Check out my top 5 secrets that I use every time I mix, try them out and see if they can improve your mixes!

  1. Have a Good Phase Relationship
  2. Use EQ into Compression
  3. Use Saturation Plug-ins
  4. Exaggerate Transients on Drum Reverb
  5. Use Sidechain to Help Instrument Stand Out
  • biophonik

    Hello Warren, i find your stuff few days ago and i suscribe today !! thanks for your work !! thanks for spreading important things for the the phase..i’m like you and your are the first one (for me) to tell : check your phase first !! that’s so important…
    musique, like life and atomic things is vibrations then we need to have these vibrations in phase to get the music generous and in harmony for the massage…thanks for that…and for all of course ..and your English is perfect for me 😉 your vibes too (important)
    then, i’m there..i’m a Young French 50 years old producer, musician, sound engineer (studio & live)….please to meet you in this audio world….
    hey ! i love to cook…then if you come in France…don’t hesitate…it will be a real pleasure to meet you.
    be indulgent with my english.
    Keep on grooving


  • Djolle MC

    Thank you. I like to use EQ and compressor in each channel in the mix and I use them in the final mastering also. Saturation, Transients and final phase is something that i still investigating, but I think if I’m well used eq and compressor that will rest more easily fall into place where it belongs for the phase. Thanks again!

  • Szamtarto Zsolt – Attila

    Hi! I would only like to thank you for the work that you do. It’s immensely helpful, especially that i come from a classical music background. I do play electric instruments in bands too but only now i start comprehending the complexity of recording and good quality studio work. At the moment i aspire to “produce” my band’s first “official” album that at some point and extent i’d really like to get your feedback on, though only recording it will take some time since we want to do as much as we can by ourselves. Thank you again for the tremendous amount of information that you share with us, your viewers. I hope i’ll get to meet and work with you someday. Have a “marvelous” day! Thanks! Szamtarto Zsolt

  • Cornelis Holmdén

    Hi Warren!

    I’m just wondering when in the mixing phase you use saturation. Do you apply the effect after you’ve done compression and EQ, or it is one of the first effects you apply on a track before doing any EQ or compression?

    If you already did explain it in the video and I failed to pick it up, my excuse is lack of sleep this particular day.. 🙂

    Anyway, great video! Thanks a lot!

  • david

    Thank you for sharing these absolutely incredible tips. Your presentation and clarity in describing the techniques you use are among the best I’ve come across. I’ll be checking out the many videos you’ve produced and recommending them to my friends. Do I have permission to link your videos to my social media sites? I’d love to introduce your stuff to my many friends/fans. Cheers, David

  • Fred Ruben Johansen

    Awesome tips, thank you! When it comes to drums do you also use some of this if you work with addictive drums etc.? If you work with AD, do you sometimes use the mixing possibilities that comes inside the program or do you use external plugins most of the time?

    • Warren Huart

      Excellent question @Rubenius:disqus! I will tune the snare in particular within AD to match the live snare closely! Merry Christmas!! Have a marvellous New Year! Many thanks Warren

  • happyist

    Hi Warrem,
    this are all great tips, does change my entire view to mixing 🙂
    Could you spend some time to get more in detail, how exaggerate transients and send them to a seperate bus as well, i would like to understand more in depth how you “sidechain” vocals &/or instruments in practise (real). Overall, great stuff!!

  • Tim Morris

    Very informative Warren , thank you.

    • Warren Huart

      You’re very welcome @disqus_IaFexeW40q:disqus!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  • Geoff Gross

    Thanks Warren, good stuff and good reminders 😉

    • Warren Huart

      You’re very welcome @gdgross:disqus!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  • Andreas Lindholm

    Another tip on sidechain that i learned and use a lot is on making bass not colliding with kick drum. It makes it more lively and so much glued together!

    • Warren Huart

      Hi @andreaslindholm:disqus! Yes agreed that’s a great tip! I use that one a lot as well! Merry Christmas!! Have a marvellous New Year! Many thanks Warren

  • Excellent tips Warren! I’ve really been enjoying your tutorial videos and also been learning lots of great bits which have already been making a huge impact on my approach to tracking and mixing. I really appreciate it, thank you!

