How Much Headroom Do I Actually Have In The Box?

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(This article is not discussing how audio levels impact plugins, or what happens at an output leading to a d/a converter. This article is discussing the linear behavior of audio passing between channels within our DAW.) What you’re seeing in the picture: Going Up Taking a test tone, calibrated to -18dbfs Boosting that test tone to +762db of gain above … 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

Gain Staging: What to know, & why you shouldn’t stress too much about it!

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  FULL TRANSCRIPT BELOW: There’s a lot of emphasis placed on the importance of gain staging within the audio community, and while it is important to understand, it’s also exaggerated as the lynchpin between a good mixer and a bad mixer. Personally I would argue that monitoring is a much higher priority, so lets spend a few moments discussing what … Read More

Mix Breakdown: “Blue” by Patric Talbot

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Today, I decided to push into new territory and mix a bluesy jazzy number. This was done purely for mix practice, not for a client. The song was “Blue” by Patrick Talbot, which you can download and mix yourself from the Cambridge Site. In this post, I wanna walk through my process on this mix. We’ll start with mix prep. … Read More