Category: Mixing

Drum Mastering

Drums are the foundation of mixing in a wide variety of music types, especially the contemporary genres. Drums are the heart and soul of many music genres, including rock music. Drums add vitality to music, they also add pulse to songs, as well as moving and breathing to the tempo. Drums are capable of modifying…
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Stereo Width

Audio mixing is a dynamic process that is constantly evolving. Technology advances continuously appear, and musical trends are changing regularly. As time goes by, new mixing techniques emerge. Around 1970, stereo imaging became popular because monophonic master recordings were transformed into stereophonic recordings. Nowadays, electronic music masters frequently use stereo width to create a stereo…
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Mid-Side Technique

The mid-side technique is a widely used method within the music production universe. This technique helps correct the stereo sound image of a musical piece, as well as its individual components. The mid-side method adds wideness to particular sounds, and it can be found in most equalizers, as well as compressor devices.  Nowadays, a wide…
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Glitch Effects

First things first. Within the audio universe, a glitch is a temporary noise that is located in a file and sounds like a snap. This bug is capable of producing endless possibilities regarding music production. Music producers and musicians are constantly innovating and looking for ways to add interesting effects to sounds. The audio glitch…
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Mid/Side Processing

Mid/Side processing is a technique used to process stereo signals. Within this process, the signal involves two mono signals. One of them is specifically for the left channel while the other one is determined for the right channel. It’s worth mentioning that, although some signals might emerge from the centre when creating a stereo signal,…
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Nonlinear Audio Processing

Digital audio processing in based in linear time-invariant systems. Many technical systems involve both linearity and time-invariance, especially those where input and output signals tied to a specific amplitude range. Many analog audio processing devices have nonlinearities, including analog effect units, valve amps, analog tape recorders, loudspeakers and the human ear. It’s worth mentioning that…
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Gain Stage

Gain stage is a term used in audio engineering to refer to the exact point, during the audio signal flow, where the user can adjust the level of any audio signal. Gain staging is a process that helps manage audio levels to eliminate distortion and avoid unwanted noise. Usually, gain the gain stage appears when…
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Parallel Processing

There are two main way of adding effects to a chain. The first approach is known as serial processing and it works by interrupting the dry audio signal by using an insert slot. When doing this, the dry signal is fed to the processor, then it feeds the processed result to the next processor and…
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Sidechain Compression

Sidechain compression, also known as ducking, is an audio effect that is typically used in radio, pop and dance music. In sidechain compression, the presence of an audio signal is able to decrease the level of another audio signal. In radio, this effect is achieved by lowering the volume of the second audio track when…
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Panning

In audio, panning involves a moving action. An audio pan pot, short for panning potentiometer, is used in a mix to simulate the movement of a certain source from one side of the soundstage to the other. Ideally, timing, filtering, and reverberation differences should be present in order to complete the image of an apparent…
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