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Mixing in Mono: Why & Why Not

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Did you know that the mixing engineer behind Kendrick Lamar’s breakout album, Derek Ali, mixes in mono for the first 80% of his process? Today we’re going to discuss what pros and cons of this approach. Why mix in mono? 1. Because it’s better for achieving the right EQ balance When you mix in stereo, you have some elements coming from the sides, some coming from the center. That may fool you into thinking that your frequencies are not clashing, when in fact they are. When you mono your track it’s easier to spot the mistake because you don’t have...

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10 Music Production Mistakes To Avoid

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Contents covered in this video: Workflow:00:30 Producing without strong musical ideas02:25 Focusing too much on sound design at the beginning04:16 Not organizing your DAW properly Mixing:06:00 Mixing solely on monitors in a non-treated room07:30 Tweaking samples instead of choosing the right sounds08:42 Using effects without knowing what they do09:45 Not mixing in stereo11:31 Too much stereo enhancement13:22 Not dealing with clashing frequencies14:58 Not dealing with transients on drums Mastering:17:18 Too much master processing19:00 Not taking advantage of monitoring tools   Join our MIXING COURSE (from start to finish)      k-pizza I’m a music maker who likes to share his experiences with...

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5 Mastering Mistakes To Avoid

Audio Engineering Mastering Mixing Tips 'n Tricks

1. Doing all the compression/limiting on the master While master compression and limiting is great for making a track loud, too much of it will kill the dynamics of a track. You can often achieve more natural sounding results if you compress in stages. Try grouping or creating bus tracks for different kinds of instruments and compressing them. A common example is putting a compressor on a drum bus to even out the volumes of drums before the master. Try also dealing with transients on loud drum hits (like kick and snare) before the master (for example by limiting them)...

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10 Mixing Mistakes To Avoid

Ableton Ableton Live Audio Engineering Mastering Mixing Tips 'n Tricks

1. Mixing on monitors in a non-treated room Before you start mixing a track you need to be able to hear it in enough detail. The problem with studio monitors is that often producers buy them before investing in room treatment. With bad acoustics you’re not going to hear your track the same way you would in a treated room. If you can’t afford room treatment a temporary solution could be to buy good studio headphones. With headphones you’re not dependent on your room’s acoustics. I recommend that you still use monitors to check what your mix sounds like on...

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Mastering tips: Compression


A compressor is an important tool when it comes to mastering. Today we’ll go through some tips to get the most out of it. First: What is a compressor? A compressor, in short, is a device which reduces the dynamic range of an audio signal. Dynamic range is the difference in loudness between the loudest and quietest parts of your mix or any kind of audio source. A compressor reduces the volume of the peaks or louder parts of a mix (for example when a kick drum hits). As a result, you get a more „flat” audio curve. The dynamic...

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