Tricks of the Mix

Are you under- or over-compressing your mix? Is every compressor serving a purpose? Learn how to improve your mix’s clarity, separation and impact without squashing the life out of it—or leaving it too loose and unrefined.

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Ever summed your mix to mono, only to find that elements become thin and lifeless, or disappear altogether? Chances are you have some degree of phase cancellation. Find out how to spot it and get your mix great in mono and stereo.

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What exactly is it about tape that gives it that 'magic'? Technically, tape distorts and can degrade the audio. Regardless, it remains a highly sought-after sound. Find out why, and get practical tips for applying tape saturation plugins in your mix.

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How do you get your mix to translate onto a speaker as thin as a grain of rice? Learn how to make sure that when your mix is heard on a phone, earbuds or laptop speakers that all the instruments and important parts are there.

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Do you want your vocals to sound larger than life? Learn how to get your vocals to sound big, present, and in-your-face: whether you're working with a great recording or not. Regardless of the genre, learn to make them sound huge!

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Every mixer’s goal is to get to the final mix with maximum speed, without making too many rounds of revisions. Learn how to minimize the number of times you’ll export your mix: from studio acoustics to your mental game and more.

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Get exclusive access to a comprehensive guide on noise reduction by Emmy^®^-winning dialogue editor John Purcell. Learn how to spot noises in recorded dialogue and other audio, and learn why you should fix some and let others go.

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Get access to an exclusive, comprehensive noise reduction guide by Emmy-winning sound editor John Purcell. Learn how to control transient noises: the clicks, crackles, beeps, lip smacks, dolly squeaks and footsteps that may plague your recording.

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Get exclusive access to a comprehensive guide on noise reduction by Emmy-winning dialogue editor John Purcell. Learn how to control ambient sounds like wind, traffic, and electrical hum that run the length of a scene, whether they’re broadband or tonal.

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Learn step-by-step how to set gates and expanders to reduce noise, drum bleed, and shape transients. Learn when to use a gate and when to use an expander and most importantly, learn how to do it in a way that sounds natural in your mix.

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