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…

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Mixing Tools: The Bus (Part 2 – Sends)

Article on how to use pre-fader and post-fader sends for mixing

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…

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Mixing tools: The Bus (Part 1- Submix)

Using Subgroups for Mixing

In this article, We talk about how to easily set up a sub mix using and Aux Track. Aux Inputs are often overlooked but very useful in a solid mixing workflow.

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Noise Gate Basics

Noise Gate

An often overlooked dynamic processor is the noise gate. Basically, a noise gate (or gate for short) is normally used to keep out any unwanted noise like hum coming out of a guitar amp when it’s not playing, ring from toms when they aren’t being played, a click track coming through a pair of open…

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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…

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Understanding Delay Effects, Part 2

Delay Setting Signal

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…

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Understanding Delay Effects, Part 1

Delay Effects Delay FX

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…

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Interview with Mastering Engineer Matthew Gray

Mastering Engineer Matthew Gray on MixCoach

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…

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Mixing The Band Webinar

Mixing the Band Webinar Chicarrelli Brauer West

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…

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Mix Bus Compression: Should I Use It?

picture of an SSL mixbus compressor

There are different schools of thought when it comes to the use of compression in a 2-track mix bus. It seems to turn into a hot debate every time I see engineers discussing stereo bus compression.

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