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    What you are describing is pretty much how all...

    What you are describing is pretty much how all pros work. You have to kind of rough mix as you go so you have context and know that whatever part you are working on will work. It's always been that...
  2. Thread: Vu Meter

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    I would encourage you to not watch meters other...

    I would encourage you to not watch meters other than to make sure you aren't clipping things. It really won't help you. You need to set volumes by ear. If you are trying to get to a certain...
  3. I'm a major label mixer/producer. The...

    I'm a major label mixer/producer. The certification title is completely meaningless. Nobody will care. Nobody will even ask. Take the classes if you think you will learn better that way, but the...
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    The music sounds nice. The vocal is too low and...

    The music sounds nice. The vocal is too low and not in the right space. It also sounds like the vocal is coming out of a gramaphone for some reason. It could be a mix issue, but it would take a...
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    I almost never use a mutli-band compressor. I...

    I almost never use a mutli-band compressor. I feel like MB compressors are like a dinosaur because they are considerably easier to do than a dynamic EQ and predate dynamic EQs by decades. But the...
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    The difference is in the noise floor. Recording...

    The difference is in the noise floor. Recording and mixing at 24bit will make it considerably easier to gain-stage because you'll be able to leave a ton of headroom instead of trying to get...
  7. It depends on the sound you are going for, the...

    It depends on the sound you are going for, the artist, and the mic. Arm up a track and try it one way, then do another take 20 degrees off-axis, and then see which you like better. Personally, I...
  8. Dcour, I listened (sounds good) and looked at...

    Dcour,

    I listened (sounds good) and looked at the waveforms. You just need a limiter/clipper on this. You can stick it directly on your mixbuss as the very last insert, post-fader, or you can...
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    I would probably try an offline pitch process...

    I would probably try an offline pitch process before using a real-time plugin. They tend to perform better. Remember, you probably don't need to pitch the drums unless there are parts that are...
  10. I literally just went through this. Sony had me...

    I literally just went through this. Sony had me mix a song for J. Monty called “100 Bars Pt 4”. It should be dropping really soon so look for it and then come back and hit me up. It’s basically...
  11. Here's the answer to loud masters that don't...

    Here's the answer to loud masters that don't distort.

    1) Balance balance balance. The better you balance your mixes, the more it can be pushed into a limiter without distorting. This is 90% of...
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    It takes a lot of practice to learn where the...

    It takes a lot of practice to learn where the point is where putting in more effort won't really help the record - or further tweaking will actually HURT the record. The more experience you have,...
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    I get loops once in a while. When it happens I...

    I get loops once in a while. When it happens I usually splice it up into individual hits and move them to separate tracks. A pain, but it typically gives me enough control to make it work with the...
  14. I mix records for a living. Fix the room. Put...

    I mix records for a living. Fix the room. Put in the time and do the research - it's not that difficult and it doesn't cost much. Just avod all the foam kits because they are b.s. It's VERY VERY...
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    I'm saying to make bass traps out of 703 first. ...

    I'm saying to make bass traps out of 703 first. Then make first reflection absorbers out of 703. Then if you still need the room dryer, make more absorbers out of 703. No foam. Foam has it's...
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    Do not use foam. Instead use Owens Corning 703...

    Do not use foam. Instead use Owens Corning 703 or the equivalent. Knauf make an equivalent. You will have to go to a construction place, not your typical home improvement store. Or look online. ...
  17. You should be following the first. The reality is...

    You should be following the first. The reality is that if it sounds good, it IS good. But you will run into problems down the road using the band-aid technique of the second one whereby you'll feel...
  18. In my personal opinion, I think people new to...

    In my personal opinion, I think people new to mixing (say less than at least a few years experience) reach for side-chaining to solve problems that are better solved with the fader. It's like a...
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    They are the same. I think "ultramaximizer" was...

    They are the same. I think "ultramaximizer" was a marketing term waves developed for the L2, but they might not have been the first. Regardless, if you know what you are doing, it's okay to slap a...
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    With mastering, if it sounds good, and meets...

    With mastering, if it sounds good, and meets technical specs, then it IS good. That's all that matters. That said, I would never hire a mastering engineer who doesn't say who they are, by name, on...
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