Are you Sick and Tired of Muddy Mixes That Sound Squashed to Death, Washed Out, and Lifeless?

Would You Rather Get Great Mix Results...Using Just the 5 Plug-ins You Already Have In Your DAW?


Let Me Ask You This:

  • Do you fight to make all your instruments fit together in a busy mix?
  • Do you struggle to EQ each instrument to sit in their frequency range without getting in the way of everything else?
  • Do you tear your hair out finding the right compression setting for each track?
  • Do you have a hard time using reverb and delay without cluttering up your mix?
  • Do you get confused by saturation and how to use it to get a warmer sounding mix?
Björgvin BenediktssonAudio Educator

If you answered yes to one of those questions - don't worry - you're not alone. 

My name is Björgvin Benediktsson and I run Audio Issues. Let me show you how to improve your mixes without bankrupting yourself with expensive premium plug-ins.

When I talk to engineers and musicians like yourself, they pretty much say the same things:

"I want to understand and efficiently implement EQ and compression to get a great mix. I struggle with EQ'ing guitars, drums and vocals so everything can be heard distinctly in all their detail."

EQ is such a big part of creating separation in your mixes that it's no wonder everyone shares the same problem.

Take a recent reader's struggle with their drum sound:

"My biggest issue at the moment is getting the snare to cut through the mix without putting too much high frequencies in it, because when I do, the cymbals get in the way and I get terrible bleed from them, also getting the snare sounding consistent but without over compressing it because it sounds artificial."

Tell me about it!

Furthermore, I feel sad when people tell me:

"I struggle with skillfully using compression. I just give up when it comes to compressing and reverb on vocals, pretty much."

It's statements like these that make me tear my hair out because it doesn't have to be that way!

Trust me, I've been there. There was a time I had no idea how to EQ for clarity.

My guitars kept getting in the way of the vocal and my bass guitar constantly clashed with my kick drum. I didn't know how to create separation between instruments and any time I used an EQ I had no idea how much (or where!) I should boost or cut to make my mix sound better.

I couldn't use compression properly.

Every time I tried to compress my drums and bass to make them tighter I'd end up with a squashed drum sound and a weak low-end. I was never really sure what all the buttons on the compressor did, and I certainly didn't know how to use them to create those tight mixes I'd hear from more experienced engineers. Being able to balance the dynamics of a song without squashing and over-compressing each instrument was foreign to me. Presets were handy to start with but I usually got lost trying to tweak them to suit my mix.

If I finally got a good mix using EQ and compression I'd derail the entire thing again when I started adding reverb and delay.

I'd end up with way too much reverb, making my mixes sound amateurish and washed out. When I'd return for another mixing session I'd overcompensate for my mistakes and end up with a mix that sounded two-dimensional and flat.

I really didn't understand what to listen for in a mix so I kept randomly putting plug-ins on tracks, tweaking presets that didn't fit the instruments and selecting inappropriate reverbs that weren't suitable for the song.

Luckily for you, I've come a long way since then. Today my clients compliment me on how clean and clear my mixes sound.

They love the fact that they can hear each instrument in the mix distinctly.

My kick drum doesn't clash with the bass guitar. They work together as a well oiled rhythm machine, keeping it clean but thick in the low-end. Even the guitar player and the vocalist have stopped fighting about which instrument should be louder because they can hear themselves equally.

When I add compression to a track, I'm the one in charge, not the compressor.

I'm not nervous about tweaking the settings anymore because I know exactly what buttons to push to make my mixes tight and loud. My drums pack a punch when I need them to hit hard but they can also lay back if the genre demands it. I've learned to compress each instrument so that everything is heard clearly in the mix without feeling over-compressed.

Instead of randomly selecting the wrong reverbs I now have a system in place.

It helps me choose the best way to add the right space to a mix. I've amassed a huge bag of tricks when it comes to using reverb and delay to create depth in my mixes without them ever feeling too washed out.

Lastly, I spent a lot of time experimenting with different saturation plug-ins to get the best results.

I learned that not every saturation plug-in fits with every track so through trial and error I discovered when and where to use the right style of saturation to bring their mixes to the next level.

Put simply, I'm really proud of the mixes I release today. I can clearly hear the improvements I've made throughout the years but the best part of it is:

Musicians and bands think my mixes are good enough to pay for!

If that strikes a chord with you and you're interested in getting to that level it’s clear as day what you need to do to improve your mixes.

