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The Low-End Mix Trick You Need to Know

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Let's return, for a moment, to the low end of things. Last month, we shared this handy video all about how to EQ your bass and kicks to sound great in recordings. But because sometimes that side of our arrangements requires a bit more TLC, check out the video below for an insanely simple trick to achieve an amazing low-end balance the next time you record.

The One Mixing "Tool" Many of Us Aren’t Taking Advantage Of

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This article originally appeared on The Recording Revolution.

 

When you think about mixing, where does your mind immediately jump to? EQ? Compression? Or what about delay and reverb? Or perhaps automation, sample rates, conversion, summing, speakers, or acoustic treatment? Mixing is about all of those things, yes. But, ironically, there's an even simpler "tool" at your disposal on every mix that, in reality, most of us just don’t take advantage of: volume.

How to Make Backing Vocals Sound Amazing on Your Track

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An argument could be made that a strong lead vocal is the most important component of a good song. If so, a strong backing vocal is the cherry on top, that finishing touch that takes a vocal performance from good to great. Bands from Def Leppard to King’s X make their harmony vocals a critical part of their sound.

We’re naturally wired to love singing, and nothing sounds sweeter to the human ear than good singers in harmony. Achieving this sweet sound is not as easy as it appears, though. Ask anyone who’s attempted to sing harmony with him- or herself or carry over well-established live harmonies to a record! It’s difficult to immortalize those perfect harmonies that have happened in rehearsal or onstage, but well worth the effort. Here are some tricks, practices, and ways of thinking to help get you there.

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Apr 29, 2016 08:00 AM

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The EQ Tricks You Need to Know to Improve the Low End for Bass and Kicks

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Are your bass and kick fighting each other in your mix? If they're at odds over which one's most important in the same spectrum, try these tactics from Dave Pensado and mix engineer Jaycen Joshua to achieve a good balance. Soon, you'll realize that it's true: there is a place for all in your music!

6 Tricks to Make Your Mixes Sound Three-Dimensional

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Mixing engineers are like a referee on a football field. When they're doing their jobs, nobody notices that they're there at all. The music flows, uninterrupted, and the sound of the recording is appropriate for the message of the music. But a bad mix is a disaster. It backs listeners away from the song and goes against the grain of the artist’s vision.

All too often, a bad mix is a boring mix. Lacking an understanding of what’s inside your artistic head, whoever mixes you might just line the tracks up in a row, left to right, like prisoners in a police lineup. But mixing is a three-dimensional art. Panning across the stereo field is only one way to create a sonic space. Here are six other tricks that construct a homey space within a piece of music, creating interest, depth, and ambience.