Dynamic Range Basics

When we think of dynamics in music, we refer to the variations in loudness of a musical composition. Composers use terms known as dynamic markings to differentiate between quiet and loud passages. Performers naturally strive to take the listener through an emotional journey through the use of these loudness differences. Think about a song with… Continue reading Dynamic Range Basics

Mixing Tools: The Bus (Part 2 – Sends)

In the first part of our discussion about using the Bus system in your DAW, we talked about creating submixes (routing the main outputs of different sources to a single track). Now we’ll discuss another common way of using buses to send a “copy” of the output signal to additional locations. Using a bus for… Continue reading Mixing Tools: The Bus (Part 2 – Sends)

Understanding Delay Effects, Part 3

Now that we have discussed the main differences between different delay settings, let’s put it into practice. Lets say you’re trying to fatten up a vocal track: Create an aux track and insert a stereo delay effect. If you prefer, you can just insert the delay effect on the track itself and adjust the mix… Continue reading Understanding Delay Effects, Part 3

Understanding Delay Effects, Part 2

Last post, I gave you an overview of the different types of delay effects, let’s discuss some of the specific delay parameters (settings). Delay Time This setting is the time between the original signal and the delayed signal. (This is where you would refer back to the last article and choose your delay time setting… Continue reading Understanding Delay Effects, Part 2

Understanding Delay Effects, Part 1

In this series, I will discuss some of the most common types of delay fx and how to use delay effects to achieve a range of task specific results. Many times people think of delay as a kind of ‘echo” effect. But delay can also be used to create effects not necessarily associated with “echo”. In this first… Continue reading Understanding Delay Effects, Part 1

Interview with Mastering Engineer Matthew Gray

Matthew Gray is one of the most sought after mastering engineers in Australia and all over the world. His client list includes: top Australian bands Drawn From Bees and The Middle East, UK artist Pixie Lott, Michelle Branch, Hillsong, and many others. Besides his world-class mastering services, Matt is also an accomplished musician. He has… Continue reading Interview with Mastering Engineer Matthew Gray

Mixing The Band Webinar

A little longer than a week now, MIX Magazine offered a free webinar (sponsored by Universal Audio) with some of the top engineers/ mixers/ producers in the world: Joe Chiccarelli (U2, The White Stripes, The Killers), Michael Brauer (Coldplay, John Mayer, The Rolling Stones) and Ryan West (Eminem, Kanye West) etc. These gentlemen discussed topics… Continue reading Mixing The Band Webinar