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Three EQ techniques that many people use (and why they’re wrong)

by Kim Lajoie on December 16, 2013

This post was originally published on The Pro Audio Files, with a somewhat less inflammatory title. EQ is a pretty powerful tool. More powerful than almost every other tool in your mixing toolkit (second only to the volume fader). And with great power comes great responsibility. Also, with great power comes great mistakes. If you’re […]

A collection of advanced EQ techniques

by Kim Lajoie on November 3, 2013

This post was originally published on The Pro Audio Files. EQ is pretty simple, right? Crank a knob, hear the sound’s tone change? Not quite. Just when you think you know everything there is to know about EQ, something new comes up. Here are a few advanced EQ techniques that you might not be using […]

The 3 ways that I use saturation in a mix

by Kim Lajoie on July 25, 2013

This post was originally published on Resoundsound. Saturation is a wonderful tool for mixing. This is especially true for computer-based DAWs, which allow us to go from transparent clean digital sound through to smeared murky smashed sound. And everywhere in between. The variety of available plugins and different approaches give producers and engineers a huge […]

You also have to do the other kind of listening

by Kim Lajoie on July 10, 2013

This post was originally published on Audio-Issues. As an engineer or producer, you have to do a lot of different kinds of listening. You have to listen carefully to the raw sounds that your microphones are capturing. You have to listen to the balance of sounds when you mix. You have to listen to reference […]

Rock what you got

by Kim Lajoie on June 25, 2013

This post was originally published on The Pro Audio Files. A home studio begins innocently enough. A laptop, a basic audio interface, a mic and a MIDI keyboard. Boom! Home studio! You spend some time getting excited and try to record anything and everything. And you start reading online. And the gear lust starts to […]

Breaking workflow (or: If you’re getting stuck, you’re working on the wrong problem…)

by Kim Lajoie on February 6, 2013

This post was originally published on Ilpo’s excellent blog:¬†http://resoundsound.com/breaking-workflow/. You probably get stuck sometimes. I know the feeling. I’ll be looking at a half-finished song and my brain is fixated on the next step. But the solution isn’t coming to me. As you probably know, I tend to be pretty organised in my workflow. Step […]

Are you making these five mistakes when mixing bass?

by Kim Lajoie on January 16, 2012

This post was originally published on Audio-Issues, arguably with a better photograph. Mixing bass isn’t easy. It’s one of easiest ways to tell the difference between a lousy mix and a great mix. If you don’t know what you’re doing, your bass will sound boomy or hollow or tubby or messy or indistinct. In a […]