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.

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…

Blog studio basics mixing stereo feat 1 2x

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.

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.

Set Automation Select Tool – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Automation Select Tool

The performance part of mixing, mastering, and editing sound. Just as sound occurs over time the changes of the sounds do as well. Being able to copy or move automation is just as important as being able to copy a chorus or a verse. There is value in reproducible “movement”.

I’m just reminding myself that automation is my friend and I should remember to use it as a mixing tool. I don’t always have to create a region to make some simple fader moves.

Select, copy, and move automation – Logic Pro X

After you create automation points and curves, you can easily change things to meet your needs. You can copy automation within a track or between tracks and can move automation within a track. When moving regions, you can choose whether or not to move any existing automation with it.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Select Soloed Tracks  – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Select Soloed Tracks


Selects all tracks that are currently soloed. This can be very useful. At the minimum a quick way to be able to pan or level control the current group of playing tracks. Only available in the Edit>Select Tracks> menu, or by command. The command only works when the Arrange window is the current focus.

Solo tracks – Logic Pro X

You can solo a track, silencing all tracks that are not also soloed. Soloing tracks is useful when you want to work on a track individually, or work on a few tracks, without hearing the other tracks in the project.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

4 Tips for Using Upwards Compression in Neutron

4 Tips for Using Upwards Compression in Neutron

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor September 18, 2019

In an earlier article called “Expanding on compression” I covered unusual forms of dynamic processing, including upwards compression. Neutron 3 offers the ability to implement upwards compression, so I thought it would be useful to cover it further.

How Mix Assistant Helped Me Mix an Album in 5 Days

How Mix Assistant Helped Me Mix an Album in 5 Days

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor September 18, 2019

Neutron 3 Advanced sports a feature called Mix Assistant. Its aim is simple: to give you a good static mix and let you get to the fun parts of mixing faster.

5 Signs of Over-Processing in a Mix

5 Signs of Over-Processing in a Mix

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor September 19, 2019

We spend a lot of time showing folks how to use plug-ins across their mix. But with every video tutorial and list of tips we publish, there is a caveat: be careful not to get carried away.

Has The Home Recording Studio Dream Become A Nightmare? Are You Tired Of Fighting Technology? | Production Expert

Has The Home Recording Studio Dream Become A Nightmare? Are You Tired Of Fighting Technology? | Production Expert

I did something this week that I rarely do these days, I went to another studio to produce some vocals. Why would I go to another studio? I could have walked up to the end of my garden (yard for my American cousins) which takes all of 30 seconds on a long commute, and had the talent come to me. However, on this occasion, I had been asked to produce a track in a local studio, it had been booked, and all I had to do was turn up and do the magic.

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.

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.

Creating hybrid digital bass in Logic Pro X – MusicTech

Creating hybrid digital bass in Logic Pro X – MusicTech

Hard-edged digital bass sounds have underpinned many modern musical genres, but how do you best create these sounds in Logic Pro X?

By Mark Cousins – 22nd August 2019

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”.