Free Mixing Tips by iZotope [Free PDF]
The kind people at iZotope put up the 2014 edition of a free 70 page PDF with tons of free mixing tips, a practical guide that’s useful for everyone who wants to learn more about mixing audio. Don’t miss it.
Free Mixing Tips by Izotope
The PDF contains links to other free mixing tips in iZotope’s Mastering Guide, Audio Repair Guide, and Dithering Guide, and links to 10-day free trials of iZotope’s range of audio plug-ins. Each chapter of the free PDF clearly demonstrates many useful concepts that you can apply to your next mixing project.
Free Mixing Tips by iZotope – Chapter Overview
- What is mixing?
- The Four Elements of Mixing (Level, EQ, Panning, Time-based Effects
- Equalization (EQ)
- Panning / Stereo Imaging
- Time-based Effects
- Before Starting Your Mix
- Mixing: An Action Verb
- Finishing the Mix
- Tips from the Pros
Free Mixing Tips by iZotope – Excerpt
The Art of EQ
Now that we understand where our frequencies are and the sorts of adjustments possible with EQ, let’s take a look at some general EQ tips.
– Every instrument has a fundamental (lowest) frequency for each note that it plays. Try to listen and learn the basic frequency ranges for each instrument you’re working with. Knowing this can help inform when and where you cut and boost.
– Knowing where the fundamentals and harmonics (frequencies that are a multiple of the fundamental, i.e.: a 100Hz fundamental has harmonics of 200Hz, 400Hz, etc.) are for each instrument can help eliminate some guesswork you may be doing while EQ’ing tracks in your mix. To illustrate, let’s use the example of trying to create space for a lead vocal when you feel something is crowding it. Try adjusting the EQ of other instruments with a similar frequency footprint as the vocal (like piano, guitar, snare, etc.); if that doesn’t work, it has to be something else. Maybe it’s the kick drum? A typical kick drum can have a fundamental frequency of 80-100Hz and have a harmonic near the vocal register. If this is the case, removing EQ from the kick drum between 2-3kHz can make the vocal sit loud and clear atop the mix. So, if changing the obvious culprits doesn’t fix the problem, investigate further to find the issue. A quality mix is worth the effort.
This is a good resource, whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced audio engineer, regardless what DAW you work with, and how many iZotope plug-ins you’re already using.
Download the PDF with free mixing tips here.