It’s not buying another expensive plug-in (as much fun as they are to play with!)

It's learning how to use the plug-ins you already have in your DAW to get a great mix.

EQ - Compression - Reverb - Delay - Saturation

Engineers have been using these 5 processors for ages to make incredible sounding mixes. Ask any mixing engineer what they use most often and their answers will be a variation of those five processors.

But unfortunately, they're difficult to master.

You're probably having the same struggles as I had, trying to make a mix that's balanced and punchy, with a clear mid-range and full vocals. If you're just starting out then you have no idea what's causing the muddiness in your mix. Therefore, you have a hard time creating a clean mix with all the frequencies equally distributed.

In addition, any time you test your mix out on a different speaker system it always sounds worse than what you've been hearing in your home studio.

The thing is, hearing your mix on just your speakers isn't good enough. It needs to translate to any speaker system.

Even if you've grown fairly skilled at mixing you still might waste a lot of time tweaking the final mix instead of deciding that it's good enough.

It's time for you to change all that and learn a workflow that uses only 5 different processors to create a great sounding mix.

You don't need to read boring manuals, waste time browsing internet forums or buy more gear to make that next mix sound fantastic.

I already told you what you need to make your next mix leap out of your speakers.

So let's learn how to use all those processors together.

Introducing Step By Step Mixing and Mixing With 5 Plug-ins

Step By Step Mixing: How to Create Great Mixes Using Only 5 Plug-ins

Get Amazing Mix Results from Any DAW Using Only EQ, Compression, Reverb, Delay and Saturation.

The #1 Best-Selling Amazon book Step By Step Mixing is my complete guide to the mixing process using only the five plug-ins you really need.

Here's What You'll Learn Inside:

  • Learn to get organized and simplify your mixing process to create more mixes that sound better in less time
  • Learn practical EQ tips to make all of your instruments fit in your mix
  • Learn to use compression to create punchy and tight mixes
  • Learn to use reverb and delay to add space and depth to your mixes without cluttering up the song and making yourself sound like an amateur
  • Learn everything you need to know about saturation to add that secret sauce to your songs that makes people take notice of your skills
  • Learn an invaluable process to getting your mix to translate to any speaker or sound system
Nathan Moser Graphic Equalizer Productions

Really enjoying the book. The way you organized it really helps me retain everything I am reading. I just want to say thank you for being one of the people who keeps me motivated to continue my dream to hopefully have a career in mixing.

#1 Best-Seller on Amazon

Andrew Amelang Music School Owner

Awesome job! It's easy to read, clear, concise, warm, and chocked full of tips while at the same time staying pretty accessible. You have a great writing voice. I've been buying music books since I was a kid (currently 58), and I can honestly say that's one of the more useful and helpful books I've read. Does exactly what the reader should expect it to do, and does it thoroughly but in an easy to read and engaging manner. Kudos.


Mixing With 5 Plug-ins - Video Course


If you'd rather learn through video, Mixing With 5 Plug-ins is a 5-part course on mastering the five processors you need for a great sounding mix.

In the next five modules we will be taking a song from a rough recording to a finished mix using only the most common plug-ins everyone already has.

You won't need expensive premium plug-ins.

Any EQ will do. Any compressor is fine. Whatever reverb or delay comes with your DAW works perfectly well and I'll show you exactly where to find free saturation plug-ins.

You won't need fancy processing or complex routing.

You just need to master these 5 plug-ins to get to a great sounding mix.

How Does the Course Work?

You'll receive the introductory video immediately as well as the multitracks to the song(s) we'll be working on inside your membership area where you can ask questions and upload your mixes for feedback.

Then, every week you'll get a new tutorial video tackling the plug-in of the week as we move through each part of the course.

Each video has two components:​
  • Explanations on what all the plug-ins do and how to use them in your sessions: You'll get a detailed overview of the frequency spectrum. You'll see exactly how and when to use each type of compressor. You'll learn exactly what every setting on your reverb and delay plug-ins means and you'll hear how different styles of saturation affects your mixes.
  • Practical uses in a real world mixing session. After explaining what each plug-in does you'll see how to use it in a session and learn some valuable techniques on how to use them in your own songs.

Each video has a thorough overview of how each processor works in addition to practical techniques on using them in your mix. That way, you can learn everything you need to know about EQ, compression, reverb, delay and saturation in the first part of the videos to take straight to your mixing session. Or, you can keep watching and learn how those plug-ins are used in a real world mix.

