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Book Review: Mixing Audio – concepts, practices and tools.

Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools price check UPDATE: This book is now available. A new book on mixing techniques is coming out in January 2008. The press release on the book makes it look like a potentially valuable resource. The book promises to cover techniques from basic to advanced and should appeal to home […]

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Mix Recipes: Kick Drum EQ and compression

There is no reason to settle for lackluster kick drum sounds on your home recording. This article explores some great mix recipes for equalizing and compressing your kick drum tracks. While every kick drum has an individual sound there are some general guidelines you can follow to get a great start in shaping your drum’s […]

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Phat Drums: New York Style Parallel Compression (Part 1)

Drums are one of the hardest things to get right in a “home” recording. Big studios have plenty of outboard gear and a cabinet full of microphones. They often have the leisure of tracking drums to analog tape and later bouncing to digital. In light of this all, you may be surprised to learn drums […]

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Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 3)

Continued from Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 2) Step 8: Boosting Levels Using Multiband Compression The master should be sounding pretty good at this point. The only thing left is to get a little more consistency across frequency bands. Add the Waves L3 MultiMaximizer to your track right after Ozone 3. The interface […]

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Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 2)

Continued from Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 1) Step 5: Mastering Reverb In Ozone 3 A mastering reverb can really help tie your mix together and put a nice polish on it. Mastering reverb is quite a bit different from track reverb. The goal of track reverb is typically to add an audible […]

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Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 1)

The Modern Mastering series focused, as its name implies, on a very modern sound. This is great for mastering metal, rock, pop, dance, and other very modern styles, but it is not really what you would want for some more down to earth styles. I recently worked on a bluegrass EP and did not want […]

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Modern Mastering (Part 2)

Continued from Modern Mastering Part 1 STEP 6: Multiband Compression Add the Waves Linear Multiband processor to the track right after the REQ4. Click the Load button on the LinMB interface and choose Basic Multi from the drop down list. Play your entire track without stopping playback. You now have some numbers registered in the […]

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Modern Mastering (Part 1)

Modern music has a mastering style with a very limited dynamic range. Limited dynamic range does not mean the music has limited range. This modern mastering style just means the quiet parts are nearly as loud as the loud parts. Psycho-acoustically, our ears and minds can still tell the difference between the quiet and loud […]