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

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




Please note: There is an updated version of this post. Some of the plugins are different so you may still want to browse this older post as well.
You can find the newer post here:

The Best Free VST / AU Plugins 2015

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

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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

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Using Saturation in a Mix

Guest post time! Continuing with our recent theme on saturation – we have Kim Lajoie speaking to us about his approach to saturation.

Saturation is a wonderful tool for mixing. This is especially true for computer-based DAWs, which allow us to go from transparent clean digital sound through to smeared murky smashed sound. And everywhere in between. The variety of available plugins and different approaches give producers and engineers a huge toolkit and capability to choose the right saturation for each track.

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Ableton Live – First Impressions

So I’ve recently started dabbling in Ableton Live. Lots to learn. Here are some of my initial thoughts and first impressions.

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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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7 Reasons to Bounce Tracks to Audio Before Final Mix/Arrange

Before finalizing your project, you might want to bounce to audio. This can yield many benefits. Let’s look into a few.

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My Master Plugins Revealed

I’m often asked what master plugins I use on my main output channel when working on music.

Let’s take a look at a typical setup and what I do with those bad boys…

Please note: These plugins can be used as mastering plugins. However this post is not about a mastering situation. These plugins are what I use on the master output channel during the production and mixing process.

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Protect Your Ears

Today I wanted to talk to you about protecting your hearing.

I am the perfect person to do that as I’ve blasted my right ear about 10 years back and since then it’s permanently damaged.Continue Reading

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The Best Way To Mix

You probably know there are two ways to approach mixing. Some people swear by the “mix as you go” mentality. Others prefer to leave the mix to a separate session. What do I think is best?

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