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  • A guide to mixing music - Part 32
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    A guide to mixing music - Part 32

    05/17/15 in Getting Started

    Today we'll continue our discovery of the use of compression with an application that will surely interest all of you: An increase in loudness.

  • A guide to mixing music - Part 31
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    A guide to mixing music - Part 31

    05/11/15 in Getting Started

    In this episode, we'll concentrate on dynamics processing during mixdown, and we'll see how to use compression to give consistency to your tracks. This usage, in my opinion, is the most important one, since it allows you to balance instruments in relation to each other, which is one of the main goals of mixing.

  • A guide to mixing music - Part 30
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    A guide to mixing music - Part 30

    04/12/15 in Getting Started

    This week we'll proceed with the final steps of the method to learn about the sonic impact of the main parameters of a compressor. After having seen the attack and release times, now it's the turn of the ratio and the threshold.

  • 9 free or inexpensive ways to make your studio better
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    9 free or inexpensive ways to make your studio better

    04/07/15 in Getting Started

    The most direct ways to improve your studio are by upgrading the gear and adding professional acoustic treatment, but doing so requires a significant investment. If you're not ready or able to drop a chunk of change into your setup right now, there are lots of inexpensive ways to improve your studio both in terms of efficiency and sound quality.

  • A guide to mixing music - Part 29
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    A guide to mixing music - Part 29

    04/05/15 in Getting Started

    In this installment, I'll show you a way to set a compressor that helps you understand what each parameter does. This method is by no means the ultimate solution, however it ought to help you grasp the main compressor parameters so you can find your own way, which will be very useful in the future.

  • LCR panning can make your mixes come alive
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    LCR panning can make your mixes come alive

    03/31/15 in Getting Started

    Conventional mixing wisdom states that when panning elements in a mix, you’re free to utilize the entire left-to-right spectrum. With the exception of elements like kick, bass and lead vocal that are generally are panned to the center, tracks can be placed anywhere in the left-right panorama. But there’s a different panning strategy, referred to a…

  • A guide to mixing music - Part 28
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    A guide to mixing music - Part 28

    03/29/15 in Getting Started

    Now that we've discussed the possible uses for compression, let's take a look at the way a compressor works. To do that, I'll explain to you, in a theoretical way, the different parameters commonly found on such processors.

  • A guide to mixing music - Part 27
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    A guide to mixing music - Part 27

    03/22/15 in Getting Started

    In this second installment dedicated to dynamics processing during mixdown, we'll take some time to discuss the whys before moving on to the hows.

  • A guide to mixing music - Part 25
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    A guide to mixing music - Part 25

    03/08/15 in Getting Started

    Before we tackle the next major section of this series ─ dynamics ─ let's diverge briefly to take stock of where we are in the process, and cover an important issue involving effect-chain order.

  • Steer clear of these common studio mistakes
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    Steer clear of these common studio mistakes

    03/05/15 in Getting Started

    Learning by your mistakes is definitely an effective method, but it’s not a lot of fun. In this article, we’ll talk about some common mistakes that are made by home recordists and how to avoid them. There's no reason you have to learn these lessons the hard way...