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Serial Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 35
Now that we've seen the basic usage of compression when mixing, I'll walk you through a couple of tips and tricks that I'm sure you'll find quite useful. This week we'll look into a technique that might seem very simple at first glance, but it isn't: Serial Compression.
The Opposite of Punchy - A guide to mixing music - Part 34
Today, I invite you to continue exploring the possibilities of dynamics processing at the microdynamic level. After having dealt with "punchy" sounds, we'll use dynamics to go for the opposite — "roundness."
Make Your Mix Punchy with Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 33
After looking at some applications of compression at the macrodynamic level in the two previous articles, we'll deal here with microdynamics, starting with how to get a "punchy" sound.
Weighing the pros and cons of DIY mastering - So You Want to Master Your Own Album?
For a long time the mastering process was a mystery for most musicians, even those with studio skills. But thanks to all the information now available online, it's a lot easier to learn about how mastering works. That and the availability of affordable mastering software has led some recordists to start dipping their toes into the world of DIY mas…
More than Just the Full Mix - Alternate mixes that pro engineers do for every song — and so should you
Professional engineers typically render more than just a full version when they finish mixing a song. They also run a number of variations, which are referred to as "alternate mixes." In this article, I'll tell you what they are and why you should be doing them, too.
The Right Way to Loudness - A guide to mixing music - Part 32
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.
Watching the Waves - Visual clues from a DAW’s waveform display can speed up your workflow
If you are someone who’s interested in learning more about recording technology — and you probably are, since you’re reading this — you may have come across interviews with big name engineers and producers who advise budding recordists, “Use your ears, not your eyes,” in reference to making mixing decisions or other production-related choices. On …
Add Consistency with Compression - A guide to mixing music - Part 31
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.
Start Your Mix Out Right - Comparing different ways to approach the beginning of a mix
Mixing a song offers a cornucopia of creative choices. You decide how loud to make every instrument, where to place it in the stereo image, which effects to use, which tracks to mute, and so forth. In fact, there are so many options that it can be overwhelming for a novice mixer. One of the first decisions you’ll run up against is, what to work on…
Ratio and Threshold in a Compressor - A guide to mixing music - Part 30
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.