Tricks of the Mix

These days, many of us wear several hats: songwriter, producer, mixer and more. This is great, but when it comes to mixing, decisions can be easily biased by being so closely acquainted with the music. Find out ways to avoid these common sonic traps!

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Everybody does it, and a lot of people overdo it: Check these all-too-common mistakes for mixing with effects. From slap delays and echo throws to chorus and harmonic distortion – make sure you're not making one of these simple errors!

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Compression: Am I overdoing it? Is the ratio and the threshold set in a way that is helping rather than hurting? See these common mixing mistakes and find out how to avoid them.

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Metering your audio signal may be the most important part of tracking, mixing and mastering. Let’s unravel some of the mysteries of audio metering so you can work with precision, knowing which meter to use and when.

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How is mixing in surround different than stereo mixing? There's more to it than you might think. Find out how to work with an expanded sound field, how to create realistic spatial effects, and how to avoid phasing issues and other pitfalls.

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What affects emotion and power in any drum mix? Learn how to balance transients and sustain energy to get your drums to smack, pop and cut through the mix.

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Getting a clear, punchy mix is not just about processing and effects – it starts with setting the right gain levels at which you track and mix. Get tips on how to achieve proper gain staging – including how a good, simple VU meter can help you.

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Harmonic distortion was a given in the analog recording world and helped create excitement in analog recordings: get tips on how to achieve it in-the-box.

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Get tips on how to choose and use different EQ plugins modeled on vintage hardware equalizers, and find out why engineers are still using these tried-and-true EQs after decades of recording technology innovation.

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Need to mix audio for 360 videos or VR projects and not sure where to start? Get a jumpstart with this basic guide to Ambisonics B-format, the most widely used audio format for 360 applications.

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