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…
Sidechain Compression Techniques for Better Mixes

Sidechain compression is a very common, but often considered “advanced,” mixing technique. If you’ve made it this far to be curious about it, you’re probably pretty familiar with how compressors generally work. If not, there’s always time for a quick…

Managing Ear Fatigue | FAQ Friday
We’re back with another episode of FAQ Friday! Before we get into this week’s questions, I wanted to know if you’ve had a fun week mixing the song “The Gallery- Young & Restless?” If you haven’t already, you can download…
How to Tune Vocals

Vocal tuning can really be as simple or as complex as you’d like it to be. Real-time pitch correction with plugins like Auto-Tune or Waves Real-Time is very effective, especially when working with a solid vocalist. In these instances, you…

What is Vocal Tuning?

It’s no secret that vocalists sometimes need a little assistance to hit the perfect pitch. Even the most talented singers can sometimes hover, sharp or flat, around the note they’re trying to sing. An engineer might also have an otherwise…

Tricks and Tips to Compress Vocals

Learning to mix an up-front, exciting vocal doesn’t happen overnight. Arguably the most important aspect of a song, a great sounding, competitive vocal has the power to stand out from the pack. But how do we even get there? Knowing…

Creative Techniques for Mixing Vocals

Vocals are one of the most important elements in a song, regardless of genre. It’s safe to say that how you approach mixing vocals can make or break your track. Have you ever heard a hit record, or even just…

How to Mix Music Using the Basics

Mixing music requires both technical ability and the creativity to try things that would make a song compelling and interesting to listeners. Mix engineers firstly possess the technical knowledge of audio signal flow, DAW and/or console operation, and how to…

The Difference Between Mixing and Mastering

Mixing and mastering are the two essential processes in polishing and finalizing a recorded song. If you’re making music that you plan to sell, or use to promote yourself (i.e., not a demo), you’ll want to invest some time into…

Hi! My name is Gordon McNeil! (Musician, Producer, Mixer, Label Owner)

Hi! I’m Gordon McNeil! In 2014, I was touring with the world’s leading Queen Tribute band “One Night Of Queen” fronted by Gary Mullen (winner of TV show Stars In Their Eyes) It was touring pretty much for a full…