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The NYC Drum Trick

Coined by Bobby Owsinski in his 1999 “Mixing Engineer’s Handbook”, the New York City Compression Trick (or NYC Drum Trick) is a trick used by many New York mixers around that time and before. Once you try the NYC trick it’s hard to imagine not using it on every song. This trick fattens up the rhythm section and makes it rock socks in almost every case.So, it seems like a good idea to go over a little bit about EQ’ing for these very different beasts, even if they may have been played by the same person!

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Hold Up: You can sidechain reverb???

Reverb is awesome. Reverb is good. Reverb is necessary. But it’s also the number one thing that makes mixes muddy and noisy – if you don’t wrangle it right. But by now you certainly know about the Abbey Road trick and its cousins. That’s an amazing way to clean things up in the verb. But there’s another trick that’s not talked about as often (or at least it didn’t used to be): using sidechain compression on the verb.
So, it seems like a good idea to go over a little bit about EQ’ing for these very different beasts, even if they may have been played by the same person!

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5 Creative Ways to Use Delay in a Mix

Delay is one of those staple effects. No DAW is without at least one delay plugin, and most mixes utilize this bread-and-butter effect in some way. Not to mention, hardware delays are a lot of fun too. There’s a good chance you’re using it regularly, perhaps to create a repeating effect, make a ping-pong happen, or any number of creative things. There are, in fact, a whole host of useful things you can do with a delay, so we thought we’d go over five creative ways you can use delay in a mix.

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Everything You Need to Know About Picking Audio Cables

This article first appeared in FlyPaper by Soundfly. I reprint it here with permission (and I also stole their pictures of connectors – I hope they can forgive me!), and I encourage you to check out their courses. You can get a 15% discount code on a subscription using the promo code AJTRUMM15. Unfortunately, you

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The 5 Best Reverb Plugins Compared

This article first appeared in FlyPaper by Soundfly. I reprint it here with permission, and I encourage you to check out their courses. You can get a 15% discount code on a subscription using the promo code AJTRUMM15. Reverb is like water. You can live without it for a few days, but eventually you’ll die.

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What Is Quantizing and How Do I Use It

This article first appeared in FlyPaper by Soundfly. I reprint my original version here, and I encourage you to check out their courses. You can get a 15% discount code on a subscription using the promo code AJTRUMM15. What is quantizing, you ask? It’s simple on the surface. Quantizing is moving notes recorded into a

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Cull the Herd (where do I submit my music??)

You can’t be everywhere all the time. Still, it’s hard not to fall into the trap of trying to do just that. In the music business, there are thousands upon thousands of gatekeepers, promotional outlets, and other “opportunities” where you can submit your tracks. Since promoting music is largely about submitting and submitting and submitting again, you can’t simply ignore this aspect of the business.

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