This is a quick review of my absolute favourite EQ plug-in. It’s the Neve designed portico 5033. I also like to share with you a way to get it for over $400 off the regular price! Have you ever tried to make something in your mix sound distant only to end up with a mix that sounds like… “Hey, I just got a new reverb plugin!”? I’ve found that the overuse of reverb is one of the biggest giveaways that one is an amateur. Well, good news! There are other techniques that will help you to create a sense of depth so you won’t have to rely only on your brand new reverb plugin. Have you ever wondered why your brand new, fancy pants, quad core, starship enterprise computer still seems to crap out with only a few tracks playing in your mix? Have you become way too familiar with that digital glitchy sound that comes along with over taxing your system? Well there is not only a reason why you’re experiencing this but, there’s also a SOLUTION! Allow me to explain… Todays mix tip is short and sweet! I’d like to share a listening technique that will help you to determine if you have any level balance issues in your mix. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity! This really helps. So, your brand new audio interface allows you to record audio at 24 bit 192 Khz! That’s fantastic! But, is it necessary? Will 192Khz audio get you more fans? Will it sell more records? Hmm… For what it’s worth, here’s my 2 cents. What is side-chaining? How can it be used? I’m glad you asked! A side-chain is i tricky little feature that will allow you to do some pretty interesting things with your audio. In this quick tip, I explain some ways that I like to use side-chaining. Please feel free to add your techniques to the comments section. I got a question from a MixLessons subscriber (Will McCollum) who was interested in my thoughts on setting levels in your recording and mixing process. Things have changed quite a bit since the days of tape and consequently, techniques have changed as well. How do you approach your levels? Leave a comment with your thoughts We all could use some free VST plugins… right? Well, there are free VST plugins out there but often times you get what you pay for. In this quick tip I want to show you some TOP SECRET places online where you can get some heavy duty discounts on premium (and usually expensive) VST plugins. Even though software is typically significantly cheaper than hardware, the costs can still add up before you know it. Watch this video to learn how to (legally) save massive amounts of money on your next VST plugin purchase. If you know of any other [More] Todays tip was inspired by a question from the GearSlutz forum. How should you treat your stereo tracks when thinking about panorama? Just because a track was recorded in stereo does not mean it has to be mixed in stereo. In fact, some tracks should not be stereo. Watch the video, leave a comment, and share! MIDI has been around for over 2 decades yet it still seems mysterious to a lot of people. This video quick tip describes what MIDI is and how it can be used to improve your home studio productions. Remember: MIDI is not sound!