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3 EQ Mistakes We All Make
Today we are sharing 3 common EQ mistakes, and how to avoid them! These might seem quite simple, but they are the fundamentals that I apply to every single mix. Click here to download the cheat sheet so you can…
The Legendary ODR-1 Overdrive Pedal is NOW A PLUGIN!
If you have been watching any of our videos over the last few years, you may have noticed that we use the Nobels ODR-1 Overdrive Pedal a lot! This is an incredible, boutique-sounding pedal, at an affordable, non-boutique price. And…
6 Reverb Mistakes We All Make
Today, we are sharing some common reverb mistakes! These are mistakes that we are all guilty of, but once we are aware of them, we can correct them and take all our mixes to the next level! These tips are…
How to Prepare for Your First Professional Recording Session
This week's featured FAQ Friday question is: I am going to be recording a band in a professional studio, using thousands of dollars of mics and hardware. It will be a live session with all of the musicians playing at…
Best Classic Modulations in ONE PLUGIN? | Waves Kaleidoscopes
Waves has another exciting new plugin that we get to try out today! The Waves Kaleidoscopes plugin is exciting because it could be exactly what I have been asking for the last few years, which is a plugin that has…
Should you always de-noise your audio recordings?
Today's featured FAQ Friday question is: Should one always de-noise their audio recordings to make it sound professional? Is it worth it or that big of a difference? For those of us that have heard or have access to classic…
The Ultimate Audio Repair Tool? | iZotope RX 8
Today, we get to try out the brand new iZotope RX 8! We have been using the RX 7 since it came out, and are very excited to try out the new features they have added to the latest update!…
Top Secret Snare Mixing Trick?
Today, our good friend Jordan Valeriote is going share his snare mixing trick! This is one of his secret weapons for mixing snare for heavy rock and metal. It is a technique that he discovered that helps him to get…
Mixing Modern Metal with Jordan Valeriote
Jordan Valeriote is a Canadian producer/mixer/engineer and the founder of Hardcore Music Studio. He has worked with bands like Silverstein, Neck Deep, Forevermore, Intervals, Counterparts, Nick Johnston, Auras, and many more. Jordan first got started in music by learning how to play…
Top 6 Plugins for Mixing Metal
Jordan Valeriote is a Canadian producer/mixer/engineer and the founder of Hardcore Music Studio. He has worked with bands like Silverstein, Neck Deep, Forevermore, Intervals, Counterparts, Nick Johnston, Auras, and many more. Today, he is here to share with us his…
Automate Your Analog Equipment! | Tegeler Crème RC
Today, we are trying out the new Crème RC from Tegeler! We have used the Crème before, and just like almost everyone else who tested it out, found that it was one of the most affordable SSL compressor and Pultec…
Do you need Analog Summing?
Today's featured question is:  I’ve heard that some engineers run their mix though a stereo pre-amp before using mix bus compression. What do you think about this approach? I love this question because it opens up so much discussion! In…
Top 10 Free Plugins
If you are looking for some new plugins to add to your collection, we've got you covered! Today, we are sharing our Top 10 FREE plugins! No matter what kind of plugin you are looking for, there is something on…
Best Microphone Under $300? | Lewitt LCT 440 Pure
Today, we are testing out the Lewitt LCT 440 Pure microphone! We have quite a few Lewitt microphones, so we are excited to get to try this one out and see how it sounds! To test this mic, we recorded…
Create your own ‘custom plugins’! | Waves StudioRack
Today, we get to try out a brand new plugin: the Waves StudioRack! This marvellous new plugin allows you to create powerful plugin chains of up to 8 plugins. The enhanced features of the StudioRack include parallel processing racks, multiband…
A Must-Have for Recording Bass! | Radial HDI
Today, we are trying out the wonderful Radial HDI! Radial is quite well known for their DIs, and has been an industry standard for quite a few years now. We have used a few of their products before and loved…
Is it ever too late to start a career in music? | FAQ Friday
We're with another FAQ Friday and another fantastic featured question! Today's question is: Can you start in this business at a late age? The short answer to this question is: Yes, of course! To me, this is an ageless business.…
Balance your mix in seconds! | Gullfoss by Soundtheory
Today, we are trying out an exciting new plugin: Gullfoss by Soundtheory! This plugin is an easy-to-use tool that contains a set of basic parameters that can be adjusted to improve the clarity, detail, spatiality, and balance of a mix…
Lewitt Project 1040 | Demo with Multitracks!
