☘️ New For Spring! Mixing Foundations II

Analog Warmth: Mixing Consoles

mixing and mastering May 24, 2018
It’s funny that we sometimes don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone — and then we spend lots of time and energy to get it back!  And we are really happy when we get it back.
 
That’s the story with analog warmth. When all there was were consoles and tape machines, everyone complained that the consoles “colored the sound” and that tape machines were too noisy and non-linear.  And that one day all of these “problems” would be solved in the all-digital age.
 
But as soon as digital music production began to mature, audio professionals complained that everything sounded thin, sterile, small, hard, and unpleasant.  Top producers and engineers longed for their colorful, saturating vintage gear that they once cursed.
 
And so it is. Now we have the best of both worlds.  Digital transparency with vintage character and analog warmth.
 
Tape, tubes, transistors, and transformers (the 4...
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Softube Tape Explained

mixing and mastering May 24, 2018

Softube Tape is a new tape saturation/compression plugin from Softube that brings great sound, intuitive controls and some unique features not found on other tape plugins like dry/wet and crosstalk controls.

 

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Slate Digital Virtual Tube Collection Explained

mixing and mastering May 24, 2018

Slate Digital recently introduced Virtual Tube Collection – great addition to their Virtual Mix Rack collection of API-500-like mix rack.
Virtual Tube Collection comes with 3 different flavors: Hollywood, London and New York inspired by classic vintage topologies and designs, and they all sound a little bit different.
They are very easy to use: each module has two different models: Preamp which is more flavorful and Console which is more conservative, but they both give a very nice tube color.
So if you are looking for even more distortion – there’s Normal/Push switch. Push mode gives more harmonic density and non-linear response.
Virtual Tube Collection is part of Slate Everything Bundle.

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How do you fatten and widen your bass?

music production May 24, 2018

Danny Wyatt here. Thanks for the awesome responses to the survey! Lots of great questions and thoughts, and a flood of topics for me to cover. I wanted to start with one of the more common questions.

Have you bought a bunch of plugins but your mixes and masters still aren’t sounding right? I want to help you get that pro sound from your own computer. Technology is changing fast, and I’ve spent the past year developing all-new techniques to layer in with my time-tested approach (I’ve been doing this for over 30 years). So let’s get started with the…

First question: “How do you fatten and widen your bass”?

Answer: Fatness really comes from layers of fattening, rather than one plug-in or one technique. A typical bass channel starts with a layer of tape saturation, followed by a musical compressor (usually an LA-2A with just a small amount of gain reduction), followed by a “technical” compressor like the Fabfilter Pro-C,...

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Soundtoys Delay Techniques: Crystallizer and PrimalTap

While Soundtoys most popular delay plugin is Echoboy, Soundtoys bundle contains two amazing delay plugins: Chrystallizer and Primal Tap that are underestimated by many producers. In this 1-hour long video from our recent webinar Daniel Wyatt explains who you can use those plugins in your projects showing inspiring examples of unusual effects you can’t get from your regular delay plugin.

Delay and modulation effects are part of the curriculum of Ultimate Mixing and Mastering Program and Next Level Mixing Online Course.

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10 Mixing Reminders

mixing and mastering May 24, 2018

1. Listen to a part of a commercial track before you start mixing….wav, mp3 or spotifiy is fine. not the whole song…just a piece to calibrate your ears

2. Take a 5 minute break for every 45 minutes of mixing….literally stand up and walk around or stretch….leave the room if possible
Don’t turn the volume up and down. Set a comfortable fixed level and leave it there for hours at a time.

3. Work on the kick and make a really good kick sound before proceeding. Build the mix to a good kick sound…even if it changes over the course of the mix.

4. Try to have three mix projects in rotation. Jump between them, rather than sentencing yourself to listening to the same track over and over and over again. Don’t work on the same track for over 4 hours in one session.

5. Add the mix buss limiter only after most of the dynamics have been set on the individual channels. Your mix should look good naked, before the steroids.

6. The mute tool is often more...

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SoundToys Sie-Q Explained

Uncategorized May 24, 2018

Soundtoys has recently released their new plugin (that was free for a limited time). It is emulation of an EQ found on vintage German console made by Siemens.
Here’s an in-depth look into this plugin and some ideas on how you can use it together with Soundtoys Rack and other excellent Soundtoys plugins:

 

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Get FREE LA-2A VST/AU by Cakewalk

Uncategorized May 24, 2018

In MixMasterWyatt online we love vintage compressors. And of course LA-2 was always one of the most popular choices.
Today Cakewalk announced that they are giving away their emulation of LA-2A for free.

A Handcrafted Plug-in of Classic Proportions
The CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier captures the true performance energy of some of the most classic devices used in studios for the past 50 years. This plug-in exemplifies the height of Cakewalk’s DSP with modeling technology designed and built by our engineers.

Simple Controls With Powerful Drive
This plugin couldn’t be easier to use. Turn up the gain reduction and gain-match your signal, that’s it. The CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier’s fixed attack and release settings keep you focused on your music with unmatched simplicity.

Legendary Character, Exceptional Control
Character compression is all about creativity. With the CA-2A Leveling Amplifier you can add movement, depth, and control to your tracks with ease. Lift...

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Mid Side Compression Tutorial: Mastering Compression with Elysia Alpha Compressor

Uncategorized May 24, 2018

Mid-Side Compression became de-facto standard in Mixing modern genres of music. Mid-Side Compression puts power in the right place while adding depth and dimension.
Watch this 30-min tutorial to see how to use mid-side compression on mastering stage. For this example I was using Elysia Alpha Compressor that is available as native VST/AU/AAX plugin and UAD.

 

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