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Here's How to Get the Best Mix Possible on a Budget

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Not everyone can afford the thousands of dollars worth of tools to make stellar home recordings. The good news is you don't need them – a skilled craftsman can get the most out of simple tools.

If you hone your skills and broaden your knowledge, you can get by with the basic stuff you probably already own (assuming you have recording software and monitors). Here are just a few tips to help you along.

4 Easy, Free Alternatives to Digital Reverb

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Find any great album in your collection, and you'll probably find unique tones throughout. Great recordings tear down assumptions and start from scratch, creating new sounds at every stage of the process. Visionary writers team up with open-minded and canny producers to find a palette of sound that makes the artist recognizable and matches up perfectly with the message of the music. Recording musicians are always looking for new ways to hack the listening experience and transcend the normal medium.

So why do we all reach for the reverb knob as soon as we lay down a vocal in the studio? That’s because reverb works. It sounds good, and almost always works more effectively in a recording context than a bone-dry vocal.

A great studio reverb could become a part of your signature sound, but the very one you’re using is most likely in wide use already, so you’re losing a chance to find an ingredient that would make your music special. Are there easy alternatives to digital reverb? Fortunately, yes.

The Musician's Guide to Getting a Better Monitor Mix During Performances

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As performing musicians, the importance of having a monitor mix that lets us hear what we need to during a performance cannot be understated. Despite often not being the ones directly in control of this mix, here are a number of things we can do as musicians to ensure we get the mix that we're looking for.

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Sep 1, 2016 10:00 AM

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Tutorial: How to Add Character to Stock Drum Sounds in a Mix

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You've laid down stellar vocals, incredible guitar tracks, and you're ready to add in some drums. But those stock drum sounds are just... blah.

In this video, Matthew Weiss from The Pro Audio Files discusses how to take bland-sounding stock drum sounds and bring them to life.

Tutorial: How to Mix Bass With Multiband Compression

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If you've had issues in the past with consistency in your bass mixes, worry no more! In this video, production guru Warren Huart explores common concerns and dishes out some easy but effective tricks for mixing bass with multiband compression. Follow along as Huart opens up two different sessions and shows how he processes the bass guitar.