Tricks of the Mix

Low-level compression is a fantastic technique to bring out the subtleties of a performance. Learn a method of combining the Waves MV2 with a distortion to get great-sounding and creative results.

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Slap delay is one of the oldest and most-loved FX tricks in mixing history, dating back to Elvis recordings in the ‘50s. Learn how to harness this technique to bring out vibe, energy and emotion in your mixes.

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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 is mid-side processing? Learn the basics of how to EQ and compress your mid and sides separately, and how small adjustments can improve your overall mix.

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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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Find out what multiband compression is, get tips on how to choose different multiband compressors for different purposes – and learn some practical ways to use it in your mixing and mastering sessions.

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Do you mix your stereo field effectively? Learn to create space, control stereo width and get more emotional impact from your tracks with these stereo imaging tips.

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You can get pro-sounding pop vocals with just a few, well-chosen tools and the right know-how. Here we give you 7 tips to get your pop vocals sounding crystal clear using plugins from the Waves Horizon bundle + F6.

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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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When mixing or producing a track, you can use distortion and saturation in subtle ways to mimic other processing chains, achieving more musical results overall and without making the track sound clipped.

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