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Take Control Of Your Tracks With NI Komplete's Mix Plugins

Native Instruments' Komplete comes with a bunch of excellent mix plugins including EQs, compressors and more. Olav Basoski demonstrates how to shape a fat house beat with Solid EQ.

Why Some Compressors Don’t Need Lots Of Controls

Compression is a staple of the production process, but why do compressors offer such a variety of controls? Joe Albano explains why sometimes less is more.

Pop Music Production Tips: How To Layer Guitars For A Huge Sound

Guitar production for pop music is a unique challenge - how to get a rich sound without overpowering the track? Gregg Fine is here to explain just how it works.

Using The FabFilter Pro Q2 To Improve Your Mixes

Using a surgical EQ to shape and sculpt your sounds is a core part of getting a good mix. Here, Rich Tozzoli explains how he uses FabFilter's Pro Q2 to do just that.

Connecting Compressors In Parallel For Better Dynamic Control

Serial compression is a great technique for controlling the dynamics of any sound in your mix. Here, Alex Solano demonstrates the process in action.

Advanced Delay Techniques In Propellerhead Reason

Delay is a powerful effect to use in any production and capable of much more than simple echo. Here are 8 advanced ways to use delay in Reason.

Musical Applications For iZotope RX

iZotope’s RX suite of audio repair modules is usually thought of as a post-production or mastering tool, but it has many music and mixing applications as well. Here are a few of them.

Double Your Pleasure: Doubling Mixing Tricks

Doubling is a relatively simple yet effective trick for creating depth, richness and interest in an arrangement and a mix. Joe Albano shares his top tips for doubling up.

The Evolution Of Mastering: From Vinyl To Mobile

Mastering is a key production technique but one that's evolved over time. Joe Albano explains its history, and how it works in Logic Pro X.

Super Vocal Processing Tips With iZotope’s VocalSynth 2

VocalSynth 2 is a powerhouse of vocal processing and synthesis. Here are some expert tips on how to use it to its fullest potential, and avoid possible pitfalls.

Stereo Image Mixing in Logic Pro X

Logic Pro has some excellent tools for stereo imaging that go way beyond simple left / right panning. Joe Albano explains how to take advantage of them to make more creative mixes.

Get The FET-A76 Legendary Compressor Sound In Your Productions

Join Alex Solano as he explores Antelope Audio's DSP-powered emulations of classic compressors, starting with the sought-after FET-A76.

The Reason You Shouldn't Hard Pan When Mixing

Hard panning can have unintended and detrimental effects on your mix. Here, Joe Albano explains why you should stick to more moderate pan settings for better end results.

Exploring Avid SansAmp PSA-1 Plugin

It may be small but Avid's SansAmp PSA-1 is a powerhouse of sonic sculpting that can be used not only on guitars and basses but on any source you like. Here's how it does its magic.

10 Life Hacks To Make You A More Productive Musician

Struggling to be productive? Here are 10 ways you can change your approach to your everyday life that will make you better able to focus on making music.