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Are there right and wrong ways to use plugins? Not for uber-vocalist, producer and film composer Mike Patton, who shared with us which plugins he most likes to use – and abuse – in albums with Faith No More, Fantômas and Dead Cross.

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Metering your audio signal may be the most important part of tracking, mixing and mastering. Let’s unravel some of the mysteries of audio metering so you can work with precision, knowing which meter to use and when.

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How is mixing in surround different than stereo mixing? There's more to it than you might think. Find out how to work with an expanded sound field, how to create realistic spatial effects, and how to avoid phasing issues and other pitfalls.

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The multi-platinum mixing and recording engineer discusses mixing Rush for 5.1 surround, his tips for mixing large drum sets and multi-amped guitars – and which plugin he’d take with him if he time-traveled back to analog days.

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What affects emotion and power in any drum mix? Learn how to balance transients and sustain energy to get your drums to smack, pop and cut through the mix.

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Getting a clear, punchy mix is not just about processing and effects – it starts with setting the right gain levels at which you track and mix. Get tips on how to achieve proper gain staging – including how a good, simple VU meter can help you.

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The vocal producer for Demi Lovato and Adam Lambert reveals his secrets for crafting a killer vocal chain that will make any singer feel comfortable and inspired.

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Harmonic distortion was a given in the analog recording world and helped create excitement in analog recordings: get tips on how to achieve it in-the-box.

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Get tips on how to choose and use different EQ plugins modeled on vintage hardware equalizers, and find out why engineers are still using these tried-and-true EQs after decades of recording technology innovation.

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The Audio Lead at L.A.’s Insomniac Games and sound designer for Sunset Overdrive and Spider-Man shares his work methods and favorite tools and techniques.

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