Studio Diaries – “My Heart Beats,” Part 2: Hurricanes and High-Pass Filters

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I gained a few extra hours today for mixing since classes got cancelled.  Where I live, we have been fortunate so far because it has only been raining, and there has just been some mild wind.  However, we need to keep those more directly in Sandy’s path in our thoughts and prayers.

Our packaging manufacturer for the album is located in New Jersey, which has been hit pretty hard.  Because of this, Lily and I haven’t been able to order the packaging since the company’s web servers are down… Continue reading “Studio Diaries – “My Heart Beats,” Part 2: Hurricanes and High-Pass Filters”

Oscillators Are Your Friend – Adding Low-end to Your Kick

When it comes to mixing, few things are more frustrating than knowing how you want your mix to be, versus how it actually is and the feeling that you’ve tried everything you can to get there, but it just won’t get there.

One thing that has especially continued to elude me is how to get the kick drum to sound strong and present in the mix without too much amplitude accumulation at the low frequencies.  I’ve tried boosting and cutting the kick at certain frequencies and then boosting and cutting the opposite frequencies in the bass.  It helps, but it’s still not enough.

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