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The Order of Mixing

Once the recording stage has fully wrapped and it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get to mixing, it can be a big time-saver if you know the best order of mixing, or more specifically the proper order to set your levels. In this article we’re going to talk about the order of mixing. […]

Songwriting Chords – How to Use Chords to Help You Write

You can use songwriting chords to find a nice progression which sounds good under whatever melody you’re writing specifically at the time, and this can be a great way to develop upon an idea or just find the best progression to play under that melody. Having a solid understanding of songwriting chords can take you […]

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What is Proper Gain Staging in Mixing?

Before you do anything else to a mix, proper gain staging is the first aspect of mixing which should be addressed. This means before adding any processing to tracks, before even setting levels of different tracks in relation to each other. Gain staging occurs in both the recording and mixing stages of audio production. The […]

Why You Should Insist on a Free Test Master

I’ve talked at length in the past why getting your music mastered is so important. Forget the sequencing and the fact that it takes your collection of songs and makes it into a flowing full fledged record; mastering simply makes your music SOUND better. Thanks to the internet you can submit your digital recordings of […]

What Do Mastering Services Engineers Do?

Mastering services are the last step in completing a record. Mastering is also one of the more nebulous terms related to music production which not many people have a firm grasp on but it’s an essential final step which can significantly improve your recordings in a number of ways. Let’s talk about why mastering services […]