Mixing music is a complicated craft. It takes years of practice and experience to master. Mixing, along with production, is the most important part of creating a song. You need to balance all the different sounds within your song so that everything blends well and feels cohesive.
There are several techniques that you can use to get the best mix possible. In this guide, we’ll go over some easy-to-understand analog mixing techniques for beginners and experts alike.
Basic Analog Mixing Techniques
There are several basic Analog Mixing techniques that you should be aware of. For beginners, it’s best to start with these basic techniques and work your way up to more difficult ones. These simple techniques include:
-Using EQs: EQs can be used for various reasons. They can help to cut out frequencies that you don’t want in a sound, boost frequencies that need more power, or change the overall character of a sound. You can use an EQ to emphasize or diminish certain ranges of sound waves. To do this, all you have to do is adjust the frequency knob until you find a setting that sounds perfect.
-Panning: Panning is a technique where one sound will be centered and the other will be moved a little bit to one side or another. This is done so that both sounds still have some space but they aren’t competing with each other as much.
-Compression: Compression helps mix different sounds by making quieter sounds louder and louder sounds softer. If two instruments are playing at once and they’re similar in volume, compression will make them easier to hear as opposed to if they were competing with each other for volume.
Advanced Analog Mixing Techniques
If you’re looking to take your mixing skills to the next level, there are some advanced analog techniques you can use while mixing. One of the more common analog techniques is side chaining, which uses a compressor on a different sound source to control the volume or volume envelope of another sound source.
You would typically use this technique when you want to make one sound’s change in volume-dependent on another sound’s volume. For example, you might put a compressor on a hi-hat and then set it so that if the bass drum is playing, the compressor will reduce the hi-hat volume. That way, when a bass drum plays, you’ll hear fewer hi-hats.
Other advanced analog mixing techniques include creative effects routing and creative EQing. Creative effects routing is where you might use one effect on multiple sounds—like delay and reverb together—while creative EQing is where you add an EQ with three bands (low, high, and mids) for each sound or instrument instead of just one EQ per channel or stereo input.
By the time you’ve finished reading this, you’ll have learned all about the art of Analog Mixing. From the basic techniques to the advanced techniques, you’ll find that it’s an enjoyable and rewarding experience that will help you advance your skills when it comes to creating the perfect mixes.