The Subtle Art of Pitch Correction | Universal Audio

The Subtle Art of Pitch Correction | Universal Audio

Mix engineers today are asked to do far more than simply mix the song. In fact, it’s now expected that they clean the tracks, eliminate pops and clicks, adjust the track timing, and replace or augment some of the sounds as well. Another job that falls to many mix engineers today is correcting the pitch of any track that needs it. This process is faster and easier than ever, but like anything else, you still need good fundamental technique to seamlessly pull it off.

Some advice on pitch correction from Bobby Owsinski.

Audio Compression Basics | Universal Audio

Audio Compression Basics | Universal Audio

Compressors and limiters are used to reduce dynamic range — the span between the softest and loudest sounds. Using compression can make your tracks sound more polished by controlling maximum levels and maintaining higher average loudness. Here are some compression basics, different compression types, and some tips to try on your tracks.

Mason Hicks does an excellent job of describing compression, compressors, and why do it at all.

Note that the stock compressor in Logic Pro X can be used for each of the compressor types – tube, optical, FET, and VCA. The “Platinum” compressor in Logic is really none of the types listed, maybe more like a Distressor?

Mixing in Stereo: Adding Width and Depth to Your Recordings | Universal Audio

Mixing in Stereo: Adding Width and Depth to Your Recordings | Universal Audio

When it comes to discussing the fine art of mixing music, I tend to approach the subject with some trepidation. After all, compared to many of the topics I’ve written about, this one is rife with subjectivity — one person’s idea of a great sounding mix may be another’s sonic nightmare. And what works for one genre of music will be decidedly wrong for another.But all those variables aside, there are at least a few general theories, tips, and tricks that apply to most mix projects. So while the idea here is not to give a step-by-step tutorial on two-track mixing, hopefully we can cover at least a few concepts that are useful for everyone.

Daniel Keller’s mixing techniques. The images showing mic placement have decent starting points. The loudness contour frequency chart is especially useful. 

Consider this panning of instruments as a preset…

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Ready, Set, Mix! Tips for Prepping Your Mixing Session | Universal Audio

Ready, Set, Mix! Tips for Prepping Your Mixing Session | Universal Audio

It’s time to mix, so let’s start to move some faders! Well, maybe not right away. If we really want a mix to go quickly and smoothly, there’s some preparation that needs to be done beforehand. Although many great mixers aren’t conscious about exactly how they’re going about prepping for a mix, they all cover basically the same areas: technical prep, session prep, and personal prep. Let’s take a look at each.

Excellent advice from Bobby Owsinksi.

A Guide to Bussing in a Mix (+ Processing Tips) — Pro Audio Files

A Guide to Bussing in a Mix (+ Processing Tips) — Pro Audio Files

Separating instruments into mix groups is an essential part of audio production. Processing audio at the buss level, rather than with inserts on individual tracks, can not only lead to a more efficient workflow but also help productions shine in a natural and very musical way.

6 Strategies for Taming Midrange in a Busy Mix — Pro Audio Files

6 Strategies for Taming Midrange in a Busy Mix — Pro Audio Files

Achieving a well-balanced midrange in a recording is one of the biggest challenges of mixing. Beginning producers especially tend to struggle in this area. The ranges of many instruments overlap quite a bit, and some negotiation will always be necessary to help them share space in a mix. Muddy room resonances only complicate things further. When we have a session with a busy arrangement and high track count — a pretty common occurrence in digital recording — midrange problems can multiply out of control.

10 Great Reference Mixes for Electronic Music

10 Great Reference Mixes for Electronic Music

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor November 14, 2019

Electronic Music has changed since it went palpably mainstream. From EDM to deeper subgenres like Dubstep, Trap, Future House, and various combinations thereof, the genre has evolved, both in the mainstream and the underground.

Thus, I thought a modern tally of great reference mixes was in order to aid in your own productions, mixes, and masters.

