Welcome to Pensado’s Lair
How do the pros do it?
It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves while trying to get better at mixing music.
Well wonder no more…
Our favourite mixing engineer Dave Pensado provides the most helpful mix tip videos on the web.
Peak behind that mysterious curtain of pro mixing. Find out how one of the best mix engineers in the world crafts the perfect mix.
WELCOME TO PENSADO’S PLACE
If you don’t know who Dave Pensado is, get ready to learn—a ton.
His YouTube channel — Pensado’s Place — is a master class in all things mixing.
There are tons of Pensado videos to delve into. It’s a lot to take in.
So to get you started with his wonderful web series, here’s the 10 most useful Dave Pensado mix tips you should use in your mixes right now.
MIXING BIG AND FAT SNARES
When I think about what a good snare should sound like, ‘big’ and ‘fat’ definitely come to mind.
Here’s how Dave mixes snares to give them those important ingredients: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AagcKDat_c
HOW TO MIX FAT KICK DRUMS
Now that you have those big fat snares, it’s time to put a fat kick under them.
Here’s how to get that thick kick you’ve been searching for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVK5H_wNg7o
HOW TO MIX MASSIVE KICK DRUMS
Why stop at fat?
Add a little ‘oomph’ to your kicks with this quick mix tip for huge kick presence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqNBU4JtXkE
THE TOP 5 THINGS TO DO EVERY MIX
What does every good mix need? A checklist.
Here’s Dave’s 5 mixing essentials for every single mix you make: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-UmcL_l3q8
EQ TRICKS FOR BASS AND KICKS
Knowing how to mix kick and bass is one of the most important mixing skills. But it can be a bit tricky to perfect.
Here’s Dave’s pro tip for doing it with a side chain and 2 copies of the original bass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zTSyEjkm3k
5 PLUGINS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Nothing beats finding new VST plugins.
This video of Pensado’s top VST picks is excellent for finding some plugins to experiment with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or28i41r_Go
Hot Tip: the Saturation Knob by Softube is incredible.
USING HI-PASS AND LOW-PASS FILTERS ON BASS
If you’re learning how to mix, Hi-pass and Low-pass filters are a must-know skill.
In this episode, Dave breaks down the ins-and-outs of Hi and Low-pass filtering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyB2OGtcK9g
THREE MUST-HAVE PLUGINS
Every carpenter needs a good hammer in their toolbox. The same thing goes for your production tool box—there are some tools every producer needs.
Here’s 3 plugins you need to have in your arsenal according to Dave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--BvUnqqIRg
CHOOSING THE RIGHT DRUM SAMPLE
Every producer needs good drums. But with all the free sounds out there, how do you pick the drum sample that’s right for your project.
Find out how Dave picks the perfect percussion in this helpful video on finding the right drum sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBj6p4FXm7w
HOW TO GET WIDE STEREO TRACKS
Here at LANDR we’re all about the L and R, and everything in between—The more space the better.
Find out how Dave gets that sweet stereo W I D T H: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7C0MSLhIfQ
MORE PROS THAN ONE
Dave Pensado doesn’t stop with just his own mix tips either.
He also invites other professional producers and mixing engineers to talk shop and share some mixing secrets.
Remember, mix tips only matter if you use them.
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