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Think before you pan

by Kim Lajoie on May 12, 2014

I’ve been thinking a bit about panning and stereo field lately. I’ve previously dismissed panning as an effective mix tool, yet I myself use panning for many mixes. It’s really a question of how we use the stereo field. Panning is one common tool, but it’s by far not the only. I’ve written before about […]

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 only 5 (or 4) essential mixing tools you need

by Kim Lajoie on July 19, 2013

Vincent Dubroeucq: When it comes to mixing, there are in my opinion only five essential tools in your DAW that are critical to getting great mixes. Vincent’s almost right. The article goes on to describe the four most powerful mixing tools: volume, tone, dynamics and ambience. That far, I agree 100%. In fact, I wrote […]

Lateral / vertical (considerations when mastering to vinyl)

by Kim Lajoie on February 2, 2012

Barak Shpiez: In the days of mono, the needle only moved side to side while tracing through the groove. Later, the format was designed so that the stereo information could be read from the up and down movement of the needle. This was done to ensure that older, mono only record players could still play […]

3 Mid-Side Processing Tricks

by Kim Lajoie on January 27, 2012

Jon Tidey: I used a delay plugin to add some filtered echoes just to the middle by disabling the right side input. In the next insert I used a distortion on just the right side. This brought out a lot more of the reverb than was heard in the original loop. A good explanation of […]

Get more out of your phaser

by Kim Lajoie on January 23, 2012

You’ve probably got a phaser somewhere in your studio. Maybe several. They can usually be found lurking in your workstation keyboards, your plugin folder, your sampler or maybe your stompbox collection. And unless you’re into trance or psychedelic rock, you’ve probably tried one out, heard a silly whooshing noise and then decided to never use […]

Using chorus to increase stereo width

by Kim Lajoie on November 14, 2011

Just a quick tip today – use chorus to make a sound extremely wide without changing the character of the sound. A simple digital chorus is often ideal for this – the one that came bundled with your DAW or a basic freeware plugin should be fine. Use these settings as a starting point: 100% […]

6+ ways to get bigger bass

by Kim Lajoie on October 31, 2011

This is about basslines, not (necessarily) the frequency range. The bassline is the harmonic foundation of a track. A solid mix often needs a solid bassline. So how do you get there? How do you stop your basslines from sounding weak or flabby? Here are some techniques to consider: EQ. This is the big one. […]

Pan how you like

by Kim Lajoie on January 31, 2011

I don’t think panning is an essential mixing tool. This is because – in my opinion – it doesn’t cause any problems, and it doesn’t solve any problems. I don’t think ‘bad panning’ is the cause of any mix problems. Try to think of the craziest approach to panning imaginable – say drums hard panned […]

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 […]