Module 1 - Mixing With No Plug-ins

As soon as you sign up we get started with one of the most basic (but overlooked) lessons in mixing:

​Critical listening and knowing where you're taking the song before you ever start mixing it.

The first module is all about setting up and prepping your tracks for mixing.

  • ​Setting up a session for faster workflow so your mix is done sooner. If you want to use processing like bus compression effectively this is the prep work you need to follow.
  • Critical listening and pre-mixing session. Before even slapping on a plug-in, it's good to be familiar with all the little things you'll find in every performance. Bring those out first before you do anything else.
  • You'll learn to get a great balance to make a rough mix without using ANY plug-ins, in only 7 minutes.
  • Learn to use busses and groups to make your mixing easier (and faster) in the long run

I learned to simplify; up until now, when I would organize and setup a session in my DAW, I would create FX busses for every individual track, and separate sub-mixes for each group on top of the busses. So, for a drum kit, each piece would have it's own FX buss, all feeding to a buss for the entire kit (or most of it) that would then feed a single Drum kit submix; at the end I'd use these various submixes for mixing into my Master Buss. With this, I kept it simple, and followed the pattern from the video - combining more instruments to fewer busses in total. I think I still ended up with one or two more than the video, but that's a vast difference for me!

Robert Rubino
Mixing Engineer

I've often read about setting levels <<in context>> rather than in solo but never really got it. In this respect, I found this quite ear-opening.

Laurent K

Module 2 - Mixing With EQ

After our initial balancing work we'll get into using EQ to make all the instruments fit together.

We'll cover subjects such as:

  • How to use filters effectively
  • Using bus EQ to save time and resources
  • Using EQ to bring out the best of the drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and vocals
  • Cutting muddiness, reducing boominess and adding presence to the mix
  • Using low-pass filters to tighten up guitars while still making them cut through
  • Using those unused middle frequencies to bring out the character of keyboards without masking other aspects of the mix
  • EQ'ing a dense vocal track so that the backup vocals don't overpower the lead vocals
  • Proper rebalancing after EQ'ing to keep each instrument in its place
  • Keeping the mid-range in check so you don't get boxy kick drums, honky guitars, muddy bass or nasally vocals. Take the guesswork out of EQ and follow along as I tell you exactly why I'm cutting and boosting each instrument.

Having fun with this! I tend to make things complicated quickly, so I appreciate being forced to keep it simple. Thanks!

Mike Lingle
Mixing Engineer

I decided to watch the video step by step which is some kind of copying what has already been done but so I could follow each of the decisions in detail track by track - pausing the video, experimenting with sweeping etc. and do some tweaking here and there. I would strongly recommend this approach because I had some really strongs moments when I heard the first time what the problem at certain instruments and a special frequency really was. It's like a completely different hearing of a track. It's like you're not listening to the instrument anymore - you're listening for ringing and annoying disturbing noises that are in the background of an instrument - hard to explain but you will get there I'm sure... So thanks Björgvin for this experience.

Thomas Dash

Impressed by your fluent equalizations and how you tackle with those jumping out loud frequencies...

Laurent K

Module 3 - Mixing With Compression

After EQ'ing we'll put a compressor on every track and find the best setting for each instrument.

You'll learn tricks like:

  • Knowing how each button on your compressor affects your instruments
  • How the ratio can affect the punchiness of your drums
  • The importance of tweaking the attack and release to shape your sounds
  • Knowing when and why to use compression
  • Using presets to speed up your mixing (while still tweaking them for the best results)
  • Using serial compression when you need two different compressors to tackle different aspects of the vocal
  • Using different compressor styles for different sounds and character
  • Using parallel compression in your insert chain for faster processing
  • Rebalancing your EQ after compression to keep everything going smoothly. Compression alters the volume and loudness of each track so careful rebalancing is key to keeping your song consistent every time you add a new processor to the mix.

Definitely a different approach with the bus compression than I'm used to, but I like how much faster it went. One thing that was tough was balancing the compression between verse and chorus passages, so for my mixes, I may take a hybrid approach with multing the tracks into sections and bus compressing each section differently there.

Jimmy Robarge 
Mixing Engineer

Module 4 - Mixing With Reverb and Delay

If you only use EQ and compression you'll end up with a flat mix. Using reverb and delay is the key to giving your mixes depth without overpowering and cluttering up your mix.

