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Rules for mixing

Submitted by mic on Mon, 11/20/2023 - 11:20

Here are my most important mixing rules.

Take mixing one step at a time

Understand what you want to do and why you are doing it. If you a solving a problem in the mix, understand what that problem is. Take care of one thing at a time.

I just spent a day with a guitar track that had too much sustain and was dry and muddy. I got rid of the sustain, checked the mid to low end, added sizable reverb, and tried different panning. None of that worked. I realized that the only thing bothering me was a sustained ringing around 3.5 kHz. I added a slight EQ (/wiki/equalizer) notch around that frequency. This allowed a more interesting reverb. The sustain no longer bothered me, so compressors were not necessary. With the new reverb, the low end was not as much of an issue. I tried many things, until I understood that I only needed a slight EQ.


Orinj version 7

Submitted by mic on Thu, 06/02/2022 - 21:45

Version 7 of Orinj is out. As we do with every major version release, we have put out a beta release. Version 7 will replace version 6 when we are comfortable that it is a stable version.

VST (Steinberg's Virtual Studio Technology)


Compressing a signal with variable DC gain

Submitted by mic on Wed, 11/10/2021 - 10:26

Last week I tested how a compressor would compute the amplitude of a wave if the wave had DC gain. The detected amplitude oscillated. The size of the oscillation itself was the amount of DC gain. That was not as important as it sounded, because the frequency of the oscillation was the frequency of the underlying wave – too fast for most compressors.


Why the latency?

Submitted by mic on Thu, 05/13/2021 - 21:49

Every time I record a track, the recording is delayed by about 150 ms. It sounds awful. Imagine the playing bass with the prerecorded drums, but then, when listening back, the bass is late on every beat.



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