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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4 Quick Delay Tips

A while back, one of my VIP members was asking some questions about delay in the VIP members forum.

I ended up posting a few delay tips for him, and I thought I’d share ’em with you here on the blog.

Here are 4 quick delay tips…

Roll off the high end.

Delays (and even reverbs) normally sound better if they don’t have a lot of high end, especially the sibilance in the vocals.

I’ll normally roll off above 5k or maybe even lower. (more…)

Mixing Acoustic Guitar Part 3 – Easy on the Effects

Now that we’ve covered EQ and compression for acoustic guitars, I need to get something off my chest. I have a real pet peeve when it comes to mixing acoustic guitars. More on that in a second.

This article is more of an opinion piece than anything.

I want to preface this by saying that I absolutely love acoustic guitar. It was my first instrument, and, while I’ve branched out and started playing other instruments over the years, the acoustic guitar is by far my favorite.

Almost every song I write and record is centered around the acoustic guitar. I’ve spent countless hours learning how to record and mix it. While I’m not perfect at it, I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it.

I may not know too much about programming electronic music or putting together phat beats, but I know acoustic guitar.


Printing Effects and Instruments in Pro Tools [Video]

Have you ever hit a wall when recording or mixing? Sure you have. We’ve all gotten the dreaded “I can’t handle this; please increase your hardware buffer size” message from our DAW.

In this video I explain how to print some of your tracks/instruments and free up more processing.