Advanced Compression – The Attack Control (Part 3)

In the final part of this series on ‘Advanced Compression – The Attack Control’ we’re going to take a quick look at a few real-world applications of fast attack settings. In Part One, we looked at using the attack control settings on a compressor to ‘soften’ a sound and make it more (or less) present.…

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Advanced Compression – The Attack Control (Part 2)

    In Part 1 of this series we looked at how a compressor’s attack settings could be used to ‘soften’ the transient of a sound so it is perceived as being further back in a mix. But the real question is, why would you ever want to do this? Shouldn’t your goal be to preserve the…

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Advanced Compression – The Attack Control (Part 1)

The skillful and deliberate use of compression in the mix process is something every engineer worth his or her weight in salt has a knack for.  While some grasp the basic concepts of compression relatively quickly, many engineers readily admit that the nuances of compression can take a little longer to master. So if you…

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Demagnetizing The Mix (Part 2)

In Part One of Demagnetizing The Mix we noted that most mixes begin ‘stuck’ inside an imaginary box between the speakers. We described this phenomenon as the ‘Magnetized Mix’.  One of the first tasks of an engineer is to take concrete steps to ‘demagnetize’ the mix, or ‘unpack the box’, so it can have a…

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Demagnetizing The Mix (Part 1)

Most mixes begin life ‘inside-the-box’.  By this I don’t mean ‘inside a computer’.  No.  In this instance I mean something completely different.  Most mixes begin life inside an imaginary box in between your speakers, and when a mix gets stuck inside this box you have a ‘magnetized mix’.  This imaginary box has a limited frequency…

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What Makes A Great Mix?

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to complete my first mix evaluations for the incredible team of engineers over at MixCoach Member. For those of you unfamiliar with what this is every month MixCoach Member subscribers are given a new song to mix, along with tutorials on how to approach and mix it. At the…

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Logic X Has Landed!

For those of you who have waited with baited breath for Apple to release Logic X, you can now breath a sigh of release!  Today Apple released Logic X for $199 (available from the Mac App store). Logic X includes: New clean interface design (think Final Cut Pro X) New ‘Track Stacks’ feature, allowing users…

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Vintage Compressors vs. Stock Compressors . . . What’s the difference?

Having never had the opportunity to work my way up from teaboy to head engineer at a world famous recording studio, the closest I’ve come to being in a room filled with vintage analog compressors is the Universal Audio Plugin Store!!! That said the sheer number and quality of vintage analog compressors available as plugin…

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Mixbus Meets Pro Tools

Do you love the sound of Mixbus but find Pro Tools essential to your workflow?  Well don’t worry.  Now you can have the best of both worlds! The guys over at Mixbus have posted a video showing you how to route your Pro Tools session into Mixbus for that extra analog flavor! Check out the…

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Levels Demystified – 10 Tips For Setting Levels (Part 6)

Well my friends we are nearly at the end of our time together.  I hope the fog has begun to lift and the whole topic of setting levels is a little clearer.  But before we go I thought I’d offer up some suggestions for setting levels in real life situations. Now remember these are only…

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