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Establishing Your Mix.

Written by Richard Dolmat

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3.Big Bottom Now I like to add inrepparttar bass. Nothing too important here if you have good source audio. I’m also a huge side-chaining fan. I LOVE to side-chainrepparttar 124128 bass withrepparttar 124129 kick sorepparttar 124130 low end frequencies wouldn’t fight for space inrepparttar 124131 mix. It just makes things sound “tighter”. Sometimes you may have to eqrepparttar 124132 lowest ofrepparttar 124133 lows out ofrepparttar 124134 kick in order to make a little more room forrepparttar 124135 bass to sit inrepparttar 124136 mix.

4. Pads and More Here is where I addrepparttar 124137 “pad” type of sounds. These are sounds that usually have longer sustains and holdrepparttar 124138 chords ofrepparttar 124139 song. Sounds like strings, sustained electric guitar chords, synth pads, and maybe even some rhythm acoustic guitars are great foundation instruments. I like to lay these instruments on top ofrepparttar 124140 drums and bass tracks we have already mixed. You can get very creative withrepparttar 124141 panning of these sounds and create a wide stereo field. This will help make your mix interesting by allowing your lead instruments and vocals sit inrepparttar 124142 center of your stereo image, attracting attention to themselves.

5. The Vox Let’s finally addrepparttar 124143 vocals. I usually start off withrepparttar 124144 lead vocal, and then place allrepparttar 124145 harmony and background vocals underneathrepparttar 124146 lead. Sometimes, you can end up puttingrepparttar 124147 vocal a little too high inrepparttar 124148 mix, and a great way to check this is to turn your monitors way down and listen torepparttar 124149 mix at an almost inaudible level. This way of listening to your mix will surprise you, but you have to be confident and trust your ears. If something sounds disproportionately loud at this quiet level, then it is too loud. If you must, then you can compressrepparttar 124150 vocals too, but that really depends onrepparttar 124151 song’s style. Maybe a few fader rides are a better choice then some static compression.

6. The Rest You can start adding effects and other fancy shmancy things to your tune. Get funky with automating some pan knobs, fade-in some pads etc.. Here is a good time to get creative. It’s also a very good time to actively listen and re-adjust your mix. Isrepparttar 124152 kick too loud? Should I put some higher frequencies onrepparttar 124153 bass? Should I compressrepparttar 124154 backing vocals more? Isrepparttar 124155 coffee finally ready? When you feel you have a good mix, burn it to CD and listen to it EVERYWHERE! Inrepparttar 124156 car, inrepparttar 124157 bath, at home, onrepparttar 124158 TV set, at your friend’s place etc., and make a lot of notes. And atrepparttar 124159 end, if all your notes cancel out, then you are finished!

©2005 Richard Dolmat (Digital Sound Magic) =========================================================== About The Author Richard Dolmat is owner, engineer and producer for the Vancouver based recording studio Digital Sound Magic. Visit his site at:

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