Visualising Compression

Visualising Compression

| By Thomas Brett |  Introduction: Without a doubt, the studio tool which people seem to have the most trouble getting their heads around when first starting out is Compression. The most common reason for this, in my opinion, is the fact that the whole concept is often taught poorly/in the wrong way to begin with! In this week’s URM …

Overheads: your misunderstood friend

Looking for more presence, punch and depth in your drums? Many of us (including me when I was starting out) don’t really appreciate the nuances and power of overheads. All too often you see mixers just high pass them and call it a day! *horrified face emoji* But the truth is that while they aren’t as straightforward as close mics …

Overthinking EQ

Are You Overthinking EQ?

| By Thomas Brett |  Introduction: EQ, It’s one of the most difficult tools for newer engineers to get their heads around when first starting out, and is also the tool most prone to being misused due to various bad habits & misconceptions which can develop during the learning process. This week, I’ll be sharing with you one of the …

Prepare For Perfection - Getting Vocals Ready To Mix (Pt.1)

Prepare For Perfection – Getting Vocals Ready To Mix (Part 1)

| By Thomas Brett |  Introduction: Vocals are the most important element in a mix, yet, ironically, also the most prone to sounding terrible when over-processed or heavily messed with. Luckily, the real secret to getting a great vocal sound doesn’t lie in the mixing stage, but rather in the recording and mix preparation stages. In this two-part URM Blog …