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Recording electric guitars direct can sometimes offer significant advantages over miking an amp. Find out how to get the best sounds for your guitar tracks.

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Where do you start your mixes? With the low-end, the vocal or maybe the faders? We present a 5-step approach to give your song a proper foundation, so you can seamlessly mix to completion.

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Your drums might lack the power they need. Hear how StudioRack’s Drums Driver preset can add that power and presence to your drum bus, thanks to a tasty combination of vintage console effects and Eddie Kramer compression.

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Learn how to create hard-hitting trap bangers in 6 steps. We discuss musical composition, sample selection, 808 and percussion processing and the different FX you can use.

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What works for mixing lead vocals isn’t necessarily best for backing vocals, which need to complement the lead and enhance the song’s arrangement. Use StudioRack’s ‘BVox Polish’ plugin chain preset to polish BVs to perfection.

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Follow these 12 steps to transform raw vocal tracks into a performance that is finished with polish and sheen. Make sure you’re not missing out on anything in your vocal mixing process, from editing to adding EQ and compression.

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The “Classic Oldies” preset includes all the elements of old analog recording chains: passive EQ, optical compression, analog tape saturation and non-linear consoles. Get this sound in the StudioRack plugin chain.

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Learn how to mix drums from start to finish, from setting compression and EQ to correcting phase problems and manipulating transients. Then, finalize your drum mix with parallel compression, and add depth and dimension with reverb.

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Seven leading producers, mixers and DJs share their tips on how to get the most punch, clarity and low-end impact out of your 808 drums and bass lines.

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Learn when to choose different reverb types, whether to make your reverb dry or wet, how to set pre-delay and reverb time – and why reverb size matters!

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