10 Mixdown Tips For the Aspiring Audio Engineer

 Mixdown Console View in SONAR X2 ProducerBeginning a mix is something that many people have a hard time figuring out. There really is no single correct approach to the mixdown process – every audio engineer has his or her own way of handling an audio mix. If you have trouble getting your mix started, try developing a workflow for yourself, and you will soon have the ability to pull up stems from just about anywhere and begin blending your tracks with ease. Read more.

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Mantras for audio mixing engineers

If you’re an audio mixing engineer who keeps second-guessing, can’t stop adjusting, or has a hard time walking away from a mix, you’ll benefit from the simple mixing mantras included here. Read More.

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Audio mixing fundamentals with engineer Graham Cochrane

In our August Disc Makers Twitter chat (#DMchat), Graham Cochrane, mixing engineer and founder of The Recording Revolution, gave us an overview of audio mixing fundamentals for musicians of all genres. Read More.

Commit important choices to audio: Prepping for an audio mix, Part II

There’s plenty you can do to set your mixing engineer up for success. Ken Lewis recommends committing important production choices to audio before sending your tracks off for an audio mix. Read More.

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Prepping for an audio mix: Get your session, tracks, and notes in order

Here are some tips for prepping for an audio mix from multi-Grammy Award winner and Audio School Online creator, Ken Lewis. Read More.

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Travel-friendly portable audio interfaces

These four portable audio interfaces will help you get audio in and out of your laptop quickly and easily and sound great doing it. Read More.

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The details your live sound engineer wants to know

Think you’ve told your live sound engineer everything he needs to know for your big gig? Don’t forget these important details. Read More.

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How to make better audio mixes with panning

These nine tips will help you understand how panning can help add width, space, and depth – and generally help you make better audio mixes in your home studio. Read More.

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EQ and your audio mix: Five tips for spectral success

The following five tips will help you approach EQ and your audio mix like a pro. Follow them, and you’ll add clarity, separation, and depth to your tracks. Read More.

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Add clarity to your audio mix using pre-delay

In this video, engineer Scott Wiggins explains the use of pre-delay with reverb on your vocals and snare drum to help add the desired effect while maintaining clarity and presence. Read More.

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Tips from a veteran mixing engineer

Prepping for your final audio mix requires many of the same considerations as your recording. A Grammy winning mixing engineer gives us some key points to consider as you get ready for the mixing stage. Read More.

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Introduction to Audio Mastering

In our July Disc Makers Twitter chat (#DMchat), Brian Lipski, mastering engineer and manager of The SoundLAB, gave us an introduction to audio mastering for musicians of all genres. Read More.

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Are high-res audio and $60 CDs the future of music?

Not all music purchases are motivated by low price. Blue Coast Records’ development of Extended Sound Environment recording has created a new niche for the audiophile market through high-res audio streams and CDs. Read More.

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The people who make music, Part I: Musicians, songwriters, and engineers

I divide the creative entities who make the music up into five categories: musicians, songwriters, engineers, artists, and producers. In this post we’ll look at the first three. Part II will explore the artists and producers. Read More.

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Stereo width and audio mastering

Using stereo widening plug-ins in audio mastering to try to expand your mix’s stereo width won’t sound natural and could cause major issues with your finished track. Read more.