How to Mix Vocals Like a Pro – Produce Like A Pro

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How to Mix Vocals Like a Pro – Produce Like A Pro

MAX MCALLISTER AUGUST 17, 2019

We’ve all struggled with mixing vocals at some point! It’s easy to feel frustrated when we just can’t seem to get it right, especially because vocals are so important for the listener. Fortunately, there are some standard as well as creative techniques you can use when learning how to mix vocals effectively. We’ve compiled a “master list” to help you achieve better sounding results!

Check out the “magic frequencies”.

Logic Pro X: Resize regions in the Tracks area

Logic Pro X: Resize regions in the Tracks area

You can shorten both audio and MIDI regions so that only part of the region plays. You can lengthen MIDI regions to add silence to the beginning or end of the region. In addition, you can resize the common edge of two adjacent regions to control the transition between them and remove overlaps.

My latest exercise had me using ‘Edit>Trim>Fill within Locators’ followed by ‘Join Regions’ followed by ‘Set Region Start to Playhead position’. Locators were at the beginning and ending of the project.

Follow that with ‘Bounce and Replace Tracks’. I need to remember to create a new alternative before I do the replace…

Alternative 1 – mix as printed for release

Alternative 2 – make all audio tracks single region for processing

Alternative 3 – bounce and replace tracks

Interesting note – Folder stacks get bounced as well, effectively giving me a VCA stem…it also bounces the mix bus if it is a track!

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.

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.

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!

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.

Select Summing Stack Tracks – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Select Summing Stack Tracks

Located in the Edit dropdown menu in the Arrange window. Selects all of the Summing Stacks in the Arrange window.

Track Stacks overview – Logic Pro X

Summing stacks let you combine multiple tracks and route their output to an audio subgroup. When you create a summing stack, the outputs from the subtracks are routed to a bus. The destination aux of the bus is assigned to the main track. When the main track is selected, you can mute, solo, and adjust volume and send levels for the summing stack, and add and edit plug-ins, affecting the sound of all the subtracks in the summing stack. This is similar to the way an audio group works.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

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.

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.

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor June 27, 2019

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3
I’m a fan of unconventional automation—of manipulating parameters other than the fader or the pan pot. Perhaps an EQ curve, or the apparent width of a sound source, deserves the automated treatment.

Now that Neutron 3 has arrived, we have ample opportunities to automate a whole host of variables in one CPU-friendly channel strip plug-in. So I thought it wise to dive into things we can automate in Neutron 3 for creative and utilitarian effect.

I like the “drums in the chorus” idea for variety.

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor June 27, 2019

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3
I’m a fan of unconventional automation—of manipulating parameters other than the fader or the pan pot. Perhaps an EQ curve, or the apparent width of a sound source, deserves the automated treatment.

Now that Neutron 3 has arrived, we have ample opportunities to automate a whole host of variables in one CPU-friendly channel strip plug-in. So I thought it wise to dive into things we can automate in Neutron 3 for creative and utilitarian effect.

I like the “drums in the chorus” idea for variety.