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Old 2010-11-16, 23:01
redanieru redanieru is offline
 
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Red face How to mix to sound good no matter what speakers

Maybe I should study why speakers make sound the way they want to sound...car stereos want to make sound boomy...what do they do in the wiring with that?...what's a good middle ground for my mixing levels? Sorry....on to my post

I was thrilled this morning to suddenly hear my song over the speakers during my workout at the gym this morning. My friend at the gym bought my cd last week and she surprised me today. Of course I smiled at my friend gave her a thumbs up. I then soon enuf put back on my music production ears and weighed in on the sound I was hearing in this medium sized rafters type warehouse of a workout space. I noticed right away a balance issue. My vocals sounded exposed/higher volume level than most accompaning instrumentation. Yes is a good thing to target for a mix that has vocals up front, but some of the i strumentation was nearly silent. I thought wow what they say about playing your mixes in as many speakers as possible to learn about what is the best balance! One song I had thought was not balanced well, the worst one, turned out to sound the best of the 5 songs my friend played.
To make a long story short I would like to ask for tips on how to guarantee a good sound out of any speaker system. At one point I remembered ny friend telling me she plays songs out of her personal mp3 player on the gym speakers and i thought thats why the sound was bad or maybe half of the output jacj cord was not plugged in fully but then Prince Kiss shuffled after one of my songs just booming and balanced. So ive worked on compressing and maximizing etc in record but cant figure out the right balance. Could you please give me guidance? Thank you so much. Dan
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Old 2010-11-16, 23:37
bw120205 bw120205 is offline
 
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Listening to your mix on as many sets of speakers as possible is indeed a great idea as you already mentioned. Obviously it's also a good idea to mix on a decent set of flat frequency response monitors or headphones, but this isn't essential.

I find that the BEST thing to always do is listen to reference tracks. Find a song that you think sounds great, and is comparable sonically to your song. Listen to your track side by side and compare critically how it sounds. How does it compare in the low end? The vocal? The panning and spacing of elements? How much more compressed or leveled do the instruments sound? If you are mastering your music then it is also fairly important to see how loud your mix is in comparison (although this should be the LAST thing to worry about.) You will get a good indication of how your mix will translate on a variety of speakers if you compare it to a track that already sounds good in a variety of environments. I began listening to my tracks side by side and my mixes got a lot better.

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Old 2010-11-17, 04:33
redanieru redanieru is offline
 
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Listening to your mix on as many sets of speakers as possible is indeed a great idea as you already mentioned. Obviously it's also a good idea to mix on a decent set of flat frequency response monitors or headphones, but this isn't essential.

I find that the BEST thing to always do is listen to reference tracks. Find a song that you think sounds great, and is comparable sonically to your song. Listen to your track side by side and compare critically how it sounds. How does it compare in the low end? The vocal? The panning and spacing of elements? How much more compressed or leveled do the instruments sound? If you are mastering your music then it is also fairly important to see how loud your mix is in comparison (although this should be the LAST thing to worry about.) You will get a good indication of how your mix will translate on a variety of speakers if you compare it to a track that already sounds good in a variety of environments. I began listening to my tracks side by side and my mixes got a lot better.
Thank you so much bw. I think in my case ill play that prince kiss alongside. Im thinking to import directly into record as a track so that I can visually see the waves of his song rather than just playing it thru iTunes. Does that sound like a good approach?
 

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