Tricks of the Mix

Groove is a critical factor in modern music, but for producers who are not drummers, it can be a challenge to create an interesting feel for the song. Learn to use your time-based FX tools to create inspiring rhythmic ideas.

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Technology in the 1980s changed the game for record making, as synthesizers, drum machines, automation, sampling and other studio trickery entered the market. Draw inspiration from the era’s sounds for your mixes.

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A good reverb can add life, depth and richness to a track. But sometimes two reverbs together are what’s needed. Learn how to create innovative, musically useful effects by doubling up your reverb plugins.

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Waves Bass Rider takes bass mixing “back to the future,” updating the concept of gain-riding with speed, precision and musicality. Craig Anderton shows you how to mix your bass tracks like the pros.

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Producer/mixer Shawn Everett opens up his Grammy-winning mix of "Don’t Wanna Fight” by Alabama Shakes, showing how his “Mixing with Your Eyes” approach helps him give a rock song the low end of a hip hop track.

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1970s recordings saw a rapid improvement in technology from the previous decade, which resulted in some signature sonic tones. Get inspired using the authentic sounds of the era when mixing in the box.

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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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