Drum Mixing Breakdown Video

Breakdown of the mix of Ben Smith’s drums The drummer for Heart, Ben Smith, helped me out with some drum tracks for one of the songs I co-wrote with Coreena, “If You Wanna”.  We tracked the drums at the famous

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Less is More – Bigger sounds through simplification

Less is More! Bigger Sounds through Simplification

Want bigger & fuller sounding songs?  Less is More! The biggest problem I encounter with inexperienced artists, producers, and engineers these days is that there is too much of everything.  Too many parts in the song arrangements.  Too many tracks

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High-cut filter

I’m curious as to how often you might (and I know it probably depends wildly) cut high frequencies as a matter of course. For example, I usually cut quite a bit of low frequencies on most tracks just to keep

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Multiband Harmonic Exciter

Is there any use for a multiband harmonic exciter? A harmonic exciter, I thought and correct me if I’m wrong, adds a high frequency “touch” to a sound. Couldn’t an EQ do the same thing? What would be the advantage

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Depth through EQ

I’m attempting to mix a song and am trying to create a sense of depth. The delays are working well as are the reverbs. However, my question is more concerned with EQ’ing for a sense of depth. Instruments that are

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Parallel vs serial compression

I’m wondering if someone could explain what serial compression and parallel compression is, and the advantages of each and when one would be used vs the other. Serial compression is when the compressor is inserted in the signal chain and

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Use of compressor on early records

I greatly appreciate this site. It is such a treat to be able to speak to experienced and knowledgeable mixers. Question: I know technology in the recording field has come far in the last 40 years, but compressors were around

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Fitting frequencies together

This is my first post on this forum. Somehow I lost my original post after I previewed it. I read the article “3D and the Art of Mixing,” I think it was called, where it discussed fitting frequencies together to

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Recording Distorted Guitar

Wise One: Do you have any tips for recording distorted guitars?  When I try it, the recording sounds for ssssssizzzzly. I have a Big Muff and a Boss OD2.  I’ve experimented with an SM57, a Cascade ribbon and I’m about

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Questions on the making of Yes We Can

Hi Steve, Thanks for the email about the “Yes We Can” videos on YouTube.  They were very educational.  Everyone involved in the production did a great job. I wanted to ask you a few questions about some of my observations:

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