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Music 265B Week 11 Mixing, Part 2

PDF version available HERE In the last lesson, we experimented with some basic Signal Processors (plug-ins) like Equalizers (EQ), Compressor/Limiters, Expander/Gates, De-Essers, and Reverb. We used them on our tracks in a few ways. AudioSuite plug-ins let us process the sound of individual clips in the Edit Window, and plug-ins on the Inserts let us affect the entire track. When navigating through the various plug-in menus, you may have noticed a few plug-in categories. Under the Setup > Preferences menu, navigate to the Display tab. In the “Organize Plug-In Menus By:” option, select Category & Manufacturer. This is fairly self-explanatory:…

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Music 265B Week 10 Mixing, Part 1

PDF version available HERE We may have prepared a rough mix for the band during the recording & editing phase, but we don’t start the actual mixing phase until all of the song’s elements have been recorded and edited into the right place. When we mix a song, we try to accomplish a few goals Bring out the ideal timbre in each instrument, with respect to the song’s style. Blend & balance the individual instruments into an ensemble performance. Prepare the song for the mastering process. Mixing With A Purpose Mixing can be extremely subjective, and most mixing decisions come…

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