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Tutorials and Instruction /
« on: May 31, 2015, 03:11:47 PM »
This site has tons of short tutorials and articles related to mixing, using plug-ins to simulate analog tones, etc.

There's also a good guide to promoting music on Youtube, and some plug-in reviews.

Much of the content is beginner-oriented, but there are some good bits even for old hands!

Tutorials and Instruction / Please Read Before Posting!
« on: May 31, 2015, 03:04:31 PM »
This section is a place to list sites that provide good tutorials, particularly that relate to mixing. Written or video tutorials are great, if you're linking to a site, a general description is fine, if it's a particular tutorial, a description and maybe a few words about what it contains would be great.

If you've written a tutorial related to mixing, feel free to post it in this forum, as well, just create a 'subject' that describes what the tutorial is about.




My good friend and owner of Audioconfusion Recordings, Jalipaz Nelson, and I will be conducting a drum recording workshop on November 1st, at his studio in Mesa, AZ.

We'll be talking about setting up the drumkit, tuning, muting, etc, as well as choosing and placing mics. But the real unique aspect of this workshop is the interactive structure we've created.

We're planning to spend the bulk of the 4 hours we'll be together trying out different ideas and techniques, both yours and ours. It'll be a chance to brainstorm, experiment, and explore.

If you're interested in spending some time expanding your knowledge of recording, come join us! It'll be both fun and informative!

We're keeping the number of attendees limited, and the price low, too. Come check it out:

Mixing Talk / MOVED: Mixing tips
« on: September 30, 2014, 05:30:54 PM »

We are encouraging everyone to share raw files as FLAC files, to save bandwidth and server space.

Encoding files can save huge amounts of space and time, and the conversion utilities listed below make converting to WAV or AIF very quick and painless. Some DAWs support FLAC natively, too, though you might find they use more resources than with WAV.

If you have already posted multitrack files, you can leave them as WAV, or convert them to FLAC. If you convert them, please link to this post, where people unfamiliar with FLAC can learn about it.

 You can find some good FLAC conversion utilities on Google, as well as here:

APE encoder/decoder for Windows:

APE/FLAC/... encoder/decoder for Mac:

FLAC command line tools for Windows:

GUI for FLAC command line tools for Windows:

Converter and CD ripper for Windows with FLAC support:

Great Audio Editor with FLAC support for Linux, Windows and Mac:

Switch, a multi-format converter for both Windows and Mac, which is not free though ($30 currently):

(Thanks to Stoman for putting this list together!)

As you all know, downloading a huge .zip file takes a long time, as does uploading it in the first place. And if you're using Dropbox or another service with a capacity limit, smaller would certainly be better.

FLAC files are lossless, and are generally at least 50% smaller, though tracks with a lot of silence compress much more, I just compressed a 58mb vocal track to 2mb.

There are some good free apps for batch converting the tracks to WAV or whatever you prefer for use in your DAW, if FLAC isn't supported.

If you have a favorite conversion program, please post a link below, and indicate if it's a mac or windows application, too!

Hopefully, if everyone is onboard with this, we can make the file exchange process faster and not too complicated.

MixOff News and Updates / Issues and upgrade
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:07:50 PM »
I've been fighting with some server problems, and decided to upgrade to SMF 2 today. It seems to be working, but I have already noticed some issues with formatting, etc.

Please let me know if you come across broken things, etc. I may have to move to another host if the server issues persist.

Thanks for your patience!

Mixing Talk / Cool new plug for A/B during mixdown
« on: June 02, 2013, 06:09:00 PM »
Glad someone finally made this, I've thought something like this was needed for years (I actually made something like it myself, using Sonic Birth, years ago.) Vastly simplifies the task of referencing to commercial tracks, allows you to import several mixes to reference to, and to adjust their volume (since your mix isn't mastered):

Mixoff Book Club / Really Great Mike Senior Article about Mixing Bass
« on: March 09, 2013, 06:49:43 PM »
Just read this, it's pretty thorough, and has some good points, well worth a few minutes to review before starting on a new mix!

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