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ÔBAXÉ_MUSIC - pure sound



Mixing is like a puzzle:

The puzzle pieces are the individual tracks (instruments, voices, etc.) which have been recorded. These are still quite "raw" and not "polished". The task of mixing is to compose these parts to an image that is consistent and sounds "authentic" .


How do you do that?

- The individual tracks are set into the "right relationship"

   in regard to the volume, panorama... example: The vocals should be up front in the middle and as

   loud so that you can understand the text. Thus, this volume ratio

   builds a 3-dimensional image "from front to back"> 

   louder  = front, quieter = rear

-  The sound of each track / instrument is processed in a way so that 

   it sounds "natural"and at the same time emerges / enforces well

   compared to the other instruments. This is achieved by equalizing 

   (processing of the sound spectrum).

   For better assertiveness/ presence we use compressors (limitation

   of volume both from high and low)

-  The individual tracks are (from left to right) arranged on the

    horizontal axis. That characterizes the spatial image (in addition to

    the relation of the volume levels from front to back)

-  Each track / each instrument gets reverb - i.e. it sounds

   more or less strongly in the "virtual listening room" -

   this results in the overall "room impression"

   (in combination with the volume balance 

   and the panoramic array).


  Here are 2 examples to illustrate what Mixing does:


The original recording without any processing

The processed recording (EQ, compression, panorama, reverb)

The difference can be heard clearly:

In the original recording, the music sounds:

-  "Flat" because the sound of the guitars has no contours.

   Some musical passages are too low because the volume  

   differences are too big within a track

-  Not spatial because all tracks are in the middle

-  Not spatial because no reverb was used (it sounds as if the 

   piece is played outdoors)


In the mix music sounds:

-  Clear contoured (EQ or sound processing)

-  You can hear that the two guitars differ because they are

   positioned right and left - this also creates "spaciousness"

-  Also quiet sounds of the guitars are audible -

   this can be reached by compressing and the approximation

   of the volume in quiet passages ("gain riding")

-  Because of reverb, the music is in a "space" (this is indeed just an  

   illusion but it works)


In summary it can be said that the mix is certainly

the most crucial step regarding to the aural and "musical level"

(i.e., that the music is transported in a way so that it sounds

"correct" or "internally consistent"). In the mix you can go

into details, highlight individual instruments etc.

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