What Every Good Music Mix Requires AND How to Do it

How many times have you been at a live event and the audio didn't sound right?  More than once, I'm sure.  And I'll bet the problem had to do with balance.  Balance is all about relationships.  Hang with me guys because I am going to ask you to commit! Mix relationships are the key to good mixes.  It's not about the type of audio console or which plug-ins you have, though those can help.  ...

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Improve Recordings With These Panning Tips

Often, we're mixing in a church with a mono speaker setup but that's no reason to ignore panning when sending a stereo signal out to a recording device. With the popularity of smart-phone usage, there are a number of people who listen to a live/recorded service with headphones. And of course, if people are watching on any type of home system that supports stereo audio, then let's give these people ...

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Rate Your Portable Church Audio System

"Would you run sound for us?" my friend asked.  "Our regular guy isn't available."  Without hesitation, I accepted. I'd subbed for bands with nice portable systems.  And my friend's a smart guy.  It would be fun - oh, if only.  From his point of view, their audio system worked.  Worked, yes, but not very well.  More on that shortly. Rate Your Portable Church Audio System A portable church ...

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The 4 Fundamentals of Mixing Music

Light, Subject, Composition, and Idea.

I stole this idea from a photography class from Ming Thein.  There are four fundamentals of photography that so closely resemble the requirements of a music mix, I couldn't help but notice it. In photography, they follow as: Light - because a three-dimensional object becomes two-dimensional in a photo but the photographer must find a way to make it feel 3D. Subject - it tells the story ...

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Acoustic Guitar Distortion and Other Wacky Stuff that Works


Judge not lest ye be ready to hear the result.  Whether it's microphone placement or mix choices, there've been times where I thought, "that guy doesn't know what he's doing."  But then I heard the result.  The last newsletter covered low passing drums.  There are a number of other non-traditional methods that get some good sounds. 1. Acoustic Guitar Distortion That's right, I added ...

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