|poit57 ||09-10-2013 10:30 AM |
Mixing Tips & Tricks
I was wondering if I could get some mixing tips or links to good resources for mixing recordings.
I have been toying around with recording my own music at home for the past few years. Nothing to sell professionally, but mostly just things to share with friends for their entertainment or possibly to post on YouTube if I can get the quality good enough for public consumption.
I use a combination of some or all of the following instruments in my recordings:
- Rhythm and Lead guitar parts on electric guitar
- Acoustic Guitar
- Midi synth pads
- Drums (for now programmed through software, but may have friends add real drum parts down the line)
- Vocals (sometimes with added BG vocals and/or harmonies)
The style of songs I write are mostly pop/rock and occasionally a little bit heavier rock. Not every song uses every instrument - most songs are arranged as 2 electric guitar parts, bass, drums, and vocals.
The biggest issue I'm having is getting my vocals to cut through the mix. Also, once I have exported to a sharable music file, even if normalized to 0 dB, the output is much quieter than music ripped from professionally produced CD's.
I'm not really sure where to find this type of help, so I've just been going by trial and error so far. I guess what I need the most help with is knowing what to consider in regards to panning left and right per instrument/vocal channel and then how to EQ each channel to sit well in the mix. I'm using Adobe Audition CS6 to record and mix on my computer.
|skidmarkbass ||09-10-2013 10:42 AM |
Mastering with Trax should help
|nick98338 ||09-10-2013 01:37 PM |
|poit57 ||09-10-2013 01:54 PM |
Thanks, Nick. Just quickly browsing the articles available in the Guides section looks like it will be a big help.
Skidmark, I'm not sure what Trax is. I tried doing a web search related to mastering amd mixing music recordings, but I'm not sure what I'm looking for. Google thinks I mean "tracks" and displayed results for very generic information related to the search.
|nick98338 ||09-10-2013 03:02 PM |
Originally Posted by poit57
(snip)The biggest issue I'm having is getting my vocals to cut through the mix.
2 things. Get the vocals their own space in the stereo field. Move other stuff left-right, out of the way of vocals. And, the other things that are near, or behind the vocals... give them just a touch more reverb than the vocals get. If you can't move stuff left-right away from the vocals, then move them back with a little reverb. A little less reverb on the vocals tends to move them forward.
|Rickengeezer ||09-10-2013 03:05 PM |
Originally Posted by poit57
Also, once I have exported to a sharable music file, even if normalized to 0 dB, the output is much quieter than music ripped from professionally produced CD's.
That could be a good thing--read up on the "loudness wars". But basically the masters for those CDs are compressed/limited to hell and back. Find yourself a "softclipping" VST to process your master track, and you too can join the party.
|bass geetarist ||09-10-2013 03:07 PM |
Do you record your vocals through a compressor? I've found it helps to get a strong, level vocal sound, though I'm by no means a pro.
|Chromer ||09-10-2013 03:41 PM |
Don't set out to make the vocals cut through... Get a good drums/bass/vocal mix working, then mix in the other instruments to support the vocal.
|sowilson ||09-10-2013 04:16 PM |
don't be afraid to rerecord the bass track and make it simpler. A lot of players will be notey when laying down the basic tracks. Later, as you add in other tracks, you'll often find conflicts with the earlier recorded bass track. Simplifying will often seat the bass better in the sonic space for the song.
|ddnidd1 ||09-11-2013 02:12 PM |
There's a lot more here than you're looking for, but its information from one of the top Mixing Engineers with tons of top credits. Can't hurt. http://www.pensadosplace.tv/
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