7 pro mixing tips you would never think to use

Posted by Looperman on 2012-04-23 in Tutorials10 Comments22257 Views
7 pro mixing tips you would never think to use
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  1. Mahloo13
    Mahloo13 on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 - 6 years ago

    Some very good tips here!

    I'd like to add a few more!

    1. If processing power allows it, use parallel compression on tracks like kick, snare, bass, guitars, vocals or anything that needs more tone and apparent volume and clarity. The beauty of parallel compression is that all your heavy compression takes part on an Aux track and you can automate it and still get a dynamic mix. It will also help you keep those tracks in the front of the mix or in focus without loosing the punch of the track.

    2. Use delays to thicken sound. Very short delay (ping-pong type of delays) can help widen things and also give them a thicker more consistent sound. Use 16th or 32 notes on the delay and mix then just underneath the clean sound.

    3. Use 2 mono delays instead of 1 stereo one to help define the delays and keep the center clean. Feed the left delay into the right and then the right delay into the right one. This will create a nice clean ping-pong type of delay while keeping the middle very clear and ti will appear wider than just a regular stereo delay.

  2. UChris
    UChris on Tue 24th Apr 2012 - 6 years ago

    I used the low-pass and compression tips to brighten up a muddy solo and it worked! Who knew?

  3. BerniZeBest
    BerniZeBest on Wed 25th Apr 2012 - 6 years ago

    Yeah! Good and very interesting post here!
    I think that a very effective trick is to compare our own work with "pro" ones : it's an interesting work.
    I practice and believe that a very good mix is the absolute next step of a good "arrangement" and, for the real instruments (vocals too...), good takes help a lot!!!
    Even in Looperman, I've downloaded talentuous vocals and I work on 'em!!
    So, Chheeeers everybody!!

  4. candymann13
    candymann13 on Wed 25th Apr 2012 - 6 years ago

    i luv this site .................!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Spivkurl
    Spivkurl on Thu 26th Apr 2012 - 6 years ago

    Good tips here!

    Another one;

    Use a high pass filter to ease the muddiness of your low end. This can be used very easilly on tracks that have very little low end, by cutting the unused frequency range. Also useful at low frequency settings for things like kicks and bass, by removing subsonic frequencies that your speakers can't recreate.

  6. Spd2
    Spd2 on Thu 26th Apr 2012 - 6 years ago

    Mahloo, I've been using stereo tools to widen my tracks and I tried doing what you suggested and man, bravo -- thank you for that tip, it feels natural, authentic for lack of better words.

    @Spivkurl- That is another fantastic idea, it really does help bring life and add definition to the low end of a track. Thank you all for your suggestions.

  7. StereoMathematics
    StereoMathematics on Sun 29th Apr 2012 - 6 years ago

    this is good stuff. moar. and i like #3 there mahloo.

  8. Mahloo13
    Mahloo13 on Mon 30th Apr 2012 - 6 years ago

    @StereoMathematics - Glad you've found it useful. It's always present in my mixes in one form or another.

  9. Mahloo13
    Mahloo13 on Fri 4th May 2012 - 6 years ago

    @Silverpaw - Corey those numbers are a bit drastic and in practice it doesn't sound to good. When mixing you try to emphasize the core frequency not leave it alone in the mix. Your mix will sound empty and lifeless.

    Go with the high pass and low pass on bass, guitars maybe even synths but don't be so drastic. It all depends on your sounds but usually above 3kHz you get noting but string noise and cracks on a bass, the guitars sound scratchy above 12kHz etc. etc.

    Now all this is relative to the music you are mixing and the sounds you have in the mix so take the time and listen to what you are doing.

    Be careful around the 180-600Hz area as it might sound boxy if it's to much or thin and weak if you ain't got enough.

  10. coppethall
    coppethall on Sun 22nd Feb 2015 - 3 years ago

    "Second, mix your record at low monitoring levels. The reason this works is because it forces you to create energy and excitement when loudness is not an option. This will force you to be more selective about EQ and compression settings, as well as general levels and imaging. When all said is done you'll find that a record that creates the impression of a big sound at low levels will sound absolutely huge when it's cranked.."

    Now that's brilliant advice!

    Thanks!

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