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Create your own Reverbs
Production Tip 9 : 
Watch your Levels Production Tip 10 : 
Using the Side Chain
Production Tip 8 : 
Parallel Compression
An overview of the various approaches to recording electric guitars. Mic placement and selection, using a D.I. and post processing options such as amp simulators.
Production Tip 7 : 
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Get the most from mastering by preparing your mix in an appropriate format. We look at sample rate, bit depth & dither, mix processing, headroom and file types.
Production Tip 6 : 
Preparing a Mix for Mastering
Add that full and sub-bass kick drum sound to your with this simple production tip using an oscillator and side-chain triggered gate.
Production Tip 5 : 
The Sub-kick Trick
Some useful tips for keeping perspective whilst mixing and help ensure that processing and level decisions are as objective as possible.
Production Tip 4 : 
Get Perspective
Achieve a professional vocal sound that will sit right in a mix. We examine at what you can do at both the recording and mixing stages.
Production Tip 3 : 
Vocals in the Mix
Our 101 guide gives you everything you need to know to get started using equalization, one of the most popular tools in any engineer’s armoury.
Production Tip 13 : 
Using Equalization 101 Production Tip 12 : 
Mixing on headphones
Panning is a simple but powerful tool for shaping your mix.  We give you the 101 guide to creating productions with stereo interest.
Production Tip 2 : 
This first production tip is a short one, but a good one. Clean up your mix with high and low pass filtering to create clarity, space and gain extra headroom.
Production Tip 1 : 
Find More Space with Filtering
We take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of entrusting your mix monitoring to headphones and how to work round these.
Take greater control over your compression and create unique effects by making use of the audio side-chain. This production tip also has an accompanying video.
This production tip examines the key reverb parameters and lifts the lid on creating your own unique reverbs from real acoustic spaces using convolution.
Why recording & mixing down as ‘hot’ a signal as possible isn’t always the best course of action. We give some practical advice about safe headroom in a digital system.
Take greater control over your dynamics processing by understanding parallel compression. Thicken and bring up detail in mix elements without loosing punch.
Production Tip 14 : 
Sound ‘real’ using outboard
Inject some character into those all-digital productions using outboard processing. We look at some of the most popular lo-fi options for giving your tracks grit.
Production Tip 15 : 
Using Microphones 101
Making the right choices at this first stage in production can make like a lot easier during mixing and ultimately yield far better end results.
Production Tip 16 : 
Mono to Stereo
We look at six options for adjusting the width of individual mix elements to create added stereo interest.
Production Tip 18 : 
Using Compression 101
Production Tip 17 : 
Creating Mix Stems
A run through of how to prepare your mix for Stem Mastering and how creating sub-mixes is useful at other stages in production.
By understanding the key controls and principals behind compression you'll be well on your way to using it effectively in your mixes.
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Production Tip 19 : 
Accurate Monitoring
FInd out what you can do to make the best of your monitoring situation.
Production Tip 20 : 
Digital Audio Editing - Pt.1
Audio Editing is a fundamental skill for any engineer / producer to master and today's software editors provide us with some powerful tools.
Production Tip 21 : 
Digital Audio Editing - Pt.2
This month we look at some of the more advanced tools and techniques including restoration, timing and pitch correction
Production Tip 22 : 
A Guide to Project Backup
If you're serious about making music in the digital age then you need to be equally serious about backup.