How bad speakers can make your mix sound better [reader Question]

I get very discouraged when my mix sounds good on my studio speakers (KRK Rokit 5’s), it’s nice and sits well in the speakers, then I’ll take the song out to the car and the mix falls apart. … One more tip I can give you is to find a set of speakers that YOUR mix sounds bad and the other mix sounds good on… could be headphones, computer speakers, radio shack speakers… just find SOMETHING that your mix sucks on while the other one sounds GREAT or just good on…

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MixCoach Podcast 016 : Processing Toms

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On this episode of the MixCoach Podcast, Kevin again gives you his specific signal chain, EQ and compressor settings for toms. He talks about when to use a gate to control the toms, as well as tailoring the sound of toms with EQ and compression.

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Are you trustworthy?

Trust

I want to spend the next few weeks talking about how you can build trust as an engineer. Whether you are a seasoned studio veteran or a newbie working out your own bedroom, it’s VERY important that you start to gaining trust with your clients (or potential paying clients). Over the next several weeks, I’m…

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MixCoach Podcast 015 : Processing Snare

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On this episode of the MixCoach Podcast, the snare is exposed just as the Kick was in the last episode. Kevin give you his specific EQ, and compression plug-ins and settings. He talks about finding the fundamental snare frequency.

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You can learn from my mistakes

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The budget for this track was very low… mainly because she is a friend and client … and I just wanted to do it for her. … Note: I thought I had sent the skeleton track (without overdubs) out for her to approve and as it turns out, I composed it, but never sent it. 🙁 After she offered to give me more money to correct the track, I told her that she wouldn’t incur any additional cost.

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MixCoach Podcast 014 : How I go about processing a Kick Drum

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On this episode of the MixCoach Podcast, Kevin describes his signal chain, EQ and compressor settings in detail. You can use these settings to get great kick drum sounds. Some insight from someone who has been around the block a few times.

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My life as an International man of Mixery

I know… terrible “Austin Powers” pun… (Man of Mixery) – anyway… Last summer, I mixed a very nice recording for a new friend of mine from Kiev, Ukraine.  His name is Roman Vashchuk and he’s becoming quite popular in Ukraine. My plan is to Skype interview him about the recording and mix process later.  I…

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MixCoach Podcast 013 : If you want your drums punchy, you have to look at drum phase

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On this episode of the MixCoach Podcast, Kevin describes where his drum process begins. He talks about getting the phase right from the beginning.

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Do not replace another drum hit until you read this

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I want to take a second and tell you about the COOLEST drum replacement plug-in that I have found. … DRT is a Pro Tools AudioSuite* plugin which effortlessly converts drum tracks into MIDI or audio “clicks” with near flawless accuracy.

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MixCoach Podcast 012 : Fighting The Loudness Wars

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On this episode of the MixCoach Podcast, Kevin gives his take on mix compression and “The Loudness Wars”. Kevin talks about how you can lose the “wars” and how you can win them.

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