Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Maximizing mix loudness with brick-wall limiters, part of Get in the Mix with Logic Pro.
…A typical audio signal, whether it's one individual instrument…or a multitrack mix, is usually made up of…many quick transients, whose amplitude values extend much further…than the average level, or body of the signal.…These transients prevent us from raising the overall level of the signal too high.…Because if we did, those transients would exceed…0 DBFS, clipping our output converters and causing distortion.…Now this presents a dilemma for…our human hearing, because our ears are…tuned to average out loudness over a longer…period of time than a millisecond long…transient hitting the top of our dynamic range.…
So how do we get the average level of our mix up to…a comparable level with the rest of the songs in our music collection?…By clamping down on those peak transients and raising up…the average level of our mix using a brick wall limiter.…Think of a mix going into a brick…wall limiter like a spring being pushed into a concrete wall.…since this spring can never go further than…the wall that it's pushing against, the coils…
This course covers 23 techniques for improving your mixes with compressors, processors, EQ and filters, delay, and modulation. The first chapter covers compression and dynamics processing, including how to even out vocal performances and add punch to drum tracks. The second chapter goes into EQ and filtering techniques, such as creating complimentary EQ curves and EQ-ing FX returns. Last, the authors explore delay and modulation techniques, including using long delay on key lyrics and creating flanger and phaser effects.
Download the free exercise files and open them in Logic to start training, or simply watch the videos here at lynda.com.
- Using compression to even out vocals and add punch to drums
- Maximizing mix loudness
- De-essing a vocal track
- Using EQ to fix problems and place elements
- Automating EQ
- Using long delay
- Creating slapback echo
- Creating a flange effect