Tricks of the Mix

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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We’ve all heard “Cut, don’t boost!” But is that true? How do you know if you should boost or cut when sculpting EQ? Learn when to do each, and how to set the most effective subtractive vs. additive EQ parameters for your mix.

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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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One of the first rules of music production has been to never to master your own mixes. But some rules are meant to be broken: Learn how to polish off your finished mixes without losing your perspective.

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Find out how channel strip plugins speed up your mixing workflow while adding the pleasing coloration of analog consoles within your DAW – and how they have adapted into the digital age with more flexibility than ever before.

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Should you try to win the loudness wars, or do you retain as much dynamic range as possible? You can achieve both! Learn exactly how to fine-tune your mix's dynamics and gain the best of both worlds.

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Learn how to use dynamic equalizers to your advantage, as mixing engineer David Stagl shares his favorite tips and practical use examples that will help keep your mix under control.

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Live recordings are almost always plagued with massive mic bleed and other problems, turning a performance's 'magic' into a headache for the mixer. Whether recorded at a concert or live in the studio, learn how to mix them best!

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Mixing long hours can lead to poor mixing decisions, deception in perception, and worse – permanent ear damage. Learn to protect your most valuable mixing tools – your ears – by understanding the symptoms and designing a healthy workflow.

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Does your mix suffer from a lack of definition? Is it a muddy, indistinct wash of blurry sounds? If so, chances are you’re misusing or overusing reverb. Find out how to apply 'verb in away that will add balance and depth to your mix!

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