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My New Mixing Console – Neve/SSL

Posted by in Mixing, ♫ Online Services on 21. Mar, 2016 | No Comments

My New Mixing Console – Neve/SSL

Here is a brief, yet exciting, chronicle of the historic journey that my newly acquired vintage—analog, large format—mixing console made, before it reached its final destination in my mix room today. This mixing board began it’s life as a 60 channel Neve desk, and now living as a newly re-capped and modified Neve/SSL hybrid 60/72 channel large format analog mixing console. It changed owners […]

Additive or Subtractive EQ? Mixing and Mastering Tips!

Posted by in EQ, Mastering, Mixing on 19. Mar, 2016 | 3 Comments

Additive or Subtractive EQ? Mixing and Mastering Tips!

There’s has been a lot of discussion, debate, and educational material on servicing subtractive versus additive EQ in professional mixing and mastering. Generally, the trend in suggesting a “proper” technique has leaned toward subtractive EQ in recent years. Is this advice correct? I would like to offer my professional perspective on this topic. Subtractive EQ simply […]

Secret Mix Trick: Reference the Intros!

Posted by in Mastering, Mixing, Ssh! on 16. Mar, 2016 | 2 Comments

Secret Mix Trick: Reference the Intros!

Have you ever compared your mix to professional mixes and masters? Sure you have! I’m talking about when you’ve just finished—or just about finished—your mix, and you want to see how it stacks up to some of the greats.   Chorus to Chorus You probably first tried doing this by skipping to some random part of […]

How To Get The Most From Your Vocal Microphone

Posted by in Recording on 14. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

How To Get The Most From Your Vocal Microphone

Did you know that your position will make a bigger difference than the choice of microphone used in getting professional results? The importance of positioning yourself to the microphone is too often overlooked. It may seem obvious, but most don’t understand just how enormous of a difference your position will make for your voice. It isn’t just how […]

What Happened To CWU?

Posted by in ♫ Online Services on 12. Mar, 2016 | 3 Comments

What Happened To CWU?

To this day—more than 18 years later—I still see web traffic from people looking for the CWU website. CWU was an online professional resource for Cubase users that serviced to mastering the optimization of a 90′s desktop computer for multi-track audio and midi recording. It was very popular in the mid and late 90′s, and at the time […]

Choosing Snare Microphones

Posted by in Recording on 10. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

Choosing Snare Microphones

  Part of a series on getting a professional snare without samples in the mix. The professional standard top microphone is the Shure SM57. You can’t go wrong with this mic! If you’re unsure—or don’t have much time—the Shure SM57 should probably be your go-to microphone for most of your recording services. It’s insanely affordable too, […]

Learn To Tune A Snare Drum Like A Pro!

Posted by in Recording on 07. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

Learn To Tune A Snare Drum Like A Pro!

  Part of a series on getting a professional snare without samples while mixing. It’s no secret that how you tune a drum hugely effects the sound. I can’t tell you how tight or loose to tune this drum, since that depends entirely on the style of music, and your personal preference. However, I might be able to help […]

Get Snare Mix Reverb Right!

Posted by in Mixing on 06. Mar, 2016 | 2 Comments

Get Snare Mix Reverb Right!

  This is part of a series on getting a professional snare sound without samples. Reverb can define the perception of space for the entire drum set. This makes reverb choice of primary importance while mixing. This also makes it rather common to send more reverb to that drum than any other, often using reverb only on […]

Compress That Snare Like A Master! Mixing Technique

Posted by in Mixing on 05. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

Compress That Snare Like A Master! Mixing Technique

Part of a series on getting a professional snare without samples while mixing. You can think of compression applied as mostly affecting the attack and sustain of the drum. The slower the attack speed on the compressor, the more attack and punch of the drum will come through. The shorter the sustain/decay of the compressor on a […]

How You Hit Your Snare Matters!

Posted by in Recording on 03. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

How You Hit Your Snare Matters!

This is part of a series on getting a professional snare sound without samples. The attack of the drum is largely defined by the way the drum is struck, and any compression that is added during the recording or mixing & mastering chain—I’ll discuss compression in #2. Generally speaking, it’s usually best to try and strike the […]