A/B Testing & Its Importance In Mixing (With 5 Best Tests)
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A/B Testing & Its Importance In Mixing (With 5 Best Tests)

There’s a lot that goes into mixing, and it can be difficult to make the right mixing decisions consistently. A/B testing can help us to improve our decision-making when mixing and quickly course-correct when we may not be on the right track. What is A/B testing, and why is it important in mixing? A/B testing…

Mixing: What Is Gain Staging & Why Is It Important?
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Mixing: What Is Gain Staging & Why Is It Important?

If you’ve been mixing for a while, you’ve likely heard of gain staging (that’s why you’ve come to this article). The idea of gain staging has been around for a long time and continues to be an effective practice for achieving great, consistent results in both analog and digital recording and mixing. What is gain…

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…

Top 9 Best Tips For Compressing Electric Guitars
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Top 9 Best Tips For Compressing Electric Guitars

Electric guitars are wildly popular, offer superb tonal variety, and can sometimes benefit greatly from compression in the mix. When it comes to compressing electric guitars, there are no simple step-by-step instructions; every mix is unique. However, there are certain considerations we should take into account when compressing electric guitars, which is what this article…

Top 11 Best Tips For Compressing Bass Guitar
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Top 11 Best Tips For Compressing Bass Guitar

The bass guitar’s popularity comes from its importance in many mixes, often serving rhythmic and/or melodic roles while offering low-end musical content to the mix. Compression is commonly used on bass guitar to help it sit perfectly in the mix. When it comes to compressing bass guitars, there are no simple step-by-step instructions; every mix…

Top 11 Best Tips For Compressing Vocals
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Top 11 Best Tips For Compressing Vocals

Vocals are often the most important element of a song and mix, while compression is certainly one of the essential mixing tools. When it comes to compressing vocals, there are no simple step-by-step instructions; no vocalist, performance, or mix is the same. However, there are certain considerations we should take into account when compressing vocals,…

Top 11 Best Tips For Compressing The Mix Bus
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Top 11 Best Tips For Compressing The Mix Bus

Mix bus processing can be intimidating and can make or break a mix. Certain processes, such as compression, can help tremendously in polishing and finalizing a mix. There are no simple step-by-step instructions when compressing the mix bus because every mix is unique. However, there are certain considerations we should take into account if we…

Top 11 Best Tips For EQing The Mix Bus
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Top 11 Best Tips For EQing The Mix Bus

Mix bus processing can be intimidating and can make or break a mix. Certain processes, such as EQ, can help tremendously in polishing and finalizing a mix. When it comes to EQing the mix bus, there are no simple step-by-step instructions because every mix is unique. However, there are certain considerations we should take into…

Top 11 Best Tips For EQing Pianos & Keyboards
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Top 11 Best Tips For EQing Pianos & Keyboards

Pianos and keyboards fill lots of different roles in various genres and songs. It is sometimes necessary to utilize EQ when mixing these instruments. When it comes to EQing piano and keyboard instruments, there are no simple step-by-step instructions; every mix is unique. However, there are certain considerations we should take into account when EQing…