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The Zen of Limited Plugins: How to Simply Mix


My buddy Graham at The Recording Revolution had a really great post this week about all the audio plugins we use in our DAW.

Specifically, whether we are actually using all of our plugins.

Well, are you?

The Overabundance of Audio Plugins

Stock plugins, Waves plugins, all the other cool new brands that come out all the time.

It just gets overwhelming doesn’t it? There are simply so many.

It’s easy to get carried away with wanting the newest plugin on the market because you’ve justified it to yourself somehow.

“If only I had this particular plugin my mixes would sound better!”

Well guess what?

They won’t.

All the Waves plugins in the world won’t save you if you don’t know what to do with them. Plugin overkill can create decision phobia where you keep testing one compressor after another. One EQ after another.

Until you’ve spent an hour of your mixing time doing nothing except switching plugins out.

Talk about a waste of time.

I realize that testing out new plugins to find one you really like is definitely something you should do. But if you’re constantly searching for the next best thing you’ll already got.

And once you’ve found the ones you like, then it’s time to have fun and…

Simply, Mix.

Stick with the EQ, compressor, delay and reverb that you like the most. Save some time and actually spend it mixing, not plugin-hopping.

What are some of the favorite plugins that you use over and over again?

If you’re sick of plug-ins and just want some tips to improve your skills check out the Strategies Bundle:

www.audio-issues.com/strategies


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About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. 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.

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