“The Sound Of East Nashville”
Today I am excited to welcome David Glenn, a professional mix engineer from Orlando, FL, who has worked with many great artists including Pablo Villatoro, Blanca Callahan (Group 1 Crew), LaRue Howard, Jeremy Rosado (the American Idol Finalist), Aimee Allen (Warner) and many more. David generously offers his knowledge and advice through an extensive collection of video tutorials which you can find at DavidGlennRecording.com. He has also launched an audio podcast and shares some super cool video interviews with audio professionals to bring mixing insight to all of us. Of course the real gold mine that David created for us is The Mix Academy, a membership site where David shares the complete mixing process from start to finish while members virtually watch over his shoulder to learn tricks of the trade.
Some of the folks and resources David and I talked about:
And here are David’s 5 fabulous tips you can use right now to help your mixes sound more professional!
- Use Hi and Lo cut filters to sculpt your mix. Get rid of the lows or highs that you don’t need on the track you are EQing. This is something you can do with stock plugins that will help create focus in your mix. David shares a great tutorial video about mixing layered synths.
- From Slate Digital get the free plugin, Revival for the Virtual Mix Rack. With only two amazing EQs you can add sheen to the highs of your mix or rich body to the lows. Go get this free plugin while you can!
- Start your mix with a ruff mix. Either request from the client a ruff mix that they might have lived with and gotten used to. Or create one first by simply balancing the tracks before you reach for EQ, compression, and FX. This will give you an idea of how the client hears the songs before you attempt to “reinvent the wheel”.
- The Pomadoro Technique. This is a technique for working where you focus without distraction for 20 minutes and then take a break. Tony Maserati also has a great rule called the 10 minute rule that says you should move to the next track or sound every 10 minutes. This keeps you from burning out on one sound when you should be addressing the mix as a whole.
- Start by putting something on your mix bus to add character to your mixes. Whether you choose some EQ (Maag EQ4) or Compression (Slate VBC) or a tape emulator (Massey Tape Head) this will give you a sound that allows you to push your mix into some character. Think about it before computers we used to mix on consoles and to tape which added character and personality to a mix. You can create that for yourself by starting with something on your mix bus.
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