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Tricks of the Mix

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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Everybody does it, and a lot of people overdo it: Check these all-too-common mistakes for mixing with effects. From slap delays and echo throws to chorus and harmonic distortion – make sure you're not making one of these simple errors!

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How do you breathe life and soul into programmed drums? We hit up producer, mixer and original 80s drum machine master Jimmy Bralower (Madonna, Nile Rodgers, Kurtis Blow, Hall & Oates) for his drum programming secrets.

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These days, many of us wear several hats: songwriter, producer, mixer and more. This is great, but when it comes to mixing, decisions can be easily biased by being so closely acquainted with the music. Find out ways to avoid these common sonic traps!

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Everybody does it, and a lot of people overdo it: Check these all-too-common mistakes for mixing with effects. From slap delays and echo throws to chorus and harmonic distortion – make sure you're not making one of these simple errors!

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Compression: Am I overdoing it? Is the ratio and the threshold set in a way that is helping rather than hurting? See these common mixing mistakes and find out how to avoid them.

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Metering your audio signal may be the most important part of tracking, mixing and mastering. Let’s unravel some of the mysteries of audio metering so you can work with precision, knowing which meter to use and when.

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How is mixing in surround different than stereo mixing? There's more to it than you might think. Find out how to work with an expanded sound field, how to create realistic spatial effects, and how to avoid phasing issues and other pitfalls.

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