by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor June 17, 2019
If you’ve strolled along the forums, checked out engineering podcasts, or watched YouTube videos, you’ve probably heard of the static mix—yet the static mix is hard to put into words: every engineer seems to have their own definition.
by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor June 3, 2019
In today’s musical landscape, more artists and producers are adding “mix engineer” to their credits. While this level of creative control is great, there are challenges that come with being a jack of all trades. It’s hard to let go of ideas you spent a lot of time on and listen from a new perspective.
For those who wear many hats in the studio, here are five tips on how to mix your own music.
by DJ Pangburn, iZotope Contributor May 28, 2019
Learning how to give a kick drum a greater depth and boom takes time and effort. It’s just not something that comes right away, unless one happens to be a naturally born electronic music or hip hop producer.
I like learning how to get different sounds with step-by-step exposition of what is going on and how things affect the sound.
I recently purchased
Sasquatch 2 is a CPU-friendly kick drum enhancement plug-in that enables you to custom-tailor the sound of any kick drum, acoustic or electronic, with exhaustive creative possibilities, ranging from subtle to extreme and beyond.
which gets to booming kick drums (and then some) in short order. Great fun working on interesting sounds.
by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor May 22, 2019
The balance of level and frequency is what gives a mix it’s emotion and power, while a lack of balance can leave mixes sounding like demos. For new engineers, tonal balance can be a major challenge to get right. That’s why today we’re looking at five tips to improve the tonal balance of your mix.
by DJ Pangburn, iZotope Contributor May 21, 2019
In crafting sounds, many synthesists probably return again and again to their favorite original patches or even presets, tweaking the parameters here and there, before adding different effects to mix it up. While familiarity with certain pieces of kit, from the sounds to the processes used to maximize them, is always welcomed, it also helps to mix things up a bit.
by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor May 23, 2019
It’s not uncommon to find yourself in a mixing situation with low-end issues. This is especially true in home studios. Maybe the room’s geometry swallows the bass or exaggerates the low-end. It’s safe to say no acoustician had any input whatsoever into the construction of your apartment.
For mixing engineers and producers alike, it pays to become intimately acquainted with the virtues of automation. Swooping sounds from left to right, enhancing emotion with level boosts, or fixing complicated problems with real-time adjustments—all of these moves separate the quotidian from the marvelous.
But riddle me this: how often do you think about automating EQ? Perhaps not as often as you should, for automating EQ can create both dramatic and transparent effects. Whether creating something truly bespoke for your mix, or cheating an element forward/backward for the master, a bit of active, automated EQ sculpting can be a serious boon, if done well.
Here are some instances where you can employ the practice.
Earlier this year, we discussed mix automation basics, detailing how the process works and why it benefits your music. If you still need clarification on these points I suggest taking a look at the article, because in this post we’ll be diving deeper into automation with seven creative tips, applicable to all genres.
In the early 1970s the recording industry changed drastically with the introduction of mixing consoles that could record and play back fader movement. Leading up to this, mixing multitrack tape recordings was a group effort. For larger sessions of 16 or 24 tracks, up to four people could be needed behind the desk just to manage faders.
Digital audio workstations (DAWs) sophisticated the entire automation process, providing creators and engineers with the ability to control nearly every parameter with precision. In this article, I’ll show you three ways to use automation for more expressive, stand-out music.
In this article, I will try to answer all the questions you’ve always had about mix automation but were too afraid to ask. We’ll go over what automation is, why you’ll want to use, and the basics. To learn three creative applications of using automation in a DAW, check out this article.
Automation isn’t just for mixing engineers. Neither is automation strictly limited to volume rides. Whether you’re working in the analog or digital world—or relying on a hybrid audio mastering setup—there are a handful of circumstances where time-based adjustments on your mastering chain can help you achieve your desired results. Let’s look into a few practical examples of automation being used in recent mastering sessions.
In this article, we’ll discuss how beats are constructed and how to get into beat-making. We’ll break down the essential aspects of a standard beat, listening techniques, exercises to develop your abilities, and various resources to use in the learning process.
A musical bridge is a passage of music that contrasts the verse and the chorus, and is generally used to take the listener from one section to the next.
Pro Audio Essentials is a game-based course for music producers to practice and improve their audio skills. This unique learning experience uses audio games, ear training, and videos to build the production skills that music makers use every day when recording, mixing, and mastering.
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had some experience with parallel compression, the process of blending a compressed track or submix with an uncompressed copy. Getting this balance right allows us to enhance the punch and power of a signal without altering the original transients or eating up lots of mix headroom.