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The Modern Way of Producing Music.
The host Yarn of mixartist.com.au has got over 20 years of music production experience to share with all self-producing musicians.

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The Modern Way of Producing Music.
The host Yarn of mixartist.com.au has got over 20 years of music production experience to share with all self-producing musicians.

    Episode 012 - Yarn‘s Take on Mixing Music

    Episode 012 - Yarn‘s Take on Mixing Music

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    In this tech-talk episode: Yarn explains mixing for the self-producing musician.  


     


     


    Some highlights in this episode:


    Good takes, bad takes, and beautiful imperfections

    The mixing mindset

    How to get yourself ready for mixing

    The 3 big pillars of a good mix

    Mixing and loudness

    Volume balance, stereo width, depth, tone, dynamics and special effects.

     



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    Contact the podcast host Yarn at mixartist.com.au


     


     


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    #music production, #home recording, #recording, #mixing, #music production


     


     


     


    Transcript (auto-generated by a robot - please forgive the occasional error):


     


     



    Welcome back to episode 12 of the production talk podcast. I'm delighted to have you on what again, today we're talking about mixing, which is of course my special field. So I have a lot of wisdom to share with you. And at the beginning, I would first like to talk about some basics, um, the scientific part of mixing, and then later on, we will talk about the artistic side and I think that's really what I'm interested in. At the end of the episode, I would also like to talk about mastering what it is and how it all works. So let's get started with the basics. What acts actually is mixing, what is it we do mixing effectively is the blending of many different signals into one cohesive stereo mix. Oh, well it can be different formats as well, like mono for a podcast sometimes minus and stereo, but anyway, uh, or surround for a film production.


    But when we talk about music, we commonly mixed down to stereo. So you might have a range of different individual channels and signals and they're blended together and baked into one single stereo mix. What techniques do we use for that? So, um, there are some standard techniques that are used in mixing. Um, this list is not necessarily complete, but it should cover all the basics. And the most important aspect of mixing is what we call the level balance. The level of balance is what you typically do with the faders. And, um, we are blending the relative level between the instruments and signals together. So we might want to increase the vocals a little bit or turn the bass down a touch so that they sound better in relation with one another. The second step is then the tonal balance, looking at the tone of individual signals and the overall mix altogether, the common tool for that is the equalizer, but other tools can be used as well.


    The idea is that we can dive into the details and look at a specific instrument. Let's say a Hyatt and change its tone to make it a touch brighter, or we can take an organ and make it a little bit darker. If we want to, we can also apply equalizing to the entire mix. However, if this is what you're trying to do, I would recommend to keep it very subtle and gender. The third element is stereo with which is generally achieved by using the pan pots. The pamphlets of make a signal louder on the left or the right ear. So by turning something to the left, uh, with a pan pot, we effectively decrease the level on the right and increase the level on the left, which creates the perception of sound coming from the left in stereo. We generally talk about the steer image from left to right with the center image.


    When signals are played equally loud on both speakers. In addition to width, we can also look at the fourth aspect, which is the depth, and there are many ways to achieve this. And the most common one is probably reverb, which creates a sense of space and depth, but depth perception can also be created with microphone techniques with ACU, sometim

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    Episode 011 - Interview with Chelsea and TK of Sky Eater

    Episode 011 - Interview with Chelsea and TK of Sky Eater

    Chel and TK of the band Sky Eater share their take on good songwriting, creativity in music production, recording at home and music production. Their small music production team runs like a well-oiled machine as they apply the ”Relay Race” principle, which we discussed in episode 10.

    • 42 min
    Episode 010 - The Self-Producer Mindset, "Relay Race" Teams, and what Music Production is REALLY all about!

    Episode 010 - The Self-Producer Mindset, "Relay Race" Teams, and what Music Production is REALLY all about!

    The Self-Producer Mindset, "Relay Race" Teams, and what Music Production is REALLY all about!

    Staying sane and mentally healthy while in lockdown.

    The many, many jobs that 'self-producing' entails: song-writing, composing, writing lyrics, arranging, recording, programming, producing, editing, mixing, mastering, publishing, distribution, marketing and promotion.

    The mental state of 'zooming in' or 'zooming out' in music production.

    The traditional role of producers, and what we can learn from that today.

    The strength of small production teams, and the concept of "Relay Race" music production.

    How not to "over-cook" a song in music production and mixing.


    #music production, #home recording, #recording, #mixing, #music production, #MixedByYarnTheMixartist

    • 41 min
    Episode 009 - Interview with Andy Bowles of "Pineapple Lazer"

    Episode 009 - Interview with Andy Bowles of "Pineapple Lazer"

    Self-producing musician Andy Bowles of the band Pineapple Lazer shares how he recorded their album in his living room - and how he captured fantastic performances with basic recording gear.

    #music production, #home recording, #recording, #mixing, #music production, #PineappleLazer, #Rock #MixedByYarnTheMixartist

    • 53 min
    Episode 008 - MIDI, keyboards, controllers, that weird number 127 - Everything you need to know to get started with MIDI

    Episode 008 - MIDI, keyboards, controllers, that weird number 127 - Everything you need to know to get started with MIDI

    In this tech-talk episode: Everything a self-producing musician needs to know to get started with MIDI production.

    Covered in this episode:

    Input devices, from mouse to keyboard, to USB keyboards, pads and synthesisers
    Hooking up keyboards and synths
    Note number and velocity
    Why 127?
    #CC: The most important continuous controllers

    #music production, #MIDI, #home recording, #recording, #mixing, #music production

    • 18 min
    Episode 007 - Interview with Kathryn Ezzy of Darwin band "Kathryn And The Overbytes"

    Episode 007 - Interview with Kathryn Ezzy of Darwin band "Kathryn And The Overbytes"

    Self-producing musician Kathryn Ezzy of the band Kathryn and The Overbytes gives insight into how she and her band recorded and produced her debut EP in their homes - and how they achieved a phenomenal sound without using any fancy gear.

    #music production, #home recording, #recording, #mixing, #music production, #KathrynAndTheOverbytes, #Rock

    • 42 min

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