Tricks of the Mix

Find out what multiband compression is, get tips on how to choose different multiband compressors for different purposes – and learn some practical ways to use it in your mixing and mastering sessions.

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Do you mix your stereo field effectively? Learn to create space, control stereo width and get more emotional impact from your tracks with these stereo imaging tips.

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You can get pro-sounding pop vocals with just a few, well-chosen tools and the right know-how. Here we give you 7 tips to get your pop vocals sounding crystal clear using plugins from the Waves Horizon bundle + F6.

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Distortion, saturation and overdrive are great for making drums sound bigger, better and more energetic in the mix. Learn how to get the most from these powerful effects on your drum parts.

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When mixing or producing a track, you can use distortion and saturation in subtle ways to mimic other processing chains, achieving more musical results overall and without making the track sound clipped.

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Distortion is an incredible producing and mixing utility that can often bring unexpected and interesting results. Here we’ll look at some of the more bold, creative and not-so-subtle ways that distortion can be used in your productions.

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A DeEsser is an effective tool for more than just vocals. Learn how to use it to obtain a sweeter, warmer tone from your guitars, either from mic'd recordings or through amp sims.

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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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