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Six ways to get bigger beats

by Kim Lajoie on September 13, 2010

Who doesn’t want bigger beats? Well, maybe your neighbours. But maybe you don’t like your neighbours. Who am I to judge? I just supply the tools. It’s up to you to use them ethically. Here are some quick tips: Depth. Separate your drums into two groups – main foreground drums (kick and snare) and secondary […]

Five ways to deal with an ugly vocal

by Kim Lajoie on May 31, 2010

Every once in a while as a producer or engineer, a project will come your way with one of those singers. With an… unconventional voice. Maybe they’re inexperienced. Maybe their voice is just like that. Maybe they’re doing it deliberately because they like it. Whatever the reason, you’ll recognise this kind of project by that […]

Four ways to use mid/side EQ

by Kim Lajoie on April 26, 2010

Several EQs now have a mid/side mode. This opens up a lot of possibilities, but can be difficult to use effectively. Instead of simply tweaking the sound or the range of the controls, mid/side mode completely changes how the EQ behaves and sets new rules for how it can be useful and effective. It helps […]

Five secrets to making your mix louder

by Kim Lajoie on February 22, 2010

Don’t dismiss this post yet! Even if you’re in the ‘more dynamics’ brigade, these tips will give you clearer mixes that suffer less in mastering. That means better-preserved dynamics and higher fidelity! For those of you who really do want your mixs SUPER LOUD, this tips will let you push more volume without your sound […]

Five EQ mistakes and how to avoid them

by Kim Lajoie on February 8, 2010

EQ is one of the most important tools available to audio engineers. Used correctly, instruments sound great and seem to fit together effortlessly. Used incorrectly, the mix resembles a battlefield with every instrument trying to destroy the others while fighting to be heard. One of the difficulties of EQ is that it is relative – […]

Sweetening your mix bus, and why you shouldn’t wait for mastering to do it

by Kim Lajoie on January 4, 2010

There’s a case to be made for ‘sweetening’ your mix bus. ┬áMany mixes can benefit from some subtle processing to bring out the best qualities of the tone of the mix and to use dynamics to give the mix a more compact, controlled sound. To bring out the best qualities of the tone of the […]

How do individual tracks sound on their own before they’re mixed?

by Kim Lajoie on December 10, 2009

When mixing, there are two different approaches to take when processing individual tracks (channels, instruments, sounds, etc) – Try to make the track sound as ‘good’ as possible on its own, and then fit it into the mix; and Pay no attention to the integrity of the track’s individual sound and ruthlessly filter and EQ […]

EQ – cutting vs boosting

by Kim Lajoie on September 7, 2009

Never boost, always cut. Or not… EQ is one of the most important tools available to an engineer (second only the the volume fader). It can be quite a complicated tool to use, and it’s not always easy to know how to apply it. Sometimes advice is given that ‘cutting’ (reducing the level of a […]