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More on reverb

Submitted by mic on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:21

My last post was about reverb, but I managed to cover only the properties of the natural reverb and to talk a bit about the digital reverbs that we chose. Here is some information about the "unnatural" – i.e., simulated – reverb.

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A simple approach to mixing a rock song: Part 6 - Reverb

Submitted by mic on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:19

Reverb? Sure, but how much and which one? Reverb is needed. Our biggest mistake when releasing our first album was leaving it semi- dry and boring. We should have added more reverb to our songs. First, our songs would have been livelier as that is what reverb does – it simulates the real life effects of a sound in a room, a club, or a concert hall. Second and equally important – most music that we listen to has reverb artificially added and so that is what our listeners are used to. Our songs sounded "unnatural" with little reverb.

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A simple approach to mixing a rock song: Part 5 - Equalization (The digital one)

Submitted by mic on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:16

To be sure, contemporary home studio equalization uses digital equalizers. A couple of years ago, when I was trying to design a couple of equalizers, I finally understood what they actually do, so perhaps before we go into how we use equalization we should talk a bit about digital equalizers.

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A simple approach to mixing a rock song: Part 4 - Equalization (What is it?)

Submitted by mic on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:14

Panning is one way to separate clashing instruments. Equalizing is another. Equalization changes the amplitude of various frequencies in the sound mix. Some people even swear that equalization creates the perception of moving instruments up and down in the mix (as opposed to panning, which moves them left and right). Is that even possible? Perhaps. Having different instruments occupy different frequency ranges definitely makes them more distinct in the mix.

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A simple approach to mixing a rock song: Part 1 - General comments

Submitted by mic on Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:46

Mixing to get the sound that you want is not easy and so putting down some simple rules to guide you through the process is important. As always, these are my rules – yours may be different. You should do what sounds good to you. Hopefully though, my experience will help. Why a rock song? Because this is what I have experience with.

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Our cheap home studio setup – the drums

Submitted by mic on Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:15

Recording drums right could use a set of 10-12 microphones and 10-12 separate tracks. Getting a full drum mike set with as many microphones and a mixer with as many tracks is not expensive nowadays. You can find a good drum mike set for as little as $200. Still though, it is possible to record drums with a lot less expense.

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