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Mixing Talk / Re: EQ>Comp>EQ
« on: August 26, 2011, 05:06:23 PM »
i change the signal chain and take a listen. flipping eq before and after comp does sound different.

the big issue i hear is that compressors tend to kick in with long waveforms. that may be ok if the track is supposed to have a long waveform such as a kick. but say you have a bunch of rumble in your triangle track...well, you don't want the compressor kicking in there. so you filter it first.

i tend to try and use as little processing as possible and stick to one eq and one compressor.

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Mix Critiques and Feedback / Re: Criticize my mix
« on: August 26, 2011, 04:57:38 PM »
it sounds good to me.

only thing...there are parts where it seems a bit repetitive. there isn't anything to carry my interest. this may be part of the genre. i don't know.

one thing i think worth doing is posting the raw mix...no fx, faders set and forget. that way you can hear how far it's come.

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Mixing Talk / Re: High Pass Filters?
« on: August 26, 2011, 04:49:45 PM »
to me it's one of those hearing dictates things. you may have recordings with no low end trash. but you may have a lot of it.

you can put a high pass on the master and A/B, or individual tracks. you can also look at a spec-meter and see if for example the guitar has lots of 30hz rumble which generally you don't want. and in each case you need to A/B and decide if the artifacts (phase shift) are worth the eq.

as others have said you can def make things sound unnatural with too much high pass. a shelf can be a less extreme and more pleasant sound.

but this is so dependent on the recordings you get. bad mic placement or room modes can put a 30hz boost on every track.

i used to hate it when people gave answers like this. :D but it's so true.

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Mixing Talk / Re: Getting the Mids Right - Your Tips and Techniques
« on: August 26, 2011, 04:02:04 PM »
Me, I'm one of those dreaded high-pass addicts.  Unless I have a specific reason not to (ex., solo acoustic guitar, certain leads, certain vox) I high-pass about everything, even if only at 30Hz or so.

i think that's a good idea. digital can accumulate tons of useless information very low. this can muddy everything up. one trick from mike seniors book is to put the high pass on and raise it until you hear it. then back it off a bit. and even though my speakers are hyped for the lows, mackie hr828s, i still like to watch a spectrum meter to see if things like 30hz are out of balance (also in his book).

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Mixing Talk / Re: Replacing the (Insert Drum here)
« on: August 26, 2011, 02:56:29 AM »
in one project i replaced all a-drums with bfd samples.

in my daw i detect transients then convert transients to midi. this isn't a perfect process. some transients are not detected. and sometimes the midi created needs a trick because it does not reflect the true dynamics of the performance (usually a bunch of 127 velocity hits).

after the midi is in place and has the right dynamics solo the replacement and original and check for phase issues. if there are any, sometimes there aren't, i slide all the midi a bit.

i completely replace the drums. so even with some phase issues they don't show up. i do keep the overheads but they are high band passed.

for this project it made my good drums sound great. bfd lets you blend in 3 different room mics and a couple of mics for important drums (3 snare mics)


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Mixing Talk / Re: Getting the Mids Right - Your Tips and Techniques
« on: August 26, 2011, 02:37:06 AM »
i got some mixcubes a few months ago. they are supposed to be a very good way of judging mids. when i go back to my mains hr824 you sure can hear the rest...hiss and rumble. i sum my master buss to mono and listen out of one mixcube.

the mixcubes do not flatter, and don't sound nearly as smoove as the mackies, so you have to expect that.

i think using some eq on your master is fine. maybe a few db in a 1 octave band or 2. but more then that makes me think something is wrong so i go back to the tracks.

and make sure you pay attention to getting your track levels just right. that's an eq itself.

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Mixoff Book Club / Re: Mixing Audio by Roey Izhaki
« on: August 26, 2011, 02:14:33 AM »
this is one of my 2 fav books on mixing.

the audio i got was in waves. and i ripped it all to samplitude sessions.

been i while but i really liked the talk on iterative approach (totally true), that big time mixers are payed for vision not technical ability, and the audio is super super helpful imo. hearing is really the only way to describe music.

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this one and mixing audio are my 2 fav mixing books. both are well worth whatever they cost.

off the top of my head...liked all the talk about comb filtering (it's not just monitoring yo), time and pitch correction, the often uselessness of grids for time correcting live performances, the various effects of reverbs, monitoring on a budget. there is a lot of good stuff i didn't know in there.

i do wish he described compression a bit different. it's a bit more then quick volume changes. i wish he got to automation earlier. i think it deserves a higher rank.

i've yet to build a mix per the book. but probably will soon.

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