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Is Mono Mixing Important?

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Let’s talk about mono mixing and why mixing in mono is important! I LOVE stereo mixes!  But what makes some of my greatest stereo mixes?  Oddly, it is because I find myself making mix decisions in mono. What To Look For In Mono Mixing The first thing that I check for when I hit the…

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What Makes Great Music?

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I’ve been seeing people debate to the point of getting into a WWF brawl (or is it WWE now, I’m old) over pop music standards and how to write songs.  They all have an opinion on what makes great music. Things like formulaic pop music, talking song structure, keys, infamous tuning (440 vs 432), and…

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1 Step To Better Mixes: Organization

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It is all about your approach in mixing!  We must build our mixing skills off of the fundamentals of gain structure and then build our mixing skills through Mix Hacking.  This is how we achieve better mixes! Today we’re going to discuss the one thing that you need to do before mixing… organizing! 1 Step…

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Headphone Calibration Software: Mix On Headphones

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Mixing with headphone calibration software like Sonarworks has helped me a ton with my mixes! Now I can mix with headphones like a pro!  Leaving the environment of giant commercial studios to travel the world and mix on headphones came with limitations. The combination of Sonarworks & Audio Hijack has helped me to overcome those…

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Mixing In The Box vs On A Console

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Let’s talk about the great debate!  Analog vs digital mixing!  Do you like mixing in the box or on a console in an analog environment?  Sure, most of our favorite mix engineers that we see are behind a giant console in their photos and videos and most of them come from a time where analog…

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Mystery Revealed: What Is Compression In Music?

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What Is Compression In Music? I can literally talk for hours or write pages and pages on compression.  People are always asking me “what is compression in music?”  It was a gigantic mystery to me!  Understanding the definition wasn’t enough, throwing it on every track of my mix because I was “supposed to” crushed my…

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