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The Visual Mix

 

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When mixing a song it can help to visualize the mix as a 3D cube. EQ (bass, middle and treble) is the front face of the cube going from the bottom (bass) to the top (treble). Panning places the instruments in the space between the left front wall and the rght front wall. Volume goes from front to back with the loudest instruments at the front. Reverb primarily provides the front to back (and side to side) instrument locations (depth) within the cube.
Compressors and equalizers can make an instrument seem more upfront as can short delays (long delays can make the sound seem more distant and delays can also make it seem wider depending on where they are placed).
The art of mixing involves the creative placement and movement of the instruments within this 3-dimensional space.
This concept is illustrated extremely well in David Gibson’s excellent book. “The Art of Mixing: A Visual Guide to Recording, Engineering, and Production”.

When mixing a song it can help to visualize the mix as a 3D cube. EQ (bass, middle and treble) is the front face of the cube going from the bottom (bass) to the top (treble). Panning places the instruments in the space between the left front wall and the right front wall. Volume goes from front to back with the loudest instruments at the front. Reverb primarily provides the front to back (and side to side) instrument locations (depth) within the cube.

Compressors and equalizers can make an instrument seem more upfront as can short delays (long delays can make the sound seem more distant and delays can also make it seem wider depending on where they are placed).

The art of mixing involves the creative placement and movement of the instruments within this 3-dimensional space.

This concept is illustrated extremely well in David Gibson’s excellent book. “The Art of Mixing: A Visual Guide to Recording, Engineering, and Production”.

Mastering Tips – What is Mastering and Why Should I Care?

MasteringMastering is the combined science and art of taking a finished mix and tweaking it in ways that can range from adding a professional polish to really taking the mix to a whole new level. Sometimes the before and afters can be quite dramatic and what you thought sounded great before can tend to now seem somewhat flat and lifeless.

As Paul White from Sound on Sound magazine put it, "What many people don't realize is just how great a difference is made to commercial records at the mastering stage. Prior to mastering, you might be surprised at just how ordinary some mixes sound. "

The main mastering tools are compression, EQ and limiting and because of this there is something that you need to be very aware of when mastering and that is that these tools will raise the overall apparent volume of the mix and this alone can make the mix suddenly "sound better".  It is important to be able to switch effects in and out in such a way that you don't get fooled by this artificial improvement caused just by raising the volume.

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