How I Dramatically Improved My Mixes Over the Last 5 Years

My mixes have gotten consistently better over the last 5 years.

I established a habit five years ago. That habit has forced me to mix at least one song per month. Some months I mix more than that, but every month, without fail, I mix at least one song.

And I haven’t missed once. (more…)

Why Speed Matters

photo-1466196390423-fe0b175e30faYou may have seen that I’m running a special discount this week on my really fun Speed Mixing course. Click here to check it out. I’ve put together some cool bundles, including an option to have me mix one of YOUR songs AND record the whole thing on video for CHEAP. (These offers goes away on Friday, so place your order before then.)

Before you check out Speed Mixing, though, you and I need to have a little chat.

“What’s with the emphasis on speed, Joe?” you might ask.

Speed isn’t everything, but it IS important.

I make music because I want to express myself, connect with others, and have an impact. I can’t do any of those things without finishing and releasing music.

The most common complaint I hear from people is that they don’t have enough time, and they struggle to finish projects they start. If that’s true of you, that you don’t have much time for music, and you struggle to make the best use of that time, then becoming faster at your craft is almost an absolute necessity.


How to Mix with No Plugins At All

This is a guest post from Björgvin Benediktsson, from

Are you the type of person that just dives into mixing without taking the time to really think about what the song needs?

Well, stop it.

You’re not doing yourself any favors.

In fact, I would argue that you’re spending more time mixing that way than with the way that I’m about to tell you.

You see, all too often we tend to reach for our plug-ins before we really think of what we’re going to do with them.

It’s like a knee-jerk reflex to slap an 1176 on the kick drum, or add a 5 kHz presence boost to the lead vocal.

You can probably think of more ways that you “automix” every time you pull up a new song in your DAW.

Well, how about I give you a different method that actually helps you get a great mix before you even slap on ANY of your favorite plug-ins.

Here we go: (more…)

Hybrid Mixing on Presonus Live

Here’s a recording of a training session I did for the folks at Presonus.

It’s all about how I set up a mix using both my DAW (Studio One) and a 24-channel digital mixer (Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2). We had a lot of fun. Enjoy!

(The training starts at around minute 5.)

Presonus Live: Advanced Mixing Part 2 – Electric Guitars [Video]

This week for my final installment of Presonus Live, I continued the mix of “Behold,” focusing specifically on electric guitars.

You’ll learn:

  • The single best (and hardest) way to mix electric guitars
  • How to use EQ to balance different parts
  • When (and when not) to use compression
  • When to not use EQ
  • and more…