Mix: Working on Individual Tracks (2)

The Music Telegraph | Text 2021/08/10 [13:32]

Mix: Working on Individual Tracks (2)

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2021/08/10 [13:32]

 

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Mix: Working on Individual Tracks (2)

 

(Continued from the previous article)

 

Solo your Keyboard track and play it. Listen carefully to this track. Since this is a recording that came direct from the keyboard (bypassing an amplifier-microphone stage) it might not need any treatment. Still, experiment:

  • Try using compression.
  • Try using EQ.
  • Experiment with an amp modeling plug-in.

 

 

Solo your Guitar track and play it. Listen carefully to this track and consider the following suggestions:

  • Since low frequencies (around 160 Hz) are not part of the actual sound of the guitar, you want to filter them out.
  • Use a compressor to even out the dynamic range of the track (try a ratio around 4:1 and be moderate with the attack/release times).
  • Use a 4-band EQ to shape the timbre of the guitar to your liking. You want to make the instrument stand out and sound "warm" at the same time. 
  • Make sure there are no highlighted frequencies that clash with other instruments.

 

 

Solo your Harmonica track and play it. Listen carefully to this track and consider the following suggestions:

  • Just as with the Guitar track, you want to filter out the low frequencies (around 160 Hz).
  • Use a compressor to even out the dynamic range of the track (try a ratio around 4:1 and be moderate with the attack/release times).
  • Try boosting the high-mid frequencies (around 2.5 kHz) to make the instrument stand out.

 

 

Solo your Vocal track and play it. Listen carefully to this track and consider the following suggestions:

  • Just as with the previous tracks, you want to filter out the low frequencies (around 100 Hz).
  • Use a compressor to even out the dynamic range of the track (try a ratio around 4:1 and be moderate with the attack/release times). Notice that a fast attack (less than 10 msec.) on the compressor may muffle the vocals. 
  • Use a peak/notch EQ to boost high-mid frequencies (around 5 kHz) for a more sibilant sound.

 

 

Note: Normalize

 

If you need to get more headroom out of a track, you may try normalizing it, but only do it up to 98%, to prevent any error correction from distorting the track.

 

 

 

 

 

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