Mixing and mastering are daunting tasks, but thanks to the good folks at Apple, Logic Pro X comes packed with a wealth of mixing tools (channel strips) ready to be locked and loaded on your tracks to teach you the basics of equalization, compression and effects. Let me show you how you can jumpstart your learning NOW!
Mixing and mastering is often made out to be this secret knowledge only tray-bearded adepts truly know the ins and outs of. And I must agree: once you start reading on audio mixing, equalization and compression, it goes from 0 to a hunnit real quick (I see you Drake).
Every producer mixes, whether they know it or not. When you pick sounds that complement each other in tonality, texture and frequencies, you are in fact mixing your track. Back in them days, choosing the right signal chain for guitars and vocal was the exact same as picking the right synth presets.
As much as we want to make mixing (and mastering) this post-composition / audio-correction exercise because of the computer age, mixing and mastering should be viewed in the light of their purest essence: making the music sound good.
Because the literature is still more geared towards live instrumentation (EQ and compression charts), Part 1 of this tutorial series tackles a live instrument arrangement. It's easier therefore to convey my approach for the following pillars:
Always remember this: there is NO right way. Try stuff. Be creative. Create your own sound.
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