Looking back at what I’ve learned from working hundreds of different producers along the years, I wrote a few quick DOs and DON’Ts for working with a mixing/mastering engineer.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but considering these will mean way fewer headaches in my job.
• Know how your music should sound; words often fail here, so 1–3 reference songs from your favorite artists/labels is an excellent starting point. We all have those songs, so just spend a bit of time finding those that you think represent your style somewhat close. Remember, a good song does not necessarily equal a good-sounding song. It’s happened to me many times that I get to hear, “Yeah, actually, it doesn’t sound good, but I thought it’s just a good song”…and then we start all over again. This will cost you the price of two masters in the worst case.
What is that exactly?
I’m an electronic music production professional with 25+ years of electronic music production experience (Fanu / FatGyver) – I started around 1992 and have been at it since.
I’ve also founded a successful music mixing and mastering business with a wide international client base, which is now my day job that pays for my living (Mastering and Mixing by Fanu).
Also, I’m officially Ableton Certified, meaning I’m an Ableton pro. I mostly do tuition as one-to-one sessions in my home and do a few workshops per year in my area. I just made Skype work for that nicely, too.
I’ve been meaning to do these for a long time, and here, finally, is the first sesh.
I want to do one-hour sessions working on a beat in Ableton Live, mostly unprepared, just to see where it goes and to cover some of the techniques and plugins I use in my music production as well as mixing and mastering (see bottom of the post for a list of what’s included). Just doing whatever comes to mind and keeping it realistic!
I’m amazed by this Gullfoss EQ plugin by Soundtheoryltd.
It’s an automatic corrective EQ that can tame and boost things.
Working on a 20-song album today where some songs need a little bit of clarity but where EQing isn’t breathing what I want to the sound.
I’ve been using it here and there recently; I’ve mostly used it Continue reading Plugin recommendation: Gullfoss EQ→
I’m going to start a new plugin nerdery series: Fanu’s plugin recommendations.
Because there’s a ton of dope plugins I use all the time, and I get asked a lot what I use.
So here’s the first one.
UAD LA3A and LA-2A – my favorite vocal compressors in mixing (I don’t use these on the master bus). I use these a lot to control the dynamic range of recorded vocals. When I get a vocal track Continue reading New series: plugin recommendations→