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Youve created a track but how do you give it that polished edge ? Discuss the art of mixing and mastering and swap production techniques.
i'm new to mixing,mastering and equalizing. For now, i just want to learn the basics of each. like which do i do first, when to do it and how to do it. i'm a rapper so i want it based on that. thanks
http://www.audio-issues.com/music-mixing/7-simple-mixing-steps/#axzz2WQTycRMX I found this site useful. I pretty new to this mixing, mastering, eq thing myself .
In my opinion, the most important component in the mixing and mastering process is your ear. When I began mixing and mastering I listened to professionally mastered tracks as well as tracks mastered by experienced producers to point out the differences between their work and my own. From there I experimented with each sound (this is mixing) to get what I wanted.
With mastering, there is no set formula, but I almost always follow these steps: Boost/Lower frequencies to your liking, Compress (separately compressing the lows, mids, and hi frequencies is best in my opinion), EQ the track again, more compression or boosting if it is necessary, and finally I use a limiter to raise the volume to it's peak (without clipping/distortion).
I'm not the best at mixing and mastering. It's something that you get better at as you do it. There are also plenty of guides on mixing and mastering for alot of common DAWs and other software. You should look them up and begin experimenting with what you learn!
I agree with Enzotic, most important are your own ears! (besides some good monitors)
Make sure your final mix sound as good as possible, before starting to master the track. A crappy mix will also sound lame after mastering.Furthermore, it is just a learning process. The more you do it, the better it gets.Good luck mixing!
There should be plenty of videos there to help you out. From beginner to advanced techniques.
My mastering chain is almost every time a Mid-Side EQ, Multiband Compression and Limiter. The mix should be sounding as a record before it reaches the mastering stage, Don't expect the mastering engineer to fix your mix, you are the one that should get it to sound as good as possible.
It's all in your ears and the way you interpret the signal. There are tips and tricks that get commonly used but there are no set rules so you really need to experiment and find out what works for you, develop a workflow and go with it. Each mix is different and requires different processing and automation.
Hip-Hop is a pretty forgiving genre to mix so you shouldn't have a lot of trouble if the recording is clean and doesn't require a lot of cleaning and fixing.
Also it can't hurt to try https://www.looperman.com/blog/detail/79/learn-the-secrets-of-eq-and-make-your-mixes-sound-fantastic
If your flowing over an instrumental you might want to stick to just mixing down your vocals. Because your not going to truly be able to master the track. Later down the road when you purchase a beat and recieve the track outs, you can worry about mastering. These fine folks have posted some really good links to help you through this process. Can't wait to hear the finished product RapperCas, peace.
One of the things that I don't think get's mentioned enough is to walk away from the mixing from time to time and start back again with "fresh" ears. Plenty of time I will think I have a guitar part well EQ'd and sitting in the mix nicely only to come back and listen again a couple hours later and hear something that now sounds a bit off. jmo
Thanks. I usually do mix till i've done all i can. It still doesn't sound that good... but I'll experiment.
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