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.