Returning to mixing, was we enter the end of the year, the studio I run has been full of new and old bands looking to move forward on the other side of lockdown now a slow, but noticeable movement has been made in the arts industry with some shows returning - even if smaller and socially distanced (it’s something!). With this in mind, I realized the benefits of my mixing process and how I've managed to streamline it over the years and wanted to share this with you all to help you mix faster, work more clinically, and make some get music at a good pace to help speed the return to ‘The New Normal’.
Preparing for a recording session is almost simple when said out loud, but in reality its a very complicated list of problems to prepare in advance for. After reading this, hopefully some of the more obvious, and maybe some overlooked issues will be easier to approach and will help you streamline your future sessions.
The transient is in its simplest explanation, the initial hit of the instrument. This is the pick hitting the string,or the stick hitting the snare drum, it’s the initial start of the sound and what we focus on without even realizing. Compression focuses heavily on how much of this we allow to pass through without being touched by the compressor (the attack) and the release is then the aftermath of the hit and when the compression ends. But using a Transient designer can help create the same effect, or in this case help you to shape your sound without having to color your sound with EQ or compressors but simply by shaping the wave form to better fit the mix.
In The Mix is a new small series from JZ aimed at helping you engineers at home, in the studio, and (hopefully soon) on the road, to focus your goals and achieve the best sound possible with both JZ Mics and all other aspects of the 3 main aspects of our work: Recording, Mixing, and finally, Mastering.
Microphones can usually be divided up into 3 categories - Dynamic, Condenser, and Ribbon. But within these mic’s there is a whole lot more going on, and I want to touch on that today, along with a new video expressing the sound characteristics that marry these microphones and why.