You'll learn:

  • Explanation of all the settings on your reverb and delay
  • How room modes can affect the feel of your mix
  • The easy way to add an all-around reverb to instantly create space in your mix
  • What you should leave dry in the mix
  • How to use short and weird reverb settings to make bigger snares
  • The importance of correctly routing your drums for a more interesting drum sound
  • Using sends to place your instruments in the mix according to how much impact you want them to have
  • Separating acoustic and electric guitars with different reverbs based on what they're playing
  • Using modulated stereo delays to add depth to keyboards
  • Placing backup vocals behind the lead using reverb and delay
  • The incredibly important aspect of how and why to EQ your reverbs for a cleaner mix
  • Using separate reverbs for multiple instruments and how to blend them together in a mix
  • When to use mono instead of stereo delays

Mix is up - and this one was really a lot of fun. After rewatching parts of the video, I decided to take a simpler approach to avoid automation - just to see how it worked. I think the results sound huge. Overall, I mostly used the EMT Plate by UA; however, I did add a TAL Smooth Plate on the lead vox, and a beat synced delay (Metric Halo Dirty Delay) timed to 1/64 on the left, and 1/8 on the right, with some added drive for more gain. Seemed to thicken up. Hope you like it.

Howard Rabach
Mixing Engineer/Bass Player

Module 5 - Mixing With Saturation and Translation Tweaks

In the final week we'll add some saturation to certain things to spice them up.

  • Using tape saturation to make your mixes smoother
  • My step-by-step approach to deciding whether to use saturation on a track
  • How to saturate your kick drum to give your low-end more thickness and weight
  • Using multi-band saturation to give your snare drum more bite
  • Using parallel saturation to create subtle thickness and warmth
  • Adding tape emulation on acoustic guitars to bring them out in the mix
  • Using saturation for dirty up your keyboard patch to make it more interesting
  • Using multiple saturation plug-ins to find which one makes your tracks sound the best

In addition, we'll rebalance the whole mix, check our mix on multiple speakers and add some automation so that everything plays nicely together.

  • The importance of slight automation tweaks to bring out the best in each track
  • How to check your mixes on multiple systems and what to look out for so that they translate everywhere. I walk you through my process of checking the final mix on three different monitoring systems and the notes I take to make my mix sound the same on each one.
  • Problem solving a mix translation issue of guitars sounding like they have a blanket over them
  • Bringing the snare back into the mix when it sounds glued on top
  • Taking muddiness out of vocals with shelving EQ
  • Eliminating honkiness from an electric keyboard and making it sound smoother in the context of the mix
  • Making the mix sound exciting without excessive tweaks.
  • Facing the fear of perfection and deciding when to call it a day.

Plus - An Exclusive Community Where We Discuss Mixing Tips and Give Each Other Feedback

In the exclusive membership community I want to really get to hear your progress. 

So every week I want you to post your mix as you progress along with the multi-tracks. Each week the community will give each other feedback related to that week's topic.​

This community is where we care about the mix. Your friends, significant other and general music lovers can't give you the feedback you need for your mixes. They simply don't know or care enough about the technical aspects of mixing to give you anything valuable. In our Facebook community you only have people that love every aspect of the technical mixing process.​

Instead of diving in and throwing plug-ins all over the place we'll discuss each aspect of the mix in-depth week to week as we all progress through each plug-in, from simple balancing to smooth-sounding saturation.

It's a great opportunity for everyone to compare mixes and notes on what they did.

In addition to the 5-module course, the Facebook community and the multi-tracks I've also put together some extra bonuses for new members.

Plus: Quickstart Content

  • Brand New Quick-Start Guide - An all-in-one quick-start video where I go through all five plug-ins in one hour-long video, using a brand new multi-track as an example. This is great if you're stressed for time and want easy and practical tips right away while taking the time to go through the rest of the course at your own leisure.
  • New Multi-track - A brand new multi-track accompanying the Quick-Start-Guide with drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitars along with multiple vocals.

Bonus: 5 New Multi-tracks

The techniques you learn inside Mixing With 5 Plug-ins shouldn't just be used on the song we're working on in the videos.

You'll be able to take the knowledge you learn and apply it to any song you want to mix. To help you with that I've included five new songs for you to work on.

