One of the conversations I have with artists most frequently goes something like this: Artist: I can’t get my voice to sound they way I want. I’m going for an sound, do you have any tips? Me: Most of the sound of a vocal comes from the performance, not the mix. Let’s experiment with different singing/rapping styles and see what we can get. Have you demoed these songs? It’ll really

This is a good one for both engineers/producers and for artists. Engineers:A�If you take time trying different mics, polar patterns, HPF positions and pre amps andA�tweak the positioning of the microphone while capturing a great performance all the while keeping the final song in mind you’ll find that your mix comes together much quicker and easier. You won’t waste time and energy during the mix process trying to pull “that

Hi guys! I wanted to let you all know about a page on Facebook – Damian Keyes – Musician & Band Advice. Damian is a music manager and co-founded BIMM (the British and Irish Modern Music Institute) in Brighton, it has now expanded to Bristol, Birmingham, London, Dublin, Manchester and Berlin. He recently started an education platform on Facebook, where he posts daily videos with advice for musicians and bands


Dec 2016

Mix Notes

When I first started mixing my one hope was that I would send a mix to a band so good that I wouldn’t get a single note back. They would be so blown away with what I’d done that they would immediately release the track (and it would go number one and win me my first of many Grammy awards…obviously). I soon realised, however, that that is a ridiculous notion

To click or not to click, often the first question when it comes to recording. Personally, I would always play in free time unless you simply MUST play to click (if, for example, you are using time-based modulating synths/effects and have zero time to work on them). The main argument for using a metronome is that you want the record to feel solid and in time throughout – but this