Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?

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Date: Friday, May 8, 2009 - 6:13 pm

On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 9:06 AM, James Stone wrote:

James,
Welcome and best of luck with what you're doing. IMO his is
completely the right place to ask questions like this.

The two things I would suggest, along with one overriding rule as
what I might offer:

1) Try to refrain from recording and thinking you'll 'fix it in the
mix'. Often you have to, especially when you are starting out, but
getting the right sound on disk will take you further and generally
make you happier as your ears fatigue working on the project. Take the
time to learn how to mic your instruments so that you get the sound
you are looking for. Experiement with everything. Read. Try things. It
will come over time, but it's all different based on your instruments,
your mics, your A/D's and D/A, your monitors, etc. It's different for
everyone.

2) Learn to use busses and in general limit yourself to a single
reverb. Try to leave a LOT of headroom in your indivdual track
recordings as it will reduce the number of limiter and compressors you
find yourself using overall. Using multiple reverbs will eventually
lead to a muddy sound as every instrument starts acting like it's in a
different room. Busses are easy in Ardour, albiet FAR more capable
than they really should be. That said, you need them and once you
learn to use them for things like reverb you'll probably be better
off.

and the overriding rule:

LET YOUR EARS BE YOUR GUIDE! Don't worry about what **anyone** like me
says about *how* to do this stuff. Work to get your mix to sound the
way you want your mix to sound. You don't say much about music style,
which is cool, but I suggest that one answer doesn't fit Animal
Collective, Particle, McCoy Tyner and John Mayall, all being bands
I've listened to in depth this week. Maybe you're doing something
non-pop/rock and some sort of strange reverb setup makes it work. If
that's the case then by all means do WHATEVER works!

Cheers,
Mark

P.S. - Anyone listening to Mike Bloomfield these days? I'm on a retro
kick lately... :-)
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[LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, James Stone, (Fri May 8, 4:07 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Damon Chaplin, (Sat May 9, 10:34 am)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Joe Hartley, (Sat May 9, 4:15 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Mark Knecht, (Fri May 8, 6:13 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Raffaele Morelli, (Mon May 11, 7:04 am)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, James Stone, (Fri May 8, 10:35 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Peder Hedlund, (Mon May 11, 5:14 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Fons Adriaensen, (Tue May 12, 10:18 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, James Stone, (Mon May 11, 7:41 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Mark Knecht, (Tue May 12, 2:36 am)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, James Stone, (Tue May 12, 8:30 am)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Mark Knecht, (Tue May 12, 1:22 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, James Stone, (Tue May 12, 8:28 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Mark Knecht, (Wed May 13, 8:43 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Ken Restivo, (Sat May 9, 4:51 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, James Stone, (Sat May 9, 10:16 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Mark Knecht, (Sat May 9, 1:11 am)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, James Stone, (Sat May 9, 3:06 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Mark Knecht, (Sat May 9, 7:27 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, James Stone, (Sat May 9, 9:48 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, James Stone, (Sun May 10, 8:38 am)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Justin Smith, (Sat May 9, 4:33 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, James Cameron, (Mon May 11, 1:46 am)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Fons Adriaensen, (Sat May 9, 5:07 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Joe Hartley, (Fri May 8, 7:23 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Mark Knecht, (Fri May 8, 7:32 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, Joe Hartley, (Fri May 8, 5:03 pm)
Re: [LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?, James Stone, (Fri May 8, 10:01 pm)