Today, we are doing something very exciting: we are testing out Lewitt Project 1040! Project 1040 is Lewitt designing a brand new microphone with the help of us, the customers! At the moment, it is just a prototype, so it…
Should you mix your own tracks? | FAQ Friday
We're back with another FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is this: I'm a little confused about what is good enough when it comes to a final mix before mastering, when the mix is clean enough, or what to leave for…
The 6 Microphones You Need to Know About!
Today, we are going to talk about the 6 microphones that you need to know about! Some of these we have talked about before, but we have some new ones too. It is also microphone month over at Sweetwater, which…
Bring old school magic to your recordings! | Soyuz Launcher Demo
We have something very exciting to try out today: the Soyuz Launcher! The team at Soyuz has spent the last few years developing and experimenting in order to develop what they believe is their unique sound, and they have put…
Master Compression with SoundGym’s Compressionist
SoundGym is an online ear training and learning centre for producers and engineers. It is a gym for your ears! We have used SoundGym before, and it is a great tool for training your ears and developing your skills. Today,…
The Most Important Part of Mixing!
Preparing your tracks for Mixing is not only the Most Important Part of the Mixing Process it is part of the actual Mixing! When on the tracks on your own, as most people do, without an assistant, you are effectively…
Can a song be “too perfect?” | FAQ Friday
The featured question from today's FAQ Friday is this: Is there something known as being "too perfect"? I personally find that music that sounds flawless is a big turn off. I'm not interested in songs that sound fake. Classic artists…
Mojave Audio MA-201fet | Demo & Giveaway
Today, we have another great demo and giveaway for you! In this video, we will be trying out the wonderful new MA-201fet from Mojave Audio! To test out this mic, I am going to be recording a whole song -…
A Brand New Reverb Technology! | The Perfect Room by Denise Audio
Today, we get to try out a brand new plugin: The Perfect Room by Denise Audio. This is a reverb plugin, and, at first glance, seems to be everything I want in a reverb plugin, as it is all-in-one and…
8 Things I’ve Learned in my Career!
Over the course of my career, I have worked in many different areas of the music industry, which has allowed me to have the opportunity to learn a lot of different things from many different people. Today, I want to…
Sonarworks Reference 4 Studio Edition with Mic | Demo & Giveaway
Today, we get to test out Sonarworks' incredible Reference 4 software! This software really is game changing because it levels the playing field. This software works to flatten out the speaker responses in your room, no matter what your space…
Solid State Logic (SSL) 9000J Plugin | Demo & Giveaway
We have a very exciting video for you today! About a year ago, I tried the SSL plugins for the first time. These plugins emulate the sound of the SSL consoles and give you that great analog sound using just…
GameChanger Audio Plasma Rack | Demo & Giveaway
Last summer, we were with Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound, and noticed that he had a really fancy looking unit in his rack. That unit was the GameChanger Audio Plasma Rack! Today, we are lucky enough to have the opportunity…
Baby Audio: Comeback Kid Plugin | Demo & Giveaway
Today we are going to be trying out an exciting new plugin from BABY Audio: the Comeback Kid! This is a delay plugin, with ducking features, and reverb, and so much more. I can't wait to try it out! We…
The Guitar I Use Almost Every Day! | Fender Acoustasonic Demo
Today we are going to do a demo of the beautiful new Fender Acoustasonic guitar! The Fender Acoustasonic is a gorgeous acoustic-electric guitar with a hollow Stratocaster inspired body that is naturally loud and resonant with plenty of projection, so…
Satisfy by Vedera | Inside the Song
"Satisfy" by Vedera is a fantastic song that was recorded in 2008, in Bloomington Indiana at Echo Park Studios. The evolution of this song is actually quite interesting because it came from the bridge of another song the band had…
