What Are Audio Stems? (Mixing & Exporting Audio)
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What Are Audio Stems? (Mixing & Exporting Audio)

Having access to proper audio stems is useful in music production, mixing, editing, scoring, and other productions, giving us a good balance between simplicity and flexibility. If you’re wondering about what stems are and how you can use them or create them, you’ve come to the right place. What are stems in audio and music…

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…

What Does “Printing” Mean In Audio Recording/Production?
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What Does “Printing” Mean In Audio Recording/Production?

If you’ve been recording or producing music for a while, you’ve likely heard the term “print” thrown around to some extent, and if you’re confused by it, you’ve come to the right place to find the definition(s) of the term. What does printing mean in audio recording and production? The term printing comes from “printing”…

Mixing: What Are Reference Mixes & Why Are They Important?
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Mixing: What Are Reference Mixes & Why Are They Important?

Using reference mixes is an often overlooked yet incredibly powerful method of improving our own mixes. I neglected this tactic for years and only really began crafting consistently good mixes once I began utilizing proper reference tracks. What is a reference mix, and why are reference mixes important? A reference mix (or reference track) is…

Mixing: What Is Mono Compatibility & Why Is It Important?
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Mixing: What Is Mono Compatibility & Why Is It Important?

While stereo audio is certainly the most common for modern mixes, some playback systems still only produce sound from mono signals. So, if you want your stereo mixes to translate to as many systems as possible, ensuring proper mono compatibility is essential. What is mono compatibility, and why is it important when mixing? Mono compatibility…

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…

What Volume (In Decibels) Should Audio Be Mixed/Listened At?
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What Volume (In Decibels) Should Audio Be Mixed/Listened At?

Volume and level controls are among the most used in audio playback systems. The proper listening volume varies wildly depending on the set and setting. For example, a rock concert will be much louder than a guided sleep meditation. Understanding listening levels is important for whatever we choose to listen to. What volume should audio…