Parallel Compression Explained

Parallel compression was developed as a means to an end. The vast majority of compressors are “downward” in action. This means that they work by reducing the peaks in source material. Parallel compression, on the other hand, was designed to…

Top 5 Mixing Mistakes
In this episode, we’re going to talk about the five most common mixing mistakes. Those of you that follow me will know some of these already. 1. Not High Passing I talk about this all the time, just because we…
What is Plate Reverb and How is It Used?

If you’ve spent any time playing around with reverb in-the-box, you’ve probably observed the common types that exist. Chamber, hall, and room are easy enough to imagine, but what about plate reverb? We most easily associate “echo” with real-world spaces,…

Which Vocal Compressor is Right for the Mix?

We’ve stressed the importance of mixing vocals time and time again! Because lyrics are what average listeners immediately identify with, making a singer sound great should almost always be a priority. Amongst other tools, the perfect vocal compressor for the…

Produce Like A Pro Remix Contest with Michael Wynne from In the Mix
Hi friends, I’m amazed on a daily basis by the level of talent and creativity you all bring to this community and It’s time to share it with the world! We’re hosting a new mixing contest where you can show…
Mixing Vocals: The Produce Like A Pro Master List

Have you ever had trouble getting a vocal to sit right in the mix? Have you ever felt underwhelmed by the overall tonality of a vocal, whether it’s too thin or perhaps too muffled? Does the vocal feel too wet…

A Beginner’s Guide to Sidechain Compression

Sidechain compression is an intermediate level mixing technique that allows you to set an alternate input signal source from the track on which the compressor is inserted. For instance, if you place a compressor on the bass guitar and “sidechain”…

Protecting your work until you get paid | FAQ Friday
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! As always we have a ton of marvellous questions this week! Our featured question this week: "How do you protect a final mix that you’re sending to a client if you’re sending…
Mixing Vocals: Techniques for a More Exciting Performance

Since vocals are the first thing listeners tend to hone in on, they need to sound their absolute best. The overall sound you’re going for will vary from genre to genre, but the importance of a great sounding vocal is…

How much does it cost to have a track mastered? | FAQ Friday
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! As always we have a ton of marvellous questions this week! Our featured question this week: "What is the typical cost of having a track mastered?" Personally, the cheapest good mastering I…