Dimensions

How to get that perfect mix, thinking of dimensions

by Wes on March 17, 2011 · 1 comment

Most of us are perfectionist. We strive to be the best that we can possibly be in everything that we do in life, and when it comes to studio recording, that is not exception. I am sure that with many of you mixes; you spend hours, days, maybe even weeks perfecting that mix, until it sounds just right to you. Everything is set just perfectly; all your levels are great. You compression is perfect, and all the music sounds perfectly blended together.

Then you take a second to hear a commercial recording, and you quickly realize that your recording is just not quite a clean and punchy as the commercial recording that you’re listening to.
Well, fear not my friend; I have a few tidbits of advice that can really help bring out that sound in your recordings.

When it comes to mixing in the studio is all about taking time and making room for the most important parts of any musical production. A large portion of your production will take up lots of space in the different frequencies than you realize. You have to take a step back for just a minute and remember that your sound recording is dimensional. Think of the concept of stereo or you have your left and right speakers and have to make space for all those instruments within the speakers. You have to think of what’s on the left and on the right and where that sound blogs and how will be perceived in the human ear, here are a couple bits of the class how to really bring out the dimensions of your recording.

First I would like to talk about height. Height is the specter of music from the highest level sounds even thinks of to those load deep rich bass tones. One thing you need to remember with all of your different instruments is that certain types of instruments will be on the same sound frequency as the other and is important that you consider the spectrum of where that instrument is. For example think of a bass drum or Tom drums of those have very low tones and one may drown out the other if not mixed correctly to let each one distinguish. The same might hold true for two different types of guitar and a recording. You need to think about the frequency of where your sound is that high-end, the mids, or low-end. To get that professional grade sound, you want to have a full-bodied range of tones that are balanced and none of your frequencies are instruments or vocals overlapping.

Next you need to think of the depth of the song. The depth of the song is the usage of effects like reverb and compression, to give a feeling of how that particular sound reflects throughout the room. For example you can make drums sound a bit enormous by using a reverb effect. The reverb effect might take drums that were actually recorded a small room, and give it to feel that was recorded in a big wide-open room or sounds echoing off the walls. You can use different effects like compression reverb to give more body to each of your sounds. Sometimes using different combinations of depth can really bring out the quality of the instruments.

The next thing you want to consider is your panning. Think about what instruments are being played through both speakers, you left speaker, and you’re right speaker. Using the panning effects can be a very effective tool to give your song different moods and also distinguishes song by how it might actually sound in real life if one were a concert. If you really take a moment, to listen to some your favorite albums you’ll notice that not all the instruments are on one speaker there is usually a balance between different instruments on different speakers, and Sen. instruments being played on both speakers. This trick is used all the time by professional engineers and producers they can really give your song more of a professional sound.

Finally you want to think of her compression, make sure the music is properly mastered at all your peak levels are controlled. This will do one of two things, first it will give your music more and punchy and clear sound second it will avoid peak levels under speaker and gives your music more of a balanced feel. This is very common and the norm when it comes to commercial music and most radio stations and DJs will not even deal with music that is not properly compressed. There is a whole art, when it comes to mastering a record and setting compression levels to be perfect, do not be afraid to hand this off to someone else who specializes in mastering music.

By following these four key dimensions of recording and thinking about your song on a dimensional level whether it’s depth, height, panning, or compression you begin to realize the elements of what makes a professional grade recording. With modern recording equipment, it is very possible to get a professional level recording sound with Holmes studio gear. The most important factors are understanding the dimensions of your song and sound, to get that professional grade sound

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