You may have heard of mixing engineers talk about using parallel processing, and for good reason…it rocks! So what is parallel compression? Simply the mixing of the dry (uncompressed) signal with the wet (compressed) sound. I’ll cover some of the methods we use when mixing music and why parallel compression is used over normal (serial) compression.
Strapping an EQ across your mix bus is a delicate matter? Why? Because it is as if the EQ was applied to each individual track in the mix. Yet when applied on the master fader, it has the power to subtly or drastically alter the tone and feeling of your entire mix. I’ll show why, how, and which plug-ins to use when deciding on mix bus eq.
Ever wonder why your mix sucks compared to other commercially released tracks when played on different systems? The most likely culprit….your monitors. Mixing without trusting your monitors is akin to driving without your glasses. Without hearing a proper representation of your music, how are you supposed to make key processing decisions? No matter your budget situation, here are some steps to drastically improve your monitoring and your mixes.
There’s no denying that retro and vintage style tracks and production styles have been making a comeback in modern productions. Motown-esque RnB and funk ala Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse and Adele vintage throwbacks, and 80’s synths and rhythms in current pop. Modern mixing can incorporate early recording methods and processing in order to give that old-school vibe to a song.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel that we mix engineers have more than enough compressor emulation plug-ins to choose from. When a new one comes out, it really has to blow me away in order to add it to my arsenal. In this case, the McDSP 6030 Ultimate Compressor packs a real punch by offering TEN different compressors in one plug-in. I’ve spent some time with the plugin and am sharing my findings.
Nearly every plug-in used in mixing and mastering nowadays comes with a hefty list of included presets for nearly every use imaginable. Presets can be both a blessing and a curse to the music creator and knowing how, when, and why to use presets is key to keeping your music’s integrity intact. Here are three reasons you should and shouldn’t be using presets when producing music.