MixCoach Podcast 003 : The most important question you can ask your client

PodCast Episode 3

[audio:http://mixcoach-podcast.s3.amazonaws.com/MC003TheMostImportantQuestionYouCanAskYourClient.mp3] On this episode of the MixCoach Podcast, Kevin discusses the first meeting with a vocalist. He talks about energy, personality dynamics, and when to have the vocalist sing. He relates these elements to mixing, production and engineering as well.

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MixCoach Podcast 002 : The three most important things in vocal pre-production

PodCast Episode 2

[audio:http://mixcoach-podcast.s3.amazonaws.com/MC002TheThreeMostImportantThingsInVocalPreProduction.mp3] On this episode of the MixCoach Podcast, Kevin talks about the 3 most important things to keep in mind during vocal preproduction. Covered in this episode is: emotion, appropriate songs, production, what range works.

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MixCoach Podcast 001 : All about the New MixCoach Podcast


This first episode just introduces everybody and tells you why we did this podcast “interview style”. It’s the easiest and quickest way for me to get information to you, the future or current “hit” mixer. Thanks for listening, enjoy the show. Be sure and comment below! Kevin

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What do I use to De-ess a vocal?


I know you’ve had this problem. You get the vocal sounding bright enough, then you notice that the “S” sounds and “T” sounds are making your ears bleed. The solution to this problem could be a de-esser. I’ll show you how to use one in an upcoming post. Finding the right de-esser is the trick…

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Where did my F keys go?

Make sure the box is unchecked if you want your pro tools shortcuts back

Are you wondering why your F1, F2, F3 function keys are not working since you upgraded?  I mean F1 used to mean “shuffle mode” in Pro Tools, now it dims my screen.  I used to have a fancy shortcut programed for F8, now it starts iTunes. The cure could be as simple as a system…

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Update on my “Mix Like a Pro” Class

A few weeks ago, I asked the subscribers to my mailing list [you can sign up here] what I could do to really offer something valuable to them.  The overwhelming response was things like: Mix evaluations One on one time Get to ask questions about mixes as I did them So I decided to put…

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The “Release Principle” on a Snare drum

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This is a video to show you how you can correct a snare that has too much attack for a mix.

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Common DAE errors and their causes

I’m encountering an error in Pro Tools this morning.  While looking around for a solution, I came across this list of “common” Pro Tools Errors.  I figured that if it helped me, hopefully it will help you too. Source: Digidesign Users forum K Onyx Error Bad DSP Chip on the core card. Replace core card…

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Vocal Recording Tips and Principles – Part 4

Here is the fourth and last post in the series on Vocal Recording by Jon Wright. They were written while sitting in on a vocal session with Kevin Ward and Wayne Haun. “These last tips are more social and can apply to any recording situation. Studio work and working with musicians is very social. A…

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Vocal Recording Tips and Principles – Part 3

Here is the third post by Jon Wright. Written while sitting in on a vocal session with Kevin Ward and Wayne Haun. “Two more tips for a great vocal session: As an engineer you need to find a workflow that works well for you. For Kevin, it was making 3 passes (minimum) on separate tracks…

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