Posts Tagged ‘mixing’

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After about 20 years in radio full-time, I’ve been working as a director of video productions for a manufacturing company in Kansas City for the last few years. I have clients I do imaging for as a freelancer on a consistent basis as well as working with my “home station,” KZPT-FM 997 the Point in Kansas City, where I’m also on-air as a weekend/fill-in jock.
I’d also like to mention how much I love this “Iron Imager” contest. I’d like to thank Benztown for making it happen. I’d like to thank Dan Kelly and the other champs for being involved and bringing a large amount of credibility to this event. The trip to LA and the chance to share the stage with Dan, catch some hang time with the Benztown Team is a prize in itself! If this brings me new opportunities, that’s just icing on the cake. This experience has easily been one of the most exciting things that has happened to me in my radio career.
I love you, radio.
Love, Brady

PS: I’m on twitter, @bradygoodman, and I’m always open to new opportunities

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This is a question I got asked over and over again, if we give a workshop or coachings and it is really a tough one as every environment and goal needs to be adressed  in a different way as well as every budget is different. I personally like the sound of the 1031 by Genelec a lot and the “iconic Yamaha NS 10” as a second listeing experience (did I say experience:))…but there is so many great speakers out there depening on the budget you wanna spend. So I think we need to do a limitation on price per speaker and also for what we wanna use it.

So i would say – Speakers for Radio Imaging.

1.) Speakers up to 1000 US$ a pair

2.) Speakers up to 2500 US$ a pair

3.) NO LIMITS – would love that one!!!!!!

Please post in the comment section!!!!

EQ Top

Hey guys it’s Andre.

Getting started in mixing sure is not the easiest part of production. Especially clashing signals in the same range can be a problem, which not always can be solved by simple volume adjusting.

To make you start with a bit of help, I did a little example picture showing some common frequencies and how boosting or lowering them will affect your mix. Also some EQ-ing tricks, I learned from friends, own experience and tutorials.

Frequencies

These techniques are very common to most mixes, but of course you need to adjust your values to your mix. These are just a few tips for quick edits, but if you want to get the best result, you need to trust your ear.

Another tip: Mixing with references will help you get close to that professional sound and provide a quick A/B comparison.

Cheers and have a great weekend.

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

One of our trainees showed me a plugin, which really made me jealous of Apple’s Logic Pro. It’s the built-in Match EQ.

This one is a little gem. It analyzes the average frequency spectrum of an audio file, enables you to save it apply it to another EQ with another signal. This feature makes it pretty useful helper for cleaning up your mix. If you’re having problems with two or several elements clashing together in the same range, the Match EQ will help you fix it with ease.

For example, if you’re having problems with bass drum and bass clashing together, use the Match EQ to analyze your bass drum, apply it to your bass and then just invert the peaks and troughs on your bass EQ. This will filter the spectrum of the bass drum out of your bass and they won’t clash anymore. Combined with side chaining, this is a pretty easy way to avoid clashing. The same technique  works for VO, FX and anything else in the mix. Especially if you’re not into spending a lot of time with analyzing audio and tweaking your EQ’s settings to the max, the Match EQ will give you pretty good help to start with professional EQ-ing.

A pretty cool thing for ‘just’ a built-in plugin in Logic and after seeing this one in action, I wanted to have my own kind of Match EQ and guess what… I could not find anything like this one. Izotope’s Ozone features a similar feature, but it wasn’t as comfortable as with Logic’s Match EQ. Asking the big G,  lead me forum threads from like six years ago and not much more.

So here’s my question to the imaging and production community:

Does any one of you guys know something similar to Logic’s Match EQ? 

Maybe some of you know the right plugin or gear to use, because getting Logic because of this one EQ might be a bit too much. I’d love to hear from you guys. Any ideas or recommendations are welcome.

Cheers and have a great weekend.

Reverb Depth

Talented mixing engineers use various dimensions to place their sounds. They find the right place for each and every element in the frequency range and stereo spectrum to avoid clashing sounds and to create a nice full mix.

Instead of just focusing on left and right, it’s time to go deeper… literally. To soften sharp sounds or to create little accents, engineers also use the depth to change how close or how far a sound is away from the listener. Especially, when you’re creating full scenes or working on a radio play, this trick adds that little bit of detail and realism.

