The Mixing Blog

Everything you need to know about mixing music, the mixing process, mixing techniques and mixing engineers in one place.

Are Channel Strips Worth It (Do Even You Need a Channel Strip Plugin)?

Why do pro mixers love using channel strips? Let's see whether channel strips are worth buying for music production and audio work today.

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Boost, Overdrive, Distortion, and Fuzz in Music: What's the Difference?

Here's the difference between boost, overdrive, distortion, and fuzz in music production and audio engineering.

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Do Hardware Synths Really Sound Better than Soft Synths/VSTs?

Do hardware synths sound better than soft synths/VSTs? This article highlights the differences between hardware and soft synths so you can make up your mind depending on what is most important to you.

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Gain Staging: The Definitive A-Z Guide

If you are struggling to understand gain staging, wondering what it is, or trying to figure out how to gain stage, this is what you need.

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How Do You Design a Synth Sound? [Synth Programming Fundamentals]

How do you design a synth sound? How do you use a synthesizer? This article introduces synth programming fundamentals and how to design with a synthesizer

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How Much Money Can You Make Uploading Music Mixes to YouTube?

How much money can you make on uploading music mixes to Youtube? Do music channels on YouTube make money? Can you monetize DJ mixes, mixtapes, or remixes on YouTube?

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Is Using Loops Cheating (Is It Bad to Use Loops in Music)?

What are loops in music? Is it bad to use loops and presets in music? Is it bad to use loops in music production?

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Phantom Power: The Definitive A-Z Guide

Here's everything you need to know about phantom power in music production and audio work in one detailed Q&A guide.

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Should You Mix Your Own Music (Is is Hard)?

Is it hard to mix music? Here's why you should (AND shouldn't) mix your own music.

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The 4 Types of Microphones for Music Production: Dynamic vs Condensor vs Ribbon Mics

Here are the four types of microphones (dynamic vs condenser vs ribbon mics), what makes them different and when you should you should use each.

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What are Stems in Music Production and Audio Engineering?

What is a stem file? What are stems in music? What are multitracks in music? What is the difference between stems and multitracks?

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What Does a Music Producer Do?

What does a music producer do, actually? In the last few decades a lot has changed in the studio, this article looks at the role of a music/record producer in music today

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What is a DAW (Digital Music Workstation)?

If you're just getting started in music production, you're probably wondering what a DAW is, this guide is what you need.

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What is a DI Box in Music Production (How Does it Work)?

Here's what a DI box is, how it DI Box works, where or when you need to use it, and what you should be looking for in the specs of your DI boxes and audio interfaces.

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What is a Mix Bus, a Master Bus and Bus Routing?

What is a Mix Bus? What do you put in it? What is Bus Routing and what is the Master Bus? This is an easy topic, let's answer these question w/out needlessly complicating things.

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What is a Music Sequencer, and What Does it Do?

You'll have a pretty good idea of what a sequencer is, and how it works after this article, and you'll be able to use any sequencer, pretty much.

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What is a Noise Gate in Audio(Is it the as Noise Reduction)?

What is a noise gate in audio engineering and music production? What is the difference between noise gating and noise reduction and when do you use each?

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What is a PreAmplifier? Do I need a Preamp and an Amp?

What is a PreAmplifier? Do I need a Preamp and an Amp?

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What is a VST Plugin (How Do I Use It)?

If you're just getting started in music production, you're probably wondering what a VST plugin is and how you use it, this guide is what you need.

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What is an Arpeggiator in Music Production?

What is an arpeggiator in music? How do arpeggiators work? Here's the answer to those questions a brief look of how the arpeggiator in the Ableton Live works.

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What is Audio Compression?

This article introduces and explains the concept of audio compression in music production--what audio compressors are and how they work.

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What is Equalization (EQ in Music Production)?

This article introduces the concept of equalization in music production, and explains what EQs are, how they work and why we use them in audio processing

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What is Gain in Music and Audio Work?

What is gain music production and audio engineering? What is the difference between gain, volume, and distortion?

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What is Lo-Fi... Why is it So Popular?

What is Lo-Fi hip hop? Why is Lo-Fi so popular? Is it just chill hip hop with depressing looping anime gifs and VHS overlay?

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What is Mastering (in Music Production)?

This article introduces the art and science of mastering in music production with a little history for context

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What is Mixing (in Music Production)?

This article introduces the concepts of mixing, frequency and balance as used in music production

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What is Music Production? Step-by-step Guide + 5 Tips

What is music production? This step-by-step guide shows you the entire process of making music, whether you're working from a home studio or you've booked some time at a professional mixing and mastering studio

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What is Panning and Stereo Width in Music?

What is panning and stereo width in music production and sound engineering?

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What is Reverb, Delay in Music Production?

What is reverb in music? What is delay? This article looks at the two most common echo effects in music production— reverb vs delay

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What is the Difference Between a Passive and an Active DI Box?

What is a passive direct box? What is an active direct box? What is the difference between a passive and an active DI box in pro audio work?

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What is the Difference Between an Audio Interface and a Mixer?

Is an audio interface the same a mixer? Do you need one if you have the other? Let's look at the differences to answer these questions

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When Should You Compress Audio?

This article looks at when and how pros use use audio compression on individual instruments and the mix bus.

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