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Old 22-03-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Old 22-03-2012, 09:17 AM   #2
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

1. Complementary EQ's When 2 sounds overlap in fequencies, cut one sound and boost the other at the same hz to bring them forward
2. Mix at low volumes. Make the meters of each track go to about halfway at the start. You'll have a much easier job mixing like this
3. Listen on different systems, on different volumes, on different days to spot where some sounds stand out more then you want.

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Old 22-03-2012, 09:19 AM   #3
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

1. low cut or high cut sounds that don't need to be there.... (for example: low cut hi hats, snares, pads)

2. dont compress something that dosen't need it (for example: vengeance sample packs) lol

3. keep your master clean... leave that to a mastering engineer

ill give you an extra one:

take frequent breaks so your ears don't get fatigue and play tricks on you
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Old 22-03-2012, 11:08 AM   #4
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

man these are some nice tips lol not sure if Im gonna top these, but:

1. Most times, the best sounding kicks or snares are one, well recorded sample. So sometimes one sound just sounds better by itself rather then trying to achieve a similar sound using layered samples, no matter how processed, EQed, or and in-tune they are with each other.

2. If you want to learn a certain craft, you try to replicate it as best as you can. Same goes for music. There are many people who will tell you to try to "be original" with your music, which is definitely important, but they are missing the whole point of the learning process. If you want to achieve a similar vibe and sound to X's song, then try to copy it as best as you can. Yes, you will sound exactly like the artist, but you will learn some things along the way which you will use to make more original tunes in the future. Learn the tricks of the trade, then apply it to your own music.

3. know that there are no rules to music production, recording, mixing, or mastering. There are guidelines, but in the end, do what sounds good to you. That is the bottom line to every facet of music.

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Old 22-03-2012, 11:58 AM   #5
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

1. Balance is the goal.
2. Most of how something sounds is in the context.
3. Less is more.

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Old 22-03-2012, 01:35 PM   #6
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

1. Less is more.
2. More is more, too.
3. But more can also be less.

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Old 22-03-2012, 01:46 PM   #7
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

Buy a book that deals with harmony and composition.

If the music is there, mixing problems won´t matter that much.
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Old 22-03-2012, 01:49 PM   #8
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

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1. Less is more.
2. More is more, too.
3. But more can also be less.

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Old 22-03-2012, 04:05 PM   #9
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

1. Dont be a dumbass, keep your kickdrums mono.
2. Stop adding effects to the master channel, you don't know what you're doing.
3. Delete your kickdrums, they were probably shit anyways.

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Old 22-03-2012, 11:53 PM   #10
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

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1. Dont be a dumbass, keep your kickdrums mono.
2. Stop adding effects to the master channel, you don't know what you're doing.
3. Delete your kickdrums, they were probably shit anyways.
its a good thing ive never done any of those ever

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Old 23-03-2012, 12:13 AM   #11
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

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1. Less is more.
2. More is more, too.
3. But more can also be less.
The lesson being (through the process of elimination) that less is not less?

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Old 23-03-2012, 12:35 AM   #12
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

Take breaks to give your ears a rest and reference commercial recordings (but remember these have been mastered!)

EQ instruments in the context of the mix: don't solo each channel in turn and eq it until it sounds its best.

Hit play, get up, and go and stand outside in the hall and listen from there; also, listen with your screen turned off or your eyes closed.

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Old 23-03-2012, 12:44 AM   #13
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

cut lows
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put bass in mono

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Old 23-03-2012, 02:49 AM   #14
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Lol yep
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Old 23-03-2012, 03:26 AM   #15
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

1. Take your time
2. Try new things
3. Use sounds that compliment each other

common sense really..

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Old 23-03-2012, 04:01 AM   #16
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

1. pick sounds that complement one another during composition, eq less
2. automate volumes and compress less
2. LET SOMEONE ELSE MASTER YOUR TRACKS

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Old 23-03-2012, 04:14 AM   #17
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

Try to leave a large head room on the master. Around -5 is what I try to accomplish. . Don't touch the master but, with your mixing you can get it there.

If any instrument is too low, turn everything else down to it. If any instrument is too loud, turn it down to the rest. It might get very quiet, but once the levels sound good together, you can equally raise them all up.

Cutting heavy bass sounds at around 100hz, can bring your kick forward, and also kill some muddiness. It can work on many instruments, but everything isn't good. In fact I guess, that can be said about different freq's in all. I'm actually going to go do this now...

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Old 23-03-2012, 09:24 AM   #18
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

1. Start with good quality drum samples or breaks, try to use samples that you don't need to eq at all.
2. Get yourself something like izotope alloy and run it on your drum buss this will make your breaks/ beats sound 100% fatter and also bring them together more.
3. Sidechaining is the shit.

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Old 23-03-2012, 12:29 PM   #19
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

Turn channel 1 up a bit.
Turn channel 7 down a bit.
Add some reverb on the vocal.
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Old 23-03-2012, 01:10 PM   #20
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Re: Give Me 3 Random Mixing Tips!

some awesome tips on here

1. if your master is almost clipping go through every track and turn them all down by 2dB or however much you need, turn your speakers up a bit and nothing will have changed but your master

2. low cut EVERYTHING apart from your kick & bass unless theres something that needs to have low frequencies, it should be sidechained or added when the kick is out

3. put an EQ on your master and cut everything under 30Hz and everything above 19.5-19.8kHz your ears wont hear much outside this frequencies and you wont be able to tell a change has been made

also before you decide your mix down is finshed always go away and come back a day or two later for a final listen, you might notice something worth fixing

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