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Improving Your Mixes With Distortion | Podcast

Expert Tracking & Mixing Tips By Mike Senior
Published September 2020
Mike Senior Episode 5 SOS Podcast

Distortion can be a surprisingly useful mix effect, if you know what you're doing. Mike Senior reveals several common applications, and explains how to get the best results in practice.

Show Notes


00:00 - Introduction
00:49 - Distortion for tonal change
01:27 - Bringing sounds up front
03:30 - Combatting upper-spectrum masking
06:07 - Distorting rock lead vocals
09:56 - Distorting bass
13:16 - Practical implementation tips
16:04 - End

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This month's episode features audio examples from the following productions:

Alex Giddens: 'Get Blown'

Flags: '54'

Zeno: 'Signs'

Actions: 'Devil's Words'

Mike Senior headshot photo.Presenter: Mike Senior — Biog

Mike Senior is a professional audio engineer, regular SOS contributor, and author of the best-selling books Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio and Recording Secrets For The Small Studio. He runs the Cambridge-MT educational resources site (including the web's largest free multitrack download library) and hosts two monthly independent podcasts, Project Studio Tea Break and the Cambridge-MT Patrons Podcast.

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