Should you record to a click track? | FAQ Friday
We're back with another wonderful FAQ Friday! Today's featured question is: It seems like every producer records to a click track no matter what the genre of music. I feel like it hurts the song, like almost every song before…
Big Bad Sound Studio Tour
Today we have a very exciting video for you today! We recently had the opportunity to sit down the Zach Fisher from Big Bad Sound, and he gave us a tour of their incredible new space! Big Bad Sound is…
Free Course & Multitracks! – Anatomy of a Mix: Mixing Singer/Songwriter
Hope you are all staying safe and healthy! To help you make the most of this time while you are stuck in your home, we have another course for you! We hope this course helps you develop your skills and…
Top 10 Mixing Tips
Today, we are bringing you my Top 10 Mixing Tips! These tips are things are are super common and that I do to every single song I mix! I hope you all learn something new today! There is also a…
How to Choose the Right Mic! | FAQ Friday
We're back with another FAQ Friday! I hope you have all had a marvellous week and are staying safe and healthy! Before we jump into our FAQ Friday questions, I just wanted to take a moment to focus on the…
AIXDSP Multiband Gate Plugin | Demo & Giveaway
Today we have the opportunity to try out a marvellous new plugin: the AIXDSP Multiband Gate! We are also lucky enough to get to give THREE copies away! Enter below for your chance to win one of them! a Rafflecopter…
Mixing in the Box with Warren Huart: Free Course & Multitracks!
Hope you are all staying safe and healthy out there right now! I know many of you are stuck at home for the time being, so we wanted to give you something to help pass the time and make the…
How do you keep the overall feel and the play between musicians on a track? | FAQ Friday
Welcome back to another FAQ Friday! I hope you are all staying safe and healthy out there! Today's featured question is: What is the best way to keep the overall feel and the play between musicians while working on a…
FREE COURSE & MULTITRACKS: Recording & Producing Drums with Matt Starr
The next free course we have for you all is: Recording & Producing Drums with Matt Starr! This course comes with multitracks as well, so make sure you download those! Click here to download the multitracks! Matt Starr is an…
FREE Course & Multitracks: Recording & Producing Bass with Tony Franklin
Since most of you are stuck at home for the next little while, we wanted to give you a little something to make this time a bit easier! Today, we are giving away the course Recording & Producing Bass with…
NEW: Waves MultiMod Rack!
We have a very exciting new release to share with you today! Waves has just released the BRAND NEW MultiMod Rack plugin! This is a new multiband modulation rack for Waves' distortion plugins. Click here to get the Waves MultiMod…
Cleaning Up a Muddy Mix
There is a lot of confusing information out there when it comes to how you should go about cleaning up a muddy mix. In the tips that follow, we will go over how to clean up your mix to make…
What is the first thing you should learn in your DAW? | FAQ Friday
We're back with another FAQ Friday and some more great questions! Today's featured question is: What would you recommend for me to begin learning in my DAW so that I have a bit of fun but still get an acceptable…
The Fray “How to Save a Life” In Depth Drum Recording Breakdown
In today's video we will be going through a breakdown of the drum recording for The Fray's "How to Save a Life"! This is a very exciting song for me. When I worked on this song many years ago now,…
Building a Career in Audio without a Degree
The featured question from today's video is: Will I ever get to a point where I can refer to myself as a recording/mixing engineer without a degree? How do I know when I’m skilled enough for that? This is a…
Inside the Song: “Song 2” by Blur with Graham Coxon
Blur is an English rock band formed in 1988, consisting of vocalist Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James, and drummer Dave Rowntree. The band was central to the 1990s Britpop movement. They achieved mass popularity in the UK,…