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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  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 a question that you would like ANY Music Business Professional to answer… I’ll try to ask everybody for you.



Also check out Part Deux!

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 vocal too close to the microphone and the track had a bump at around 200hz.  I’ll show you exactly what I did to fix it.

If there’s a question that I can answer for you, please leave a comment below and I’ll try to coach you through it.

To your success,

Kevin – MixCoach

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.

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 ways to make your client (or you!) nail their part every time!
Thanks for reading.

Simplest and best way to combat plosives on vocal mics (part 3)

This is the way that I repair plosives on vocal mics most of the time.  It’s the quickest, easiest way to eliminate 85% of the problem.

I usually do this part first, then, if there is still a problem, I repair it in one of the other ways in the previous 2 videos.

How do you do it?

Anything else you want to see? Any way I can help you become more confident in your mixing skills?  Let me know… below.


Using fade to repair a p-pop on a vocal microphone in pro tools 8 (part 1)

Hearing a P-pop on a microphone REALLY makes people think that you weren’t paying attention to recording the vocal.  This video is the first of a 3 -part series on how to never let a pop on the microphone ever make you look bad again.

Please comment below if there’s anything I can show you.

Here’s to your success.

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