EQ the Effects Bus

It’s easy to feed stuff to the effects bus and then forget about it. Don’t! It is especially important to EQ your reverbs. It depends on the case of course but I usually do three things with reverbs: Cut everything below 200-300hz or even higher – don’t need the muddyness and rumble on reverbs. Apply […]

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Tune Your Bass Sounds

It is a good idea to aim to have the bulk of your sub-bass and bassdrum one octave apart from each other.

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How to Finish Music

You’ve just had a good long studio session. You started a banging new track, spent hours refining and maybe even managed to finish (or so you think). You go to sleep feeling really good about yourself. The next day you have a listen. Everything sounds a bit off. You feel like all the hard work […]

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Inspect the Real Performance of Your EQ

Inspect the effect of your favourite EQs have on the sound using a spectrum analyzer. It is easy to get tricked by the curve that you see on the interface of the EQ. Sometimes it’s not an accurate description of what is really going on.

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The Art of Shutting Down the Noise

It was as if my thinking was being blurred. The huge flow of digital noise and useless information was derailing my focus. I had to change things up.

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The Muppet Show

About four or five years back I was featured on a big compilation (it’s still available on Amazon, Play.com, etc). Needless to say, to appear there alongside some of the absolute brightest stars in the game was a huge opportunity for me. That opportunity went down the drain.

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Clean the Low End of the Mix

When mixing a track, go through every single track and sound. Inspect them using a spectrum analyzer. Many times you will discover unnecessary low end (0-80hz) hum and rumble in pads, vocals, effects, etc. Clean that up!

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Mixing: How To Tackle Common Problems – part 2

In the first part of this article we went through four common problems that keep occuring in mixdowns and discussed the solutions to tackle them. 1. THE LOW END CLASH 2. TOO MUCH BASS 3. THE MIXDOWN IS HEAVILY COMPRESSED/LIMITED 4. CLICKS/POPS/ERRORS IN THE MIXDOWN

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Mixing: How To Tackle Common Problems – part 1

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of features we have in modern music production software and lose sight of the basics. Here’s a lowdown on some of the most common problems with mixdowns I receive for mastering and tips on how to avoid them. Make recognizing and avoiding these basic mistakes a part […]

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Interview: Ink

An architect of sound first visualizes then realises, making something out of nothing, making sure that not only the object itself shines but also the space around it. The sound is moulding, shaping and morphing at the hands of DJ Ink.

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