How To Use De-Essers For Vocal Production/Mixing
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How To Use De-Essers For Vocal Production/Mixing

De-essers are indispensable tools in the realm of vocal production. They help in achieving a balanced and professional mix by controlling harsh sibilance. Whether you’re a seasoned producer or just starting, incorporating a de-esser into your vocal processing chain is essential for producing clear, polished vocal tracks. What is a de-esser? A de-esser is a…

The Psychology Of Decision-Making For Mixing Engineers
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The Psychology Of Decision-Making For Mixing Engineers

Decision-making is a critical skill in general and certainly in the world of audio engineering, especially when it comes to mixing. Every choice, from selecting the right EQ settings to determining the level of reverb, shapes the final product. But what drives these decisions? Understanding the psychology behind decision-making can empower mixing engineers to make…

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…

Unlock The Creative Potential Of Effects Sends And Returns
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Unlock The Creative Potential Of Effects Sends And Returns

Effects sends and returns are popular routing options in both hardware and software (DAW) mixers, affording us independent control over our “dry” unprocessed tracks and our “wet” return channels. In the case of modern digital audio workstations, where our track counts can be exceedingly high, the creative potential of effects sends and returns are practically…

What Is Stereo Audio/Sound? (Vs. Mono & Surround)
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What Is Stereo Audio/Sound? (Vs. Mono & Surround)

Stereo audio has been a dominant format for analog and digital audio for decades, particularly in the music industry. It’s a relatively simple format that does a good job of emulating the way we naturally hear the world around us (so long as we’re monitoring it appropriately). And while it has its drawbacks, it’s still…

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…