The Art of Music Mixing in the Studio

The music mixing stage is an exciting part of the studio production process. It can be started at any time, but usually happens once everything has been recorded or programmed into your DAW. Mixing is where you bring all the individual parts together and mix them into a whole piece of music – think of … Read more

Get Creative with the Sidechain on Your Compressors and Gates

How to use the sidechain on a compressor

A sidechain (also seen as side chain or side-chain) input is a special ‘key input‘ found on audio compressor units and noise gate units. It’s an additional input, separate to the main input found on the device. The signal that’s connected to the key input changes the behavior of the main output of the compressor or the gate. … Read more

How Audio Effects Can Expand Your Studio Sound

Effects are usually mixed using the aux send/return method

Using a variety of audio effects in your studio is one of the best ways to add interest and unique twists to your mixes and productions. There are lots of different types of effects that can be used in whatever way your imagination can think of. Some effects can be used to add depth and space to … Read more

How a Mixing Board Works

Have you ever looked at a mixing board and wondered where on earth to start? It can strike fear into many new producers because of the amount of sliders, knobs, and buttons staring back at you. It certainly did with me the first time I saw one. But when you look at them in detail, the … Read more

A Guide to Reverb and How It Works

The effect of reverb as represented on a graph

Reverb is the name given to the ambient sounds produced by the sound waves that bounce off the internal surfaces of a room, and I think it’s one of the most important tools you have in the studio. It’s definitely one of the most commonly used, as it helps to ‘glue’ together all of the different … Read more

How to Use Audio Compression in Your Studio

Audio compression plays a vital part when it comes to making and producing your own music

Audio compression is one of the most important tools in the studio these days. Compression can bring your recordings to life and it can help to add more presence and sharpness to your overall mix. Learning how to use and apply compression was one of the first things I learned when I started many years ago, … Read more

Learn How to Mix Music in Your Studio

Volume faders on a mixing desk

Learning how to mix music is an exciting skill to develop when you’re producing in your own home studio. It’s the time where all of the recordings you’ve made and all the parts you’ve created come together to gel into a whole piece of music. Mixing is definitely my own favorite time to be in … Read more

How to Use Reverb in the Studio

How to use reverb - the aux send/return method

Learning how to use reverb is an important step in being able to produce your own music. Reverb helps to add extra depth and space to your mixes and productions, and has become an essential studio tool. Here are some useful hints and tips that you can follow to get started: You probably don’t need to add … Read more