The Kick is one of the most critical elements in your mix, in all genres from Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock/Country to Progressive Metal, and of course in all types of EDM. This post is deconstructing the components of a Kick sound, and shows you what type of „handles“ you can create to control it in the mix. The Kick is of extreme importance, and it’s worth – as part of building your mix – to spend a few minutes creating the „handles“ to control the parameters we’re talking about in this article. What you need to control will develop as you’re progressing with your mix, but it’s important to have those controls at hand when needed, and to know how to use them.
When mixing in Logic Pro X, it’s good practice to monitor you work in progress at different levels. By listening at different volumes, different areas of the frequency spectrum might take on more weight or emphasis than at louder levels, or vice versa.
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.
In the first part of his new “Mixing Resolutions” series, Logic Pro Expert team member and Groove3 music software trainer Eli Krantzberg reflects on the catch-22 situation he often finds himself in: How can I improve my mixing techniques by trying new ideas, without having the time to try these new ideas?
In this Mid Side Processing Tutorial on Youtube, Dan Worrall explains the concept of mid/side stereo processing using the Fabfilter Pro Q plugin, and discusses its uses using examples with the built-in mid/side processing in FabFilter plug-ins.
There’s a nice little Q & A with mixing engineer Manny Marroquin on the HITS Daily Double website today. In it, Manny talks about mixing rules, ego, loudness, and how he handles productions that producers have been working on for months.
Must see video: Full Sail Recording Arts graduate/Hall of Fame inductee Phil Tan walks you through his mix session for Rihanna’s chart-topping hit single, “Diamonds,” talks about his career, and answers questions about his mixing techniques. Runtime: almost an hour.
This EQ tip comes from Fabfilter, the plugin company that added ‘plugins’ to the list of products the Netherlands have been famous/notorious for. In this video, Dan Worrall uses the Fabfilter Pro Q EQ plugin to explain when and how to use linear phase EQ and (normal) minimum phase EQ. The same information applies to using Logic Pro’s Channel EQ plugin vs the Linear Phase EQ plugin, so don’t miss this.
Yesterday, the Audio Undone website posted a nice article on a phase trick called the ‘Out of Speakers’ trick. Basically, this is the effect you get when you’re sitting smack in the middle of your speakers, listening to two identical mono signals coming from the speakers, while one side has been phase-inverted. The effect is quite hallucinatory, and best used as a special effect or short gimmick since it will disappear completely when you fold your mix back to mono. It’s not something you should do to instruments that are important in your mix.
I’ve made a list of free 64 bit metering plugins for measuring level, loudness and correlation that could very well replace the metering tools that Logic Pro currently offers. This article was last updated on May 1st, 2016.
Less than a day ago, Dangerous Music posted a video on Youtube showing top NYC mastering engineer Dave Kutch ( Alicia Keys, The Roots, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, MNDR, Natasha Bedingfield, and many more) covering some Mid/Side processing techniques for mastering at FLUX Studios in NYC last Friday. Watching this video is 7 minutes well spent.
Got Spotify? If you’re looking for some mixing inspiration from some of the most succesful mixing engineers on planet Earth today, these Spotify playlists may come in handy. Currently, I have published and updated 6 playlists, covering the works of Manny Marroquin, Serban Ghenea, David Pensado, Jaycen Joshua, Phil Tan (Full Sail Graduate, watch an interview and inductee acceptance speech at the Full Sail Hall of Fame ceremony here), and Fabian Marasciullo. I will add more engineers in the future (Toni Maserati, Chris Lord Alge, they’re not there yet, shame on me, I’m working on it!)
In Part 2 of SonicScoop’s Power Sessions interview, “Mixing & the Magic Chains,” Chris Lord-Alge describes his “never-look-back” approach to mixing, his process behind the board, his choice outboard gear and SSL 4000G+ console: “the best designed mixing tool ever made.”
In SonicScoop’s very first “Power Sessions” video interview, Chris Lord-Alge opens up about his process, his choice gear and time-tested, hit-certified techniques in conversation with NYC artist/audio engineer @EricaGlyn. The interview takes place in Avatar Studio G, at CLA’s choice SSL 4000G+ mixing console, and the legendary Studio A. This is part one of the interview.
When set to MS Mode, the Logic Pro Direction Mixer can decode audio that’s been recorded using a Mid/Side microphone technique. When set to LR Mode, it can pan a regular stereo signal, and easily sum a stereo signal back into mono. Although its interface may suggest otherwise, the Direction Mixer is not a tool for encoding a stereo signal (L/R) into a Mid/Side signal. To illustrate this, I’ll use Mathew Lane’s DrMS.
In this video, Alex Case talks about the importance of using filters in your mix. You can EQ a sound all you want, but when it comes to depth and distance, filtering is key. Also: know your filter slopes. Don’t miss this.
Interesting video: According to Alex Case, author of “Mix Smart: Pro Audio Tips For Your Multitrack Mix” and “Sound FX: Unlocking the Creative Potential of Recording Studio Effects”, the key to great tone in your tracks is to get everything else right before you start applying EQ. Wholesome food for thought.
Dirk Ulrich’s (Brainworx’s lead developer) article on how to record and mix M/S tracks got posted on the Universal Audio blog. The article will walk you through how to record and EQ a Mid-Side (M/S) recording session using the Brainworx® bx_digital V2 EQ Plug-In (there’s a demo for that). The piece includes links to demo files (drums, vocals, acoustic guitar and bass) you can use in your favorite DAW, plus tips on setting up your microphones and DAW for Mid/Side mixing. Don’t miss this.