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    How to put certain sounds in foreground and background of mix

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    sounds general and vague but it's a problem i'm running into. I'll have like 3 different melodies/instruments going off doing there own thing, and I'll want one in the background (like a lead sound but I want it operating like a pad sound would), one sound I want to be central (the hook/main melody people hear) and the third sound being that subliminal boost (and not interfering with the main melody.

    Question put simply.

    1)What techniques can I use to make some instruments STAND FRONT AND CENTER in my mix. (besides adjusting volume/filter controls)

    2.) How do I get certain sounds sitting in the back of my mix (besides adjusting volume/filter controls)

    3.) and how do I get 2 or more melody type sounds not to interfere with one another so that A main melody can be heard clearly while another melody is used for back up and not interfereing with the "groove" of the main melody?


    If anyone knows anything on any of these questions PLEASE holla back. love ya. pyc.

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    Its all EQing! im not a Guru but, do some reading and watch some videos itll take you along way. I found a Mastering e-Book a while back all PDF's and audio files but its the Truth.

    Play with Highs and Lows, i guarantee go through each instrument and make adjustments just on EQ and you will find your answer. Trial and Error.

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    To bring sounds to the foreground : Boost high-end, less reverb, bring volume up,
    To push sounds to the background : Reduce high-end, increase reverb, bring volume down, use other creative fx (phaser, chorus etc)

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    jrace nailed it. Also keep in mind, the more something is panned away from center, the more obvious it is to the ears.
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    ok thx. I'll for sure focus on eq'ing more and see what I get.

    I know reverb can help push sounds back, I also think chorus can also push sounds back as well (not sure what it is or how it's done :/ )

    Compression supposedly can create it's own peaks/boosts (right words?) to help give it more clean/poppy/presence and that can help with foreground stuff. (still don't know how this is done)

    but that's basically all my knowledge on the subject, and I still have an amazingly difficult time dealing with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gouryella91 View Post
    ok thx. I'll for sure focus on eq'ing more and see what I get.

    I know reverb can help push sounds back, I also think chorus can also push sounds back as well (not sure what it is or how it's done :/ )

    Compression supposedly can create it's own peaks/boosts (right words?) to help give it more clean/poppy/presence and that can help with foreground stuff. (still don't know how this is done)

    but that's basically all my knowledge on the subject, and I still have an amazingly difficult time dealing with it

    After reading this thread last night I searched Youtube and there's a tutorial for every question you have. And that's only covering Logic. Just be specific with DAW when you search. Mr June and Jrace help can take you miles alone!

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    Here is my set-up:

    EQ for distance - Back of the mix - quieter less top end, roll off some low end below 150 to 200hz

    Reverb for distant sounds - Roll off some high end, you can always add more reverb to sounds placed in the back of the mix

    Echo with Reverb - Creates distance, tape echo or delay with high end rolled off above 4khz and low end theory below 200hz

    Chorus - Pushes sound back for Pads so they sit nicely behind everything else.

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    If your using two melodies at same time the most favorable choice would be to pan each of them on different sides. Now create sends of reverb on opposite side. This will not only allow your melodies to have sense of space, but reverb will also add depth to your mix.
    Actually I used this same technique on e guitars it worked pretty damn well!

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    Soo this was intersting! I actually just EQ and Compress then use Izotope Imager to sort out the stereo for each part.

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    I agree with all of the above advice!
    Reverb and even a little delay/panning to push a sound back. To bring a sound up close I usually keep it dry (no efx) and centered. Side chaining or frequency ducking conflicting sounds can help a ton in bringing a sound up front. (not to mention clearing up the mix as a whole)

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