Artist Blog

Everyone loves feeling the kick and bass on a loud speaker system, but let’s give some love to snares and high hats, huh? Think of that Michael Jackson snare in Billie Jean, or Beat It. Think how much character resides in those snares. I’m going to teach you how to process great sounding snares, and how to get them to sit well with your hi-hats. The first thing you should think about when producing a
In this age of loud and compressed music, sometimes the basics get lost. One of the first things that really opened my eyes to mixing was the idea of panning and stereo placement. By panning certain sounds, an engineer has the ability to create space, depth, width, and when automated, some seriously awesome effects, so let’s get into it! First things first. Kick, bass and snare sit mono. Just… obey it, ok? Yes you can
I myself have been guilty of listening to Cardi B and Migos tracks on repeat, and I believe I’ve found one of the secrets as to why her tracks can be left on repeat. It’s not so much the mixes, which are always on point, and are some of the best I’ve come across as far as clear, loud, creative mixes, but rather the arrangement of the tracks themselves. As a case study of sorts,
On my Instagram, I’m often asked about production techniques, and how to get better mixes. Mastering always comes up as a topic of discussion, as there’s a lot of misinformation out there floating around on the internet. The only job of mastering should be to make a track sound louder. That’s it. A lot of people get caught up in making a vast mastering chain, thinking they’ll be doing a lot of processing on the
I want to take a minute to address drums, arguably the most important part of any modern hip hop or pop track (other than vocals). One of the worst things to experience as a mix engineer is putting your track on, and listening only to find your drums don’t punch like you thought they did! Let’s go over some possible reasons why. 1. They’re not leveled right! Your kick should be the loudest, most prominent