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.…

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.…

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.…

So I’m lurking around on one of the more notorious audio message boards (you know the one, rhymes with “deer butts”) and I am checking out some of the buzz over an unreleased plug-in currently in development  (I wont mention the plug-ins name because I have no gripe with the developers and actually think it could be an interesting piece of software).…

I swear, If I hear another R&B “Hit” with out of time vocals I am gonna go crazy. Look, autotune is fine, even appropriate in some instances. People dig it and I understand why; it’s fun, it’s a gimmick and people are suckers for gimmicks.…

Once hailed as game changing and certainly one of Pro Tools’ most buzz worthy features, has beat detective officially reached legacy status? 

Yes and no. While elastic audio and tick based time references for audio tracks have made life easier for many editors, in some instances literally cutting the time it takes to complete a task by ten fold or more, I firmly believe beat detective still has a place and time (no pun intended) in a Pro Tools, at least for now.…