Podcast 75: Genre Conventions and Dancing with Stars

PodCast Episode  75

In this podcast, we are talking about mixing different musical styles.  I use the reference of “Dancing with the stars”… What does dancing have to do with mixing? In dancing, each style of dancing, the cha cha or the tango, has certain rules that the dancer needs to adhere to in order to get a…

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Where do I put the lead vocal in a mix?


I had a great question to come to me from a new subscriber. It’s a question that we all have at some point. Where does the lead vocal go in a mix? I answered with the method that I use to place the vocal in a mix. Finding exactly where to put the vocal is…

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When to buy new plugins [podcast 74]

PodCast Episode 74

Sometimes you just need a plugin “fix”.  We talk about when WE buy plugins and what the mindset is behind it. Raw Transcript: Announcer: This is the MixCoach podcast, episode 74.[Music plays] Male: On this episode of the MixCoach podcast, we’re going to talk about what is important when selecting what tools are essential to…

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Essential Plugins [podcast 73]

PodCast Episode 73

This week we are talking about what we consider “essential” plug-ins. Raw Transcript: Kevin: This is the MixCoach podcast, episode 73. Jon: On this episode of the MixCoach podcast, we’re going to talk about what plug-ins we consider essential. [Music] Hey Kev, how’s it going? Kevin: Jon. Jon: I was asked the other day what…

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What to listen for in a reference mix

what do you listen for in a reference mix?

I had a question from a MixCoach Member wondering what he should be listening for in a reference mix. Here is his question: What would be a list that you could give me to be mindful of when listening to other songs. I was watching a Dave Pensado video and he was interviewing someone (can’t…

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Creative ways to repair phase problems in your mix [podcast 72]

PodCast Episode 72

Last week we told you how to detect phasing problems in your mix.  This week, Kevin gives a few tips on creative ways to fix phasing problems in a mix. Raw Transcript: This is the Mix Coach podcast, episode 72. On this episode of the Mix Coach podcast, we talk about a bunch of ways…

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Train Your Ears – Part 2: Hearing Compression and Compression Distortion


We’re in the middle of a series about ear training! Last week I detailed a method of training your ears to hear different frequencies and ranges. Click HERE to check that post out! This week I want to touch on how to train your ears to hear compression and compression induced distortion. Over the thousands…

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How to detect phasing problems in a mix [podcast 71]

PodCast Episode 71

In this episode of the podcast, Kevin gives a few tips on how to detect whether or not you have phasing problems in your mix. Raw Transcript: Jon Wright: This is the MixCoach Podcast, Episode 71. [Music] Kevin Ward: On this episode of the MixCoach Podcast, I’m going to show you two surefire ways that…

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Train Your Ears – Part 1: Frequency Ranges


What’s up MixCoachers! Hope you all had a great weekend! A couple weeks ago on MixCoach Member, Kevin and I were asked about resources for training your ears. As I was pulling together an answer with some resources I decided to take the time and send everyone the info! So over then next two weeks…

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Is your tracking room too small?


As many of you know, last month a water pipe burst in Kevin’s studio while he was out and it flooded. Luckily, the computer, instruments, and other gear was high enough off the floor to evade the waves, but the main wall between the control room and the tracking room was ruined. After the shock…

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