Mixing String Instruments (2)

Viola

The Music Telegraph | Text 2020/05/27 [11:01]

Mixing String Instruments (2)

Viola

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2020/05/27 [11:01]

 

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Mixing String Instruments (2)

 

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 Viola

(continued from previous article.)

 

1) Solo the track called Viola.

In this article, I am dealing with 'EQ III' in Pro Tools. See the Figure 1 below.

 

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

These settings will darken the viola sound a bit taking off some upper harmonics (-5 dB @ 4.4 kHz). Notice here that there is only a very mild reduction of the low frequencies associated with this track. The viola is a lower register instrument than the violins and if you took too much out of its bottom end, it could leave the instrument sounding thin.

 

 

Figure 1: EQ setting on the Viola track

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3) Pan the Viola track a little bit to the Left (<40).

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 viola has been panned to the outside of the 1st violin. This will help give the entire quartet a more spacious feel and help the listener to separate the individual instruments.

 

4) Solo both Violin tracks and the Viola and listen to the 3 instruments together.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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