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Your "A - HA" Moment Studio Monitors
Old 27th February 2012
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Well, I had a few in the last 12 months.

- I understood the behaviour of my compressor (regarding to the transients) after reading a post from Matt and playing around with the settings while watching a ppm meter.

- I understood everything of my reverb (finally ) after I downloaded some HQ demo sounds from different reverb manufactors. The best sounds of them had dry and wet sounds so I was able to hear the difference. After that I imported them into my DAW and tried to recreate them on "the dry section" with my reverb unit and crossfaded them into the wet "demo" one.

- LCR mixing is king if you are using a delayed copy of the signal on the opposite channel. This technique makes my amateurish mixes so much clearer and wider.

- Right now I´m on my way to understand my physical drum modelling software. I found some awesome Gretsch / Ludwig snare samples which I try to recreate.
Old 20th May 2014
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Refreshing this post. I keep it in my favorites and every once in a while I refer to it. Great post.
Old 20th May 2014
I had my a-ha moment when i stopped recording hot, and mixing at loud volumes. Since that day my mixes have translated very well.
Old 21st May 2014
Sequencing the same part with 2 or even 3 different but similar virtual instruments, then panning them out. Can get synth or strings, etc, to really stand out in 3D that way.

It's all about how you layer parts. I do the same with drums. Use a NI Kontakt acoustic kit layered with a Battery Kit pretty much every time.
Old 21st May 2014
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several...2 most notably when i learned that some things could or should be mixed in mono (yea i know)
and when i learned about EQ'ing things out of the way of other things (yes i know i know)

for years i called myself mixing and could never figure out why my joints didn't sound like anything i tried to reference...

learned to mix on my own so i have a whole catalog of a-ha moments tbh
Old 22nd May 2014
When I figured out how the LUFS system works.
Old 22nd May 2014
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My latest one was discovering what intersample peaks are and how to avoid them
Old 29th May 2014
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biggest ah ha moment for me was when i started using rvox. i start every vocal mix with it and it is my step 1 'vocal presence.' (i never push it more than than -9db, maybe -11db in extreme situations). anything beyond that just sound harsh and obliterated. i would be interested to know what other plugins achieve the same effect.
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