Mike Levine

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, Variable-Mu and digital compressor plugins; increase your threshold of compression knowledge!

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Learn to improve your mixes and your workflow by creating well-organized DAW sessions and effective mix templates. Save time by adopting some of the best practices, allowing you to avoid getting lost in the technology while creating your best work.

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What's the difference between saturation, overdrive and distortion? Find out, and learn how to enhance your whole in-the-box mix by adding warmth, excitement and getting mix elements to sparkle and stand out.

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Gain a whole new level of control over your mixes by harnessing the power of automation. Learn to create more nuance and life in your mixes, avoid clutter and get tips on working with the common automation modes: Read, Touch, Latch and Write.

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When your track has more than a few instruments, learn to avoid clutter and create space in your mix. By using filtering, EQ and other ways to organize the sound field, you'll get everything to shine through the mix with definition and clarity.

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Ever summed your mix to mono, only to find that elements become thin and lifeless, or disappear altogether? Chances are you have some degree of phase cancellation. Find out how to spot it and get your mix great in mono and stereo.

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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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Every mixer’s goal is to get to the final mix with maximum speed, without making too many rounds of revisions. Learn how to minimize the number of times you’ll export your mix: from studio acoustics to your mental game and more.

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