These five songs have very interesting arrangements and instrumentation to challenge you to really dig into those five plug-ins. From simple acoustic rock to orchestral pop, the extra multi-tracks include a whole new world of sounds to work with. ​

Slow ballad with beautiful piano:

Funky folk with trumpet section:

Grandiose pop with a full 16-piece orchestra:

Atmospheric folk with metal style guitar solos and ambient pedal steel:

Simple folk rock with driving drums, spaceful arrangement and lots of backing vocals:

Plus: Bonus Weekly Mix Feedback sessions for ANY Song You Have

Bjorgvin infront of monitor

In addition to the tutorial videos, feedback videos in the Plus package and the Facebook community I am also adding a brand new section to help you improve all your other mixes, not just the one we use in the course.

Every week I will take all the mixes you've submitted for feedback and critique them over the course of one hour. I'll try my best to get through as many as possible, pointing out things that I hear in the mixes that could be improved and tips to help you implement those improvements.​

Every week a post will go up where you can post any mix you're working on. From there I will comment on as many mixes as possible in the span of an hour to give you helpful advice on making your mixes better beyond the 5 plug-ins I teach you in the course.

Also Included:

I want to really over deliver on this course so I've included a few more things.

Mix Feedback Videos

​Every week, along with that week's tutorial video you'll get a pre-recorded feedback video where I critique 3-5 other mixes and give them pointers on improving. Chances are your mixes will sound similar to some of these mixes so you'll get valuable and relevant feedback you can use in your own mix.

In addition I'll mention some tips and troubleshooting tricks I don't mention in the weekly tutorial videos you can use for specific problems.

  • Motivation and "tough love" to get you on track with your mixes
  • Why everybody is scared of putting out their mix but that should NEVER be your excuse
  • Multiple approaches to re-amping DI'd electric guitars
  • Tips and tricks on balancing a mix without using plug-ins
  • Whether you should use automation first or leave it for last
  • Using the 1-dB rule to get the perfect balance
  • Frequency adjustments to get the kick to cut through in busier parts of the mix
  • How to fix honkiness in a vocal (hint: it can be a combination of two very annoying frequency areas)
  • Simple separation tip for two lead vocals
  • Additional tips on making the vocals sit with the instruments
  • A great way to trouble-shoot low-mid buildup
  • How to hear when you're adding too much of those harsh high-mids in your mix
  • Tips on using master-bus compression and why it's hard to do it in the middle of your mix

Advanced Mixing With 5 Plug-ins

At the end of the course you'll get a a 2-part video series where I go over some advanced techniques I don't cover in the main course:

  • Using mid/side EQ for clear up the center of the mix and carve out a space for your vocals
  • Using specific EQ boosts in multiple guitar tracks to separate them and give them frequency space in the mix
  • Using an analyzer to EQ two clashing instruments better together in the mix
  • Parallel compression and drum thickening techniques using EQ and compression
  • When and why to use parallel saturation
  • Using multi-band compression on drum groups for tightening up the lows without squashing the highs
  • Using multiple order harmonics to get instruments to cut through the mix
  • The Three-Reverb trick for simple spaces in your mix
  • Advanced Automation theory to create interest throughout your mix
  • Using short delays and EQ to get stereo imaging without stereo widening plug-ins

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What People Are Saying

I found this course to be detailed, relevant, and very practical - and quite a bit of fun. The interactions within our FB group made it a truly worthwhile endeavor. Specifically, I found each of the feedback videos comprehensive and balanced, each of the tutorial videos were engaging and detailed, yet it was not "preachy" as is "this is the only way to employ..." or "do it like this and you'll be successful." I learned the difference between EQing for balance and cohesion and EQing for color and dimension. The visual component of seeing the specific instrument's frequency range really helps nail problem areas more efficiently. Also, this course has changed (and simplified) the way I set up a session. The idea is great. 1 course/exercise a week is awesome. You explain a little bit of why you use the plugin and what the overall goal is. Then you do it "live" then you explain what you have done. I realized that all you need is basically only these 5 plugins.

Ken Bauer
Howard Rabach Mixing Engineer

Though I had already listened to the other mixes after uploading mine, it was confidence building for me to be able to write a note down about someone else's mix (good or bad) and then hear my note reflected in your feedback following each track; made me feel like "hey, I'm hearing this as well." On a more selfish level, it's really awesome to get positive feedback along the way. Often times, you get so hyper-focused on your own work that it's difficult to separate yourself from it to hear it objectively.

