So you’ve got your podcast recorded and now you want it to sound smooth and professional. In this video, I’m going to show you a couple of podcast vocal recordings and you’ll see how to use EQ and compression for podcast vocals to fix issues and generally make them sound great.
What is multiband compression? Find out how this powerful mixing tool works, and how to use it in your mixes.
Before you start adding plugins onto every track in your mix, you should consider your mix bus signal chain first. Mix bus processing affects the mix as a whole. Making subtle tweaks across the whole mix before you start micromixing can help you make lots of progress very early on. It’s rewarding and will help to guide your decisions through the mix.
What do most mixing tips get wrong? They speak in black and white. “Always do this.” “Never do that”. “THE ONLY MIXING TIPS YOU’LL EVER NEED”. It’s click-bait! Mixing is an art-form, and getting caught up in what’s ‘correct’ will restrict creativity. Have a watch of this video where I explain why you should be careful when taking this kind of advice.
Compression can be one of the hardest things to get your head around when learning how to mix. But it doesn’t have to be. I’m going to demonstrate in a slightly unorthodox way, how to get your head around the main functions of a compressor. I’ll go through threshold, ratio, attack and release in a way that helped me a whole lot when I was learning.