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Visual feedback in plugins

by Kim Lajoie on October 24, 2011

When you’re starting out, it’s useful to use plugins that have numeric values and visual feedback. Big frequency graphs in EQ and transition diagrams on compressors are extremely valuable in helping you understand how these tools work. Bonus points if the tools have animated meters and graphs that dance along with the music. It’s a […]

The relative importance of mixing tools

by Kim Lajoie on May 30, 2011

Not all mixing tools are made equal. Some tools have a greater effect on the mix than others. Sometimes it helps to consider four types of tools – volume, tone, dynamics and ambience. Volume is the most powerful mixing tool – the humble channel fader. If you only had one tool to do a mix, […]

The vibe of a session

by Kim Lajoie on June 26, 2009

I recently came across this article, with this great paragraph: THE REALITY is that 90% of the time, the artist (and probably the producer) dont want to sit around and watch you turn knobs and swap mics until you get your idea of the most awesome sound. They want to record. Instead of the perception […]