Understanding Attack – The Attack Principle

If you’ve automated almost anything, you’ve encountered what Kevin calls the “Attack Principle”. Understanding these tiny dynamics can help your mixes become more crisp and clear. Not understanding this can leave you “chasing your tail” for hours.

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How To Use The Side Chain On Expander/Gate Dyn-3 For Toms


Have you ever had the problem of gating a noisy tom only to have the snare open the gate constantly?  In this video, I will show you how to use the side chain to fix that. Enjoy and Comment!

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Feedback Friday

Every month on MixCoach Member, we review mixes that our mixers submit.  If you would like feedback on one of your mixes, you should check out our Membership site. Full Disclosure: Having your mix reviewed is not included in your membership. So, when you are ready to submit one, you just pay the nominal fee for…

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Intro To Mixing


A few weeks ago, I created a course called The MixCoach Approach To Mixing. I was just tweaking this course up when I took a look at this video that is included in the course. This “Intro” video really encompasses what I believe about learning to mix.. and learning it quickly. It seems that the…

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How To Repair A Noisy Snare Drum With “Strip Silence” In Pro Tools


Have you ever had a snare drum where the ghost notes or the high hat was about as loud as the snare itself?  Here is one way to fix that problem. Using the “strip silence” function in Pro Tools, I use a combination of extract and strip to get 2 snare tracks so that I…

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Guest Article: The Emotional Content Of Recorded Music


Today we have an incredible guest post for you guys coming from one of our subscribers- Keith Stark. Keith wrote in to us in response to a blog post that we published earlier this year and after some discussion on the subject, we decided to have Keith write an article for the blog! We really hope you guys…

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“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…

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Interview with Matt Butler – How to Mix #1 Radio Singles


Today we have a great video/ podcast for you guys featuring Matt Butler, a long time contributor to the MixCoach community and one of our Mix “Coaches” at MixCoach Member. Kevin interviews Matt about mixing a string of #1 radio singles and the secret to his recent success as an engineer, as well as tips…

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Ocean Way Nashville, Studio A: Video Tour and Walkthrough

Ocean Way Nashville Studio A: Video Tour and Walkthrough

Today I have a great video for you guys that I shot after a recent tracking session at one of Nashville’s most iconic and glamorous Recording Studios, Ocean Way Nashville. Ocean Way’s Studio A is also one of the largest full featured tracking spaces in Nashville, making it highly sought after for large orchestra sessions. Check…

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Creating Space with Reverb

Creating Space With Reverb

Today’s post comes to you guys from one of our great friends, long-time MixCoach Pro Member, and incredible mixer, Andy Peck. Andy is also one of the pioneering members of MixCoach Platinum where he was able to mix the song “Grace” on The Livingstons new album, sound examples of which are featured in this article. Andy decided…

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