The Mind Boggles

I write this having just seen somebody advise somebody else (on Facebook, of course) to have all their channels peaking at -18dBFS. Come to think of it, I’m just going to leave it there.

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Yet more on sidechaining

[Snipped from an email response to someone from whom I requested a revised mix with less compression] Ok so, it isn’t always easy to say what’s causing what from this end. Trying to do detective work like CSI or something, figuring out what happened after the fact. But really it’s pretty simple. The track […] sounds like […]

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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 😉 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  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.  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, 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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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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