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Mixing Tools Reference Guide

by Kim Lajoie on September 12, 2012

Mixing is complex. You know that. I know that. There are many different tools at your disposal – especially in today’s world of DAWs and plugins. And it’s not always obvious what they do or when they should be used.

The Mixing Tools Reference Guide gives you the overview of all the common (and some not-so-common) tools used in mixes. From the humble volume fader through to advanced and subtle mix bus processors. Each tool gets its own section that explains how it works and what the controls do, and provides some advice for deciding if/when to use it in your mix.

And it’s all written in my usual clear and precise style. Some of the wording has been sourced from previous blog posts, but it has all been re-edited for greater clarity and context. If you’re a fan of my blog, you know what to expect. Plus, it’s a PDF with no strings attached, which means you can print it out, read it on your tablet, or keep it on hand in the studio.

This guide organises the mixing tools into three categories based on how important and influential they are.

Essential Tools: Almost every channel of almost every mix.

  • Gain
  • EQ
  • Compressors
  • Reverb

Intermediate Tools: Not always used, but handy to have in difficult situations.

  • Gates and Expanders
  • Delays
  • Saturators
  • De-essers
  • Microshifters
  • Sidechain Compressors

Advanced Tools: Avoided if possible, but can perform miracles when all else fails.

  • Multiband Compressors
  • Dynamic EQ
  • Mid/Side EQ

If you’ve ever ‘played’ with a mixing tool’s controls without really understanding what you were doing, this guide it for you. If you’ve ever felt like you were picking a mixing tool at random without knowing why you were picking it, this guide is for you. If you’ve got questions lingering in your mind, you’ll be glad you read this.

24+ pages. 6600+ words. $20. You know you want it.

Click here to download a two-page sample (the first two pages).

Click here to buy the whole guide for $20:

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Click here to download a two-page sample (the first two pages).

Click here to buy the whole guide for $20:

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Or leave those questions lingering in your mind.

-Kim.