You solo the kick drum, add an EQ plugin, and tweak it until the kick sounds great. You move on to the snare, solo it, and do the same thing. Then you solo the vocals and compress them in isolation. And you slowly move through your mix, using the solo button to shape each track individually.
It’s tempting to work this way. After all, it’s easier to focus on one track at a time. Since you’re not being distracted by other sounds, you can hear subtle changes more clearly. And this helps you make better choices, right?
“Your signal processing chain (that is, the order of your plugins on each track) will most likely reflect the order in which you address different aspects of your mix. In this process you may have experimented with the order of two specific tools, the compressor and EQ. Does one necessarily affect the other?”
Prosound Network: DAW Migration: Pros Consider PT Alternatives: “Especially amongst professional power users, Pro Tools (PT) is the market-leading digital audio workstation (DAW) without a doubt. However, in recent years, a number of factors have prompted some stalwart PT-based pros to reconsider their unofficial alliances with the Avid (formerly Digidesign) recording suite. Here, we share insight from a cross-section of established professionals in the midst of a DAW migration, considering DAWs from pro audio firms including Apple, Cakewalk, Harrison, MOTU, PreSonus and Steinberg.
Software hegemony has been on my mind in several arenas lately. This article just continues to make me consider such things.
Here are the slides from my presentation at the Association for Technology in Music Instruction National Conference on November 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN. A Specifications Grading System as Applied in a Music Technology Course
Here is a pdf of my presentation slides from the Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium on September 18, 2015. Click here to download the pdf of the slides- Improvising Community: A Participant’s Account of the Improvised Music Community in New Orleans Since 2005..
iZotope Education | iZotope – Blog – Answering Your Questions: “Getting your mixes to translate well on multiple different devices can be challenging. Let’s figure out why.”
20 great free and open source music making programs | MusicRadar: “20 great free and open source music making programs”
I recently finished reading How Music Got Free: the end of an industry, the turn of the century, and the patient zero of piracy by Stephen Witt (Penguin Random House).
It is a compelling account of the end of the era of major label largess told through the concurrent tales of a label executive, technology innovator, and early pirate. It doesn’t offer answers to the industry’s current problems, but it does help explain how we ended up where we are. Witt is a skilled story teller and it is an enjoyable read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the inner workings of the music industry, and related technology.
Audio Mastering Month | iZotope – Blog – 8 Mixing Tips for Better Audio Masters: “The best and safest approach is to get your mixes sounding as close as you can to perfect to the best of your ability. Then the mastering engineer has something to work with!”