6 Tips for Widening the Stereo Image of a Mix

6 Tips for Widening the Stereo Image of a Mix

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor July 23, 2019

Ozone 8 stereo imager
Getting stereo imaging right is no easy task. Just when you think you’ve achieved wonderous mix width, you pull up a reference track and find that your music seems narrow in comparison. Worse yet, when you fold your mix into mono it shrinks down even further.

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 25, 2019

Soft saturation has many different applications, learn a few here!
You may have noticed Neutron 3’s EQ sports a parameter called “soft saturation.” The effect is subtle—if your ears aren’t catching it, you may not be sure what it’s doing. Soft saturation is meant to give you something akin to analog warmth. But how does soft saturation achieve this feat? Moreover, how and when should you use soft saturation?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 25, 2019

Soft saturation has many different applications, learn a few here!
You may have noticed Neutron 3’s EQ sports a parameter called “soft saturation.” The effect is subtle—if your ears aren’t catching it, you may not be sure what it’s doing. Soft saturation is meant to give you something akin to analog warmth. But how does soft saturation achieve this feat? Moreover, how and when should you use soft saturation?

The Difference Between VCA and Sub-Groups in Mixing

The Difference Between VCA and Sub-Groups in Mixing

by David Bawiec, iZotope Contributor July 24, 2019

VCA and sub-groups are useful tools in your mixing practice, but serve different purposes.
VCAs and sub-group busses can be easily confused. Here’s your primer on the difference and when it makes sense to use one vs. the other.

The examples are from Logic Pro X. In a simple sense Logic implements Folder Stacks as a VCA and Summing Stacks as a Sub-Group. By using the stacks you get convenient “tracks” in the Arrange/Tracks window.

Classical Music: A Walkthrough of Recording, Mixing, and Mastering an Album

Classical Music: A Walkthrough of Recording, Mixing, and Mastering an Album

by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor July 22, 2019

Los Angeles-based choral ensemble, Tonality, recording their album entitled “Sing About It”
Part 1 of this article covered the fundamentals of classical music production—from recording and editing, all the way to mixing and mastering. We also covered the many elements that set classical music apart from a modern-style production.

In Part 2 of our classical music exploration, we get an inside look at how a recent choral album came to life, featuring Los Angeles-based choral ensemble, Tonality, and their album entitled Sing About It. Conducted by Dr. Alexander Lloyd Blake and produced by GRAMMY-winning classical producer Peter Rutenberg, they will be providing valuable insight into the production process of the album throughout the article.

Using Neutron 3 To Speed Up Your Mixes

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Using Neutron 3 To Speed Up Your Mixes

by David Bawiec, iZotope Contributor July 17, 2019

Neutron 3 is the perfect tool to help speed up your mixing workflow.
We all need more time. More time to sleep, more time to play. So any tool that can assist you in getting work done faster means you get more of all of the above. In this article, I’ll show you how you can use Neutron’s Mix Assistant and presets to significantly speed up your workflow, all while achieving excellent sonic results in your mix.

13 Tips for Using References While Mixing

13 Tips for Using References While Mixing

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 16, 2019

Referencing mixes in Ozone 8
There are plenty of articles telling you which reference mixes to use, as different genres demand different approaches to mixing. Indeed, iZotope places hefty importance on referencing—an entire referencing section is built into Ozone 8. But how should you reference? When should you reference? What should you listen for while referencing? And how do you select the best references for your particular track, regardless of genre?

6 Ways to Tame a Bright Mix

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6 Ways to Tame a Bright Mix

by Geoff Manchester, iZotope Video Manager July 17, 2019

Taming a bright mix
There’s nothing worse than an overly bright mix. Sibilant vocals, splashy drums, resonant synths, fizzy guitars—too much top and your mix will burn ears, too little and it will sound lifeless.

5 Ways to Use Visual Mixer in Your DAW Sessions

5 Ways to Use Visual Mixer in Your DAW Sessions

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor July 11, 2019

Visual Mixer is a powerful tool in any session.
Did you know iZotope has free plug-ins? Visual Mixer is one of them. Follow along with this article by downloading the Neutron 3 Advanced demo, which includes Visual Mixer. Once the demo ends, Visual Mixer is yours forever!

What Is an Ideal Mastering Signal Chain?

What Is an Ideal Mastering Signal Chain?

by Oscar Zambrano, iZotope Contributor July 10, 2019

Ozone 8 is a great starting environment to build a mastering signal chain.
If you’re an iZotope blog regular, you’ve probably read a lot of mastering tips and tricks for EQs, compressors, limiters, imagers, and every other processor around. But what about choosing an order for these things? While signal chain composition isn’t discussed much, it’s an integral step in mastering.

5 Mixing Tips for Better Snare Drums

5 Mixing Tips for Better Snare Drums

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor July 8, 2019

Snares should sound punchy, but not overwhelming. What’s a happy medium?
It takes lots of practice to get a snare mix right. After vocals, snares are one of the most commanding sounds in modern mixes, but also prone to become sharp with careless processing. In this article, I’ll share five tips I use to bring snare drums to life, and help them cut through the mix in a pleasing way.

6 Tips for Recording Interviews in the Field

6 Tips for Recording Interviews in the Field

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 1, 2019

6 tips to get the most out of your next interview or tape sync project.
Recently, I stepped away from my mixing duties to report a piece for WHYY, an NPR station based out of Philadelphia. The gig got me out of the studio, recording interviews in a variety of locations, and dusting off a bag of in-the-field tricks that might be of some benefit to you.

If this sort of work intrigues you—interviewing people in the field for radio and podcasts and the like—read on. We’ll cover the right tools for the job and some good techniques for getting a quality sound.

Classical Music: Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Fundamentals

Classical Music: Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Fundamentals

by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor July 3, 2019

Recording, mixing, and mastering classical music requires different techniques than most modern productions.
Classical music is known for its nuanced sonics—from the wide dynamics all the way to its vast range in the frequency spectrum. With that comes a unique set of challenges for sound engineers when recording, mixing, and mastering classical music.

Creative Ways to Use LFOs on Synths and Beats

Creative Ways to Use LFOs on Synths and Beats

by DJ Pangburn, iZotope Contributor July 3, 2019

LFO on the Roland Jupiter-6 synthesizer
Everyone has a soft spot for a synthesizer filter sweep or a tremolo effect on a guitar track. Thanks to LFOs (low frequency oscillators), these wooshy filter sweeps and pitch modulation (vibrato) effects are easy to execute. But LFOs have other creative uses.

9 Tips for Producing and Mixing House Music

9 Tips for Producing and Mixing House Music

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor July 3, 2019

We’ve already covered tips for mixing jazz, rock, and hip-hop. Today, we’re diving into house music.

Covering a wide range of styles within the genre—from classic anthems to vocal cuts to minimal, techy jams—these tips will be of service to house producers, engineers, and even DJs.