The Musical You and Some
Music Mixing Advice
mixing can mix you up. However, a mixed up person does not make
a good music mixer. My advice is not to be mixed up so that you
can mix music musically. Sorry if that sounds mixed up.
it comes to music mixing, my suggestion is to load up on as much
information as you can. No matter which recording software you use,
read and re-read the manuals provided to best understand the details
involved with applying filters, reverb and other special
effects to specific soundtracks that you have created.
working with a customer and their music mixing needs, it is important
to get a feel as to whether the client requires:
a conservative approach;
a wild approach;
a hybrid of the above two bullet points;
Often times, an acoustical sound is exactly what
a client requires, with tasteful editing from you. This tasteful
type of editing is usually applied to classical music recordings
or film music that requires a duplication slight enhancement of
what was initially recorded in a live studio session.
On the other
hand, special effects can be a wild experience. Consider,
for example, a horror movie
soundtrack. Nothing is more entertaining than being given a free
license to add special effects to a midi
or audio soundtrack.
hybrid approach is often needed in film scoring, especially with
a longer movie that has many different scenes and changes of mood.
This is where a composer’s resourcefulness is heavily tested.
Diversity in creating effects, balance and enhancement is drawn
from your pool of knowledge with respect to mixing techniques.
a final thought, try not to get obsessed with the
mixing process. It is easy to get to a point where you keep adding
and editing effects ad nauseum. My suggestion is that if you feel
yourself going into this obsessive zone, sit back and try
to visualize yourself as an audience member. When looking from the
outside, a lot of the neurotic obsessing vanishes and a more practical
approach often seeps in!