“I’ll Trust What You Say When You Get Gold Records”

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A person’s success level is independent of their knowledge base. I won’t name, but I’ve had several confirmations over the years where someone with name recognition struggled with a concept. This proves two things. Just because they’ve had success doesn’t mean they’re a scholar in this field. Just because you don’t know everything doesn’t mean you’re incompetent. The premise that … Read More

Reference Tools, Compared


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Reference tracks can be a valuable tool for keeping an objective viewpoint while mixing. When you listen to a reference track, you get a chance to reset your ears. If you’ve been listening to your mix for hours, your ears are getting used to the frequencies you’re hearing. Problem areas or frequency imbalances may not jump out at you as … Read More

Take Off The Training Wheels Already!


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Yes, this is audio related. Read on. The San Francisco Bike Coalition teaches that training wheels aren’t very effective in teaching one how to balance on their own. Once they’re removed, the rider knows how to pedal, but they aren’t confident in their ability to keep upright without crashing. They haven’t developed the muscle memory to keep balanced, and therefore … Read More

How To Strengthen DI’s Played With A Weak Picking Hand


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For the metal engineers. There’s a lot of hate for it, and a common belief that you can’t get a ballsy metal guitar tone if rhythm guitarist is picking softly. This causes the transients to have less attack. When a rhythm guitarist picks really hard into a high gain amp, the tone has a sharper transient. This extra strong transient … Read More

Kush Release The REDDI Tube D.I. Plugin!


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You wouldn’t think of a direct box as having a certain character, unless you’ve worked in a facility that has really good character DI’s. After all, in the age of Multi-I/O converters with DI inputs, it’s easy to forget the role that a quality DI box plays. High end DI boxes were used to help record bass on countless records … Read More

Mic Placement As An Art, Not A Science.


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I see a lot of questions on various discussion groups asking how to best mic specific instruments. Many of the answers will be a mixed bag of various techniques, all of which are valid and should be absorbed into your bag of tricks. But they are all quite different from one another, and will yield different results. Which one is … Read More

Boz Digital Labs Release Bark Of Dog 2!


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Bark Of Dog, the resonant high pass filter offered for free by Boz Digital Labs, has seen an impressive update! Offering “Simple low end management”, this tool promises to help you “Clean out the junk without making your track sound weak.” And based on what’s going on under the hood, that’s not just smoke and mirrors! Bark Of Dog 2 … Read More

5 Steps To Mixing With Headphones.


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Mixing with headphones can be a challenge, and for a long time was generally accepted as something that should only be done if no other option were available. You had to contend with a skewed stereo perception, a skewed depth perception with reverbs, and a skewed frequency spectrum due to the natural low end rolloff of headphones. Midrange can also … Read More

When “Google It” Is Bad, Lazy Advice


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In audio groups and forums, people ask plenty of questions. Some of these questions are advanced, and some of them are entry level. That’s the nature of a community where people come to learn and expand their understanding of their passion. But sometimes a question gets asked a lot. Someone scrolling through the feed may notice the frequency of this … Read More