Mixing and effect processing are foundational elements of turning recorded audio into a finished product. Matt offers some rules of thumb about mixing using faders—thinking in terms of what needs to be quieter to get out of the way, rather than making things louder. Panning in the stereo field is also important as a creative tool, but it's important to check for mono compatibility, one-ear compatibility, and proper bass management.
- Once you've recorded some digital audio,…how do you turn it into a finished product?…For example, if you're recording a song…how do you put together and polish the…various instrument and vocal sounds?…The foundational elements of this process are…mixing and effect processing.…Lets start with mixing.…Two of the most important parts of mixing…multi-track audio are the levels and…the panning of tracks in a mix.…Levels refer to the volume levels,…each track relative to each other.…
Panning refers to where each track is placed…in the speakers or headphones,…left, right, or in-between.…Another important part of mixing is…automation which lets us create changes over time…to the volume, panning and other aspects of the mix.…Let's start by talking about levels,…there's no paint by numbers shortcut to…setting levels in a mix.…There's no right number for, say, your lead vocal fader…except for where it sounds best.…
Everything is relative and different sounds…cut through differently,…it all depends on context and there's no…
The course starts with explanations of what sound really is and how we hear it, including discussions on frequency, amplitude, phase, and psychoacoustics. Matt explores analog audio signal path, explaining connections, gain staging, and metering. Next, he brings the audio signal into the digital domain, discussing analog to digital conversion, digital gain staging, file formats and compression, and dither.
Then the course digs into digital audio workstations (DAWs), explaining the concepts and misconceptions involved in digital recording systems. Matt describes how memory, CPU speed, and storage affect your DAW's performance, as well as how to manage computer resources and understand the plethora of file formats associated with digital recording. He follows with an overview of MIDI: how to generate, store, process, and communicate MIDI data. He wraps up with the audio processors that are often used for mixing in a DAW—including EQ, compressors, reverb, delay, and many others.
- What is sound?
- The three domains of sound: acoustic, analog, and digital
- The analog vs. digital signal paths
- Converting analog audio to digital
- Digital formats and data compression
- Understanding the five types of DAWs
- Recording performances with MIDI
- Mixing and processing audio with EQ, compression, and other effects
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1. Concepts of Sound
2. The Signal Path: Acoustic and Analog
3. The Signal Path: Digital
4. Digital Audio Workstations
6. Mixing and Processing Audio
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