A “pass” filter affects all energy above or below the target frequency, often referred to as the “cut-off frequency,” by removing that frequency content in a continuously decreasing downward slope. Pass filters are extremely valuable tools in mixing because they allow us to”bracket” the frequency energy of a given signal in the mix.…

Using pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, fifty cent pieces, and one dollar coins, there are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. But what does that have to do with mixing records? A lot actually.

To preface this little op-ed/rant, I have been watching a lot of Pensado’s Place recently.…

As humans, we have tons of built in “thresholds” surrounding all of our senses. What do you do when the shower gets too hot? As the temperature rises, it eventually gets to the point that your nerves tell your brain “ouch” and your brain tells you “too hot!” and you turn down the hot water.…

When you use traditional compressors to alter a signal’s envelope shape, you often trade one problem for another. Spiking out the attack uses deep threshold settings that alter the tone and shape of the decay, sometimes in an undesirable way, forcing us to use “mults” or parallel chains to achieve the perfect attack and sustain characteristics for a given instrument.…

Dynamics processors are little more than automatic volume controls, responding to changes in signal level over time. If the input signal’s level meets a specific criteria (threshold) then the processor reacts by changing the output signal level in a prescribed way (turns it down, turns it up, etc).…

Fresh from my brand new Lynda.com course Foundations of Audio: Compressors and Dynamics Processors, here is a free video on gating a drum track. You can watch all the videos in this new course by signing up for a free 7 day trial.…

I promise to drop daily deuces of discourse in the internet’s public restroom, twitter. @brianleewhite

Steven Emerson (Everstudio) and I worked on the music for this Men’s Wearhouse Commercial, extra classy!

future hop dj goldenchyl don prahfit

I recently mixed this record for my buddy Dominic (aka DJ Goldenchyld). It’s called Future Hop, Modern Day Renegades. Featuring Goldenchyld (of the Bangerz) on the beats and Don Prahfit on the flow. It’s cutting edge underground hip hop and it’s a free download so grab it (download here).…

This is a song I mixed for Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, produced by my friend Replay (Freeschool) with additional programming by DJ Ammo. It’s all for a great cause, WeCanBeAnything is an education advocacy campaign, born of a partnership between the Apl.de.Ap Foundation (AdAF) and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF).…