Avoiding Dull Vocals | FAQ Friday
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! As always we have a ton of marvellous questions! Our featured question this week: "Vocals I record are always piercing in the +7K range. I notch and deEss but the vocal ends…
How to Use a Compressor – Beginner’s Guide

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

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!…
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…
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,…
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…