Mixing Tips

The Music Telegraph | Text 2018/12/27 [16:08]

Mixing Tips

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2018/12/27 [16:08]

 



Mixing Tips

 

 

1. Take a day or two off before you start mixing

 

 

2. As a result of recording the CD, DAT or cassette from your recording session, make sure you know which song takes are your favorites

 

 

3. If your don’t think that one vocal take is good enough, then you may need to do a vocal “comp” or composite, i.e. taking parts of each vocal track to make the best vocal track. This will take time before the mix so it’s a good idea to finish all the vocal “comps” before the mix

 

 

4. Bring a few CDs to listen to and to play for the engineer to show what kind of sound you are going for

 

 

5. Always have one spokesperson (usually the producer) to communicate with the engineer

 

 

6. For every instrument and vocal in the mix, there is a certain amount of time needed to get a “sound” on it and find its “placement” in the “sound painting.” This is the time to let the engineer do his/her job. Make suggestions after the engineer has finished his/her job

 

 

7. If at all possible, mix early in the day when your “ears” are fresh

 

 

8. Make your decisions during the mix about which mix you like. It’s difficult to compare many mixes at home

 

 

9. Review your mix (at least one pass) at low level. You should be able to pick out all the instruments even at this level

 

 

10. Decide on which format you want your final product: DAT, CD or cassette and let the engineer know before the mix

 

 

11. Always request a safety DAT. It preserves your recording investment should your original master tape get lost or damaged

 

 

12. Request multiple DATs, CDs and cassettes in advance 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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