Charles Hoffman

Guitar pedals can be used for more than just guitar! For both your analog stomp boxes or plugin pedal emulations, check out these 3 tricks for integrating guitar FX into your productions and mixes.

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Are you taking advantage of sidechain compression in your productions? Here you’ll learn both the essentials and creative uses of this fundamental production technique in modern music.

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Get your vocals sounding great even before the mix. With these 4 essential tips, you’ll ensure you begin the mix with a radio-ready vocal, saving yourself valuable time and creative energy.

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So you want to produce a banger? We give you 3 arrangement and sound design tips to create the energy you need for a massive-sounding drop no matter the genre; electronic, dance, trap, house, and more.

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Few other mediums can evoke emotion like music can. Much of it is songwriting, performance and arrangement, but the mix stage is no exception. Learn 4 mix tips to create emotion in your music.

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In a dense mix it can be tough to find space for acoustic guitar, while in a sparse track, the acoustic needs to fill up more real estate. Learn to use reverb in different ways to help place the acoustic guitar in the track.

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You’ve finished a record and you’re ready to play some shows, but the songs weren’t created with live performance in mind. Learn essential tips in this adaptation process to make your shows entertaining and sound great.

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Top-down mixing is a reverse approach where you begin with your stereo bus and work your way to the individual tracks. Learn how to utilize this method for musical sounding mixes, efficient results and less CPU load.

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These are the “bread and butter” tools of a mix engineer’s kit. Learn how to get your song sounding like a finished record with faders, pan knobs, EQs, compressors/limiters, saturators, delays and reverbs.

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The breadth of sounds you have access to with virtual instruments is enormous. Learn how to make your MIDI sounds “real” using velocity automation, articulations, modulation, re-amping and FX.

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