    • Warren Huart

      Thanks @danehuff:disqus! I really appreciate your kind words!! Merry Christmas!! Have a marvellous New Year! Many thanks Warren

  • Martin Weeks

    Thank you Warren. Bookmarked this specific video for reference in the future and currently.
    While Studio One has found a way to simplify side chaining, I still have enormous problems just getting it right. I will however, remember the 1.5 gain reduction tip from this and when the opportunity arises again I will see if I can get it to work as you describe.
    Have a wonderful Christmas Holidays with your beautiful wife and children. and as always…
    Have a Bodacious Day!!
    (same to everyone here and in the Academy.)

  • Manuel Melo

    Awesome , awesome ,awesome !!!! thank you so much .

    • Warren Huart

      Thanks ever so much @manuel_melo:disqus! Glad to be able to help! Merry Christmas!! Have a marvellous New Year! Many thanks Warren

  • Audio Monster Records

    Love these videos. I’m always learning something. Very cool!

    • Warren Huart

      Thanks ever so much @audiomonsterrecords:disqus!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  • polysix

    Great video again Warren. I already use saturation (slate pre-amp emus, VTM, soundtoys devilloc/decap, slate 1176’s in transformer only mode and a good few other things), I use sidechaining on kick > bass (in rock/pop not even dance music it can still make that kick consistent and not lost) and lead vox > guitars and Synth busses. I tend to compress before EQ as I want to compress the sound I wanted, not something I may eq out anyway, I will also eq post compression when I need to but that may be to restore some highs lost by the comp etc. So even though I already do all that it’s great to hear someone like yourself re-affirm they are good practices as there’s often conflicting views online (esp about saturation).

    The other two tips are great and I’ve never tried the transients > verb trick so will give that a go.

    That leaves the phase thing, I’m usually recording D.I bass then will use a plug in amp or plugs to shape it, I don’t often have two layers of bass so I guess that’s not an issue here for me. Guitars are either straight out of my fender cyberdeluxe amp (part electronics part dsp simulation) using the ‘speaker simulated’ output (I know not the best way vs tube amp + real mics but I have to with my setup and it works good for me), or D.I and use gtr plugs like Amplitube/revalver so again, no phase issues there…

    but, with drums I’ll use EZ Drummer, occasionally I’ll layer synth/drum machine kick/snares with it depending on the song, never had an issue I think, but my question if you could be so kind, the output from EZ Drummer which I use with multiouts then I bounce to actual audio tracks and treat as if live drums (with whatever plugs I need) has always sounded pretty good to me, certainly not night/day over ‘live’ drums, maybe I just don’t want to admit that because I have no way of getting a real drumkit/drummer in here so have to make do, but they sound good to me… my question – with EZdrummer would there be any need to check phase between say snare and overheads even though they were recorded in a top quality studio (the EZ drummer samples and patterns), is it always going to be an issue that you’ll need to manually align snare etc to the O/H and room tracks or should they be correct anyway with a plug like EZ which is meant to take care of all issues for you?

    Sorry for the essay, any advice is appreciated!


  • Bill Love

    Love the video’s, have learned a lot in a short period of time!

    • Warren Huart

      Thanks ever so much @disqus_4Rlak0VC5y:disqus!! You Rock! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  • Hi Warren,
    Great videos and tips here. Thanks so much..
    I have a question when your editing snares in a drum mix what is the best way to deal with edit out the job at and kick bleed with ruining the snare sustain sound. If you gate the snare it sounds muted where the hihat/kick hits but on the other hand if you eq it it pushes the hi,s in the drum mix. What’s the best approach here for a nice clean drum mix.. Thanks so much..

  • Morris Kramer

    I love all these video’s, thanks for sharing your knowledge Warren! I can’t wait to get home and start mixing again 🙂

  • Omar Granny Pot Smith

    great stuff bro thank you

  • Jim

    Thanks Warren, I am learning a lot watching your videos

  • Dave Johnson

    Where is the best place in the FX chain to insert saturation and tape emulation plugins, both the individual tracks and Master bus? Before or after EQ & Comp? Thanks for all the great tips man!

  • Great, thanks Warren