Ask Joe #60 – Dealing with Noise

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Questions covered this week:

  • How do I get rid of background noise?
  • How do I get the bass guitar to sit in the mix?
  • How do I make a mix with only a few tracks sound full?
  • What’s the deal with using aux tracks for effects?

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Get More Bass With a High-Pass Filter?

This one might spark a little controversy.

But for the few brave souls who will actually TRY it, I think you’ll be quite surprised.

We all know that one of the hardest parts of a mix is getting the low end to sound right, particularly the kick drum and bass. It seems like you’re always walking the fine line between too much bass and not enough bass.

What you may not realize is this: by removing some bass frequencies from your bass instruments, those instruments will actually sound lower and tighter. (more…)

3 Ways to Find Your Focus in a Mix

A buddy of mine went to culinary school.

He was telling me the other day how much the stuff I talk about on Home Studio Corner is so relatable to cooking food.

(Have you ever watched that show “Chopped”? Wow. Super addicting.)


When you’re starting a mix of a song, it can be difficult to know where to start, what to focus on. So you might randomly tweak the drums, then guitars, then bass, then vocals, then back to drums…entering a vicious cycle of tweaking and re-tweaking.

How about this instead?

Think of your mix as a nice, dinner. There are TONS of elements that go into cooking a nice dinner, but a good chef knows how to cook dishes that complement one another, how to combine ingredients in a way that enhances the overall flavor. (more…)