Tricks of the Mix

Layering your lead vocal with doubles can add thickness, color and lift to the most important element of any song; the lyrics and melody. We explore numerous ways you can achieve that rich vocal sound in your mix.

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Reverb has the unique ability to make instruments in the mix sound like they’re being played in the same room. Learn how to tweak your reverbs to get the most accurate sounding space for your song.

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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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Learn to create morphing glitch and stutter chord progressions using Flow Motion FM Synth's snapshot sequencer. Download the free preset for the Flow Motion FM Synth, and add epic movement to your chords.

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A strong low end is the foundation for any good mix. Learn how to customize your listening environment and enhance your mixing skills to really get the bass pumping like it should.

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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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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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Mixing engineer/producer Ethan Mates (Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers) shows how he creates original tracks to sound like they've been sampled: by giving them creative lo-fi mixing treatments for an old, dusty, warped sound.

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Learn how, in 10 easy steps, to mix massive, powerful synth basses to cut through the mix and rattle your subwoofers. By using specific techniques with EQ, sidechain compression and selective blending, you can craft an earth-shaking synth bass for any application.

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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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