Three Different Ways to Compress Drums

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Recently we published a post on compression, mainly an introduction to it and the various components of compressors. In this installment of Mixdown Mastery, we’re going to look more closely at the attack and release parameters, and how they can significantly affect our sound. You can watch the video below or read the post (or both, if you want!) Understanding … Read More

Interview: Mikael Wills on Bootlegs, Workflow, and His Latest Album

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It’s my pleasure to introduce Mikael Wills; electronic dance music producer, DJ, vocalist, and label manager @ Get Loaded Records. Mikael has had his work recognized by many artists including the likes of Avicii and Wynter Gordon. Like Mikael Wills on Facebook Follow Mikael Wills on Soundcloud Get Loaded Records on Facebook Aside from all his production and DJ work, Mikael … Read More

Manny Marroquin on Mixing, Music Business, and Inspiration (Live Video Chat Notes)

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Manny Marroquin

If you’re an email subscriber or follow us on Facebook, you’ll remember that we posted out an invitation to SoundBetter’s live video chat with mixing engineer Manny Marroquin. I happened to watch this and record some of Manny’s answers to interesting questions. If you’re not sure who Manny is, he’s a very prolific mix engineer and has worked with artists including … Read More

Creating an Ambient Pad from a Vocal Sample in Ableton Live 9

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In the last session of Sound Design Space we looked at how to sidechain effects to a synth in Ableton allowing us to add atmosphere. But today we’re doing something completely different! Most people think of sound design as purely synthesis, and while that does play a huge part in it – sample manipulation counts too! So that’s what we’re … Read More