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Mixing Music

De-esser

Using De-Esser To Reduce Vocal Sibilance

Vocal de-essing is the most over-looked process of mixing vocals by both beginner and experienced engineers. I’ve also heard a lot of music coming out of major record labels with plosive and sibilance sounds. Some even believe the sibilance are a natural thing and there’s no need to remove them. Sibilance and plosive sounds can be annoying to the listener …

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mixing with headphones

8 Tips For Mixing Music With Headphones

Is it possible to mix with headphones? Everywhere you see this question pop-up, you see a lot of Yes and No responses with good reasons. Basically, this means it’s possible to do audio mixing with headphones but it will depend on your experience, tools, knowledge and a whole lot of other factors. Some musicians don’t have the luxury to build …

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Percussion Mixing Tips

Percussion Mixing Tips

Percussion are a great way to make an arrangement or an entire mix sound interesting. Most music producers use percussion to separate the verse from the chorus. While others use them as the foundation or main groove for the song. In this tutorial we’ll be looking at some techniques for mixing percussion sounds. Percussion are mostly mixed the same way …

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Tape Saturation

How To Enhance Sounds By Adding Harmonic Excitement

In this blog post we’ll be looking at a different way of adding harmonic excitement to enhance sounds in a mix. I’m going to show you the techniques I use to glue sounds and fatten them by using parallel tape saturation. It is the same as parallel compression, the only difference is that you’ll be using a tape saturation effect …

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Music Production and Audio Engineering Myths

Common Music Production and Audio Engineering Myths

Here are a couple of the greatest myths I come across about music production and audio engineering. As a musician and audio engineer I’ll do anything to make sure I get the best results. But there’s always someone who will do their best to take advantage of that. That’s when we end up spending a lot of money on the best …

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Layering Sound Techniques To Get A Full & Bigger Mix

Layering sounds is another great technique that if used well, can give life to a song and make a thin groove sound thick. In this tutorial we’ll look at how to use the layering technique effectively. To create a rich and full sound using layering, you need to select your sounds carefully. This is the most important aspect of layering sounds together. …

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