Ok, so one thing I’ve always really kept in my brain is to bring things outward from center. However, trying to keep the idea of vinyl skipping around in my brain, if it were to be too wide.
However, my main issue with my own mixes is doing all of these steps(or incorrectly doing so) and lacking to pull it all together. I’ll explain my process and hopefully people can chime in, explain, link certain stuffs, etc. As for the DAW I use, it’s Live(if that helps).
Ok, this may get long but I’m hoping someone chimes in, with better mixing history than myself.
Ok when I write, I typically do so via midi. I play a lot of keyboard stuffs out and mouse in timings(if not just square up to 0). Not always, I will say it depends more so on if it is more complex than I can play.
I know from there, I have 3 methods to play with timing. Groove pool, delay track, effects. The quick and easy method to make sure a kick and bass don’t peak at 0 ms is to pull to “x” ms beyond the other element. However, groove is what we’re after. Static, no. Even basically. So I do use the groove pool, sometimes, where exacting some points of reference. I keep 30 ms as a reference and typically go nowhere near it as the haas effect is in my brain. I want stuff to sound intentionally done. Which if I focus on it, it should. Even if everyone note is plugged via midi.
My initial problem is probably what I linked above. Does that sound like a conducive process for us EDM/IDM folk?
My actual problem, my mix stuffs…This is more related to doing the above. Which all of our processes change. We play, we plug, we track…Keeping in mind I use attempt stereo-ing my stuff, besides left and right, but more front and back(I use utility in live), should I be using Utility to bring my width back in, before MASTER?
I feel like 99% of the time it makes them better but I don’t, at least iDMF sub want to.
So, is this normal mix stuffs? I struggle leaving my mixes wide-open.
I’ve tried to BOLD the TL;DR stuffs.
I’m very curious. I know mono mixes are important for those people, but someone that hasn’t experienced it, maybe a different line of correction is cool? I always pull width on Utility in Live down and it does sound better but is that normal? A step skipped?