A Guide to Bussing in a Mix (+ Processing Tips) — Pro Audio Files

A Guide to Bussing in a Mix (+ Processing Tips) — Pro Audio Files

Danny Echevarria
– 11/11/2019

Separating instruments into mix groups is an essential part of audio production. Processing audio at the buss level, rather than with inserts on individual tracks, can not only lead to a more efficient workflow but also help productions shine in a natural and very musical way.

How To Use Reverb and Delay in Series for a Spacious Vocal Sound – Audio Issues : Audio Issues

How To Use Reverb and Delay in Series for a Spacious Vocal Sound – Audio Issues : Audio Issues

So I added the delay plug-in after the reverb to add the effect. But that made the reverb too delay-y, so I turned the wet/dry signal to 50/50.

That way some of the reverb came through unaffected to add normal space, while some of the reverb was delayed to add a subtle echo effect.

After adding an EQ to filter out the highs and the lows, the vocal space sat nicely with the rest of the mix.

Thanks to Björgvin Benediktsson for the tip…

Export Tracks as Audio Files… ⌘E – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Export Tracks as Audio Files…  ⌘E

This is how we might try to produce stems. The real questions arise when considering AUX tracks for sends. Do the tracks get exported? Yes, the AUX tracks get exported.

If the project is complete I think it is prudent to create a new alternative and Bounce and Replace All Tracks which will leave the “printed” audio on every track with all of the plugins and effects removed. Note that if you are using a Summing Stack (it’s a track in the Arrange area) you will get a print of that AUX along with a print of all of the tracks contained in the stack. Ideal for stemming and preserving.

Export tracks as audio files – Logic Pro X

You can export one or more selected tracks as audio files, or export all tracks (all audio, software instrument, and Drummer tracks) in a project as audio files—one file per track. When you export tracks as audio files, you can specify the naming of the audio files using filename elements.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

10 Tips for Mastering if You’re Not a Mastering Engineer

10 Tips for Mastering if You’re Not a Mastering Engineer

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor February 7, 2018

Maybe you’re a singer songwriter who has mixed a song and wants to release it quickly. Or perhaps you’re an EDM producer working at a fast clip, and you don’t want to shell out the money to bring every new track to a competitive level. Maybe still you’re a mixing engineer looking to give a client a pseudo-master—not just any pseudo master, but one that sounds better than the average limiter-slam.

How to Mix Hi-Hats: 8 Tips for Added Energy

How to Mix Hi-Hats: 8 Tips for Added Energy

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor September 9, 2019

A hi-hat is vital to an overall great drum mix.
In our blog articles “5 Tips for Mixing High End” and “8 Tips for Taming Harsh Treble in the Mix” we provided some general tips for managing high end in a mix. Today, we’re diving into a specific sound that occupies the top end of the frequency spectrum: hi-hats.

How To Analyze A Hit – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

How To Analyze A Hit – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

If you really want to understand an audio recording and hear it in a new way, here are a few pointers on what to listen for. I’m going to break it down to a general technique, and then add an additional advanced technique for experienced musicians, engineers and producers, since they already have more refined listening skills.

Always good to practice. In traditional music theory courses of study there’s the part called “dictation” where you learn to write down what you hear, including basic rhythm and intervals. I should remember to run songs through Capo sometimes.

Studio One has a chord track to help.

Logic Pro doesn’t have a chord track anymore, but you can certainly use it to track tempo and pitch.

Making Metal: How to Master Metal with Ian Shepherd

Making Metal: How to Master Metal with Ian Shepherd

by Ian Shepherd, Mastering Engineer September 4, 2019

Mastering metal is tough.

In fact, I’d probably go so far as to say it’s one of the most challenging genres to get truly great results in. It is certainly possible though.

The Intangibles Of A Mix – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

The Intangibles Of A Mix – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

It’s easy to think that getting a good mix is just a matter of pushing up some faders, getting a reasonable balance, adding some effects, and you’re finished. Although that might work for a rough mix, there are still a number of intangibles that are vitally important to a great mix. Awareness is always the first step in learning, so here are some things to consider before you start to move faders around.