Tricks of the Mix

Are you looking to add a retro flavor to your drums? Here are a few tricks for getting big, verby and decadent drum sounds using vintage plate reverb, gate, delay, tone-shifting and more techniques for getting that iconic ‘80s vibe.

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Grammy-winning producer/engineer Kori Anders (Usher, Future, Gucci Mane) shares his personal tips for getting hard-hitting 808s and kicks to sit together in the mix with soft, warm female R&B lead vocals.

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Where do you start your mixes? With the low-end, the vocal or maybe the faders? We present a 5-step approach to give your song a proper foundation, so you can seamlessly mix to completion.

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Follow these 12 steps to transform raw vocal tracks into a performance that is finished with polish and sheen. Make sure you’re not missing out on anything in your vocal mixing process, from editing to adding EQ and compression.

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Learn how to mix drums from start to finish, from setting compression and EQ to correcting phase problems and manipulating transients. Then, finalize your drum mix with parallel compression, and add depth and dimension with reverb.

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Seven leading producers, mixers and DJs share their tips on how to get the most punch, clarity and low-end impact out of your 808 drums and bass lines.

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Learn when to choose different reverb types, whether to make your reverb dry or wet, how to set pre-delay and reverb time – and why reverb size matters!

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New to the world of music production? This article will explain the various steps involved when making music and help you organize the process in your head.

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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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