Archive for the ‘Mixing’ Category

after a long time that I couldn’t write anything, I happy to say again, Hello everybody and I ‘m happy to be back.

in this time that I didn’t write here, I was busy with lectures and lessons which made me realize a very disturbing phenomenon.
a lot of the new students that I was teaching and lecturing to use their visual sense to make critical decision about their sound in the studio,
which for me is very disturbing, because the most simple logic says :

Question : which sense is used to percieve music ?

Answer : Hearing

Question : which organ is serving this sense ?

Answer : the EARS.

We percieve music through our ears.



basically any difference between the left and the right side will be perceived as a wider stereo image,

the more obvious the differences, the wider the stereo image,

until in some point the differences will be so obvious that the left and the right sides will be perceived as two different sounds, which still make a wider stereo image.


look at the title, and ask yourself, did you really planned your composition and arrangement the best way ?
are  any of the instruments might make problems in the mixing stage ?
can I do anything in the composing or arranging stage to make it easier to mix later and sound better ?


as I promised in the last article,

here are the files of the project, 24bits 44.1khz stereo, so you can work on your skills and internalize the Basic/Beginners Mixing Concepts.

124MB in one RAR file.


I know your Mix already sounds better after that :

but some professionals won’t say a mix is done until it sounds good in mono too.

this is why…


you probably notice that your track sounds a lot better than before but still isn’t finished,

there are some instruments that don’t fit like every other instrument, some peaks on some drum samples are too high and noticeable and need to be pushed back into the mix,

may be you want to push back only the obvious peaks, or make the other drums peaks higher and more aggressive, it’s your artistic freedom and you can choose where you want to go with your mix.

of course you have to pay attention that it’s still sounds good.


ok here is a real nice part – Reverb.

reverb is a strongly psycho-acoustic related subject, and I advise you to read about reverb everywhere you can, until you find the explanation that suits you best.

on this tutorial I will just use reverb to move some parts to the background or giving it more space.