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.
Tutorials
  • Music & Audio
    Working With Tube GearPhotodune 4295048 vacuum tube amplifier with 300b triodes xs
    93 shares
    Tube-based audio gear has been, and still is, some of the most sought after equipment. But, how exactly can we benefit from having it? Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Using Wireless Audio at Live GigsWireless audio preview
    101 shares
    Anyone who has done live sound knows this ultimate truth: Cables suck! Thankfully in this modern era we have wireless options to cut down on the rats' nest of cable!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    How to Peak Out a RoomPeak preview
    118 shares
    Feedback is the bane of any audio engineer's existence. So learning how to smite it is a must for live sound. If feedback always seems to creep up on you, read on to be rid of it once and for all!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    How to Use Voxengo's SPAN: Part 2 Voxengo logo
    123 shares
    If you thought Voxengo's SPAN was just for FFT metering think again!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    The Benefits of M/S ProcessingMs logo
    115 shares
    Audio engineers like to think in terms of warmer, punchier, and brighter. They can also think in terms of mid and side. By working in mid and side instead of left and right, a whole new world of options becomes available.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    How to Use Voxengo's SPAN: Part 1Voxengo logo
    79 shares
    While simple on the surface, Voxengo's SPAN is a fully-featured metering plugin that can tell you loads about your mix. From comparing frequency responses to multiple measures of loudness, using SPAN will make fixing problems a cinch.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    How to Choose an Audio InterfaceAudio interface logo
    137 shares
    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
    Fixing PhasePhotodune 3228462 sine and triangle waves xs
    109 shares
    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
    Filters and You: FIR FiltersFir
    57 shares
    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
    How to Use SlickHDR from Variety of SoundSlickhdr icon
    62 shares
    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
    Filters and You: IIR FiltersIir
    58 shares
    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
    Expanding Your Audio Horizons: Choosing a Related Field of StudyExpandhorizonspreview400
    75 shares
    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…