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MIXING IN PRACTICE

After seeing the theoretical notions here, let's put them in practice. How can we make our recorded instruments clearly distinct from one another, what frequencies should we boost or cut, where should we place the instruments, etc.

We are going to study the complete mixing of a song I wrote: Life.
Instrument after instrument, we will see what plugins and virtual instruments were used and how, and we will proceed until the ultimate mastering stage. Of course, this is my way of doing things, this is not a recipe that everyone should apply in all circumstances, but that's an example that can be used as a solid base, in order to know what amateurs can do when there's no outside help.

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Concrete exemple with a song of mine: LIFE


I made this song entirely in my home studio. And my home studio is only vaguely related to professional recording studios. It's just a room in the appartment, it isn't soundproof and my neighbors don't appreciate tube amps played in the evening. So I plugged my guitars directly into my audio interface (through a preamp) and used amplifier simulations for the guitars and the bass, an acoustic drums software instead of a real drum set, as well as software synthesizers. The only thing that produced some noise during the recordings was my voice. But that's a rather quiet song, vocally speaking.

Of course, before mixing it, the song doesn't sound like much, as you can hear below.
We are going to go from here...



No effects whatsoever are used in this version. The takes are raw, superimposed one onto another, the sound is monophonic (everything's centered) and the guitars are thinner than a fashion model... As for the drums, they sound really flat. To sum up, it lacks everything that could make it sound good. It's even hard to imagine that it will sound good.

Life sans effets
Here is the waveform of the song before mixing.

As we'll see in this tutorial, we are going to have to use some tools to make Life come to life (!).
...to there:



This is the finished song. As you can hear and see in the graphics, the difference is huge.

Life complète
This is the waveform of the finished song
This song is called Life, I wrote it and recorded it in my home studio in October 2011, and made some modifications in the course of the year 2012.
Mixing in practice : Preparing the session | Bass | Drums | Rhythm guitars | Solo guitars | Keyboards | Vocals | Mastering
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MESSAGES

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quemoi
04/10/2021, 23h26

Salut,

Je signale que les fichiers mp3 sur la page du tuto "mixage des guitares solos" sont en fait les fichiers des guitares rythmiques.
Merci pour ce tuto, et le reste du site. :)



Crowned Warrior
04/05/2021, 22h25

Hi,

I wanted to thank you for these instructions!

I tried this today and did a few iterations of trying to capture my cab. It worked pretty well. The sound of the IR is pretty close to my cab.

If I spend some more effort to set things up better, I will get a better result.

But without your instructions, this wouldn't have even happened. So thanks again!

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Glad to be of help! Enjoy your IRs!
Grebz



Gratte26
04/05/2021, 20h26

Ce site semble être une petite pépite tant il regorge de conseils et d'infos pratiques. Merci à son auteur.

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Et merci de votre visite !
Grebz



Mastercodeon
03/25/2021, 08h07

First off id just like to say that this entire site is an absolute GEM for vst guitar amp sims, ive been using plugins like lepou's le456 and LeCab and many others you host here on this site since i was 13 way back in 2013, ive always used fl studio and as such i am using 12 64 bit with an i5 and 8gb of ram hp laptop. Here soon i will be upgrading to the latest version of fl, with an i7, 12gb of ram lenovo laptop, all my setups are running windows 10. im getting a usb interface for my guitar tomorrow so im finding all the plugins im going to need, and this site by far has literally everything i need for amp sims. I have never even found a copy of the Revolution Z plugin, the sites been dead since i was a kid. I wish you and this entire site the best of luck, wishes and prosperity, i would love to see this site last for the years to come, so much of this software is really hard to find, amazing archive :)

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Thanks a lot for your kind words, I'm glad the site allowed you to find what you were looking for. Cheers and keep on making music!
Grebz



Trainko
03/12/2021, 19h30

Merci pour ce site que je viens tout juste de découvrir et qui regroupe pas mal de recherches que j'ai pu effectuer depuis un lonnnng moment…..
Je débute en MAO et je pense que je viens de trouver la perle qui va me faire progresser rapidement dans le domaine !
Des belles heures devant moi ;)
Un grand bravo et merci beaucoup :)

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Merci à vous de venir sur mon vieux site tout moche ! Si au moins les infos qui s'y trouvent permettent d'aider, je suis ravi !
Bonne continuation !
Grebz

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