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How-Tos, Tips, and Tricks on Recording, Mixing, and Mastering

Mixing Vocals - Breaking Down a Basic Vocal Chain [with VIDEO]

Mixing vocals can make or break a song, particularly in pop and rock music.  Learning how to mix vocals effectively can be challenging because each song is unique, we all work on different genres, and there are hundreds of tools and techniques available during the process.  Fortunately, there are a number of techniques and approaches that are applicable across different songs and genres, and you can use your favorite plugins to achieve the same results.  Below, I’ve broken down the way I approach mixing pop and rock vocals.  Remember that my approach isn’t the only way to achieve good results, and you can substitute the plugins you own and enjoy using in place of mine.  Think more about  the why instead of the what.

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Gabriel Hawkins
The Mixing Process Explained - A Step By Step Guide to Radio-Ready Mixes [With Video Guide]

If you make your own music or engineer for other artists, chances are you spend a great deal of time on the internet, watching videos and reading articles just like this one, looking for ways to better understand the mixing process and elevate your work to the next level. Well, the good news is that you’re doing the right thing — absorbing as much information from reputable sources as you can is key to developing your skills as a mix engineer.  But in even better news, by following the process outlined in this post, you will immediately see improvements in not only your finished mixes, but your workflow as well!

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Gabriel Hawkins
Quick Tip: Parallel Compression [VIDEO]

Parallel compression was once considered an industry secret — something high profile engineers used to get an edge on other engineers.  Fortunately for us, parallel compression is now one of the industry’s worst kept secrets, and it’s also very simple to do.

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Gabriel Hawkins
5 Recording Mistakes We ALL Make

One of the things that makes recording both a fun hobby and a fulfilling career choice is that you never stop learning. I like to view the process of recording as if it were one big experiment. There are always new ways to approach capturing interesting sounds and making the process fun.  But while there aren’t really rules about what you have to do to get great recordings, there are a few things that you probably should not do.

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Gabriel Hawkins