9 Tips for Working With Compression

I have been hard at work writing my eBook about mixing. While I was working on the section about dynamics, I thought why not share some practical audio compression tips here on the blog.Continue Reading

Pensado’s Place – “Into the Lair” – Essential Lessons

I am a big fan of Dave Pensado and his Pensado’s Place show. I just love this guy. If you don’t know him already, he’s a Grammy Award winning mixing engineer who’s mixed Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Pink, Mary J. Blige… Well, you get the picture.

I especially like the “Into the Lair” section of his shows where he explains various aspects of his work in detail. All of his videos are great so I really recommend you to watch all of it. But it’s a lot to go through, so I wanted to put together a collection of “Into the Lair” clips from Pensados Place that have been especially interesting and helpful to me. Below each video, I’ve also included some bonus notes from myself.Continue Reading

The 25 Best Free VST / AU Plugins for PC and Mac in 2013 – Part 3

This the third and final part of my big free VST / AU plugin review. We truly have some great stuff lined up! In case you’re wondering, all of these plugins are compatible with both Mac and PC platforms. Continue Reading

The 25 Best Free VST / AU Plugins for PC and Mac in 2013 – Part 1

There are a lot of great free plugins out there. However, I’ve always been put off by how difficult it is to spot the good ones from the masses of mediocrity.

So I decided to do something about it. For the past year I’ve been on a mission. I’ve been scouting the internet, lurking on forums, talking to people… And downloading tons of free plug-ins.

Most importantly I’ve been test driving everything on real projects to see how the plugins perform. It’s been a ton of work and I’m not easy to please… But starting today I’m happy to present you the results:

My view on the absolute best of the best of free VST/AU plugins out there at the moment.
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7 Tips on Making Your Music Loud

I get this question a lot.

What can I do to make my music sound louder?

Well, there’s lots – in fact most things you do when making music affect loudness somehow.Continue Reading

FabFilter Saturn – The Saturation Workhorse

Continuing the series about my favorite plugins, it’s time for the FabFilter Saturn. Saturn does multiband distortion/saturation. It is the most versatile of the saturation plugins I use.  It goes really deep. I bought it about a year back and since then I’ve used it on most of the tunes I’ve made. I even use it for mastering sometimes.Continue Reading

Effective Techniques to Learn Compression

Learn compression

Compression has become an integral ingredient of most music these days. At the same time it remains somewhat a secret science – a commonly misunderstood one. It’s a great pleasure to have the mastering engineer Barry Gardner from SafeandSound online mastering services to talk to us about how to learn compression. During his long career in music Barry has worked with people such as Terry Callier, Ronnie Wood, Craig David, Kano, Chick Corea and many others. Needless to say he knows his stuff. Time to pay attention.

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Free Plugin Tip: Flux Bittersweet II

Let me introduce one of my secret weapons. It’s a free plugin I absolutely love: the Flux Bittersweet II transient designer.Continue Reading

Smashed Up – a Parallel Compression Tutorial

Introduction

Welcome to the Resoundsound parallel compression tutorial. We often use compression to beef things up. The more we compress, the thicker the sound gets. The tradeoff is of course compromising the natural dynamics and nuances of the sound.Continue Reading

Mixing for Vinyl: Don’t Fall for These Traps

If your track comes in from the vinyl press sounding like shit, what would be your first reaction? Bad mastering, right? Wrong answer geeza.. Guess what – I’m blaming it on you. Mixing for vinyl ain’t your everyday walk in the park. Looks like I’ve got a bit of explaining to do while you glimpse at the mirror.

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