Here’s a great article by Jeff Mac posted over on Sweetwater’s site. The points about masking and managing content in the 2-5K range I find especially helpful. Take a read when you have a minute.
Craig Anderton has a helpful article posted on Sweetwater’s site about headroom. If you ever wonder why we set gains to a certain level, take a read through this. He also does a good job explaining the difference between headroom in a digital vs analog system. This is especially helpful since our Avid consoles tend to mimic an analog setup, but some of the plugins use a digital representation. Take a read, feel free to leave comments or send an email if you have questions.
Here’s a great article to get an idea about the different types of compressors and what you should be looking for when picking on to control parts of your mix.
Waves has posted an article on some coming mistakes to avoid when using effects.
Waves has posted an article with some helpful tips about mixing drums. This was written to be used in studio work, but a lot of these tips are also helpful in a live setting. Take a look at steps 1 through 7 for some ideas on how to get a good drum mix.
Waves has posted a helpful article about mixing vocals. While this is focused on vocal work in the studio, a lot of these tips are helpful and can be applied in a live setting as well. Take a look at steps 3 through 8 for some good ideas on a vocal channel processing chain.
Waves has posted a great article about Multiband Compression. Between Waves C4 and C6 products at our Holt and Westside venues, and the Pro Multiband Compressor at REO Town, we have some great tools in place to help achieve controlled dynamics and well shaped tone in one stop. Take a look this article and the videos included within it to find out how.
Waves posted a nice article on their blog about using compression in your mix and some of the common things to look out for. There are also a few videos embedded in the article explaining some of the pieces further. Check it out sometime when you get a chance.
Lynn Fuston wrote a great post on Sweetwater’s site about the importance of mic placement for guitar amps. It includes some recorded examples so you can hear how a 1″ change in placement can have a big effect on tone. This is another great example of how it’s easier to get desired results by changing something on stage before you reach for those EQ knobs. Check it out!
Ken “Pooch” Van Druten shares some great tips on the Waves blog about getting the right reverb sound no matter what space you’re working with. If you’re looking to dial in reverb to liven up your mix, check out this article.