Earlier this week I had something happen to give me new inspiration and a fresh look at my own mixing abilities so I wanted to pass this along to you, my friends!
I was flipping through the TV channels and I came across the Spike Lee documentary “Michael Jackson Journey from Motown to Off the Wall” on Showtime. I thought it might be pretty cool to check out even though I am not a Michael Jackson fan so I began to watch it and I am glad I decided to give it a chance. As I was watching it made me realize a couple of things?
First, even though I am not a fan of MJ’s music especially his last 3-4 records, I found a new appreciation for him as an artist especially back in the day when he was a kid with the Jackson 5 through the making of the Thriller record. Regardless of your feelings about him as a person or that style of music you can’t deny that he was truly a musical genius. The other thing that I had forgotten about over the years is sonically how amazing...
This week I want to tell you the secrete to achieving a great mix. There are two things you need to master or at least be extremely good at to ensure you can produce a great mix every time. Actually there are three things but you may only have control over two of them as the mixing engineer. What are they you ask?
A great recording! This is obvious right? Well, I think we all forget this concept more times than not. You hear the phrase all the time “get it right at the source”. Meaning that if you have great-recoded tracks you have a great foundation to work from and it makes the mixing process much easier. So if you are the one who is recording the artist then work on your recording chops. Learn about mic choice, mic placement, recording levels etc. Take great care to achieving a great recording and you will thank me later! If the raw tracks sound great then you are on your way to a great mix!
The next two things are the first two plugins you need to master and really...
This week I did a "how-to" video for the website "Studio-One Expert" on how to use the drum phase correction plugin Auto Align. If you mix sessions that have acoustic drums in them I would seriously consider checking out this plugin. It is a super simple way to check and correct phase on your drums and when everything is in phase the drums will "pop" and come to life.
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Some people wonder how I decide what to write in this weekly blog. Where do I get my ideas from? Well, to be completely honest I get the ideas mostly from reading all the e-mails I receive on a weekly basis. I receive anywhere from 3-5 emails per day from my supporters asking me various questions and when I see a pattern of the same type of question I tend to address the topic in a blog post like this one!!
This week I want to address something that I think a lot of newbie mixing engineers tend to forget. There are a lot of my students who feel that they are not becoming better at mixing and mastering fast enough. I mean, they purchase one of my training products and watch them, sometimes watching them several times. Then they work on their next project and they sometimes feel like they have not made as much improvements in their mixing chops as they would have liked. They are looking to go from an absolute beginner to a pro after watching one 3-hour...
This weeks blog is a video that is taken directly from the MIXING MADE EASY VOL 1 Series. This was the last section I filmed for the series and I thought these mixing tips would benefit everyone so I am sharing it with you.
If you want to see the entire series, which is 7 hours in length and has 9 video sections; then go to the "Made Easy Courses" page on this website and pick up your copy!
I get asked all the time on my You Tube channel about Universal Audio and why I like them so much and most importantly, how do I get started and what is involved with the hardware. So, I created a "system overview" video explaining just that. It's a bit long but worth it if you are considering upgrading your plugins to the U/A platform.
I get asked a lot by newbie's about which should be the first analog style plugin they purchase. I always tell them the same thing......get yourself a tape emulation plugin. I think these plugins add the most "bang for buck" as far as adding warmth to your digital signal.
So in this video we compare a few different tape plugins on the master bus. Listen for yourself and if you don't have a tape machine plugin, go get one!
I received a couple of e-mails from new students this week and they were asking for some overall advice on how they can become better at mixing. Well, my first response was to all the MADE EASY SEREIS products! That will get you there for sure, right?
Even though that would help for sure, I also referred them to a video I made a while about about this exact topic so I wanted to re-share it in the blog as I know a lot of you are new to reading my blog and you may have never seen this video before. Check it out and let me know what your thoughts are.
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