Tricks of the Mix

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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Are you looking to remove the clean and add a bit of lo-fi grit and vintage flavor to your sound? Here are a few tricks to add analog imperfections, mechanical modulations, and that warm nostalgic vibe to your sound.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) demonstrates how he crafts an explosive drum room sound using the HLS Channel and the PIE Compressor plugins. Blended just right, this sound can greatly enhance your mix.

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