Craig Anderton

Panning doesn’t have to just be left, center or right. Start using panning as imaging and stereo placement controls within your 3D mix canvas, using the free “Real Panning” StudioRack chain preset.

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Vocals are the most important part of any song, but sometimes getting a good sound can take forever—so call up Lead Vocal 101, incl. chain preset with the free StudioRack, and you’ll have a mixed vocal in seconds.

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Do you need to shine a spotlight on a particular part in a song? Or match the ‘attitude’ of different songs created and mixed at different times? Find out where the Scheps Parallel Particles plugin can help you the most.

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Of course, the Scheps Omni Channel is a great all-around channel strip. Yet its flexibility allows for unconventional applications too: here we explore 7 unusual things it can do for guitars—from truly authentic wah, to acoustic-type dynamics for electric guitars, to monster sustain.

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A good reverb can add life, depth and richness to a track. But sometimes two reverbs together are what’s needed. Learn how to create innovative, musically useful effects by doubling up your reverb plugins.

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Waves Bass Rider takes bass mixing “back to the future,” updating the concept of gain-riding with speed, precision and musicality. Craig Anderton shows you how to mix your bass tracks like the pros.

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Reverb molded the sound of vintage recordings. Learn what makes Abbey Road’s Plate and Chamber reverbs—used by the Beatles and Pink Floyd among others—so special, and how to use them effectively in your music.

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Abbey Road J37 and Kramer Master Tape give the authentic sound of two classic tape recorders—without the drama of maintenance, variable tape quality, or high tape costs. Dive into the sound and differences of the two emulations.

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The LA-2A and LA-3A are two of the most famous compressors of all time and have long been favorites for vocals, bass and other instruments. See our comparison between the tube and solid-state models and learn how to best use them for your tracks.

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The classic consoles on which these plugins are modeled were the centerpieces of Abbey Road’s music revolution in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Learn what they sound like, the differences between them, and how each can contribute differently to your mixes.

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