Vocal Compression Techniques

It can be so hard to get the vocals right. It’s the part that everyone is going to listen to most intently in the final product. And let’s face it: if the vocal sounds bad, the song sounds bad. That’s just how it is. There are many things that go into a great vocal production, […]

How To Make Your Chorus Stand Out

Keeping with the theme of this week’s video, today I would like to give you some ways to make the chorus of your song “pop” or stand out. Even though the video showed a mixing tip, you should really start thinking about making your chorus stand out at a much earlier stage of the game. […]

Mix Bus Processing Best Practices

I was recently following a GearSlutz forum topic on mix bus processing. It’s always interesting to watch some of the debate that can happen online. For those of you who don’t know, mix bus processing is when you put plugins on the master fader in your DAW. Compressors and EQ plugins are common. These mix […]

5 Ways to Make Sure Your Mixes Translate

A bit of a more technical post for you today. But still very important if you’re interested in sharing your music with the world. One of the most important parts of the mixing and mastering processing is translation. For those of you who don’t know, “translation” is the ability for a mix to sound good on […]

“Top-Down” Mixing Approach

I want to share with you a fantastic mixing methodology that I started using recently. Graham over at The Recording Revolution calls it “Top-Down Mixing”. Joe at Home Studio Corner calls it “Backwards Mixing”. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a methodology that can really speed up your mixes, reduce your number of plugins, […]

Exciting updates!

Hey all, I have a few exciting updates for you today: First, I’ve finally set up some social media profiles. If you’re into social media, please check out the new Indie Artist Lounge Facebook Page and my Twitter account. I’ve also finally set up a YouTube channel, and uploaded my first video today!

The Truth About Gear

Today, I want to tell you a simple truth that is frustrating, and yet freeing. If you’re anything like me, you’ve thought something like: “If only I could get this new microphone (or speakers, or plugin bundle), then my recordings and mixes would be so much better”. I get it. I’ve been there. In fact, […]

How To Get Better At Anything

Happy new year! So, I started learning to play guitar in my early teens. In that time, there were three important things that helped me to improve: Practice (obviously) Getting help from better guitarists Going in over my head It’s the third point that I want to highlight today. It’s important to try something challenging […]

What to do when it’s just not working

Ever gotten to a point where things just aren’t working? The guitar tone isn’t right. The vocal sounds too weak no matter what I do. The mix doesn’t have any energy. This melody is boring. Those lyrics sound cheesy. I don’t like how the snare sits in the mix. Sound familiar? I’ve been to this […]

How to start a mix

Today, I want to talk about how to get started on a new mix. After you pull in all the tracks and get your busses set up, what do you do next? There are many different ways to get started. If you’ve been mixing for a while, you probably have a method that you prefer. […]