Laurent K Mixing Engineer

Impressed by your fluent equalizations and how you tackle with those jumping out loud frequencies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I Have to Do This in the Next 5 Weeks? No. As soon as you join you get access to the first week's video and the multi-tracks. Every 7 days after that new content will be available to you within the members area. You can choose to follow along with the course as the videos become available but if you get busy the videos will always be inside the members area for you.
  • How Do I Access The Course? Once you sign up you'll get access to the brand new membership area exclusive to Mixing With 5 Plug-ins Members where you can stream and download the videos, ask questions and download the multi-tracks.
  • Do I need any specific plug-ins? Not at all. You can use any EQ, compressor, reverb, delay and saturation plug-ins you have available. I use a combination of a few plug-ins but none of them are crucial for success in this course or to get a great sounding mix. Any stock plug-in will do just fine.
  • Can't I just figure all this stuff out on my own? Sure, but it'll take much longer working on your own with trial and error instead of getting step by step instruction on using each of these plug-ins in a practical way, using actual tracks that you can practice with on your own. By replicating what you hear in the video along with the instructions I give you you're guaranteed to learn how to mix much faster than on your own.
  • I Don't Have Time for ANOTHER Course! That's understandable. You have a lot going on. However, if you can spare an hour every week to watch the videos and do a few mixing tweaks you'll get through it pretty quickly without feeling overwhelmed. I've designed it so it improves your mixing skills without getting in the way of your life!
  • Why is Iceland Green and Greenland Ice? Because we wanted to throw people off that we didn't want hanging around with us. I definitely want to hang out with you so come join us inside the community.


As always, everything I put out is backed by my 100% Money-Back-Guarantee.

If you are not satisfied with your purchase, let me know and I will happily refund your money, no questions asked. You can even keep the course for a full year while you decide.​

If you’re not happy, I’m not happy.

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Who am I and what kind of a name is Bjorgvin?!?

Hi. I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m an audio engineer, musician and writer. I’m an Alumni from the SAE Institute and I've been working in the audio industry since 2006.

I've worked in live sound doing huge concerts back home in my native Iceland (that's where the name is from), recording bands in Madrid, Spain (where I went to audio engineering school) or producing, recording and mixing local bands today in Tucson, Arizona (I get around a lot...).

Through these diverse experiences I've grown to learn one thing:

I love teaching YOU how to make an impact with YOUR music and audio production. 

I've taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.​

If I can help somebody improve the sound of their music I think I've done a great job. I've received hundreds of emails from satisfied engineers that have thanked me for helping them improve their music productions. That's what makes it all worth doing.

But let me tell you, I had no clue what I was doing when I first started doing audio and music production.

I used to have a really hard time mixing. I thought mixing was supposed to be fun and cool but I was just intimidated. All I was doing was randomly inserting plug-ins and processors on every track, shrugging my shoulders because I couldn’t really figure out how anything worked.

No matter what I did I couldn’t make it sound better. I mean, the songs changed, but I didn’t really know where I was going with the mix. There was no balance to the instruments and the vocals sounded glued on and fake.

It just screamed “amateur.”

The reason why was simple. I had no plan of action, and no concrete steps to make my mixes sound like I wanted.

Years later, after countless hours of recording and mixing, I know what I am doing. I know exactly where to point the mic. I get the most out of my equipment, and my DAW does everything I want it to.

Using simple EQ and compression tricks, I got punchy drums and full and balanced instruments. I started using reverb and delay to create space and depth for that professional feel. Besides that, my vocals sounded better than ever as I started to recognize and eliminate problematic frequencies.

All these things I've learned along the way have helped me develop practical and easy mixing techniques that are guaranteed to help you with your mixes.​ 

I believe in sharing my knowledge with everyone and through Audio Issues I've been able to do that. I might not have won any Grammys but I enjoy being the person that inspires others to make great music while aspiring to learn as much as there is to know (and pay forward!).​

That's what I'm all about. I've learned a lot from working in the industry since 2006 and I hope my knowledge can become your shortcut to taking your mixes to the next level.

Thank you for sharing your experience to improve my work... ; )

Pedro Guzman

Bjorgvin, your ears are unbelievable!

John Southard 

I like your training materials. Well produced, focused, and a pleasure to watch and learn from.

John Miller

No technical theory. No jargon rambling.

I hope to see you on the inside.

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