Tips on Mixing and Mastering Part 1 - Intro
Last Post 04 Nov 2011 02:27 PM by InZane. 17 Replies.
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easygospelrecs

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    28 May 2011 01:02 PM

    Hey guys just thought to help whoever may need help with mixing and mastering...i'll just put down a few general tips which work for me...with or without using specialised hardware you can have better mixes or better sounding instrumentals...i will start with 3 tips for making drums sound good in a song...

    1. for the kick/s - it's best to get some samples that already sound great...i.e. there are loads of them on here (fruitytuts i.e. check the downloads section) and generally on the Internet as well...you might want to layer the kick drum i.e. combine two or more kicks for the kick drum to sound nice and heavy...

    2. for the snare/s or clap/s - add some slight reverb and lift the highest frequency on the EQ just a little so that it adds more presence...also roll off the low end a little so they have very little low end or bass frequency in them...you can also layer the claps or snares so make them sound heavy...

    3. for other percussion like bongos, congas, hats, shakers, etc add a little reverb, EQ - lower the mid and low frequencies slightly...also use some stereo enhancer or any other stereo tools available so that they sound slightly panned (i.e. sent to the left or right of your speakers in the song mix)...

    please let me know if you need more help and i will be sure to add more on Bass, Strings, Synths, Pianos, etc upon request...hope to hear some feedback first before i put more...so that 'm sure someone needs these tips...

    Note: you can check out my profiles to hear some of my tracks...

    http://www.fruitytuts.com/easygospelrecs

    http://www.soundcloud.com/easygospelrecords

    http://www.soundclick.com/easygospelrecords 

    http://www.youtube.com/user/easygospelrecs

    God bless...and thanks..

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    28 May 2011 06:46 PM
    Yo man,
    Thanks for the tips,
    Its what i pretty much do.
    I listened to a few of your tracks, gotta say that its mixed a lil harsh if you understand me.
    But deff keep droppin knowledge here because its good info man.
    -SB
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    easygospelrecs

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    30 May 2011 11:17 AM

    You're most welcome SB...and thanks a lot for the feedback too...if possible please do let me know which tracks you listened to and advise on how i could get them to sound better, i'd really appreciate that my bro...

    - Easy Gospel Records

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    30 May 2011 02:15 PM
    i think on these tips...you might need to go into compression a little bit. the eq and panning tips are pretty good...but compression is what is going to help level out the mixes. doesn't have to really be a lot of compression..but just enough to tame some things. especially with some percussion instruments that attack sharply, but die down quickly. compression can control those peaks and help bring the sound out a little more.
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    30 May 2011 07:37 PM
    Sure thing Pompey Productions, thanks for the feedback and the covering some compression too...compression is very handy (e.g. killing distortion) and necessary cause all the velocities (of the sounds and instruments used) are key elements that makes or breaks the whole song mix...

    i was trying to make these tips brief but useful, hence didn't go in too deep (like the title suggests i.e. "Intro")...hope to add more tips on here soon God willing...thanks again
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    31 May 2011 04:34 PM
    yeah...and i realized that AFTER i posted. lol. my bad about that. once i saw it, i was like "hmmm...well maybe he'll get to compression in part 2"...lol
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    02 Jun 2011 08:40 AM
    Im definetely hoping to hear more about this.....thanks for droppin this knowledge
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    02 Jun 2011 04:09 PM

    The all important question first and foremost is...what exactly is mastering?...i'll quote a simple definition by Bobby Owsinski the author of "The Audio Mastering Handbook" he says 'Mastering is the processs of turning a collection of songs into a record...it makes a group of songs sound similar in Tone, Volume, the timing between songs and making any final Editing fixes' A project thats been mastered sounds complete, polished and finished...

    On the other hand Mixing is at an individual track not group (i.e. a group of tracks) level...so mixing involves things like balancing all the volumes for the sounds and instruments used in the instrumental, panning the sounds and instruments where necessary, adding effects and equalising and compressing each individual or group of related sounds and instruments and arranging the instrumental into a song (i.e. into the appropriate stanzas)...

    Now that we have those two important definitions...when you have mixed your instrumental what should follow is mastering it...mastering a track concerns the instrumental as a whole i.e. it may involve:

    1. Equalising which is used to adjust and balance the frequencies or Tone of the track

    2. Compression which is used to raise the relative level of the track

    3. And/or a Limiter which is used to stop digital overs from happening

    The things to keep in mind as you EQ here are...

