There are many controls that you can take advantage of in the Fairlight page in DaVinci Resolve 14. One of these is the mixer. How do you use the mixer in Fairlight? In this video, instructor Patrick Inhofer walks you through how to use mixer that’s found in the Fairlight Page in Resolve 14 on your audio clips.
- In the, kind of quick start, overview section of this training, we looked at the mixer. But I think as we dive deeper into that feature in this movie, you're going to be pleasantly surprised by the power at your fingertips. We're continuing on from where we left off from the previous movie and now I'm going to close down the inspector and open up the mixer, and this is what I'm talking about, this mixer. There are a lot of controls that are here but most of these controls are just repeated over and over again.
So I've got multiple channel strips. So each fader bank is called a channel strip and each fader bank has several areas as you start at the top and work your way down. We're not going to go through all of these in detail, I'm just going to show you the ones that I think are really interesting and relevant for us right now. And we'll start with EQ, because remember, I mentioned how it would be nice if you could do kind of a track level EQ, and this is where you do that. So I've got the VO track, if I want to add an EQ to my VO, and do it to every single clip, I don't have to do it to each individual clip, or do it to one and then copy and paste, I just open up my mixer and I do this at the track level.
I'll double click on EQ and now I've opened up instead a six band equalizer at the track level. You're going to want to make sure that this little switch is turned on, which it is by default, so that the equalizer is active, and normally it's just flat, it's a completely flat response. But now you have all of these same EQ controls, you have in the clip EQ except you have some additional bands to work with.
So for instance, let's give this a quick shot. I'm going to come down to our music track which is labeled right down here, and I'm going to double click on the EQ in the music track and I want to notch out this music so that it doesn't fight with some of the voices. So let me close this out, let's shift Z so we see everything. I'm going to play through just this ending VO where it's just a solid block of VO and the music is up full and I want to make sure the music doesn't fight the VO, and I'm going to do that partially through EQ.
So let's hit play and listen, I'm going to un-solo the wife from the previous movie and hit play. - [Commercial Narrator] Your weight matters challenge.. - [Patrick] Alright so first of all the music's way too hot so let's drop that down, we've got to get this volume down and we're going to do this at the track level. I've got all these edits in here, let's go ahead at the track level and just drop this way down, and let's try dropping it down to minus 20, see how that plays out. - [Commercial Narrator] Find free resources to help you take control, you can start improving your life - [Patrick] There we go, right about there is where I like the music generally, but I still find that it's probably fighting the VO a little bit, and rather than just dropping down the volume, I don't want it to disappear, I still want some presence.
I'm going to go ahead and notch out on the EQ. So we open up the EQ for channel strip number five, and on the bottom you can see the kilohertz and we're going to probably pull it between this range here around 500 up to around 4K and let's see what that does for us. So we're going to pull down band three, we're going to pull down band four and maybe even band five a little bit. No, let's leave band five where it is. Let's just try working with three and four.
I'm going to spread these out so that it's not quite so notchy. There we go, adjust it. And now let's see how this music plays against the VO. Let's move this equalizer out of the way. Hit play. - [Commercial Narrator] Visit yourweightmatters.org where you'll find free resources to help you take control. You can start improving your life right away.
- Now I'll turn this off Turn it back on. Alright so I think that helps a little bit. And of course I can keep on tweaking this to my heart's delight. Once I'm happy with my EQ settings, notice also how this little EQ visualizer shows me that I no longer have a flat response. Some other elements in here that will keep you just busily getting lost in this little section of the software.
Let's take a look at dynamics, we'll double click that and here we have our compressor, limiter, expander and gate. You could sit here and tweak these knobs all you want, to your heart's delight, and you're not going to hear anything because, let me hit reset, you first have to turn these babies on. And it'll become obvious when you turn them on, I click on compressor and look at that! Alright, all of a sudden now I'm starting to get some feedback, some visual feedback as to what I'm doing as I turn each of these items on or off.
Now, the expander gate, it is a either or. And notice that, as I start making adjustments here, you're going to start seeing also it updated, in the graphic here. Now you can't make changes on this graphic. It's simply a visualization. But yeah, now you have an entire suite of tools, of dynamics, available at your fingertips. I'm going to go ahead and reset that and close it out. And then finally, and this one's kind of, I know it's kind of crazy to me too as well, is the pan tools.
We also have these pan tools over on the edit page. I'm going to double click on that, and now you have left, right and center panning, but it goes beyond that. You can actually place where your apparent center is. You can even do things like adjust the spread of your stereo pair, 'cause this is a stereo track. So we have a center dot plus the stereo pair. On the other mono tracks you don't have a little stereo indicators. You can even do things like, this is just fun to look at, is the rotation, I can kind of rotate where that stereo appears to be coming from.
Reset. But yeah for the most part, if all you're looking to do is adjust your panning, you do that right here using your mouse, or hover and then drag left and right over the little knobbies. Reset, and close. Again, not only do you have clip level EQ, for fixing specific problems, or to make very specific enhancements, you also have track level controls, normally associated with dedicated, digital audio workstation software.
But guess what, that's what the Fairlight page is. It's a dedicate DAW, and it's now directly integrated in Resolve 14. But there's one more thing, and we're going to cover that in the next movie.
- Setting up a project and key preferences
- Organizing your media
- Editing to the timeline
- Color correcting to fix problems and add effects
- Copying color corrections across clips
- Making targeted fixes
- Mixing audio
- Using audio busses
- Rendering to nonlinear editors