Mike Elliott
Having graduated with a bachelors and masters in audio and music, Mike is a well versed audio engineer, musician, and educator. From working with Grammy award winning engineers down to small start up studios, he has seen all sides of the industry, and what it takes to get the job done right. Make sure to stop by his blog Lean Audio, which covers the bare necessities and how to do audio on the cheap. From plugin reviews to heads up on free stuff, his goal is to save you time and money. Be sure to follow him on Facebook to stay up to date.
Latest Posts
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Choose an Audio InterfaceAudio interface logo
    In a world without tape, the audio interface has become the gateway to preserving sound for many people. Having your inputs, outputs, and conversion in one small box provides a cost effective alternative to discrete units. However, with such a saturated market, finding the right audio interface is now harder than ever!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Fixing PhasePhotodune 3228462 sine and triangle waves xs
    Phase problems can crop up just about anywhere in a mix. As such, finding and fixing phase issues can be no small task. But with a little bit of know-how, the process can go much quicker!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Filters and You: FIR FiltersFir
    Welcome back! Last time we took a look at the various types of IIR filters, what makes them different, and how to use each type. In this tutorial we are going to shift focus from IIR to FIR. Don't know the difference? Fret not! We are going to look at just what a FIR filter is, how they differ from IIR, and how to use them. Ready? Read on!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Use SlickHDR from Variety of SoundSlickhdr icon
    Audio generally is a very intuitive field when it comes to using FX processors. Need some ambiance? Add a reverb and tweak. How about delay? No problem! Even compressors, which are often horribly abused, can still be tweaked by ear if you know what to listen for. However, what if compression got more complicated? Ever find one of those pieces of gear that makes you scratch your head trying to figure out how to use it? If not, be prepared for the newest offering from Variety of Sound, the SlickHDR.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Filters and You: IIR FiltersIir
    Though they're one of the most basic tools available to audio engineers, we don't often think about filters. At best, we may think about whether to use a low-pass or high-shelf filter. There is a lot more to it than that! In this tutorial, we'll look at the different types of analog filters, and how to better choose them in the mixing process. If you don't know the difference between "Butterworth", "elliptical", "ripple"—read on!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    Expanding Your Audio Horizons: Choosing a Related Field of StudyExpandhorizonspreview400
    Audio is a peculiar field of interest. Like most commercially oriented fields, audio is a blend of both the science and the arts. Without one or the other we would not have the industry we have today. While many of us have entered into the audio realm through music, not everyone does. In fact, there are related fields of study that we as audio engineers owe a great deal of gratitude towards. Having a knowledge of what these fields do can have a tremendous impact on how we work in the audio field. So for those of you who ever wondered what lies underneath the console, what is inside that effect, or maybe even why some bands are more successful than others, read on and see where you might end up!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Use the VST Plugin AnalyzerVst analyzer 400px
    As audio engineers, we often have to walk the line between the artistic and the scientific, the subjective and the objective. However sometimes keeping our eyes and ears on the objective can be difficult. That is where tools like the VST Plugin Analyzer come in.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Making the Most of Reaper's Preferences: Part 1Reaperpreferencespreview400
    Today we'll look at Reaper's preferences, and how we can fine tune the system to our exact needs. Some people need the system to run stable while recording, others for virtual instruments, and others for live production. With so many options available, navigating Reaper's preferences can be a nightmare. Want to see how customizable Reaper is? Read on!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Mixing & Mastering
    Into The Danger Zone: Live Laptop MixingLivelaptoppreview400
    The ability to walk into a venue armed with nothing more than mics, cables, stands, and a small road case is quite an alluring idea. Imagine being able to cut down your rig by half, and have even more flexibility. Sounds too good to be true? Well the ability to mix live shows on your laptop is a very real thing, but not without risk.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Give Life to Your Guitar Tracks by ReampingReampingpreview400b
    Ever wish you could go back in time and change things? Or ever wish life had a save and load option like in a video game? While time travel may not yet exist, the ability for us as audio engineers to change sounds after the fact does. One powerful way to change the guitar tracks we've recorded is reamping.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    General
    Essential Listening: Self-Assessment Essentiallisteningpreview400
    Welcome back for another dose of Essential Listening!  Whether because of cost or curiosity, many musicians decide to try their hand at audio engineering—usually working on their own songs. While a DIY mindset is always a valid approach, it does not come without pitfalls. The biggest trap comes in assessing one's own work.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Fatten Up Your Guitar TracksFatten guitar 400px
    Just about anyone who has listened to modern music in one form or another can appreciate a quality guitar tone. From solid clean chords to full on crunchy distortion, the guitar has a versatile sound that works in a wide variety of scenarios. Being such a mid-range focused instrument, sometimes the guitar can overwhelm the lower mids of a mix, in which case a simple EQ can usually solve that problem.Read More…