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7 Obscure Mixing Techniques Used by the Pros. Most of the time there is an obvious choice.

7 Obscure Mixing Techniques Used by the Pros

Need more mid-range? Grab an EQ and boost the midrange. Need more control of the source? Volume automation or compression. Easy. How to Create Width, Height and Depth in a Mix. The hallmark of a great recording/mix for me is one where the music all lives within a tangible, dimensional world.

How to Create Width, Height and Depth in a Mix

The exception being songs that call for a two-dimensional or more lo-fi approach. In general, a recording that has width, height, and depth creates for a compelling sound. How to Create Width, Height and Depth in a Mix. Music Production Tips from Tenth Egg. Effects: All You Need To Know... And A Little Bit More. Technique : Effects / Processing Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, there's always something to learn about adding colour to your mix.

Effects: All You Need To Know... And A Little Bit More

Paul White The world of audio effects is one that can be confusing even for experienced engineers. Especially in modern computer-based recording systems, there's a bewildering array of options, and to add to the confusion, some effects are widely referred to by more than one name. In this article, I'll take you through the most common effects, explaining how they work and where you might want to use them in your music. Stumble! Veteran engineer of Universal Mastering Studios West, Pete Doell Most recording musicians, engineers and producers are well aware what a difference mastering can make to our mixes.

Stumble!

And as we’ve discussed in previous columns (such as Audio Mastering Basics: Taking Your Music That Extra Step), mastering is an art form in itself, and is best placed in the hands of a specialist. But even expert mastering engineers can only accomplish so much, and it’s largely dependent on the raw materials they’re given to work with. Handy EQ Reference. This article contains information originally sourced at EQ Frequencies and is used with permission from Songstuff.com.

Handy EQ Reference

General: 20 Hz and below - impossible to detect, remove as it only adds unnecessary energy to the total sound, thereby most probably holding down the overall volume of the track 60 Hz and below - sub bass (feel only) 80(-100) Hz - feel AND hear bass 100-120 Hz - the "club sound system punch" resides here 200 Hz and below - bottom 250 Hz - notch filter here can add thump to a kick drum 150-400 Hz - boxiness 200 Hz-1.5 KHz - punch, fatness, impact 800 Hz-4 KHz - edge, clarity, harshness, defines timbre 4500 Hz - exteremly tiring to the ears, add a slight notch here 5-7 KHz - de-essing is done here 4-9 KHz - brightness, presence, definition, sibilance, high frequency distortion 6-15 KHz - air and presence 9-15 KHz - adding will give sparkle, shimmer, bring out details - cutting will smooth out harshness and darken the mix.

How To Create Electro... Lead? Bass? To be honest, I’m not sure what this sound is specifically… Some may call it bass, some may say it’s more like a lead, but it’s definitely something you can hear in many Electro House tracks.

How To Create Electro... Lead? Bass?

I got the inspiration for this while listening some sample cd’s and after experimenting with FL Studio this is what I came up with: Is this something in a style of Mode Selektor, Daft Punk, etc? You tell me. I can’t say exactly as I haven’t listened to these guys so much Anyway, if you’re interested to replicate the sound, here’s how you do it, step-by-step: Home recording and project studio blog - Hometracked. Electronic Music Tutorial (How to write beats)

This is part 1 of a 10 hour long high definition tutorial video series on how to write electronic music, from scratch!

Electronic Music Tutorial (How to write beats)

All aspects are covered…. basic and advanced synthesis… sampling… progression… mixing… everything is explained in depth as I construct a tune while you watch. I talk to you like your sitting next to me, thinking out loud, cracking jokes and moving at the right pace, rather than focusing on boring shit. My goal is to get you producing good music as fast as possible. I’ve been performing electronic music around the world for years, and have much experience in production and the electronic music industry, I’m not just some guy who knows how to use a computer. The rest of this series is available to special members of my personal website, you can check it out here. How Can I Set Up a Home Recording Studio on the Cheap?

Also, keep in mind that not everyone needs an audio interface. if you are only recording one track at a time or are recording more than one track but are fine with mixing it as you record you can use a much cheaper and oodles simpler analog mixing board/mixer. i struggled for over a year with a USB audio interface box i bought for home recording and it was ALWAYS a hassle - either really high latency, dropped sections, or it would take 15-20 minutes of fiddling with system prefs and settings in software to get it to work right. i finally went to my local music store and picked up a behringer analog mixer for $49 which has 8-Inputs (2 mic, 2 stereo, 1 stereo tape/CD), builtin EQ, effects send/receive, and the mic jacks have phantom power and the line inputs work great for electric instruments, a headphone out and I use an RCA-to-mini-1/8th-stereo plug to connect directly into the mic jack on my mac mini.

How Can I Set Up a Home Recording Studio on the Cheap?

It's simple, always works, and has real knobs and buttons. 3D Mixing. Guitar Amp Miking. EQ Drums. One of the things I love most about recording music is that there are no rules.

EQ Drums

One guy decides to use a cardboard box as his kick drum sound…and it sounds awesome. Another guy decides to sample in the sound of a screaming cat and blend it with the cymbals. (Okay, I’ve never seen that, but I bet it’s awesome.) Audio Conversion. Mysteries Of Metering. Technique : Theory + Technical All mechanical meters are VU meters, all bargraph meters read peak levels -- and both types will give the same reading if you feed in a test tone.

Mysteries Of Metering

Reasonable enough assumptions, but wrong on all counts, as PAUL WHITE explains. The really wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them, and nowhere is this more evident than when you look at metering. This article examines the complicated issue of metering standards, but those unfamiliar with the general terminology of metering (eg. dBu, dbv, and the conventions of 'plus 4' and 'minus 10' operation) are advised to check out my article from SOS February 1994, 'dBs Explained', which should clarify many of the terms used here. Understanding Sends, Auxes And Buses « Audio Geek Zine. Let’s talk about using sends to control effects, parallel processing and some of the other benefits of sends. First we need to understand a few concepts. Buses, auxes and sends. How to setup your device to control your DAW (Enigma SETUP FILES & More)