Simply use a reverb on the sound you want to place far away. Find a setting you like and then start turning down the original signal, without turning down the reverb signal. The sound will become more and more distant and will feel like far away from you. Most reverbs have a dry/wet mix fader or knob, so you can place your reverb directly on the sound where you need it. Try to find the right balance between original and reverb signal to decide, how distant it will sound.

Another dimension to be creative with and a simple way to add depth and details.

Analyzers

Analyzer Tools and a lot of other software and plugins have made a producer’s life much easier. Complex analyzing and metering solutions enabled even a realtime 3D view of your work. All these parameters can turn your production into some kind of science with rules of exact levels, frequencies and positions of sounds. Are these tools something you can rely on? Do you think, they can help you in your work or are they just a distraction for your ears? Let me know what you think.

Hi guys, it’s Andy.

Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more — they all rely on the experienced ear of mixing engineer Dave Pensado. He mixed an unbelievable amount of top hits through his career and now, he’s sharing his long time experience and knowledge on his own Youtube channel – Pensado’s Place

Dave talks about common mixing mistakes, how to avoid them and often he invites various well-known producers and engineers from different styles and genres. He already taught, that less is more when it comes to mixing, how to use effects simple and wisely and that you don’t need fancy or expensive gear to create good mixes.

Watch the promo reel, give it a try and get taught by one of the big players in the game.This is a useful links special and I heavily recommend it for every one doing imaging, music or any kind of production.

A lot of producers these days are used to a mobile lifestyle. The device is :”Everything I need for production, fits in a little bag”. Although I am used to my headphones, I often ask myself how my mix will sound in different environments like a studio, a surround system or as a part of a bigger venue.

German manufacturer Beyerdynamic has the plugin to solve this questions – Virtual Studio

Check how to get the plugin for free and what it will do to your mix! (more…)

Hey guys, it’s Andre.

How often do you guys mix in mono? – A question, you should really ask yourself. A nice stereo mix might sound pretty cool on your studio speakers, but do you ever think about the worst case? Not everybody owns decent studio speakers or a hi-fi setup. A lot of people might hear your work on old mono speakers, which might end in a bad surprise, if you didn’t consider the switch from stereo to mono.

Hearing your mix in mono will give you an image on how your work will be heard on older mono systems. Check if everything is as clear as in stereo, so you can be sure all listeners will get it, either in stereo or in mono. Especially heavy stereo effects on your VO might sound weird in mono, so make sure your VO is clear and good to hear in mono as well.

Mixing in mono will focus your mix on volume more than in stereo. Some volume differences might be overheard in a stereo mix, because the sounds are more separated in stereo. In mono, you’re able to mix with less distraction by the position of the sounds and more focused on the actual volume.

Also keep an ear on phase cancellation, when you’re hearing your stereo mix in mono. Different phases, which were separated correctly while mixing in stereo, might collide and cancel each other in mono. (A short insight on phase cancellation and how to use it to create acapellas can be found here) Most analyzer plugins also feature a phase correlation meter, which will help you to discover phase cancellation in mono. Stereo imaging tools (like Waves’ S1 Stereo Imager in the pic below) also might help you to fix these issues.

S1 Stereo Imager

Most monitor controllers feature a simple mono switch, so give it a try to double-check your mix in mono as well, maybe this might save it one day.

Cheers and have a great day.

Mix Window Full

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

Working with audio has become more and more comfortable in the digital age. There’s no need to worry about the number of used tracks. Just slam in your audio and create more tracks if needed. An increasing number of tracks might be pretty useful when you’re creating and arranging an element, but might turn out into a mess, when it comes to mixing. Dozens and more tracks take place in your session and help you losing the overview at all and make mixing a total pain. So why not mix step by step and do the important mix with only a few faders left? See, how this Mix window above will shrink down to only a few faders left.

Mix Window Small

All tracks above are combined to sub mixes, means all tracks are summed into various Aux tracks for final processing and mixing. This technique is established in music production, so let’s take it into radio imaging. Check out a possible setup for your sub mixes and how to improve your mix with this technique.

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