Mixing Tutorials

Basic mixing tutorials and articles are listed below.

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Q&A: How do I make professional sounding tracks?

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Professional Mixing Tricks, Vocal Recording, Vocal Stacks, Ableton Live, Compression. Want to know some great tips for improving your vocal recordings and mixes? Do you want to learn how to create thicker vocal recordings and better mixes? Then read on.
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Better Compression Using an Oscilloscope

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Compression, Mixing, Side Chain Compression, House, Tutorial, Oscilloscope. In the old days, mixing engineers would study the volume meters as they danced along the console. By playing back well-mixed songs, these early pioneers learned how to read proper song dynamics. This skill is invaluable when trying to understand and utilize compression. This article discusses a modern approach to developing the same talent cultivated in the old masters: the ability to create pleasing dynamic compression. For this tutorial you will need:

  1. A VST Host (Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, Digidesign Protools, etc.)
  2. S(m)execope VST/AU Oscilloscope. Download S(m)execope for Windows / Mac OS X.

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Free VST/AU Oscilloscope

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oscilloscopeVST, Plugin, Free, Mixing, Oscilloscope.A good oscilloscope is useful in many contexts: synthesizer programming, understanding phase cancellation, compression, etc. Lucky for you, there is a fantastic free digital storage oscilloscope from Bram at SmartElectronix. This plug-in can be dropped anywhere in your DAW’s signal path for quick and easy analysis. You can use this tool to fix all kinds of dynamics-related issues.

Download the S(m)exoscope VST / AU plugin for Windows & Mac OS X.


Kick Drum & Bass Mixing Techniques

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Mixing. Bass. Kick Drum. Return Tracks. House. Distortion. Modern electronic music production virtually requires a strong low end. Most often, this frequency space is determined by your song’s kick drum and bass. If you want to write strong, club-worthy songs, then you must master the nuances of low-end mixing. Read on to learn exactly how to do that.

“Kick Drum & Bass Mixing Techniques” and “Sub Bass” Are Available On SonicTransfer Premium.
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Sampling For Inspiration

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Samples, Sampling, Music Samples. Since licensing fees can be so expensive, it is usually unwise to sample audio from commercial songs. Unless you want to pay lots of money to a record company, you should avoid sampling other people’s songs. If you sell or perform your song, then you might end up in an expensive lawsuit.

However, there is a method that you will allow you to enjoy many of the benefits of commercial sampling. Best of all, this method doesn’t require you to pay the expensive licensing fees. At the end of the process, you produce an entirely original work.

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Ableton Live Mixing: Better Volume Automation Using The Utility Plugin

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Ableton Live Tips on Volume Automation, the Utility Plugin, and Mixing. When creating your final mix of a song, it is very important that all of your tracks have the best possible volume levels. This means that you should always adjust the volume level of your tracks at each major change of your song. Additionally, in many songs you may want to fade a track in or out over time. Most producers will automate the track volume envelope to achieve these effects. However, there is much better way! This tutorial will make you a faster producer and will improve your mixing ability. To follow this lesson you will need:

  • Ableton Live

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Better Mixing Using Live’s Utility Plugin

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Using the Ableton Live Utility Plugin on Return Tracks. Ableton Live users can use the Utility plugin for even better control of effects. Return tracks allow you to blend uneffected audio with effected audio. A side effect of using return tracks is that they boost the overall volume of the track. However, Ableton Live users can use the Utility Plugin to fix that. To follow this tutorial you will need:

  • Ableton Live

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How to Use Distortion in Electronic Music Production

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VST Distortion Tutorial on Ableton Live, Mixing, Return Tracks, Boogex. Distortion is used by electronic music producers on basslines, synthesizers, drums, and even entire songs. It is a vital tool that can give your music a much rougher, louder sound. While distortion is often used during mixing, this SonicTransfer.com tutorial will focus on using distortion during music production. To follow this tutorial you will need:

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