When most people think about mixing a song, they immediately think it’s something really complicated. Mixing a song is not rocket science. It’s all about simple steps that become simple processes. Once you understand this, you will not be overwhelmed by any mixing job.
Kahit sabihin pa nating malawak na ang iyong experience sa mga live mixing, admit it, may ibang dicipline ang DAW mixing. May mga pagkakataon naman na nasosobrahan tayo sa pag-gamit ng mga plug-ins na hindi naman kailangan. Kaya naman nandito ang mga simple but usefull guidelines na kailangan nating malaman bago umpisahan ang mixing.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Mixing
- Know the Sound Mix of your Genre
Before start mixing, you should know the sound of your genre. Kailangan muna nating kilalanin kung saang genre ba tayo, and also how it sounds like, hinding hindi maliligaw ang mix sound mo halimbawa; metal rock prominent drums and guitars pantay lang ang vocals dapat iba rin sa pop na prominent ang boses, bass and kick. Try to listen on mixing that has the same genre as you.
- Do Proper Gain Staging Before Rough Mix
Every mixing job should begin with some planning and understanding of the task ahead. To start, “Do start some work on gain!” it comes very easy to set the individual gain on at least a maximum of 75% in the level meter. Then listen and rough balance to the entire tracks as a whole without any EQ and dynamic processing. Importante sa lahat ang mag umpisa na may tamang gain structure kaysa mag fix sa huling part ng mix. Make a task list.. dahil sa rough mix mo rin maririnig ang track dapat mong pagtuunan ng pansin sa editing.
- Do not Overuse Your Plug-ins
Plug-ins can revolutionize your mix, they take input signal, work sound controlled and balanced on various tracks, and of course, provide punchy output. Pero lahat ng sobra nakakasama. Kaya naman ang sobrang pag-gamit ng plug-in ay nakakaliit ng tunog. As much as possible gamitin lang kung kinakailangan, to minimize using plug-ins record it right at the source to avoid falling out from creativity.
- Do Not Ignore the DAW Automation Features
There are that the most important tools are being ignored. Automation features of DAW are indeed useful, it can help generate feel and momentum to your music that connects the verse and chorus through the bridge section of the song. Learn how to use them, isa itong final tools para sa mas marinig pang lalo ang iyong mga fill-in hooks sa sound mixing.
- Compare Your Mix to those Inspiring Pro CD Mix
Mastered tracks or reference CD mix are the standards, but you don’t need to copy them anyway. Kapag meron kanang output, try to compare it with those inspiring Pro Audio CD Mix, dahil dito ka matututo to make the best balance mix in terms of tonal, EQ, dynamics and depth. Minsan sa kagustuhan nating maging unique, nakakalimutan na natin ang mga references na kailangan parin nating pakinggan. All professional studio mixers still listen to industry standard mix.
- Audition Your Mix into different Consumer Speaker System
If you want to hear how your mixes really sound like, do a sampling A-B test between your CD reference mix and your final mix. Pwede mo pakinggan sa car stereo, boombox, bluetooth speaker, etc., bukod sa dahil yan ang madalas gamitin ng mga taong nakikinig sa music, dito mo rin maririnig ang aktuwal na tunog ng iyong mix. Pakinggan sa ibat-ibang volume level para malaman mo kung may pagbabago sa balanse ng tunog kumpara pa rin sa iyong reference CD mix.
Mas madaling mong makukuha ang direksyon ng mixing kung aware ka sa mga dapat mong gawin. If you were just starting or even a seasoned on mixing, just follow this guide kung paano maisasagawa ng tama – for better and faster results.
About the Blog: Nanding Castillo is a real-world Recording Engineer and is the creator of learnaudiomixing.com If you ready to learn how to mix your song effectively without overly doing stuff that embarrasses your song, then stop in and download his free eBook.