33 thoughts on “Audio Mixing Tips / Recording Techniques (Part 1 of 2)

  1. You are right, there are some rare exceptions, but in almost all cases, in almost all styles of music, these basic ideas stand.

  2. treat them like any other sounds your trying to seperate in the mix; boost or cut different frequencies

  3. yes. you can boost your bass maybe around 200-250 making ur bass a little punchier. a bass boosted below that can sound really muddy in the mix. sometimes ill also cut the bass around 50 and compress. boost the kick 150-100 (this all depends on how u want ur mix to sound) then compress. dont high filter the kick until maybe past 10k (if its an actual kick, not an 808) cuz thats where the sexyness of it is. hope this works!!!

  4. In other words, don’t put a lot of low freqs in the kick but rather keep them like: +2 @80hz with wide Q, bump it up around 150hz or so, boost at 3 to 4 khz – really ‘thumpy’, not ‘boomy’.

    Then, get your bass to cover the very low stuff with solid performance (even) and compressing/limiting and a bass enhancer plugin. But, make sure you bring out the upper mids so you can hear what the bass is actually playing.

  5. A great little trick to use when mixing is to hit the MONO button (if you have one) and turn the volume LOW just so you can barely hear the bass note and judge the thump of the kick with it.


  6. You should keep them separate as you need to level them separately. Also you may be applying other effects that work for one instrument but not the other. In a digital studio, you can copy a channel’s settings to another, so it only takes seconds to apply a compressor to both, then it is best to fine tune them individually.

  7. I love the analogy of “vision” representing sound!…seriously…I felt a tickle all through my neurons! I’ve never heard it used, and I think it is a potent and effective way of illustrating sound mixing. Thanks Much!

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  9. Very informative. I have struggled with clipping for years. I always wondered why others said my music was clipping when my meters never indicated clipping

  10. the fundamental frequencies,of the instruments. When you deal with multi-mic drum recordings, this issue becomes clear. If ypu don’t roll-off thw bass in, for instance, the hi hat mic, and so on, the build up of low end mud is very apparent, and it’s harder to get punch and detail. The same extends to an overall mix. The trick is to cut the most possible amount of bass before losing harmonics (in context with the rest of the track).

  11. I always do panning late in the mix. I like to get frequency separation and clarity in mono first. This way I know I have good mono compatibility, and I can pan away creatively instead of having to use it to fix something.
    btw, this vid, and part 2, provides good advice. The picture sequence used to illustrate eq is music school material, to my view. Very clear and clever way to make it obvious and understandable. Perfect.

  12. Learning or starting to mix can’t hurt, even if you don’t become a “pro” it will give you a better idea of what sound you may want to achieve recording even if your not mixing yourself.

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