Compression Techniques: The Multiband Compressor

Learning to use a compressor is one of the most important mixing skills you can develop. Compression is all over mixes, even becoming the sound we associate with loud, modern pop mixing. If there’s anything you want to really understand, it’s…

How to Mix Vocals to a 2-Track Instrumental

Mixing vocals to a 2-track instrumental is something every engineer will encounter at some point. It’s especially common in hip hop/pop, where artists routinely download pre-mixed instrumentals online and bring them to a studio to record. The challenge with learning…

How to Mix Songs Efficiently and Manage Sessions for Clients

For the average recording engineer working with independent artists, sessions include both tracking and mixing. A client anticipates taking home their recording at the end of the day, so this puts a lot of pressure on the engineer to work…

20 of the Top Waves Plugins for Mixing

Waves plugins have been around since 1992 when the company first introduced its Q10 Paragraphic EQ. The Q10 broke new technological ground as the first audio plugin ever, with sound quality comparable to, or better than, its hardware equivalents. Over…

Summing Mixer: Digital or Analogue?

Which summing mixer is right for you is dependent on how you like to work. In a small project studio where you’re working in the box, an outboard summing mixer is probably an afterthought. But if you have the budget…

Andrew Scheps: 3X Grammy-Winning Audio Engineer & Producer
Andrew Scheps is a 3-time Grammy-winning audio engineer, producer, and record label owner based in Los Angeles and the United Kingdom. Scheps is known for his balanced, modern sounding and often loud mixes. He’s received Grammy Awards for "Best Rock…
7 of the Best Reverb Plugins

Reverb is one of the most commonly used effects in mixing. It’s part of a broader category of processors we sometimes call “time-based effects,” which also includes delay. Before digital, reverb was recorded using actual rooms called echo chambers. A…

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,…