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by creaze; Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:29 am
A simple question, that somehow never came up in my experience before and is not often mentioned in mixing tutorials.
When mixing in the studio, do you happen to make different parts and channels for one instrument? For verse and chorus? Or all channel settings have to be universal for the whole song?
Here is why i ask.
I got here a usual pop song, a Roxette-like ballad, with one solo voice and no backing voices. Both the music and the voice get more powerful in the chorus, but the voice intensifies more. It gets higher, brighter and several times louder in peak levels.
Now, i have been brought up in the belief, you should devote one channel for one instrument -- and set that channel so that it sounds perfect all along the part. Now in this song i cannot get the right amount of reverb for the voice. It either sounds too dry and casual in the bombastic chorus, or too wet in the verse.
I know, i should make two separate reverbs for these phases, technically its not a problem, but i wonder, if it's a common thing to do =)
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by BertKoor; Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:23 am
It's called "fader riding" and you can usually record it in an automation lane.
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by skipscada; Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:29 am
The process you refer to has a name: multing. It is frequently used for exactly the reason you describe. A part (e.g. main vocals) may be recorded as one and considered as one in the greater scheme, but require different processing at different times. When it's a case of changing eq settings a bit or something very simple, automation may make more sense, but if there are many changes and these always affect certain elements, multing is the obvious choice. Only you can decide which method to use in each case.
For vocals in a quiet, intimate verse with sparse backing versus a belting, intense chorus with dense backing, multing makes sense.
For a complex, modern rock/pop mix, you can't expect to find settings that work from start to finish. You probably need to mix segment by segment.
by skipscada; Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:33 am
In the old days they had to change settings while playing back the tracks from tape, "riding the fader" to adjust volume etc. Later volume adjustments could be programmed to happen automatically at certain moments with so-called automation and "flying faders". In your DAW you can record such commands from a midicontroller or draw automation lines on the tracks to tell your effects how to adjust along the timeline. When this gets too complex, try multing.
by inboxzero; Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:31 pm
Other times, I'll split the sections into separate channels. Especially, if the end of the verse vocal goes over the start of the chorus vocal.
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