Two of the Most Common Mistakes Beginning Mixers Make


Here at MixCoach and MixCoach Member we see lots of beginning mixers. We listen to and give feedback on their mixes. Throughout the years we’ve noticed some trends in beginners. Here are two of the most common. They pile on plug-ins. As with everything in life, the best lessons are the ones learned by experience.…

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Time Lapse of studio construction crew tearing down the walls

Reconstructing my studio has been a process.  This video was taken last Friday when the crew tore down my old wall and started building my new wall.  My next post will be on exactly how they built the new wall.  It’s Massive and dense.   More to come

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MixCoach Studio Design. On to Plan B.

Studio Design

Studio Design Plan B Here is an update on the studio rebuild progress of kiloWatt/MixCoach Studios. After meeting with my insurance restoration expert and David Rochester a studio designer and longtime friend of mine, I have discovered that there are some issues with the new studio layout I designed. Check out the video to find out…

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My New Studio Floorplan


As some of you know, my studio flooded a week ago today. Using a Google tool called Floorplan, I drafted something I think will work. Let me know what you think.   UPDATE:  After talking to David Rochester of Technical Audio Services, this studio design has been revised.

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My Studio Flooded

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I walked in after dinner last Friday night to a flooded basement where my studio resides. I now have to rebuild my studio… on a tight budget and on an even tighter schedule. So, I thought I’d include you guys in on my (unexpected) journey of rebuilding my studio. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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MixCoach Podcast Episode 70: The Channel Strip Challenge

PodCast Episode 70

  Today on the MixCoach Podcast we are talking about the Channel Strip Challenge! Raw Transcript: Announcer: This is the MixCoach podcast, episode 70. Jon: On this episode of the MixCoach podcast, I’m talking to Kevin about a thing we did on the MixCoach Member site called the Channel Strip Challenge, in which we limited…

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This Week: Organizing a Session for a Mix – Unglamourous mixing

Unglamourous, Mixing, Studios

Next Week, I will be mixing at Capitol Studios, but before then, there is a lot of work to do. I am mixing a new project for Stowtown Records that my friend Wayne Haun is producing.  It’s a “Broadway Project” as it has become known to me and my crew.  J. Mark McVey and Ernie…

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PreSonus RC 500 Channel Strip Review

PreSonus is a company becoming well known for their ability to bridge the gap between quality and affordable. I have been a fan of PreSonus products since my original investment in a Digimax D8 offering 8 quality mic pre’s via ADAT connectivity and other great features for a low $399 at the time. It’s been…

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MixCoach Podcast 069: Automating Vocals

Automating & Mixing Vocals

This week we are talking all about automating vocals and breaking your mix into parts. [transcript] Announcer: This is the MixCoach podcast number 69. John: On this episode of the podcast we’re going to talk about automating vocals and a simple way to break something down from a huge track count into its individual parts…

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When do you become a recording engineer?

Become a Recording Engineer

Is it when you get your first client? Is it when you get your first single? Is it when you get your first piece of gear?  I don’t think so… One of my favorite movies is one called Sister Act 2.  Not only is the music awesome, but there are a few poignant parts too.…

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