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Mixing 101: Techniques for Starting the Mix Process

So, you've finished recording and arranging your song, and you're ready to mix. Don't feel daunted if you're wondering where to start. Joe Albano shares his tips on how to approach the mixing stage.

Music Production Techniques, Part 6: Compression

Dynamics are a hugely important part of the mixing process. If you've just started mixing your own projects or have not had any formal training, dynamics processing seem mysterious. Time to demystify!

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Up Studio Monitors

Correctly setting up studio monitors is crucial to ensure your audio productions aren't awash with problems. In this enlightening read, Joe Albano discusses 7 things which can be avoided.

Creating Warm, Retro Sounds in Propellerhead Reason

Not every track needs an ultra-clean feel. Sometimes you want things to sound older and warmer despite having been generated in a computer. Luckily Reason provides ways to add character to your tracks

10 Tips for Creating Great Cover Songs

Whether you perform live or produce in a studio, it's likely that you've covered a song or track before. That's a good thing! In this article G.W. Childs offers 10 tips to make your covers better.

Recording Electric Bass: 10 Quick Tips & Techniques For Capturing The Low End

Recording electric bass can be more straightforward than drums or guitar, but there are still potential issues that can trip you up. Here's 10 tips & techniques to help you capture the low end.

Music Production Techniques, Part 5: Expanders, Exciters And Enhancers

Part 5 of this series on music production techniques explores the less celebrated, but still crucial, mixing tools available: expanders, exciters and enhancers. These can make a good mix, great!

EQ Tips: Understanding FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Controls

When enhancing your mixes you’ll want access to a truly professional EQ. FabFilter’s Pro-Q 2 is a go-to for many producers and engineers, and in this video you’ll learn what all the controls do.

Music Production Techniques, Part 4: Equalizers And Filters

In part 4 in this series on music production techniques, we'll explore the different types of equalization from a digital mixing perspective. There's plenty of audio examples to get stuck into as well

Why You Should Consider Small Monitors For Your Project Studio, Part 2

In part two (the final part) of this mini-series, Shane Berry looks at Hi-Fi vs. nearfield monitors and the pros and cons of adding a subwoofer to your project studio speaker setup.

Why You Should Consider Small Monitors For Your Project Studio, Part 1

It's a myth that you need BIG speakers (or monitors) for your studio. In this two-part mini-series, Shane Berry explores the reasons you should go small, and the benefits this could bring you.

8 Advanced Arranging Tips for Cubase

Steinberg Cubase 8 has all the tools you need to get the perfect arrangement. Hollin Jones shows you how with these eight excellent tips.

How to Record iPad Synths into Logic Pro X with Audreio

Imagine being able to stream audio from your iPad synth directly into Logic Pro X on your Mac... with low latency. Imagine no longer! Darren Burgos shows how using Audreio as a plug-in inside Logic.

Getting Modular with Tracktions’ Effects Racks

Many DAWs have effects racks these days. Traction's plug-in rack allows you to build complex effects chains and route them in a modular, convenient way. Gary Hiebner shows how.

A Beginner’s Guide to Automation in Pro Tools

Automation is an effective way to add interest to your productions in Pro Tools. Being able to alter volume, panning and plug-in controls will allow you to truly sculpt an engaging piece of music.