How Loud Should My Final Mix Be?

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This is a question that comes up time and again in audio groups. “How hot should my final mix down be before sending off to mastering?” It depends on the format you’re mixing on. If you’re using analog tape, this is an important question to think about. Analog formats have limited headroom, and analog equipment in general is bound by … Read More

Audio Assault Releases Grind Machine II!

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Audio Assault have released Grind Machine II, the sequel to their popular metal amp modeler “Grind Machine”. Grind Machine II features 15 different amp models, a built in impulse response loader, and an “Impact” control that emulates speaker movement for added realism! Get Grind Machine II for only $9 for a limited time! Buy Grind Machine II Here

Don’t fear the EQ boost.

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Many audio textbooks, audio schools, and audio engineers will advise you that it’s always best to attenuate rather than gain an EQ control. This has traditionally been considered best practice in the industry for two main reasons. 

With most EQs, especially analog EQs, adding gain to a band causes an audible phase shift in the signal[1]. This sounds like a … Read More

The Folly Of Jumping To Conclusions

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Today’s myth to bust:   “There’s no reason you should need that in your chain, I can’t see it yielding usable results.”   Since when can we judge the sound of a chain on a specific source without hearing the actual audio?   Since when does a picture of a chain give you enough information to know exactly how it … Read More

Overcoming The Challenges Of ADHD And Life As A Freelancer

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(Due to the great response to my previous post about ADHD, I thought I’d continue on that topic and the challenges I face as a freelance engineer who has hands full with caregiver duties at home.) This is hard. I’m still perfecting it. I’ve written before about my struggles with ADHD, and compared it to gain staging an audio signal … Read More

My Top 5 Audio Assault Plugins

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We all have our favorites, and in this post I want to share my top 5 from Audio Assault! Let’s countdown, starting from number 5. 5. FreakQ 305 It’s hard to see what’s so special about FreakQ 305 on the surface, because it looks like a typical eq with an analog eq workflow. But when you dive in, you’ll find … Read More

How Adult ADHD Is Like An Audio Signal.

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I’m an audio engineer and record producer, and I’m one of the many adults living with Adult ADHD. This disorder is extremely frustrating to live with at times, and is widely misunderstood by the non-afflicted. Far from being a “Woe Is Me” type of person, I know I have to work around these limitations rather than try to ignore them … Read More

My Top 5 IK Multimedia Plugins

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We all have our favorites, and in this post I want to share my top 5 from IK Multimedia! Let’s countdown, starting from number 5. 5. Master EQ 432 The right amount of the right eq on the master bus can really bring your mix to life. Whether you’re mixing through the 432 as part of a top down approach, … Read More

My Top 5 Waves Plugins!

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We all have our favorites, and in this post I want to share my top 5 from Waves Audio! Let’s countdown, starting from number 5. 5. Kramer HLS Channel This thing is just meaty. I use it as a low end enhancer more than anything, because the character it brings to the low end is just undeniably cool! There’s a … Read More