JUNE 2, 2019
One of the hallmarks of a great mix is separation between every instrument. Most mix elements have wide frequency spectrums—even a kick drum can extend well into the high mids and above. When so much information exists in every instrument, it’s easy for things to sound cluttered and messy. Creating space in your mixes is a must for a clear, defined sound!
MAY 25, 2019
Mixing vocals to a 2-track instrumental is something every engineer will encounter at some point. It’s especially common in hip hop/pop, where artists routinely download pre-mixed instrumentals online and bring them to a studio to record. The challenge with learning how to mix to a 2-track beat is getting the vocals to sit in a space that feels right. The following are some tips and ideas to consider when approaching a mix like this.
Our featured question this week: “Do you think a certain amount of success as a producer mixer or engineer is determined by your location? Do you think there are limits to that success outside of music industry hotspots?“
We’ve stressed the importance of mixing vocals time and time again! Because lyrics are what average listeners immediately identify with, making a singer sound great should almost always be a priority. Amongst other tools, the perfect vocal compressor for the job can really elevate the overall sound of your mix!
Video is “Mixing Vocals to Sit Properly in the Mix”.
If audio gain is reserved to describe the input level on a source, then volume is the measurable output level of a signal, after processing. Volume is typically measured in dB SPL and can be boiled down to the loudness we actually hear.
Mixing in your DAW, every track is routed to a stereo channel, or “mix buss.” How loud the output of the mix buss is can be called “volume!”
Well put. Gain/trim = input. Volume = output. Wonder where we put “level”?
I still have to deal with bands who think the right thing to do to get the “sound” right for the wedges and the room (sigh) is to turn up the trim pot. All the faders must be at unity…
I’m really enjoying the things I get to listen to and read from the Produce Like a Pro Academy. We’re not in Kansas anymore.
Our featured question of the week is: When working with music full time, how do you manage ear fatigue?
Produce Like a Pro on YouTube – excellent source of materials with thoughtful commentary.
Like most skills, learning how to mix music begins first by understanding its basic elements.
This one requires addition to my PLAP binder – videos included.
Mixing vocals can be tricky, even when you’re working with a well recorded, talented artist. The following tips are a great place to start in order to achieve better, more professional sounding vocals. How creative you decide to get with your vocal mixes is entirely up to you!
Simple. No-brainer. They offered a lifetime for the price of 2 years. Who am I to turn this down? I was ready to sign up for year 2 after about a month of wandering the forums, classrooms, and workbooks.