What do I use to De-ess a vocal?

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I know you’ve had this problem. You get the vocal sounding bright enough, then you notice that the “S” sounds and “T” sounds are making your ears bleed. The solution to this problem could be a de-esser. I’ll show you how to use one in an upcoming post. Finding the right de-esser is the trick…

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Where did my F keys go?

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Are you wondering why your F1, F2, F3 function keys are not working since you upgraded?  I mean F1 used to mean “shuffle mode” in Pro Tools, now it dims my screen.  I used to have a fancy shortcut programed for F8, now it starts iTunes. The cure could be as simple as a system…

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Update on my “Mix Like a Pro” Class

A few weeks ago, I asked the subscribers to my mailing list [you can sign up here] what I could do to really offer something valuable to them.  The overwhelming response was things like: Mix evaluations One on one time Get to ask questions about mixes as I did them So I decided to put…

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The “Release Principle” on a Snare drum

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This is a video to show you how you can correct a snare that has too much attack for a mix.

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Common DAE errors and their causes

I’m encountering an error in Pro Tools this morning.  While looking around for a solution, I came across this list of “common” Pro Tools Errors.  I figured that if it helped me, hopefully it will help you too. Source: Digidesign Users forum K Onyx Error Bad DSP Chip on the core card. Replace core card…

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Kevin Interviews Joe Carrell for MixCoach (Part Deux)

Here’s the continuation of my interview with Joe Carrell of joecarrell.com. Question: Did you learn anything from this interview… from Joe or me? Comment below… …And in case you missed it, here’s Part One!

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Kevin Interviews mixing pro Joe Carrell for Mixcoach

This is the first in a long series of interviews that I will be conducting for mixcoach.com.  I wanted you guys to hear a couple of working mix engineers talking shop and giving INVALUABLE insight into mixing and running a studio. Be sure and comment below if you like this kind of interview…. Question: What’s…

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Surgical EQ on a vocal track- how to use notch eq to correct proximity effect

Justin from YouTube was having trouble getting a vocal EQ’d.  He used a High Pass filter on the vocal, but he said that it thinned out the vocal too much. Justin sent me a sample of the vocal so that I could assess what the problem was.  What we discovered was that he recorded the…

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Repairing a sustained note in Pro Tools 8

Learn the difference in a note cycle and a vibrato cycle in this video. I was dealing with the pitch on a fiddle track at the very end of the note. The repair came off beautifully. Let me know how you’d fix a note like this.

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Repairing recurring vocal parts or guitar riffs by creative editing

Let’s say you have a guitar riff or a repeating vocal part and one of them is perfect and the others not-so-much. Or, maybe the very first one is weak and you want to fix it by “flying” one of the more perfect ones… Watch this video to see if this is not the EASIEST…

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