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- 05/18/15Getting started
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.
- 05/17/15Getting started
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.
- 05/11/15Getting started
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. O...
- 05/10/15Getting started
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.
- 04/27/15Getting started
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 ...
- 04/12/15Getting started
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.
- 04/07/15Getting started
Improve Your Studio on the Cheap - 9 free or inexpensive ways to make your studio better
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.
- 04/05/15Getting started
Attack and Release in a Compressor - A guide to mixing music - Part 29
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.
- 03/31/15Getting started
Panning to the Extremes - LCR panning can make your mixes come alive
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, snare, 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, refe...
- 03/29/15Getting started
Understanding Compressor Parameters - A guide to mixing music - Part 28
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.