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Recording, Honing Your Craft

Mar 13, 2019 06:00 AM

Brad Pack

How to Mix Radio-Ready Vocals

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly

 

Vocals are the heart of almost every pop song. In fact, save for instrumental music, vocals should be the focal point of a song in any genre. Whenever listeners find themselves humming along to a song, it’s usually the top-line vocal melody they’re latching onto, so mixing that aspect of your song’s arrangement for ultimate clarity is of particular importance.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know to produce a killer vocal mix for any genre.

Recording, Honing Your Craft

Jan 9, 2019 06:00 AM

Rob Mayzes

10 Compression Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Mixes

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This article originally appeared on TuneCore.

 

Over years of teaching others how to mix, I’ve noticed 10 compression mistakes come up time and time again. These common mistakes can ruin your mix if you don’t know how to avoid them.

In this guide, you’ll learn what these common compression mistakes are and how you can avoid them to get clear, professional-sounding mixes.

5 Free VST Plugins That Will Give You Professional Drum Sounds

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Drumming software changed the world of music.

Now, instead of hiring a drummer, booking time in a studio, and spending hours tracking drums, you can get that same (or similar) sound without ever leaving your home studio.

And even though “free” is a word that’s often associated with poor quality, there are plenty of free VST plugins that can give you professional drum sounds. And I don’t know about you, but I love free stuff.

Here are five free drum plugins that can take your drum sound from amateur to pro-level quality.

Mastering Isn't a Dark Art, It's Just Misunderstood

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This article originally appeared on TuneCore.

 

At Sage Audio Mastering, we realize that, for years, mastering has been viewed as "mysterious." It has been described as a “Dark Art,” and some think of it as the “Wizard” behind the curtain. Most people within the music industry don’t know what actually happens in the mastering stage, even though every single song that ever gets heard has likely been deemed “mastered” and ready for release.

Here's How Home Audio Has Evolved Over 162 Years

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Each one of us can measure how home audio has evolved during our own lifetimes, whether it's from vinyl records to CDs or cassettes to Spotify. But even before hot wax became most consumers' favorite way to listen to popular music, home audio had already experienced nearly 100 years of changes.