Practical Advice on Mixing (1)

The Music Telegraph | Text 2019/09/25 [11:41]

Practical Advice on Mixing (1)

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2019/09/25 [11:41]


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Practical Advice on Mixing (1)



1. If the sound of the wind instrument section leaks into the microphone that collects the sound of the violin section so it is difficult to catch the mixing balance, there are solutions as follows:

Install a partition between the violin section and the wind instrument section

Move the microphone that picks up the sound of the violin section closer to the violins

- Use a Narrow-Angle Directional Microphone for pick-up of the sounds of violin section




2. Important things to consider when mixing musical instruments are:

- Masking effects between the instruments' sounds

- Sound images of the musical instruments

- Volume balance between the musical instrument sounds




3. Consider the following points when mixing multiple instruments:

Do not boost or cut the same frequency band of different instruments 

Adjust to have a flat frequency response with all musical instruments while those instruments are playing

Cut unnecessary bands of each instrument with a filter so that the frequency bands of multiple instruments do not overlap each other




4. When recording the drum, the volume of the cymbal was too small for the kick drum, making the volume unbalanced. The solution for this case is: 

Set the threshold to the appropriate level of the cymbal's sound with the compressor, then compress and amplify the symbol sound.




5. Mixing vocals and orchestra resulted in vocal sound unclarity. In this case, the ways to make the vocal sound clear are as follows:

Boost 2 ~ 4 kHz band of the vocal by 3 ~ 5 dB and cut the same band in the orchestra appropriately

- Put a short delay or reverb on the vocal

Increase volume level by setting a compressor on the vocal




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*An Omni-directional microphone is suitable for picking up room ambience.






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