The Vocal Ambience Arc

I used to think vocal ambience (reverbs and delays) were an either or choice. Either have reverb on the vocal or not. Either have a long or short delay. Over the years I’ve learned to better harness vocal ambience as a tool to tell a story and enhance the...

The Low Volume Mix Trick

One of the simplest things you can do to ensure your mix sounds good everywhere is to play with volume. And I don’t mean volume automation I mean checking your mix at different volumes. Specifically at super low volumes. A lot of times a mix will fall apart when...

How You Should Pan Your Tracks When Mixing

When it comes to panning your tracks in a mix there is a lot to consider. How much width and separation do you need? How many tracks are you dealing with? What does the arrangement flow like? Today I want to break down my complete philosophy and method for panning so...

Get Wider Mixes With Just 2 Plugins

Need more width in your latest mix? Already tried creative panning and arranging to open up the mix as much as possible? Are you using a lot of stereo tracks and virtual instruments that are all blending together? Today’s trick might help you a ton. Using two...

Does My Song Need Mastering?

Do you need to master your song before you release it to the world? Can you master your own music or do you need to hire a professional? Can you master your single WHILE you mix? These are all questions I get a lot and today I want to clear up the confusion once and...

How To Clean Up Harsh Vocals With A De-Esser

 Nothing can ruin a great vocal performance faster than harsh S and T sounds. Whether because of the actual vocalist herself or the microphone choice, many times vocals get too harsh when we try to mix. Thank goodness your DAW likely ships with a magical plugin called...