6 Rules of Mixing Even Dumbest Newbie Will Understand

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.

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Here are a Quick 3 Ways to Get Your Ear Trained

Importance of Ear Training for Effective Mixing

One of the most important sense that you should keep clear especially when mixing music is the ear. Well, it a no brainer dapat talaga maging kabisado sa pandinig mo ang mga tamang frequency ng bawat instrumento at ang behaviour ng bawat isa when it comes to mixing.

Sabi nga… you have to trust your ears; this only shows that critical listening is very much important. Dahil gamit na gamit talaga ang tenga sa ganitong uri ng industriya, kaya kailangan talaga ng mga tenga natin ang tinatawag na Ear Training, tulad ng muscle memory, praktis sa tenga.

Importance of Ear training

  • It improves critical listening
  • It can be a fundamental to a long term success in audio productions, mixing, and recording.
  • Improves mixing in measuring sharp.
  • Balancing audio components.
  • Helps you pinpoint certain frequencies.
  • Helps a lot in relating tone.
  • You’ll be able to identify and balance the different frequencies.

Kadalasan ay pagod na ang tenga natin sa magdamagang pakikinig at pag-mimix ng audio. Now, here are some of the most important ear training to make your mixing more effective.

  • Use Good Headphones

There are some headphones that really annoying, some doesn’t actually produce the music you are mixing. Para marinig mo talaga ang real sound or ng studio engineers sound, kailangan mo ng isang flat response at dependable na studio type na headphone, this will also help you improve your mixing.

May mga headphones na para live audio or consumer type, meron din naman sobra sa bass tulad ng DJ type headphones, at mas malala kung ang magagamit mo ay yung masyadong makalaskas o yung tinatawag na bluetooth in-ear type earphone or headphone. Kaya naman kailangan mo din isaaalang-alang ang pagpili ng mga equipments na ating gagamitin

Our ears and the ability to hear every single details of music must be conserved properly. Above all these guidelines, kailangan din ng ating pandinig ang nararapat na pahinga. Mas magiging epektibo ang mixing natin if we have clear and rested ears before continuing listening to sounds.

  • Download Ear Training Softwares

May mga tools na ngayon na pwedeng mag-generate ng tones where you have to listen and take a short quiz after listening to that particular sound. Makakatulong ito para ma familiarize kung anong uri ng tunog ang narinig mo sa bawat frequencies.

Maari mong itry ang any popular DAW applications to listen your reference music, kung saan kailangan mo lang makinig sa audio habang nag eexperiment ka sa EQ plugins, make sure lang na bypass lagi ang EQ para ma kumpara mo ang before at after EQ.

Then after that take a short quiz from it and make sure lang na nakikita mo ang frequency na pinipihit mo pa boost or cut, focus on negative and positive result sa naririnig mo, ulit-ulitin mo lang ang pakikinig hanggang masanay at ma memorya mo na ang mga uri ng bad and good frequency tones na naririnig mo .

  • Listen to Professionally Recorded Mix

Listening professional mixes can help you train your ear what professionally mixed music sounds like until you’re getting used to those kind of tones and rhythm, and when the time comes that you have to mix your own music mas magiging matalas na ang tenga mo.

I recommend listening and analyzing, himayin mo maigi, focus on one element at a time to memorize the sound, start from kick drum, snare, hi-hats, bass guitar, and vocal, etc., then praktis mo din pag focus on 2 elements, 3 or 4 elements listening at the same time, and compare the frequency.

Para sa pagbuo ng kalidad na mixing tenga muna ang sanayin mo dahil dito nagkakaron ng discrepancies ang bawat newbie mixers, they first learn how to use plugins and tools, pero dipa trained sa listening skills, kaya kahit maghapon na sa kapipihit dipa rin ma achieve ang tamang result, tama?

Kaya kung hindi tamang audio ang lagi mong naririnig maaari itong magkaroon ng impact sa pagbuo mo ng sarili mong music, that’s why it is very much important to listen to those who are doing it properly.

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5 Mixing Frustrations When Using DAW Software

Everyone wants to have a nice and smooth audio track when it comes to mixing music. Isa sa mga popular na Mixing Software ay ang DAW Application or Digital Audio Workstation. It can be an electronic device or application software, ito ay karaniwang ginagamit sa editing, recording, at pag-produce ng ibat-ibang uri ng audio files.

But behind this very useful audio mixing tool are some frustrated users who end up having unpleasant and undesired audio. Why? Marahil sa sobrang frustration na makagawa o makabuo nang isang maganda komposisyon ay lalo lang nagiging komplikado ang paggamit nito.

Hindi lang mga baguhan kundi pati mga batikan na sa industriya ng audio mixing ang nagkakaroon ng ganitong problema. Actually, there is plenty of DAW application software that is really suited to our needs. May mga uri ang DAW na pwedeng pagpiliian, tulad ng para sa recording, production, and there are also software’s which are meant for editing.

Common Mistakes When Mixing Audio

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  • They want to make the sound better, and as they make improvements the frustration begins to take place – and a frustrated person can produce unpleasant music. Sa kagustuhan nilang makabuo ng perfect mixing mas nagiging komplikado ang tunog na nabubuo.
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  • Not choosing the right type DAW Software or Application that must be based on their needs. May mga types ng DAW na naangkop sa pag-gagamitan mo. Halimbawa nalang kung ikaw ay sa recording, you are suggested to use the best DAW that is commonly used by recording studios. Kung ikaw naman ay sa editing may mga software rin where you can choose to have better editing.
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  • Kung ikaw naman ay magporoduce ng musika piliin ang DAW na specialized for producing high quality music. Mahalaga na pumili ng naangkop na software sa audio mixing dahil isa ito sa main factor para makabuo ng napakagandang music o mixing.
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  • Seeking mixing advice from random people on the internet for no reason. Sa kakapanood mo ng tutorials kung paano gamitin and DAW eh naghahalo-halo na ang mga ideas at frustrations mo in building your own music.
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  • Having an unbalanced audio mix. Isa ito sa mga usual na problema ng mga begginers na gumagamit ng DAW. Kung papansinin, nakakasira ng mixing at musika ang pagkakaron ng unbalance frequency tulad ng sa bass at kick drum, etc. In order to have a warmth and crisp sound, you must keep the balance.
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  • Not taking a break. The most important thing you can do to have a great music to not doing it all the time. Sa kagustuhan na makabuo ng magandang tunog or crisp sound, nakakalimutan ng magpahinga at magisip ng bagong ideas. Mixing audio’s and composing a great sound is not about continuous working on it, take a break and get new ideas.

Hindi naman talaga mahirap gamitin ang DAW kung pipili lang tayo ng naangkop na software para sa needs natin, especially sa mga baguhan. Stop over thinking that can lead you to frustration and burn you into unpleasant music, take a break and think of new ideas and listen to others music and mix it into your mind.

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