Slate Digital VRS – Truly A Game Changer

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The Slate Digital VRS is in a league of its own. Slate and his team have changed the game once again with their latest release. Watch the video below as I discuss the different recording techniques I’ve used in the past and how Slate Digital’s VRS will change the way that we make records. In…

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Should My Home Studio Be Analog Or Digital?

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Should you have an analog or digital home studio set up?  There are benefits to both.  I have worked in both extremes coming from the purely analog days of tape all the way to mixing songs on airplanes with plugins. Making The Switch To Digital When I was getting ready to move to Thailand I…

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Are Expensive Plugins for Mixing Needed?

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Do you need expensive plugins for mixing?  The short answer is no and the honest answer is it helps.  Why would you want premium plugins and do you really need them to make great mixes? Why Are Some Plugins For Mixing Expensive? Plugins take a lot of work to develop.  There is an intricate sequence of events…

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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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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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