On transients/RMS/peak/impact/punch/fullness

One question I have in mind is about impact/punch/transient/fullness. You wrote: “Impact is a tricky thing to define. Think of drums. Skinny little drums have punch or snap (make you blink), but no BEEF. Having everything mashed into a limiter has beef but no impact. The optimum balance of punch/transients and RMS/fullness is where impact, […]

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G21 Infundibulum review – addendum/update

I’ve been meaning for quite some time to write an addendum/update to the G21 review, with another year or so under the belt with it. And a friend asked about it, so it seemed like the right opportunity to do so. Really the main thing I want to get across when I think about that […]

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Mixing by peak numbers

It’s impossible to mix by numbers. Reading your message and taking it to a ‘logical’ (ish) conclusion, one could hypothetically mix by turning off the speakers, setting the numbers so they read the right values and calling it finished. Obviously this is daft – it’s way way way way way way (you get the idea) […]

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Mixing into buss processing (or, ‘More about the Cake’)

[…..] The cake is just an analogy to get people thinking about why and how they are doing what they are doing. I hear about a lot of illogical, suboptimal, inefficient, bad-sounding approaches that this simple analogy remedies. So it’s not a perfect description of all things related to sound šŸ˜‰ Having said that, the […]

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How to prepare a mixdown: Shortest version ever

‘Looking at the song I have to send, the RMS is about -17db Ā and there are a handful of peaks that go above -2db. Some reach -1.3dB. Should I have everything lower than -6db before sending to you?’ No need to overthink it. There are only two questions to ask; – Does it sound how […]

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Unashamed Gyraf fanboy post

I write this as I come more-or-less out of the busiest period of my career. It’s not quite over yet, but bloody hell have I put a shift in. Ā At one point I was very close to a month’s worth of work behind. Anyway, I’ve just been feeling immense satisfaction and gratitude that someone, somewhere […]

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Important things

Here’s a list of things I consider important when building a mix,Ā dividedĀ into ‘tiers’. I might add to/fiddle with this over time, butĀ I’ll put it upĀ 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. GoldĀ level: – Sound selection […]

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Quick note regarding this blog

Wotcher all. I hope all seven (eight?!) people reading this are doing well… Anyway – the addition of content has been painfully slow, I know. I wanted to write everything perfectly, have it all logical and beautifully presented, and generally be a collection of articles discussing this that and the other. However, I’m unfeasibly busy, […]

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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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On buying new monitors

Regarding monitoring, I don’t recommend any specific speakers, but I would *always* recommend spending a third of the budget (and some time) on room acoustic treatment. It’s nowhere near as sexy, and can be frustrating as well as time-consuming, but it is a thousand times more important. And when you fix your room, you realise […]

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