The Dos and Don’ts of eq

This is going to stir up some controversy, but you can bet that this is not the usual guide on “how to eq”, this article is different.

We won’t be saying “carve out some 6KHz from your strings, cut 250Hz from the snare” and stuff like that. We won’t, not because it’s wrong but because this is never going to teach you how to eq: all those tips are details, snippets of information and even though they can be useful (in the right context) they leave aspiring mixers with all their doubts, second guessing themselves for days, weeks, months…

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Orchestral Mixing

Yes, it is time to talk about how to mix sample based orchestral works (sometimes referred to as MIDI mock-ups). There is a lot of content about this everywhere, yet people seem to struggle finding something that is simple, easy to follow and that works, so this is it!

Most importantly, some libraries promise a good “wet” sound out of the box which is fair enough, but in reality you need to be able to treat the dry signal correctly because: a) some of the best samples out there are actually dry, b) if you’re blending samples from different companies they were recorded in different rooms, therefore their close mics are the minimum common denominator.

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AI Mastering

“Should I use LANDR or not?….” Replace LANDR with any other machine based mastering service and you’ll get one of the most commonly asked questions among music makers in 2020, especially home studio owners.

We’ve been talking a lot about mixing lately, now it’s time to talk about mastering. In this article, not only we’ll discuss AI mastering: we will unveil mastering for what it really is, whether you should master your own music or not AND whether artificial intelligence is a legit tool when it comes to mastering.

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Mixing with a plan

This is a very simple guide on how to structure a mix. Getting rid of the clutter is possible if you trust the process and keep it simple: all you have to do is follow these four simple steps each time, at least until you’re confident enough and you can hear what needs doing before you even pay close attention.

The guide below is not just for beginners: it’s for anyone who spends weeks mixing something that should be mixed in one day, i.e. most tracks.

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Ordering Custom Music

Here’s a few tips, on how to get the most out of your custom music order.

For those who are new to implementing music in films, video games or other media, a bespoke soundtrack is music that is made from scratch specifically for a client, based on the project and its requirements, as opposed to library music or stock music, where the soundtrack is selected from a catalogue of existing works.

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