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In this course, author Bobby Owsinski reveals industry tips, tricks, and techniques for producing professionally mixed audio on any digital audio workstation. He offers recommendations for setting up an optimal listening environment, highlights the most efficient ways to set up and balance a mix, and shows how to build a powerful sound with compression. The course also explains how to master the intricacies of EQ; incorporate reverb, delay, and modulation effects; and generate the final mix.
Sometimes when we get something in the mix we find that there is a problem and that there is some timing issues, there is something that's early or something late, and the only way we can make the track sound good is to do a fix. So let me show you how to do a quick fix on the bass here that we can apply just about any instrument if it happens. Let's have a listen first of all to the drum track and the bass. (Music playing) Now it doesn't sound so bad when everything is together.
But if we soloed things up, we can definitely hear if the bass is late. We are going to solo the Kick, the znare, and the bass. (Music playing) You can hear that last note is definitely late against the snare. That's what we want to fix. So the easiest way for us to do this is to move the snare channel next to the bass. And the way we do that is we click-and -hold and then move over to the bass. Now when we go to our Edit window we see bass and snare are right next to one another and this is important, because we'll look to where the snare is so we can line up the bass and we'll do the final part by ear where this will give us in the ballpark. Let's listen.
(Music playing) So here's where the problem is and it's right here. So what we'll do is we'll highlight just that note. Now we can tell by the peak here this is the next note. So we want to go from the peak here to the next peak and what we're going to do is hit Command+E. Command+E now separates on both sides so we just have this one piece. Now what we're going to do again is grab this piece by clicking and then moving the mouse and move it up just a little bit and let's hear what this sounds like.
(Music playing) It sounds almost but not quite. (Music playing) Go to a little ahead now, then a little bit behind. (Music playing) Let's listen with the rest of the track. (Music playing) Now we can zoom in by just hitting the T button and the R button moves us back.
And if we zoom in we can see, we are just a little bit ahead. Here is this snare drum right here and here is the bass. Now what we want to do is move this just ever so slightly and we'll grab it move it back and we'll listen now. (Music playing) That's pretty close. (Music playing) The next problem is right at the Edits. Let's listen to the bass by itself and listen to what happens. (Music playing) If we really want to make this sound good what we're going to do is do a quick crossfade.
Now where we want to do this is just move our mouse right on top of the edit. Now if you take notice we get this little icon and what that means is we can now add a crossfade and the way we will do that is we'll click and we'll move to the right and you can see this crossfade comes up. We can do the same thing over here. Now what we're going to do is we are going to elongate the previous region so they overlap a little like this. And let's have a listen. (Music playing) And you can hear it's pretty seamless. (Music playing) Let's listen with the snare again.
(Music playing) And let's listen to the whole track. (Music playing) Matter of fact let's go back to the beginning and have listen. (Music playing) And you can hear all of a sudden it's tightened up. Now if you want, you can go through all the parts and tighten everything up so they hit pretty much the same. You don't want to always make everything exactly the same because then it gets a little boring but you want to make sure that one instrument doesn't sound so far either ahead or behind that it just sounds awkward.
Of course, that's a taste call, but that's why you're the producer, right?
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