Category: Mixing

Reverberation Effect

Reverberation, commonly known as reverb, refers to as the persistence of a sound after the specific sound has been produced. Reverb is created when a signal is reflected, causing several reflections to build up. When this happens, the signal decays as the sound is absorbed by the different surfaces within a space.  Reverberation is frequency-dependent…
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Understanding Sound Frequency

First things first. Let’s define sound frequency. Sound frequency is a property of sound that is typically associated with the musical pitch. Sound frequency is the number of waveform cycles that happen within a specific time. Frequency is measured in Hertz.  Every musical instrument has different amounts of energy depending on the frequency range. Every…
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Mastering

Mastering is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source that holds the final mix into a data storage device. This data storage device is known as a master. Mastering is the last step in the process of making a professional-sounding song. Mastering acts like a filter; a type of audio post-production…
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Mixing

Mixing is a process that combines multiple sounds into one or several channels. This combination includes multitrack recordings that transform into a final mono, stereo or surround sound product. Within this process, the source of the volume level, the dynamics, the frequency content, and the panoramic position are altered or enhanced. Volume levels are adjusted…
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Sidechaining

Sidechaining compression is a very powerful tool that allows the user to control the dynamics of a source. This technique adds space, rhythm, energy, and separation to a mix, and it involves threshold, ratio, attack, and release times. When using sidechain, the user can tell the compressor to monitor and control the level and volume…
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Strategic Mixing

The concept of a good mix is subjective, but there are certain outlines that are quite efficient and widely used in the modern music industry. Recorded music and sequenced music stages are different. It’s worth mentioning that stages in recorded productions begin when they get close enough to the previous stage. Stages in sequenced music…
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Reflect on Reverb

Reverberation, also known as reverb, occurs when a sound is reflected. Reverb time is the time it takes for an impulse to decay in a specific space. In acoustic spaces, there are many reflections that hit the receiver each time they reach the surface. At some point, the absorption of the surface causes them to…
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Maximizing Loudness

Maximizing the loudness of a mix begins at the sound stage rather than the mastering stage. By using the full potential loudness of individual elements, the producer is able to give the mastering total control to drive the limiter at a higher threshold without distortion. It’s worth mentioning that Electronic Dance Music artists are constantly…
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Reading Meters

Meters are essential because listening and looking at mixes has the same level of importance. Meters help understand clipping, as well as other unwanted sound content that is too subtle to hear during music production, especially after compression. There are many types of meters within the audio universe, being peak and VU meters the most…
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Phase and Phasing

Phase, also known as position, refers to the orientation of a cyclical waveform in time, relative to another cyclical waveform. Phase shifting is measured in degrees and it ranges from zero to 360º. To determine the phase degree, it is essential to have a reference waveform. Because of this, it is crucial to know exactly…
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