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The Two Phases Of Writing Vocal Automation

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On this episode of the podcast Kevin discuses his mindset while automating vocals. He talks about the two main phases of automating or “riding” vocal faders, and explains what he tries to accomplish in each stage. 

Check out this episode to find out more about vocal automation! 


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Show Notes:

Two phases of automating vocals:

1) Keeping the vocal at a consistent level where you can hear it above the music.

2) Riding the vocal for intelligibility, so that you can clearly hear and understand every word.  

 

Links and Articles Mentioned:

Check out these links for more information on automating vocals, and the hierarchy of mixing.

MixCoach: The Hierarchy of Mixing 

MixCoach Minute 20: What is the correct order for Mixing? 

Kevin Interviews Joe Carrell

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On this episode of the podcast, Kevin talks with Recording and Mix Engineer Joe Carrel. We discuss everything from gear and studio monitors to advice on ways to stay motivated and productive when mixing. Joe talks about his recent move from mixing out of his home studio to mixing at a commercial studio on Music Row, as well as some of the projects he has been working on. 

 


Show Notes:

Click here for more information about The MixCoach Experience Weekend coming up this September!

– Warm Audio – WA76

– Tasji Bachman

– Find Joe’s Website HERE


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Building Your Career With The Proximity Effect

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On this episode of the podcast Kevin discuses the “Proximity Effect”…  and no, it’s not about microphones or microphone placement. This kind of proximity effect has to do with your location or “proximity” to the industry, and how to use it to your advantage.

Check out this episode to learn what the proximity effect is, and why you need to know about it!

 

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Show Notes:

Five Things Every Great Mixer Knows!

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Could You Be Making Your Listener Look Bad?

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On this episode of the podcast, Kevin discuses how you could be making your listener look bad without even knowing it. Check out this episode of the podcast to learn what you can do to avoid making your listener, and yourself, look bad.

 

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Links Mentioned:

Five Things Every Great Mixer Knows!

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Mixing Brass In World and Latin Music Styles

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On this episode of the podcast we talk about how to mix brass in different styles of music. Kevin takes a question from a listener asking about how to mix brass instruments, as well as how mixing brass in Latin, World, or South American music styles might be different than mixing brass in rock or pop music. 

Show Notes:

If you are interested in learning more about mixing brass, check out The MixCoach Guide to Mixing Jazz and Big Band.

– Compare your mix to a good reference mix so you can hear what the brass in that style of music should sound like.

– When mixing brass, one of the main things to consider is balance.

  • Make sure you can hear all of the parts well, paying particular attention to the vocal or instrument with the melody.
  • Support the melody part with all of the other parts.

 

Do you have any tips for mixing world or latin music? Let us know!

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Links Mentioned:

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What To Do When Your Parallel Compression Sounds “Phasey”

On this episode of the podcast, Kevin answers a question from one of our subscribers asking about parallel processing, and a “whooshy” or “phasey” sound that happens when he uses parallel compression. Kevin explains what causes these phase issues, and discusses a few simple ways to take care of it in your mixes. 

If you are not sure what phase is or would like to learn more about it, check out episode 71 of the MixCoach Podcast to learn How To Detect Phasing Problems In a Mix.

 

Show Notes:

Using parallel compression can add punch to drums, but can also cause phase problems if you aren’t careful.
Here are a couple of things you can do to help this:

1. Make sure you have delay compensation on on your DAW.

If you are a Pro Tools user and would like to learn more about Automatic Delay Compensation in Pro Tools, check out this great article on ptdudes.com called Delay Compensation Explained! – Part 1 and Part 2.  

2.  Turn up the delay compensation.

– On my pro tools system, I can actually set the maximum amount of delay compensation in milliseconds or samples.  This phasey-ness you are getting could be caused from the system not being able to keep up with the amount of latency that your compressor of choice is causing.

3. Use a different compressor that does not cause as much delay.


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Links Mentioned:

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Gain Staging Explained

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On this episode of the podcast, we are talking about gain staging! Kevin talks about how to maintain proper gain staging in your mixes, and answers a question from one of our subscribers who says, “I am still having some questions about gain staging. Getting everything in at a good level, and trying not to overdo anything in EQ and processing. I am just not happy with the final outcome.” 

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Show Notes:

To learn more about gain staging, check out Levels Demystified Part 1 and Part 2

If you are interested in learning even more about gain staging, check out our gain staging course, designed specifically to teach you everything you need to know about gain staging. Just Click Here

 

Links Mentioned:

Five Things Every Great Mixer Knows!

 

 

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Listener Question – Can I Get Professional Quality Results When Mixing “In The Box”?

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On this episode of the podcast, Kevin takes a question from one of our subscribers asking if it’s best to mix inside the box or outside of the box, and whether it’s possible to achieve professional quality results when mixing “In The Box” (Absolutely!). He also asks what the differences are between mixing In the Box, versus mixing on a console or through an analog summing mixer.

Show Notes:

  •  The differences between mixing ITB and out of the box are negligible if you don’t know the basics:
    • How to contain the Low End.
    • How to use a reference track to compare your mix to a really good sounding mix.
    • How to manage phase issues and know when tracks are out of phase. 

 

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Links Mentioned:

Five Things Every Great Mixer Knows!

 

 

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Listener Question – Best Bang For Your Buck Vocal Mic?

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On this episode of the podcast, Kevin takes a question from one of our listeners asking about the best “bang for your buck” vocal microphones.

Check out this episode of the podcast to learn what advice Kevin has for purchasing new vocal microphones!

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Links Mentioned:

Five Things Every Great Mixer Knows!

 

 

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My New Mastering Tools – Metering

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On the last episode of the podcast, Kevin talked about the advice he received during a mastering session and discussed how K-Metering has helped him to improve his mixes and prepare them for mastering.

(If you missed the last episode Click Here)

On this episode, Kevin talks about some of the tools he has found to help him measure loudness and decrease the range between the peak level and average level.

Check out this episode of the podcast to learn how Kevin uses these tools to get better results. 

Show Notes:

Ian Shepherd – Production Advice.co.uk

 

Klanghelm: VUMT

 

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Brainworx: BX Meter

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Slate Digital: FGX

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Links Mentioned:

Five Things Every Great Mixer Knows!

 

 

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