Mike Levine

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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The Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin makes headphone mixing more like the experience of using monitors. Find out what happened when the same song was mixed with and without it.

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Why settle for the same familiar sounds with guitar reverb in your mix? With a few simple concepts and some creativity, you can customize your guitar reverb treatments for the song and take them to the next level.

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Dither is one of the least understood topics when it comes to mixing and mastering, but it can actually come in handy. We’ve compiled a one-stop shop for understanding when, why and how to use dithering.

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Reverb can put a vocal in a myriad of different spaces, but your choice of space and how you set the parameters will dramatically affect the mood of the track. Learn how to tweak your vocal reverb to make your mix sing.

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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 5 different compression flavors for your mix bus.

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Putting a brickwall limiter at the end of the master chain is a staple in the sound of modern releases, but you have many different options. Here we’ll guide you through picking the most effective limiter for your music.

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Reverbs and delays are what give mixes character, but don’t just ‘set and forget’. Learn how to enrich your FX tails using EQ, compression and other processors, to really bring out the song’s personality.

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Are you ever getting back from a mixing break to find your song has gone in the wrong direction? Do the tracks that started out vibey now seem boring and lifeless? Over-using plugin processing is something every mixer must be careful with. Here we’ll tell you how.

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