Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
If you read the reviews you'll see that some people believe the plugins sound similar to the consoles they emulate and some people think they don't. If you are looking for the exact sound of a particular Neve console chances are you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for something that will add another cool harmonic layer to your mixes then you should check it out. Here are two different console emulator plugs for less than $50 that will surprise you:
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
"On the bus of all buses" I will apply another stereo compressor to emphasize the relationship between all of the tracks in the session. When the kick and snare hit the threshold, the compressor reduces the gain of the entire mix momentarily which creates a pumping sensation that corresponds with the tempo of the song. Most importantly this adds another layer of compression to our lead vocal.
I prefer not to master my own mixes because I like to get a second opinion. However, mastering is frequently not in the budget so I end up handling it. In addition to EQ, while mastering I apply another conservative SSL style compressor, some light parallel compression and one or two L2 type limiters with no more than 2db reduction each.
After looking at my process above while proofreading I appear to be using a ton of compression. Either way I'd love to hear how this compares to your technique. To give you an idea of how my vocal mix/mastering sounds I've pasted a link below. The vocal was recorded onto a two track instrumental courtesy of Thievery Corporation Whats the point of writing about it if I don't put my mix where my mouth is?
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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Hopefully this gives you some ideas on dealing with background vocals.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
2. 8' Furring Strips (1"x3") ($1.24 each)
I payed closer to $1.60 each at Home Depot. You will need a circular saw to cut these unless you really, really like to saw. I used a battery powered circular saw that worked fine. Each panel/trap will require two 24" pieces and two 19" pieces so you'll want to plan accordingly.
This info is dead on. I built 38 and went through 2 boxes of staples.
Home Depot & Lowes have this for $5. You won't need more than one can.
As I understand it, determining the placement and quantity of traps & panels comes down to how good your control and live rooms sound. The less ideal they are the more you will want to put up. I put 16 up in my control room and 22 in my live room. But keep in mind I wanted my control and live room dead so I added more than are essential. For placement used the above picture as my guide. I wasn't able to afford the corner traps as pictured so I used 4" thick panels in the corners. In the live room I tried to cover as many corners and open areas as possible. I have a drop ceiling in my studio which made ceiling panels pretty easy to put up. Mounting in the control room is a little more technical because you have to take your mix position and monitor location into consideration. To me, the most important areas to cover are:
1. Corners behind your monitors
2. Mirror points closest to those corners (see image below)
3. Corner where the wall in front of your mix position meets the ceiling
4. Ceiling out towards you until your mix position is covered overhead.
5. As much of the wall directly behind you as you can
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Friday, December 14, 2012
I like to cheat by mixing in the car via the headphone jack to my car's aux in from my laptop. Saves a lot of time and CDs! I try to keep my car stereo EQ settings on neutral in the car but it doesn't always work out. So the name of the game is to pick one setting for your music and stick with it so you have a good point of reference when you check your mix there.
Learning the equipment, software and theories behind mixing is an undertaking in it of itself but I think the toughest part is digesting the information in a way that makes sense to you. How you understand a problem will determine what tool you use to solve it. For me, the most important part of mixing is having a tool to fix the problem as you understand it. When I run into problems I can't fix, I look at it as an opportunity to find a new tool that will help me in the future. Hope this helps someone!
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