Kim Lajoie's blog

Are your mixes too wide?

by Kim Lajoie on March 29, 2010

It’s easy to go overboard these days. Powerful computers and free plugins of every variety make for a very real embarrassment of riches. Nowadays most home studios are limited more by experience and skill than any lack of technical capabilities. And so, we have a tendency for people to overuse their tools. Many tools (especially […]

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 […]

Mixing in mono

by Kim Lajoie on June 2, 2009

There are several different approaches to panning and stereo width in mixing. Personally I leave panning until the end of the process. While I’m recording and mixing I have everything panned centre. The only exception to this is tracks where the stereo component is a key characteristic of the sound, such as stereo synth pads […]

On stereo widening

by Kim Lajoie on March 15, 2009

I have some thoughts on stereo widening. There are several different processes that are commonly described as “stereo widening”. These include mid/side rebalancing, haas-length (less than 30ms) ping pong delays, and even inverting the polarity of one side. Without going into too much detail, I consider these processes to be useful mainly as special effects. […]

Using chorus, phaser or stereo imager

by Kim Lajoie on January 1, 2009

Chorus Choruses create a “doubled” sound by adding a delayed copy of the sound. The delay time is very short (usually less than 40ms) so it blends with the original sound (and doesn’t sound like two different sounds). Flangers are a special case of chorus effects where the delay time is usually less than 15ms. To […]

Sense of space in “Sunlight”

by Kim Lajoie on June 27, 2008

VitaminD sent me a PM asking me about the sense of space in the song Sunlight, stating that I didn’t write much about spatial or panning tricks in the production diary. I thought I’d write my response publicly here because there might be a few others here who are interested. I didn’t really use any special tools or tricks […]