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Music Mixing – A Beginner’s Guide

How to mix

 

It is simple to get a good mix going if you know what you want to accomplish. Going from an action to another may quickly make a chaotic mixing situation. You could start doing levels, switch to panning, and think of other distortion tips you like to try.

Below are the things that will help you get close a perfect mix:

Volume

You cannot have your tracks all over the place. You cannot have them at the same volume as well. Balancing your track’s volume is a fundamental starting point for each mix. A clear balance is half the work, particularly if you have good sounding tracks. You also have to keep every element in the mix at a balanced and steady level without any changes on an abnormal level in the place. Pushing the fader and getting the balanced mix is the first order of the business after you have edited and recorded your tracks. Although compression and EQ are essential, these don’t help if your balance is bad. That is the reason why you should spend more time getting the exact level of the track right.

Rebalancing

Balancing the faders is not a one-and-done thing you do in the start of a mix. Rebalancing as you add EQ, compression, aux effects and sends is important to keep the balance you had before. All processors subtract or add gain to your signals so you must take into consideration as you are adding your plugins to the mix.

Panning

You have to take note that stereo is essential. You do not want all your tracks fighting for the center. For example, panning out drum-kit is a crucial way to establish and expand the stereo spectrum. If you have various instruments and elements, you have to look for a place for them in the stereo spectrum. You should also pan everything around until you have found a great balance. Remember that you do not want to tip the balance of the instruments too much to the left or right either. But rather, try finding a good balance and equilibrium between the right and left speaker.

EQ

It’s your first tool for mixing after panning and leveling. Equalization is an exceptionally helpful too for improving the sonic colors of the instruments. Cutting out the unwanted frequencies and improving the fundamental characteristics of the instruments is what EQ is about. Enhance by boosting and repair by cutting.

Compression

It is what makes your mix breathe. It may also squash your mix and choke out its naturalness. Depending on the instrument, genre, and some considerations, the approach to compression may differ. Generally, not only for vocals, yet for any tracks, if you like to use compression in subtle way that does not squash your song.

Depth

Just like people put instruments from left to right through panning, you have to position the elements from the front to the back. Through using effects, chorus and delay can make depth in a mix. You cannot distinguish space in your mix if every element is dry and in your face.

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