In this week's Audio Plus content, Bobby Owsinski teaches us how to set about creating a mix that works beyond the basic techniques of getting levels right. This tutorial is about planning the mix and creating the balance that makes everything come together. Bobby is the author of many best-selling audio books including The Mixing Engineer's Handbook — this is a tutorial of expert advice that's not to be missed!
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"It’s easy to think that getting a good mix is just a matter of pushing up some faders, getting a reasonable balance, adding some effects and your done. Sure, that might work for a rough mix, but there’s a lot more that goes into making a great mix that’s way beyond the basic issue of balance, and these are the things that usually take some experience or a mentor to realize. While it’s so much easier if you watch and listen while a great mixer does his thing, let me point out a number of intangibles that are vitally important to a great mix. Awareness is always the first step in learning, so here are some things to consider before you start to move faders around."
Table of Contents
- The Arrangement
- Arrangement Elements
- Where Things Go Wrong
- Bob Seger's Night Moves
- Alanis Morissette's Thank U
- Gnarls Barkley's Crazy
- Rascal Flatts What Hurts the Most
- Garth Brook's Two Pina Coladas
- Rules for Arrangements
- Limit the Number of Elements
- Balance Saves the Day
- Everything In Its Own Frequency
- Battling Instruments
- The Point of Interest