    1. Avoid over Equalising - have a reference point before you start EQing i.e. a for instance a professionally produced track...EQing the whole track  in most cases doesn't correct the errors one made while mixing so if you notice have any problems in balancing certain frequencies the best is to remix the instrumental...

    2. For Compression - you can set the ratio to 2 or 3 to 1...2 or 3db of gain reduction...then you can use the output knob of the compressor to raise/increase the amount of output to a desired level...

    3. For the Limiter - to avoid the digital overs or peaks, set the output level to -1.1 or -1.2db for MP3 format and keep the limiting to 3 or 4db at most...

    NOTE: Be sure not to over compress your track, as this kills the dynamics of the song and makes it lifeless...when mastering EQing should be minimal if you see the need to have large EQ boosts then you are better off remixing...make your songs the same relative level...

    The ultimate goal is to have the listener thinking all the songs on the record or project were done in exactly the same way...so that's the challenge...hope you've found this helpful......please, feel free to ask wherever unclear...

    God bless

    PS: This is a response to Philippines question on mastering...

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    09 Aug 2011 12:44 AM

    i use fruity loops and i have a good compression to my kicks with EQ for the kick with low frequency and EQ for the melody with a higher frequency but the problem is the kick is so fat he don't let the melody be clear and when i fix ths melody on a higher (a littel bit hgher) the kick be just like ((ppp not BOOM ))with a slow qualitéé // 

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    14 Aug 2011 02:54 PM
    appreciate the start of this conversation.. deeper into my journey now
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    23 Aug 2011 09:27 AM
    REEVERB... yes, I use it, but if you have a really busy mix it won't always help. What I've been doing recently is using the delay feed in the sampler "instrument". It's cool because you can adjust how many echo's you get, how they're panned, their pitch and time. It helps so much when it comes to having an interesting shake or tambarine. I use this on hats all the time, like I'll have the regular hat comming out the right, but on the left put a delayed signal of it that might be a whole note higher or something.
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    03 Oct 2011 08:33 PM
    Ive made an orchestration kind of soundtrack... im confused how to mix and master... used lots of soundfonts.... can any one help me out if i mail the track.... (even the zip file if required!)
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    03 Oct 2011 10:01 PM
    I've been making beats for awhile but never was really any good at mixing. Lately my quality of production has really gone up tremendously thanks to some software i bought. I'm not madd at the people that know how to mix i'm a little envious because even though sometimes i have better beats they have better mixes and that's what counts nine times out of ten. I'm tired of having crappy mixes on great songs so i'm learning how to mix my own stuff now. These tips are a great starting point bro. Thank You.
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    09 Oct 2011 08:23 AM
    Nice beats you have at your website!
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    21 Oct 2011 11:14 PM
    Posted By Rusty-Red on 03 Oct 2011 11:01 PM
    I've been making beats for awhile but never was really any good at mixing. Lately my quality of production has really gone up tremendously thanks to some software i bought. I'm not madd at the people that know how to mix i'm a little envious because even though sometimes i have better beats they have better mixes and that's what counts nine times out of ten. I'm tired of having crappy mixes on great songs so i'm learning how to mix my own stuff now. These tips are a great starting point bro. Thank You.


    i feel you bro... as for myself im struggling to attain the most awsome quality in terms of mixing, if you have an awasome beat but the mix is not that great then its a minus points on your music... im looking for visuals on tube so that I can have great tips also... i dont even know how to adjust freqeuncies and stuff at FL Studio.. darn
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    22 Oct 2011 09:33 AM
    @dj pating I use fruity loops too bro and theres a lot of really good tutorials on here that nfx has up already they are on youtube as well. How long have you had fl studio?
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    04 Nov 2011 01:59 PM
    Sorry my bro hope it's not too late to send your project over cause i'll more than ready to help you...so please get in touch
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    04 Nov 2011 02:27 PM
    i'll quote a simple definition by Bobby Owsinski the author of "The Audio Mastering Handbook" he says 'Mastering is the processs of turning a collection of songs into a record...it makes a group of songs sound similar in Tone, Volume, the timing between songs and making any final Editing fixes' A project thats been mastered sounds complete, polished and finished...
    This gave me a whole different outlook on mastering. Thanks bro! Mastering is more associated with a collection of records as opposed to just getting it as loud as you can.
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