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Spike Stent (includes 10 Spike Stent Mixing Tips)
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:14:50 PM »
Old (1999) but good:

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan99/articles/spike366.htm

10 Spike Stent Mixing Tips   

1. If your desk allows, null the faders after you set up your initial balance (this is usually possible only on digital desks or analogue desks with VCA automation): it's easier to see the relative levels changes that you make afterwards.

2. Trust your instincts more than any red lights flashing.

3. If it feels good, immediately put it down, even if it may be technically flawed. You can always redo things later.

4. Try using EQ and compression on the stereo mix.

5. Remember that every section of the song has its own atmosphere and function. You can make a track much more attention-grabbing if you subtly change the EQ and effects for different sections of the song, especially on the vocals.

6. Distortion is a great effect for creating character and separation.

7. Some fantastic cheap effects boxes that every home studio should have are the new Lexicon MPX100 and the Zoom 1201. They are only about 250 and 99 respectively, and they sound absolutely great.

8. Another cheap and very effective option is using guitar effect boxes. I use regular guitar pedals a lot, and also the Sansamp. I'll put anything through them, vocals, guitars, keyboards or loops, to create distortion or other effects.

9. If you have Pro Tools, try the DUY Dspider plug-in. It's fantastic, with loads of analogue synth filters and distortion effects. You can automate synth sweeps with it.

10. The Waldorf Miniworks filter box and Alesis Quadraverb reverbs are other great bits of affordable kit. Highly recommended.


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