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

“What Volume Should I Have On The Master/ Stereo Out, When The Mix Is Ready?”

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“What volume should I have on the Master/ Stereo Out, when the mix is ready?” Keep RMS around -10-12dB, ceiling -1dB and you are done:) To make use of this short statement in practice we need to clarify some things like the difference between gain, volume, level and loudness and also some other questions need… Continue reading “What Volume Should I Have On The Master/ Stereo Out, When The Mix Is Ready?”

What Is K-Metering? And Why Are You Telling Us About Your Mastering Session?

On this episode of the podcast, Kevin talks about critical advice he received during a mastering session, and discusses a type of metering developed by Bob Katz called K-System metering. K-Metering consists of three different scales: K-12, K-14, and K-20.  Check out this episode of the podcast to learn what each of these scales are… Continue reading What Is K-Metering? And Why Are You Telling Us About Your Mastering Session?

What to listen for in a reference mix

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I had a question from a MixCoach Member wondering what he should be listening for in a reference mix. Here is his question: What would be a list that you could give me to be mindful of when listening to other songs. I was watching a Dave Pensado video and he was interviewing someone (can’t… Continue reading What to listen for in a reference mix

Train Your Ears – Part 2: Hearing Compression and Compression Distortion

We’re in the middle of a series about ear training! Last week I detailed a method of training your ears to hear different frequencies and ranges. Click HERE to check that post out! This week I want to touch on how to train your ears to hear compression and compression induced distortion. Over the thousands… Continue reading Train Your Ears – Part 2: Hearing Compression and Compression Distortion

MixCoach Podcast 064: EQ Before or After Compressors?

With this podcast; we ask ourselves, should we put our EQ before or after our compressor? Raw Transcript: Kevin: This is the MixCoach PodCast, number 64. John: On this week episode, we’re going to talk about EQ before or after the compressor. [music]. Hey Kev, how’s it going? Kevin: Hey, John. John: We’ve got a… Continue reading MixCoach Podcast 064: EQ Before or After Compressors?

MixCoach Podcast 063: Noise Gates

In this episode we chat about how we’ve used noise gates in the past, as well as some other possible uses. Raw Transcript: Kevin: This is the Mix Coach Podcast, Episode 63. John: On this week’s podcast, we’re going to talk about noisegating: When to use it, when to not use it. What are some… Continue reading MixCoach Podcast 063: Noise Gates