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What to do if your speakers suck

by Kim Lajoie on February 27, 2012

Your speakers probably suck. They’re not 100% flat. They’ve got a narrow sweet spot. They do weird things in the crossover range (no, I can’t hear it either). And even if your speakers are pretty good, they’re only as good as the room their in. And I can guess how good that is. Yes, I […]

It’s like getting a new pair of speakers

by Kim Lajoie on January 29, 2012

David Schober: There’s something that happens when the door closes. I’m able to hear balances that I don’t hear when inside the room Yes, you’ve probably heard this advice before. What occurred to me, however, is that by changing the frequency response, room resonance properties and stereo image, it’s a bit like listening to a […]

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 […]

Mix at lower volumes

by Kim Lajoie on January 14, 2012

Joe Gilder: Mix at a level where you can still comfortable hold a conversation with someone next to you. Excellent advice. Everything sounds great loud, but you’ll quickly tire yourself out and lose perspective. In addition, it’s often important to listen at several different levels when mixing. I like to think of the monitor level […]

How to get the right amount of bass in your mix

by Kim Lajoie on May 9, 2011

Just a quickie today… Getting the right amount of bass in a mix seems to be a common problem that a lot of inexperienced mix engineers have. People often have too much or too little bass in their mix and don’t actually realise it until they get an outside perspective. If this is you, try […]

Does your music sounds good on all systems?

by Kim Lajoie on May 2, 2011

It seems a common problem people have with their mixes is translation. That is, their mixes don’t translate well between different playback systems. A mix might sound great on one system, but awful on another. Just because your mix sounds great in your studio doesn’t mean it’ll sound great everywhere! Often, people are advised to […]

How to convince yourself to invest in acoustic treatment

by Kim Lajoie on February 1, 2010

You need to acoustically treat your room. You know it. You’ve read the articles, you’ve had people tell you. You already know that it’s holding you back. The problem is that you haven’t done it yet. Despite you knowing how important it is, it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe you’re not sure how to do it, […]

Monitoring gain staging

by Kim Lajoie on June 18, 2009

The reason the commercial references are so loud is that they have very little headroom – the average level is so high that there’s not much room for the peaks (which have been squashed down). When mixing, however, you shouldn’t worry about headroom on the mix bus. You need to give yourself enough headroom that […]

Headphones

by Kim Lajoie on May 29, 2009

Headphones are a part of a well-balanced monitoring environment. They offer a different listening perspective to the speakers in your room. Generally, headphones allow more detailed and focussed listening, which makes them ideal for spotting problems in recorded audio, such as background noise or interference. They’re also essential for recording acoustic instruments such as vocals, […]

Speakers

by Kim Lajoie on May 28, 2009

The speakers are the most obvious component of a monitoring environment, but not necessarily the most important. It’s also not simple to choose speakers. Full-range monitors Full-range monitors usually have large woofers and are designed to produce sound down to low frequencies (in addition to high frequencies). These monitors try to reproduce the broadest range […]