In this lecture, we continue our Section on Mixing. The tactics and strategies discussed here are based on Ableton but represent best practices for mixing any type of music in any format. This section is possibly the most important section in the course.
We discuss here the technique of creating Groups and the benefits of working with Groups of instruments. With Groups, we can Insert effects into the Groups channel to color or contour all tracks in that Group.
We discussed the function of reverb and its ability to emulate acoustic spaces.
The difference between Inserting an effect and using the Send/Return channels is also discussed here.
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
Highlight and select tracks to make a temporary group to adjust several tracks together
Create Groups of tracks to fold those tracks into one channel.
All effects inserted into a Group will effects all tracks in that Group
Dry/ Wet perimeters control the amount of effect in the device.
Use Send and Return tracks to share one effect across many different tracks.
Use Automation to control perimeters (volume, effects etc) of tracks over time in the song.