Tricks of the Mix

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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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) gets down and dirty with that low end when mixing four different bass guitar tracks (DI and amps) to one big fat bass tone.

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Gain a whole new level of control over your mixes by harnessing the power of automation. Learn to create more nuance and life in your mixes, avoid clutter and get tips on working with the common automation modes: Read, Touch, Latch and Write.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) shows how he uses GTR guitar pedals for mixing drums. Get some valuable tips and learn techniques that will help you make your drums shine and sound unique.

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Want to add more character & impact to the 808 kicks in your tracks? In this video, learn how to add top-end attack, distortion, and clean up a muddy mix by sidechaining your 808 kick and bass.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) shows how he uses the H-Reverb plugin to change his snare drum sound in a super-versatile way – using only one simple button.

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