Brad Pack

Mixing with Distortion


One of the most common mix tip suggestions is to use distortion to enhance your tracks. When used correctly, distortion is great for making tracks sound fatter, warmer, and generally more pleasing to listen to.  But it’s easy to overdo it when working with distortion, which can cause your tracks to sound harsh, shrill, and...


6 Tips for Mixing with Headphones


Headphones can be a powerful tool for mixing and mastering. They eliminate many of the issues caused by untreated mixing rooms, such as frequency buildups and harsh reflections. They make it easy to clearly hear all the details of your mix. They’re compact and portable, so you can take them anywhere. And best of all,...


Tips for Beating Writer’s Block


Writer’s block is the worst. It’s something that every creative has to deal with—but that doesn’t make it easy to beat. Writer’s block can feel overwhelming at times. All you want to do is create but you end up wasting time and getting nowhere. You might even start to doubt yourself or believe that you’re not...


Tips for Recording Vocals and Acoustic Guitar at the Same Time


Whether you’re recording a quick demo of an original song or an intimate ballad with a singer-songwriter in the studio, knowing how to record vocals and acoustic guitar at the same time is a crucial skill for any engineer. With so many different techniques available, it’s tough to know which approach will sound best for your...


Tips For Programming Realistic-Sounding MIDI Drums


I’m just going to come right out and say it; MIDI drums are awesome.  No, they’re not “ruining music,” or “killing the recording industry.” They’re just making it easier for songwriters and producers to quickly create professional-sounding drum tracks without spending a fortune on a session musician and a world-class studio.  However, MIDI drums sometimes...


Vocal Chains for 4 Different Genres


Every genre has its own unique sonic signature. Pop music is known for being ultra-slick, while punk music is raw and unfiltered. EDM is quantized tight to the grid while jazz is loose and free-flowing. A good engineer understands how every piece of equipment in the signal chain affects the sound. While one microphone may...


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