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Discussion in 'F.O.H.' started by X14Halo, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. X14Halo

    X14Halo Member

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    Somebody who has very little experience with mixing and EQ'ing is given a bunch of raw guitar and drum recordings of good quality. They are told to make it awesome. Let's just say they are using a free DAW like Reaper. You have one tip, trick, or piece of advice that you can give them (or a couple, whatever)...what is it?
     
  2. Clark Kent

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    That it's all about volume balance in the end.

    Low cut on every track esp. guitars.
     
  3. osiris8

    osiris8 Bedroom Guitarist

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    Read WDYRSLA and ermz Systematic Mixing. Also, use eq to take away crap instead of trying to boost the good stuff.
     
  4. rob w

    rob w Huh?

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    Reaper's free? Dammit, they said i had to buy a license. Scamming bastards!
     
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    learn to trust your ears.
     
  6. osiris8

    osiris8 Bedroom Guitarist

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    Not free, just because you can abuse the trial forever doesn't mean you don't have to pay. But at $60 for personal use it's almost free.
     
  7. rob w

    rob w Huh?

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    Yes thankyou, it was a joke.
     
  8. osiris8

    osiris8 Bedroom Guitarist

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    Yes obviously - when I read it again :).
     
  9. Loren Littlejohn

    Loren Littlejohn Lover of all boobage.

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    Don't clip your fucking converters.
     
  10. ForHerDeadEyes

    ForHerDeadEyes Señor Member

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    It's not about getting a tip/setting to make it awesome..
    What I did before I even started posting on this forum was to go back as far as the site would let me (although I know through google you can reach older threads)..
    Start here: http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/production-tips-449/index225.html
    If you click the scrollwheel on your mouse, while over a link, it opens (should) the link in a new tab.. at least in FireFox..
    So.. go back and start opening up all the threads that you think could help you..
    I did just that.. a lot of good reading.. and when you've reached the first page, you'll have learned a whole lot o' good stuff..
     
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    xFkx gain induction

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    watch out for inter-plugin digital clipping, first thing that will drain the life out of your mix.


    and on a more new age spiritual mambojumbo: have patience and use your ears
     
  12. Sloan

    Sloan Sounds like shit!

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    A good mix is built from thousands of tiny and seemingly insignificant good decisions.
     
  13. egan.

    egan. daylightdies.com

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    Look less, listen more.
     
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    Emdprodukt Member of Dude Castle 69

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    Highpass Filter on EVERYTHING
     
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    Butt Nekkid New Metal Member

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    Proper gainstaging and enough headroom.
     
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    DO WHAT YOU NEED
     
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    Reference. Reference often.
     
  18. dcb

    dcb nerd

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    don't do it. instead pay an expert.
     
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    I think the guy is looking more along the lines of HOW to do it. When i was getting started, I asked a guy who's shit sounded amazing how he did it, and his answer was "I just think about how i want it to sound and i make it like that". Not very helpful. He is probably looking more at how to get a guitar tone, or drum sound. Information like use a tube screamer with the gain all the way down and the level all the way up to get a good start for distortion in an amp might be more helpful (i know, not a set rule, YMMV). Not presets necessarily, but how the things actually work. how you can use what to get a certain tone.

    so yeah, i agree with the guy up there. start by looking and reading all the stuff you can. some people have actually contributed positively in this forum, its just hard to find
     
  20. K Odell

    K Odell \=/Varnisher\=/

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    This times a million
     

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