In this short video Brian Malouf describes the 7 ways that a mixer manipulates the sound of an audio recording, and the various devices used to help with the tasks at hand. Working with audio for the first time in this course, he delves into the functions of various signal processors and explains many of the common terms used (and misused) by audio professionals and manufacturers. He also shows you how many of them work!
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- [Voiceover] I like to talk about the seven things…that you actually do as a mixer,…to change the sound of the music you're working on.…And I like to say this more for people who comment…on your mixes than for you mixers out there,…because you know these things, but I wanna cover it anyway.…And, you can remind people that this…is what you'd like to hear about.…They are, and there are just exactly seven:…volume, panning, equalization, dynamics, ambience,…harmonics, and modulation.…
Now, I'm not gonna go deep into these things.…For that, I suggest you look at…the Foundations of Audio series.…But, I'm gonna touch on them and clear up some of…the nomenclature that I find really confuses people.…Let me play you a little bit of the selection…we're going to be listening to. This is by…Max Liberty, a band out of Los Angeles, and this song…is called "Euphoria." Take a listen,…starting at the first verse.…("Euphoria" by Max Liberty)…Okay, so that was an interesting little thing,…that's a live-created reverse echo on the snare.…
Brian starts with the basics of creating a mix template and getting a good raw balance of the instruments in the mix. He then dives deep into signal processing techniques on many types of instruments, including drums, bass, guitar, keys, vocals, percussion, strings, and brass. He'll pick out and treat individual tracks with compression and EQ, add space with reverb and echo, and modulate the sound with flangers and phase shifters. Pro Tools is used throughout the course, but the techniques will work equally well with the DAW of your choice.
- Customizing a mix template
- Understanding the interplay of volume, panning, EQ, and dynamics
- Processing drums
- Processing lead and background vocals
- Gain processing
- Treating the bass guitar and synth guitar
- Placing piano in the mix
- Treating strings and brass