Mixing—Part 4

       After getting the rhythm section and the lead vocal in the mix, we have to turn our attention to the snare drum, lead guitar and background vocals. The reason I leave the snare until this point is that you won’t know how it will sound with the rest of kit if you bring it in before. The snare is the counterpoint to the kick drum and has to stand on its own.

       I didn’t have a lot to work with on this track because, like the other tracks, it was highly compressed but still thin, eq-wise.

       Click here to listen to the unprocessed track.

By boosting the eq in the low mids and then compressing the track and raising the overall level, I was able to give it some punch.

       Click here to listen to the track with eq added

       Click here to listen to the track with eq and compression

Finally, I added a reverb to it that gave it some space.

       Click here to listen to the track with eq, compression and reverb

      

       Then came the lead guitar. I didn’t have to do much with it other than automate the volume level because it stood out pretty well without being annoying.

       Click here to listen to the track with the lead guitar part added

      

       Then, I added the background vocals. The only thing I did with those is added a bit of delay to increase the feeling of chaos at the end of the song and some reverb to move it back in the mix.

       Click here to listen to the track without the delay and here for the track with delay

      

       Lastly, I threw in a bit more spice by copying the drum overheads and adding a flange to them. I didn’t want the song to sound exactly like the original and it was something I could easily take out if the client didn’t like it. You never know when something like that will work or not so if you try something out there, make sure you can backtrack.

       Click here to listen to the track without the flanged overheads and here with the flanging

 

       Next month—Almost finished but we have to adjust overall eq and compression and add some warmth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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