How To Get That “Wow” Kind Of Mix

Every time I crack open the latest issue of Sound on Sound or watch an interview with a top mix engineer sitting in his studio surrounded by racks of outboard gear, I’m reminded of one thing. Mixing is elevated above all other aspects of the song creation...

The Songwriter’s Guide To Recording

Calling all songwriters: if you want better recordings, this is for you. Most of us have a dominant instrument that we do the bulk of our writing with. For you it might be piano or guitar. Whatever the core instrument, we usually get stuck trying to build out the rest...

Analog Vibe Is Sexy (But EQ Is More Important)

The other day I was watching a cool video interview with one of today’s leading mix engineers, and he was talking about some of his favorite plugins. He mentioned his love for a lot of analog modeling plugins like the Abbey Road REDD plugins from Waves because...

The Art Of Embracing Imperfections In Your Recordings

When I got into digital recording I was hooked for one really weird reason: I could finally make a perfect recording! With tools like Beat Detective, Elastic Audio, and even simple cut, copy, and paste I was finally working in an environment where I could perfect my...