A common technique in modern music production is the practice of layering multiple drums sounds or samples to achieve a specific sonic goal or texture. For example, taking the sustain and bottom of a nice 808 kick, the fuzziness or grit of an acoustic drum, and layering the top end “snap” of an electronic kick sample can be an affective way of achieving just the right blend of sonic texture to cut through the mix and compliment the rhythm section, many times creating complex layers that could not be achieved with basic EQ or Compression of a single source alone.…

Check out the new single “Fear” off Mighty Quinn’s upcoming EP “Young Ninjas,” co-written and produced by Brian Lee White. Get in on iTunes.

A couple ads that I’ve composed music for in the last few months:

Polycom “Innovations” via Everstudio

Organic Inc. “Reel 2012” via Volume Music|Sound

Juniper / Samsung : Enterprise Mobile via Everstudio

 

Polycom “Brand” via Everstudio

These days, more and more producers, songwriters and bands are working their way through the production process outside of the traditional studio, often making all of their sonic decisions in less than ideal listening spaces. As a mixer, I am expected to have a critical listening space that minimizes the effect of the room’s acoustics on whatever I am listening to.…

The speed at which a signal comes and goes as the compressor grabs and releases the program material is controlled by the processor’s attack and release controls. While a compressor’s envelope can be used to shape a signal in creative ways (e.g.…

Understanding the fundamental building blocks of sound is an important step for any mixer, producer, or musician. These core concepts are ultimately what bring our speaker cones to life, sending the sweet sounds of our favorite music through the air and into our ear canals.…

As a professional mix engineer I spend a lot of time mixing other people’s songs. These songs are like their children, so it is of the utmost importance that I respect their vision as an artist and song writer, because at the end of the day, I am providing a service to my clients and I want to keep them happy and returning customers of my business.…

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.…