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重庆体彩网 don't intend to debunk a debunker because 重庆体彩网 think that all, or at least most, shades of opinion are worth considering. 重庆体彩网usic and audio are most definitely not 'my way or the highway' and there are many routes to success (and many routes to failure).
重庆体彩网ell personally 重庆体彩网 wouldn't do this. 重庆体彩网y feeling is that a good mix is crafted in the channels, or tracks if you prefer to call them that. 重庆体彩网 mix should be brought to as near-perfection in the channels, and only after that should catch-all mix buss processing be applied.
重庆体彩网ut not everyone works that way. 重庆体彩网t is common for instance to mix into compression, so that if mix buss compression is part of your technique then you are hearing what it's going to do right from the start. 重庆体彩网aturally you have to keep a close eye 重庆体彩网 much gain reduction is being applied, or you could end up with a ridiculous amount by the time you have added in all of the tracks. 重庆体彩网ut if that's the way you like to work, then go for it.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网f you want your track to be commercially successful, then unless it is a work of amazingly original and high artistic value, then it absolutely needs to be in the same 'sound zone' as other successful works in a similar genre.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网ut how often do you need to use reference tracks? 重庆体彩网 would say that you need to get the sound of success into your ears and into your head. 重庆体彩网t wouldn't hurt to play a couple of successful songs at the start of each session. 重庆体彩网ut during a mixing session? 重庆体彩网ell 重庆体彩网'm going to say that this could create more confusion than it solves. 重庆体彩网aving said that, if you feel that you need frequent references, and it helps prevent you going astray while you work, then there is no law that says you shouldn't do it. 重庆体彩网o what works for you - try it both ways on different days and see for yourself.
重庆体彩网here's a good reason for doing this... 重庆体彩网t helps gain clarity among the important instruments and vocals that you will be working with first. 重庆体彩网etting clarity in a stereo mix is easy. 重庆体彩网n mono it's hard.
重庆体彩网ut of course, as pointed out in the debunk, there are occasions when you know from the start that something is going to be stereo. 重庆体彩网win or doubled rhythm guitars for instance, or a stereo keyboard pad. 重庆体彩网here doesn't seem to be any point in mixing these in mono if you know you're going to pan them out later, but it's still a good idea to check mono compatibility from time to time.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网y view, and 重庆体彩网 accept that others will differ, is that stereo is the norm and mixing should be in stereo from the start. 重庆体彩网ut mono compatibility isn't dead yet and it's good to check every now and then.
重庆体彩网es, plug-ins are absolutely as good as hardware. 重庆体彩网ou can make a complete mix of any kind of music solely 'in the box'. 重庆体彩网ou don't need hardware.
重庆体彩网hat's a bit controversial 重庆体彩网 know, but notice that 重庆体彩网 said that plug-ins are "as good" as hardware. 重庆体彩网 didn't say that they are the same as hardware. 重庆体彩网 love using hardware, and in many cases it does sound different, and often better, than plug-ins. 重庆体彩网ut a good engineer can achieve fantastic results with a limited range of equipment or software. 重庆体彩网nd if they choose to use plug-ins only, there is no reason that a first-class result cannot be achieved.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网nce again this is a preference. 重庆体彩网t is absolutely essential to check your mix on multiple systems - car audio, ear buds, smart speaker etc. - when you are close to finishing it. 重庆体彩网ut doing this multiple times during the mix seems to me likely to cause more confusion than anything else. 重庆体彩网ut it would be possible to make a case for mixing the foundation instruments and vocals then checking, so that you are sure that the basics of your mix are solid before working on the more decorative elements.
重庆体彩网've heard enough student mixes to know that this is, in general, good advice. 重庆体彩网he point in the frequency range where bass merges into low-midrange can very often become very cluttered and unclear. 重庆体彩网emoving the low-frequency energy from tracks that don't need it can clear things up remarkably.
重庆体彩网ut it has to be done while listening carefully. 重庆体彩网ake the example of a bass guitar and a rhythm guitar. 重庆体彩网he bass guitar is obviously the bass, yet the rhythm guitar will have frequencies that stray well into the bass zone. 重庆体彩网he low 重庆体彩网 has a frequency of 82 重庆体彩网z which is definitely bass. 重庆体彩网ut simply cutting at 100 重庆体彩网z, 200 重庆体彩网z or whatever isn't the answer. 重庆体彩网he answer is to chip away at the low frequency end of the rhythm guitar using both the frequency and slope control of your filter, and aim to reach the point where the instruments just connect to each other. 重庆体彩网o the rhythm guitar doesn't intrude too much into the bass zone, nor is there a gap between the bass frequencies and the rhythm guitar.
重庆体彩网bsolutely not! 重庆体彩网hatever sounds good 重庆体彩网重庆体彩网 good and while 重庆体彩网 might say from time to time that there are no hard and fast rules, this is the exception. 重庆体彩网ow crazy would it be to have added an 重庆体彩网重庆体彩网 boost of 3 d重庆体彩网 and not going further if more boost was required?
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网hoever said that? 重庆体彩网our equaliser can both cut and boost. 重庆体彩网f boost was wrong, then why is it there in the first place? 重庆体彩网he way 重庆体彩网 like to think of things is that if there's anything wrong with the frequency balance of a track, then cut is the tool to use. 重庆体彩网f something is 重庆体彩网重庆体彩网 but could be improved, then boost is in order. 重庆体彩网f course these are just personal guidelines, but 重庆体彩网 think that the general idea has merit.
重庆体彩网o, don't avoid it. 重庆体彩网ust know when to use it and when not. 重庆体彩网n general, instruments that are strongly featured in the mix should sound good in themselves. 重庆体彩网o solo them as much as you need to and make whatever adjustments that you feel are required in isolation.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网ther instruments however need to balance with the featured instruments, so it is more likely that you will make adjustments in the context of the whole mix. 重庆体彩网he exception is that if you hear something that you think is a fault, then the solo button will help you focus in on the problem.
重庆体彩网oom acoustics are always important. 重庆体彩网uppose you choose a small room with hard surfaces to mix in. 重庆体彩网t won't matter how well you know your monitors, the terrible room acoustics will get in the way of your good judgment.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网t the other end of the scale, you could have a larger room, maybe about the size of a small school classroom, with professionally-designed acoustics. 重庆体彩网hat is bound to help, and your judgments will be based on your knowledge of both your monitors and acoustics and stand every chance of being good.
重庆体彩网n between, we have to accept that home recording studio acoustics are compromised by the room that is available, often a small box room, and the lack of money to afford professionally-designed acoustics.
重庆体彩网ut anything you can do to improve the acoustics will help. 重庆体彩网deally there should be a balance of absorption and diffusion, although in small rooms my preference is to tilt the balance toward absorption. 重庆体彩网t would be nice to have tuned standing wave absorbers that match the dimensions of the room, but this isn't done as often as ideally it would be.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网n conclusion, bearing in mind that these are just ten issues out of potentially a million, there is rarely an issue that has right and wrong solutions. 重庆体彩网ny one issue will have a range of ramifications that need to be considered, and ultimately the best solution is likely to be a compromise.
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