Mixing—Part 2

       Continuing on from last month’s article, the next step in mixing is adding the rest of the drum kit(excluding the snare) and the guitars. In this case, there was what amounted to two drum overhead tracks, a crash cymbal track and two stereo guitar tracks. They already had the auxiliary sends set up for reverb so it was mostly just a matter of deciding where they would be in the sonic space. This involved panning and adjusting the amount of reverb. More reverb equals further away from the listener, less equals closer. The drum overheads were really hot so I had to pull them back quite a bit to get them to sit in the track. I never compress overheads because you can get some pumping of the compressor and the cymbals won’t sound nearly as crisp.


       Here’s the track after the addition of the rest of the drum kit— click here


       Since they were samples from a drum machine and already compressed, there wasn’t a whole lot I could do with equalization. As I mentioned above, they were really hot so it took quite a while to dial them into the mix. After getting them where I wanted volume-wise in the mix, I adjusted the amount of send to the reverb to push them to the back of the mix.


       Here’s the track after the addition of one guitar— click here


       The guitar tracks were sent to me as stereo tracks. They were recorded using a Line 6 Pod. As you can tell, the tone is dead on. I panned one of the stereo tracks all the way to the right and the other right down the middle. This gave it it’s own little corner of the mix. Reverb was added to give it some sense of being in a room but not so much as to wash out the detail.

       Here’s the track after the addition of the second guitar— click here


       The second guitar is very powerful and really defines the rhythm of the song so I had to make sure that it was almost like a lead vocal without overpowering the other instruments. By panning it opposite of the other guitar and using the reverb conservatively, it sat perfectly in the mix.


       Next Month—Snare, Lead guitar, Background Vocals, etc.










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