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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

7 Tips to Create Headroom and How It Will Save Your Mixes

 One of the most common problems that producers have is not leaving enough headroom in their mixes. The reason why its important to have headroom is so there is enough space for improvements. I will summarize the 7 best tips below

1- Focus on the dominant feature of your mix first
 - Decide which element of the mix you want featured

 2- Use Your Eyes AND Ears
 -Watch out for clipping!

3 - Think before you automate
 - Automating is a good way to help control the volume of the song. But be careful because you can use up your headroom too early!

4 - Louder Doesn’t Always Equal Better
   -Mixing at loud levels can misrepresent how your mix really sounds

5 - Work in 24 Bit
The noise floor is so low in 24-bit that you can give yourself a lot of room (15-20 dB) between your peaks and 0 dBFS without worrying about noise or loss of resolution.
6 - Always manage your transient-heavy elements in your mix. Dynamics are good, but apply some gentle, effective compression to keep them under control. It will help avoid hard limiting effects of the mastering process when mastering at HIGH intensity.

7 - Have headroom in mind when you start your mix and keep your tracks at safe levels. If you’re finding yourself trying to recover headroom at the end, fine tune your individual track levels rather than reaching for your master fader and pulling it down.

7 Tips to Create Headroom and How It Will Save Your Mixes

Friday, May 26, 2017

Try - Pink Cover

Listen to my song cover that I made in my music production class at school

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

INTERVIEW: Phil Allen (5/15/17)

CATEMIX: How did you learn how to mix?

PHIL ALLEN: I actually didn't get good at mixing until way after like way late in my kind of career. When I first started all I was doing was the pre-production stuff. So like when we're in here building tracks making drum beats recording guitars editing stuff I got. That was probably 90 percent of what I did for my career in music. I didn't really get good at mixing until the last couple of years when I was doing working in a studio that we did predominantly mixing. But even then you think mixing is going to be the easiest part of it because like all the sounds were recorded by all I have to do is balance the levels. Yea it sounds great but it never does. Mixing is probably the hardest part and probably the most challenging part I think for a lot of people. So the only real way I learned was from watching people who did it really well because there are so many things you can read about mixing like oh I'll use this each cue on this vocal and do this frequency but that only works if one out of every 100 situations. The hard part about mixing is using your ears and knowing when to do things so kind of just sitting in a room with people who are professional mixers watching what they did and I wouldn't even like doing anything. I was literally just over the shoulder watching and occasionally get them coffee or whatever but watching like what they did and when they did it is how I got good.

Friday, May 5, 2017

How to build an in-home recording studio

This article shows you how to make an in home recording studio. I will summarize how its done down below

1- You need a computer
- Chose one that has a good amount of memory and processing speed

2- You need to chose a good recording software
- For low-budget go with Garageband or Audacity

3- You need an audio interface
- Make sure your audio interface has 2 input and 2 output jacks. This will allow you to record in stereo

4- Buy an audio mixer
- The basic functions on an inexpensive mixer will usually be adequate for home recording needs. At the least, make sure each channel on your mixer includes adjustments for panning, volume, and 3-band equalization. Four channels will be more than adequate for home recording

5- Chose a good studio monitor
- When choosing studio monitors, make sure to look for "near-field" models. These are designed to be listened to from about a yard (1 m) away, and so eliminate any effects due to the acoustics of your room.>

6- Decide on a good microphone
If you only buy 1 mic, make sure to choose a dynamic mic. This type of construction is more robust and versatile, and is self-powered.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Vocal EQ Cheat Sheet

When recording, some instruments sound a little fuzzy like its been recording with a cheap microphone. So in order to correct that problem music producers use a EQ or equalizer to help make the insturments sound the best they can be. I found a chart that teaches you how to use an EQ properly by showing you how to use it by telling you how much and how little you want to use it by removing or boosting certain frequencies  

Vocal EQ Cheat Sheet - for sound recording

Interview with Trey LaCroix (3/25/17)

Listen to my interview with Trey LaCroix