In this lecture, we begin our Section on Mixing. The tactics and strategies discussed here are based on Ableton but represent best practices for mixing any type of music. This section is possibly the most important section in the course.
We waited until the mixing section to discuss effect in depth as use of effects is how a mix engineer will take control of a session and carve out a hopefully great mix. We initially discuss inserting effects (primarily EQ at this point) and how EQ is used to remove unwanted frequencies from tracks to "clean them up". This is a common practice and is recommended as opposed to adding lots of amplitude to frequencies to try to get tracks to stand out.
It is also discussed how important it is to maintain headroom in the mix. The means to continually turn tracks down instead of up in the session. This allows for more room for the effects to do their job. And of course this results in mixes with more dynamic range, which is generally more desirable.
Notes on Mixing and Effects
Building Locators help organize different sections of the song on the timeline
Solo tracks to hear one track by itself
Loop solo tracks to work on one track while it is looping.
Loop all tracks to work on one section of the song at a time.
Highlight and select tracks to make a temporary group to adjust several tracks together
Find Effects in Library and drag or “Insert” the effect onto the track directly.
Use EQ8's spectrum analyzer to see the amplitude to differen