Mixing String Instruments (1)

Violins

The Music Telegraph | Text 2020/04/16 [10:10]

Mixing String Instruments (1)

Violins

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2020/04/16 [10:10]

 

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Mixing String Instruments (1)

 

This article will guide you through the process of mixing a multi-track studio session recorded by a string quartet. After you have achieved the "perfect mix" you will move on to the mastering process. After mixing the multi-track session, you will insert mastering type plug-ins into the insert of the Master fader in order to maximize the final mix. Remember that the final goal of a good mix is to enhance the features and the musical characteristics of the piece, therefore try to be musical when mixing and mastering a track.

 

 

The Violins

 

1) Solo the track called 1st violin.

(In this article, I am dealing with 'EQ3' in Pro Tools. See the Figure 1 below.)

 

Figure 1: EQ setting on the 1st Violin track

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2) Insert a 7-Band EQ on the 1st Violin track with the settings shown in Figure 1.

(These settings will bring out the "air" of the upper harmonics of the strings (shelf boost of +1.5 dB @ 8.5 kHz), make it a little less edgy (-4 dB peak @ 3.1 kHz) and remove some tubbiness and room rumbles (shelf reduction of -7 dB @ 90 Hz).) 

 

3) Solo the 1st Violin and compare the track with and without EQ using the Bypass button.

(Feel free to change these settings for the EQ in order to satisfy your mixing taste.)

 

4) Pan the 1st Violin a little bit to the Left (the Pan value should read around <12).

(This helps to recreate the stereo position of the players when they play live in a string quartet situation.)

 

5) When you are ready to move on, un-solo the 1st Violin. Then solo the 2nd Violin track.

 

Figure 2: EQ setting up on the 2nd Violin track

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6) Insert a 7-band EQ on the 2nd Violin track and set the parameters as shown in Figure 2.

(These settings help to have the 1st Violin a bit brighter than 2nd Violin, since the 1st Violin usually plays a more prominent and up-front part. (Notice the same low-end reduction as on the 1st Violin track.))

 

7) Pan the 2nd Violin track a little bit to the Right (>12).

(This helps to recreate the stereo position of the players as they would sit when playing in a live string quartet performance. Notice that the 2nd violin has been panned to the right of center  opposite of the 1st Violin. This will help give the entire quartet a more spacious feel and help the listener to separate the individual instruments.)

 

8) Solo both the 1st and 2nd Violin tracks and listen to them together.

(Again, feel free to experiment with the settings for the EQ.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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