Upward Compression & Why You Should Use It
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Upward Compression & Why You Should Use It

In the realm of music production, the mastery of dynamics is not just a technical necessity; it’s an art. Many of us are familiar with the concept of compression, particularly downward compression (if you aren’t, then please read my article “The Complete Guide To Audio Compression & Compressors“). However, there’s another, less-discussed technique that can…

Music Production: Double-Tracking & Doubler Effects
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Music Production: Double-Tracking & Doubler Effects

Doubling, whether recorded at the tracking stage or “faked” at the mixing stage, is a common technique in modern music production. If you’re intrigued by learning more about doubling, you’ve come to the right place! What is double-tracking in music production? Double-tracking is the technique of recording a performance a second time, as close as…

What Is LCR Panning & Should I Be Using It In My Mixes?
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What Is LCR Panning & Should I Be Using It In My Mixes?

If you’ve been into music production for a while, you’ve probably heard of LCR panning and how much some people love it. While the concept is fairly straightforward, there are a few interesting points I’d like to share in regard to LCR, so if you want to dive deep, you’ve come to the right place!…

Audio: What Are Faders? (Mixers, Graphic EQ & More)
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Audio: What Are Faders? (Mixers, Graphic EQ & More)

Faders are perhaps the most important tool for mixing and are often taken for granted. If you’re interested in learning more about these fundamental controls in the world of audio, you’ve come to the right place! What are faders in audio technology? A fader, in the analog realm, is either a potentiometer (most faders) or…

Mixing/Recording: Auxiliary Tracks, Sends & Returns
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Mixing/Recording: Auxiliary Tracks, Sends & Returns

Auxiliary tracks are invaluable tools in mixing, recording, live sound, and any other job that utilizes an audio mixer. If you’re at all confused about aux tracks, sends and returns, or you’d like more information to help you make the most of your aux tracks, you’ve come to the right place! What is an auxiliary…

What Is The Haas/Precedence Effect & How To Mix With It
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What Is The Haas/Precedence Effect & How To Mix With It

The Haas/precedence effect is an effective psychoacoustic phenomenon that we can simulate for a greater sense of space in our mixes. If you’re interested in learning more about it and how to take full advantage, you’ve come to the right place. What is the Haas/precedence effect? The precedence effect (aka Haas effect) is a psychoacoustic…

Audio: What Are The Differences Between Polarity And Phase?
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Audio: What Are The Differences Between Polarity And Phase?

The terms “phase” and “polarity” are often used interchangeably in audio, though they technically mean different things. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between phase and polarity, you’ve come to the right place to find out. What are the differences between polarity and phase in audio? Polarity references an audio signal’s position above or…

Top 11 Best Compression Tips For Mixing (Overall)
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Top 11 Best Compression Tips For Mixing (Overall)

It’s no secret that compression is one of the most important processes in mixing. However, dynamic range compression remains somewhat mysterious to beginners, and many aspiring mixers don’t use it to its fullest potential in their mixes. In this article, I’ll present you with what I believe to be the top 11 best compression tips…

Top 11 Best EQ/Equalization Tips For Mixing (Overall)
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Top 11 Best EQ/Equalization Tips For Mixing (Overall)

We all know that equalization, or “EQ,” is one of the most important processes in mixing. However, it’s often difficult to get the most out of EQ in our mixes, finding ways of using just the right amount for great balance across the frequency spectrum. In this article, I’ll present you with what I believe…

Top 10 Best Tips For Compressing Snare Drums
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Top 10 Best Tips For Compressing Snare Drums

The snare drum, when applicable, is an important part of a mix, especially in modern music. Its popularity and versatility span plenty of genres, and a lot can be done with compression to extend such versatility further. When it comes to compressing snare drums, there are no simple step-by-step instructions; every mix is unique. However,…

Top 11 Best Tips For Compressing Kick Drums
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Top 11 Best Tips For Compressing Kick Drums

The kick drum is an important part of many songs, and it has become essential to mix it properly in modern music. As one of the most important mixing tools, compression is often used to help mix the kick drum appropriately. When it comes to compressing kick drums, there are no simple step-by-step instructions; every…