As a musician, EQ is an important ingredient in any recording process. As with any skill, the more hands-on training you have with it, the more you'll be able to use it to make your tracks that much more professional.
This article originally appeared on The Recording Revolution.
Every time I crack open the latest issue of Sound on Sound or watch an interview with a top mix engineer sitting in his studio surrounded by racks of outboard gear, I’m reminded of one thing: Mixing is elevated above all other aspects of the song creation process.
Everyone is talking about “magic” plugins, summing mixers, and secret side-chain tricks. I get it. Mixing is a complex art form and it can make or break a good recording. That’s why I create some of the best mixing resources on the planet. (You can get started with this free guide.)
But perhaps we elevate it too much.
This article originally appeared on Soundfly.
Your music has been carefully recorded and painstakingly mixed, but there’s still one more step before it’s ready for the listening public: mastering.
Mastering is the bridge between the studio and the listening room; the last round of tweaks before calling it done.
But why is it necessary at all? “I wouldn’t have approved the mixes unless my music sounded exactly as I intended it to sound,” you might say. “Why would I pay someone else to keep changing it?” As it turns out, there are several very good reasons, many of which require some experience to fully grasp. Mastering, perhaps for this reason, seems mysterious to many.
Let’s pull back the curtain on this process and its objectives, bit by bit.
This article originally appeared on the DIY Musician blog.
So your band is finally in the studio. You’ve been working hard in rehearsals to create great songs, and you know that your lyrics and melodies are strong. You finish your last rehearsal and feel like your band has a huge sound. You show up, set everything up, record your first song, listen back to it, and discover that the mix is falling flat. What do you do?