Buy Smart

Buy Smart! – A Guide to Buying Gear

Buy Smart! – A Guide to Buying Gear | By Thomas Brett |  Buying gear, it’s one of the things we live for as engineers. With the holiday season slowly coming to an end we’re all eager to go out and spend our Christmas gift money on some cool new equipment. But beware, If you’re not careful it’s easy to catch …

Mixing CHELSEA GRIN: guitar solo vs synths

Synths can be tough to mix, and are often f***ed up by inexperienced mixers– especially when there are several layers of them competing with an already dense mix, like in “S.H.O.T.” by Chelsea Grin (something like 10 layers of strings competing with a blazing solo). With a ton of information across pretty much the entire frequency spectrum, it’s easy for …

Mixing quad-tracked MACHINE HEAD guitars

Quad-tracked guitars are a great way to get that massive, thick sound, but they do have their challenges. In this clip from NAIL THE MIX, Joel Wanasek works with quad-tracked guitars in a Machine Head session, using some smart EQ moves and a little limiting to balance them against the bass and drums while retaining the thickness and depth of …

Analysis As A Learning Tool Part 2

Analysis As a Learning Tool (Part 2)

Analysis As a Learning Tool (Part 2) | By Thomas Brett |  As audio engineers we’re always looking to improve our craft and take our mixes to the next level. Two of the key methods to speeding up this learning process are: Understanding the subtleties of the gear we’re using.          AND Knowing how to perform accurate …