Archive for category Mixing

Important things

Here’s a list of things I consider important when building a mix, divided into ‘tiers’. I might add to/fiddle with this over time, but I’ll put it up now as it’s been saved in draft for a year or something. I wanted to get this up so I can refer to it in future articles. Gold level: – Sound selection […]

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Same point as always

[part of an email response written to someone mixing into the dreaded PSP vintage warmer] Personally I wouldn’t chase new comps/fx etc, until you really know WHY you need a certain different kind of eq/comp. Get to know the stuff you have. Obligatory Bruce Lee quote: ‘I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 […]

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‘My tunes aren’t as loud as my friends”

[Note: This is a copy of an email reply to a bloke that got in touch in a real state, very upset that despite 2 years of picking apart other people’s mixes and spending thousands of euros on plugins, his mixes weren’t as loud as his friends’. My reply is copied here with his permission.] […]


Overprocessing: eq

[Note: I’ve been meaning to write this article for almost two years. The question just came up so I’ve included my response here, to kill two birds with one stone 😉 ]   “…if you have any advice to help me catch problematic eq problems before i send off to you to master let me know. I […]

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Mixing into whatever – a rant

I’ve had enough. Just stop it, people. Please. More and more and more, people are telling me ‘I got the mix perfect, and took off all the master processing to help you out’, then wondering why the master I provide based on the mix they’ve sent, which they’ve said is perfect, sounds totally different to what they […]

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A word on aggressive HPF/LPF/EQ

[Note: This is taken from an email conversation with a customer, with their permission] Ok so. Going by everything you have said, you are trying to chop the bottom/top off your sound like an absolute knife, to create the sharpest possible cutoff, to remove as much ‘excess’ as possible. I’ll explain why this is a […]


The Cake

I make a lot of food analogies when I’m talking about mixing, mastering and whatnot; I make no apologies for that. Food analogies are great for a number of reasons; – they are universally understandable – they are often actually more relevant and accurately descriptive than they first appear – they give you ideas for […]


Things you might be doing wrong (pt.1)

Time for the first real post. ‘Things you might be doing wrong’ will be a regular feature on this blog. I already have a load of these written, I’ll be writing more as they crop up, and I’ll publish them periodically. Before I get into the meat and potatoes though, a few disclaimers, caveats and […]

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