Mixdown Mastery: Tightening Up Your Mix with ADSR Adjustment


In this video I run through how I like to affect the amplitude of samples in order to clean and tighten up the mix. Although I focus on just a drum section, this technique can and should be used over the whole mix.

The odd thing about this trick is that while changing the ADSR around, although you hear immediate difference – it feels as though you’re not doing much in terms of improving the mix. When listening through the section after you notice the significant difference it’s made! Truly awesome.

Note that this is NOT an alternative to EQ or compression, it’s something that I recommend using alongside the two. Attack (excuse the pun) the source material first, and then polish it with EQ and compression later.

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