I'm sitting here at my home studio and if you look behind me there is something different - I feel a little excited! About a week ago I took delivery of these Trio 11 Be speakers!. As you know we…
Adam Ayan: Mastering Paul McCartney, Katy Perry…

Adam Ayan is a GRAMMY-, 5x Latin GRAMMY-, and TEC Award-winning mastering engineer who works out of Bob Ludwig’s Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine. Adam graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell’s Sound Recording Technology program in 1997 before starting…

Mixing Lead R&B Vocals with Bob Horn
Today's video is an excerpt from our newest course called "Mixing R&B with Bob Horn." In this excerpt we take a look at some of Bob's mixing techniques when it comes to lead R&B vocals. If you want to craft…
Bob Ludwig: The Mastering Engineer’s Mastering Engineer
Bob Ludwig is an 11-time GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer, as well as the recipient of an incredible 18 TEC Awards for his achievements as an individual and as a business owner. Bob grew up in a small town in New York…
Reference Tracks: How to Use Them and Mistakes to Avoid

Reference tracks are used as a guideline while mixing. They can be supplied by the artist to demonstrate a desired aesthetic, or chosen by the mix engineer as a standard to go by. Using reference tracks can help us craft…

What is Reverse Reverb? Should I Be Using It?

Reverse reverb, sometimes called reverse echo or reverse regeneration, simply takes the reverb tail of any instrument and reverses it. Creating it is a matter of printing the wet signal of a reversed audio track. Reverse reverb is typically accompanied…

How Much Low End is Too Much? | FAQ Friday
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! As always, we have a ton of marvellous questions! Our featured question of the week is: "When does low end become too much low end?" How do I answer that? Simply put,…
5 EQ Mistakes We Make While Mixing
In this Episode, we’re going to talk about 5 EQ mistakes we make while mixing. These are 5 EQ mistakes I see as a reoccurring problem that I have had over the years that I have finally come to terms…
Eric Boulanger: World Class Mastering Engineer
Eric Boulanger is a GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer, founder of The Bakery studio, and an accomplished studio violinist. His unique talent has afforded him the opportunity to spend time in both the studio as well as on stage. Eric began studying…
The Best Tips for Producing and Mixing Guitars

A huge part of what we do as producers and engineers is not only make things sound great, but also make sure our musicians are inspired along the way. This is true for virtually all aspects of the music production…

Should I Be Using Sidechain Compression?

Sidechain compression is a common “advanced” mixing technique. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Should I use sidechain compression here?,” the answer is “Give it a shot!” It uses are somewhat particular, but sidechaining generally creates more separation, more rhythm, or more…

Make a Mix Sound More Exciting | FAQ Friday
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! As always we have a ton of marvellous questions and today we have some rather fun ones! Our featured question of the week is: "What’s your first approach to make a mix sound…
Scott Baxendale: Acoustic Conversion Process
It's always Christmas when you get a box from Mr. Scott Baxendale! - I’m so excited! I’ve had my Silvertone for ages, but it was destroyed by Delta Airlines so I used their Delta Tape for the patch - haha. I…
Joe Napolitano: Songwriter, Producer, & Engineer
Joe Napolitano is a multi-instrumental songwriter, engineer, and producer, who has played in several prominent LA-based indie rock bands over the years (Le Switch, Faraway Places, Tandemoro, Parson Redheads). In the producer/engineer role, he values a collaborative and sympathetic approach…
Bradley Cook: Recording Engineer (Foo Fighters, QOTSA)
Bradley Cook is an engineer who's worked with countless amazing artists, including Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Counting Crows, Isaac Hayes, Ben Harper, Fishbone, and Everclear. He calls Barefoot Recording a home away from home, having worked there…
10 Helpful Tricks for Mixing Guitars

Many of us are guitarists, and most of us probably love to geek out on gear and tone as much as we like to actually play. After all, finding our individual “holy grail” tone is half of what makes playing…

15 Essential Mixing Tips for Better Mixes Today

Mixing music requires technical ability as well as the creativity to make a song interesting to listeners. Mix engineers firstly possess the technical knowledge of audio signal flow, DAW and/or console operation, and how to use signal processors, whether in…

Mixing a Vocal Duet | FAQ Friday
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! It's still very early in the year and we have a ton of great questions to choose from already! Our featured question of the week is: How do you mix a vocal…
Barefoot Recording Studio Tour with Tim O’Sullivan
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Tim O'Sullivan one of the amazing staff engineers at Barefoot Recording. Tim gave us a marvellous studio tour sharing a brilliant history of the studio. It's amazing how many great records were…
Happy New Year!
Wow! Here it is!! Happy New Year! 2019 has officially arrived! Matt sent me some stats about 2018 regarding giveaways and they’re pretty incredible. We gave away $78,842 worth of gear! This includes plugins, mics, hardware, courses, etc. That is…