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Mike Levine

Background vocals may sit behind the lead, but how you pan, process and affect them can have a huge impact on the texture and excitement of your mix. Learn 10 great hacks for mixing epic BVs.

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Learn the different types of compressors and when to use each one while mixing. In this guide, we'll level out which compressors are which: VCA, FET, Optical, Tube and digital compressor plugins; increase your threshold of compression knowledge!

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There’s nothing quite like the glue, punch and excitement that a lightly hit mix bus compressor can add to a song. In this old-school shootout, we compare 6 different compression flavors for your mix bus.

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The CLA MixHub plugin emulates the sound and workflow of mix legend Chris Lord-Alge’s analog SSL console. Learn 6 tips to harness its analog saturation, multiple compression flavors and flexible signal chain.

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Whether you’re a producer adding ear candy or a mix engineer giving a song forward motion, these 7 advanced tips for creative automation will help you create dynamic mixes that move and breathe.

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Waves MultiMod Rack is an incredibly versatile and powerful multiband distortion and modulation plugin. We put it to the test while mixing an EDM track. Listen to the results!

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When mixing acoustic music, your mission is to enhance the instrument and vocal sounds and reinforce the mood of the music, while still keeping the elements sounding natural. Learn how to get the best of both worlds.

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What exactly is it about tape that gives it that 'magic'? Technically, tape distorts and can degrade the audio. Regardless, it remains a highly sought-after sound. Find out why, and get practical tips for applying tape saturation plugins in your mix.

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Distortion, saturation and overdrive are great for making drums sound bigger, better and more energetic in the mix. Learn how to get the most from these powerful effects on your drum parts.

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Drums are a living, breathing instrument and require ambiance around them to sing properly. Each space will convey a distinct vibe to the song—learn how to shape your drum reverbs for the sound you want.

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