Week 9 – Mixing of ‘Something Beautiful’ for assessment one.

Treatment and Bounce

Make sure all tracks are ‘topped and tailed’ i.e. edited for a clean start and end with fade in/out – post screenshots of these edits on your blog (blog screenshots)

Use compression, equalisation (Eq) and gating/’strip silence’ (but not necessarily on every track) – blog screenshots

In addition to the processes above, use anything that you feel compliments your recordings in producing the best possible sounding outcome – blog screenshots

Avoid clipping the mix output prior to limiting – monitor this on the master fader (set in peak mode) – blog screenshot

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Mixing levels – sending the audio tracks to the necessary Buses (Group tracks) then alternating them to achieve a good level mix without any clipping.

sending the audio tracks to the necessary Buses (Group tracks) then alternating them to achieve a good level mix without any clipping.

sending the audio tracks to the necessary Buses (Group tracks) then alternating them to achieve a good level mix without any clipping.

Edits –

Timeline

Visuals of timeline of something beautiful, to see edits such as cutting, cropping, gluing, splits, muting to deal with timing issues (especially drums).

Volume automation –

Fade in volume adjustment.

Fade in volume adjustment.

Fade Out volume adjustment.

Fade Out volume adjustment.

Equalisation (EQ) –

EQ example for Vocals (Aisha).

EQ example for Vocals (Aisha).

Guitar Solo EQ - Added a extra guitar part to the track in the mixing stage.

Guitar Solo EQ – Added a extra guitar part to the track in the mixing stage.

BASS EQ

Bass EQ

Stereo track for decca tree piano EQ

Stereo track for decca tree piano EQ

Mono track - piano Top decca tree EQ

Mono track – piano Top decca tree EQ

Kick Drum EQ

Kick Drum EQ

Snare Top EQ

Snare Top EQ

SIDE Snare EQ

SIDE Snare EQ

Drum Overheads EQ

Drum Overheads EQ

Compression – For compression I used presents as a reference point and then configured the parameters, such as Threshold and ratio to get the sound I liked. Making it sound even thought out the mix.

KICK Drum Compression.

KICK Drum Compression.

Solo guitar compression.

Solo guitar compression.

Bass Compression.

Bass Compression.

TOP Snare Compression

TOP Snare Compression

Overhead Compression.

Overhead Compression.

Gating – I used presents as a reference then isolated the rest by changing the settings. Examples are drum gating.

Kick Gate

Kick Gate

Snare Gate

Snare Gate

Reverb – I have included reverb within my mix to create a big sound. For example a large amount of reverb on the Kick drum.

Kick drum reverb

Kick drum reverb

Top snare reverb.

Top snare reverb.

EFX track – For the vocals I used a effect channel for the reverb. Still allows me to send the reverb from another track and automate it.

EFX Channel - Roomwork reverb for vocals

EFX Channel – Roomwork reverb for vocals

Delay – I create another guitar track so I could have a guitar solo with a delay. Again I got5 a present and changed it to have a U2 guitar sound.

Delay for Guitar

Delay for Guitar

Reference Tracks:

I did not initially target for a specific reference track. I focused on getting a clean balanced mix, then focused on doing creative mixing like reverb and delay.  Below I have listed hyper links to similar sounds to professional tracks.

1. U2 -‘with or without you’ – I added an extra guitar with a delay, similar to what U2 do with their playing. It also has a clean prominent bass sound.

– Access date [16/12/2014]

2. Led zeppelin – ‘when the levee breaks’. I was after a huge kick drum sound with the use of reverb.

– Access date [16/12/2014].

3. Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting – ‘All for Love’. In something beautiful there is 3 vocals with some reverb on their vocals similar to this. There are 2 female vox instead though.

– Access date [16/12/2014].

Final Mix:

Individual tracks:

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