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Haas Delay And Crafting Space On A Mix

When we hear a sound followed by it’s echo happening at an extremely fast speed, our brain interprets the sound as one. By extremely fast, I mean something around 30 milliseconds or less. However, our brain has the capability to distinguish the fact that one sound is happening first and then the other, as well as where the sounds come from (or which side). This is a concept that can be used to our favor when mixing music. And combined with panning techniques this can create wonders in terms of stereo spread, depth, and ambiance perception. This is called the Haas effect. [Read more]

How Do I Make My Mixes Sound More Pro?

I've been asked this question recently several times. And while there are infinite ways to accomplish such things, there are a few common things I've noticed when working specifically with sessions done with software synths from Garageband, Logic, Ableton, etc. Here are some good guidelines: [Read more]

Reverb To Glue Your Mix Together

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Blend is one of the most important features of using reverb in your mix. Nowadays with all the computer-based home recordings we tend to rely on samples and close mic-ing techniques and lose some of the magic that comes with recording a band in a room. [Read more]

How To EQ Vocals

The following chart will help you make good decisions when EQ’ing vocals. These are notes I’ve taken through my experience mixing various projects. Keep in mind that every rule has exceptions and there will always be instances where these numbers might not fit your creative vision. However, these are general guidelines that will work in most cases. [Read more]

Kick Drum Punch Tutorial

A lot of times you’ll be tempted to bring out the kick drum on your mix by simply turning it up. Or you might think that adding 60 or 100hz will solve your lack of kick drum troubles. The truth is that most times what you need is more attack and presence. By adding high frequency content, let’s sat 4khz and up, you’ll give definition to your kick and as a result your ears will perceive the low frequencies with much ease. [Read more]