Tricks of the Mix

Learn 4 crucial steps for mixing clean, professional-sounding hip-hop vocal leads and ad-libs, from multi-platinum producer/mix engineer Lu Diaz (Jay-Z, Beyonce, DJ Khaled). From cleaning up and adding shine, to creating depth and character with FX.

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Learn 12 vital steps for turning a raw bass guitar recording into the finished, rock-solid foundation that your mix deserves. From phase alignment to leveling, compression and EQ, this step-by-step guide will help get subs shaking and heads bobbing in no time.

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Watch how to get vocal ad-lib parts to accent the lead, adding energy and excitement to a track’s vocals in a smooth and natural way. Mixer & producer Sean Divine demonstrates his process, using chains of plugins in StudioRack.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) shares tips and techniques for mixing lead and background vocals to have depth and excitement while leaving little pieces of "ear candy" along the track to keep listeners interested and wondering.

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Are you mixing a session with more doubled layers and stacks of harmonies than you can count? Learn how to manage a large wall-of-sound mixing session with ease, making a super-dense arrangement sound clear and impactful—instead of a cluttered mess.

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Watch how to create a retro 80s lo-fi VHS-sounding synth pad, just like those heard on recordings by Tycho, Boards of Canada, and Com Truise. Download the free preset for the Element 2.0 Synth, and give your track that retro vibe.

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Watch how to mix layers of R&B background vocals so that they blend well together, working to lift and enhance the lead vocal without getting in the way. Mixer & producer Sean Divine demonstrates how, working with plugin chains in StudioRack.

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What's the difference between saturation, overdrive and distortion? Find out, and learn how to enhance your whole in-the-box mix by adding warmth, excitement and getting mix elements to sparkle and stand out.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) takes the lead and gets you into the rhythm of mixing wide, upfront, crunchy guitars.

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Watch how to give dry, unmixed R&B vocals a finished sound that sits well in the mix. Learn how to build a plugin chain, including what order to process in, how to add top-end sparkle and get a wider, fatter sound from a single vocal track.

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