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Respecting dynamics and artists’ intentions, along with a knowledge of the core sounds of various genres, will propel your journey on the path to enlightenment.

Hello and welcome to another Dojo installment. This month, I’ll share three simple secrets for getting better and more consistent mixes. In the ever-changing world of mixing music, engineers are constantly having to refine their chops while still being acutely aware of current trends, past traditions, managing expectations of artists—all while adding and refining their own contribution to recordings.

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Meet your miniature amp masseuse.

Nice price. Great range in simple controls. Sweet preamp sounds. Great capacity for high-end detail.

Hard not to miss that wet/dry mix and post-compression tone control after you’ve used the Compressor Plus.

$129

Keeley Compressor Mini
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I fall in and out of love with compressors all the time. It’s a relationship that’s fickle—even downright dysfunctional at times. From one night to another, I might be down on my knees, thanking my comp for saving my life and my sloppy picking performance. The next, I’ll curse the ways it strips my sound of its spirit and fire. The morning after is always awkward. Sorry, compressor—it’s not you, it’s me.

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PRS Guitars and John Mayer officially announce the PRS SE Silver Sky, an affordable version of the original with PRS trademark bird inlays and three single-coil pickups.

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