44 Reasons Your Mixes Suck: A Mixing Engineer's Guide | 36 Song Arrangement Tips for the Small Recording Studio: Practical Arrangement Tips to Take Your Songs to the Next Level | Mastering Multi-Band Compression: 17 step by step multiband compression techniques for getting flawless mixes | The EQ and Compression Formula: Learn the step by step way to use EQ and Compression together | Audio Mastering Secrets: The Pros Don't Want You To Know! | 56 Mix Tips for the Small Recording Studio | Song Arrangement for the Small Recording Studio
How can that be?
All the basic elements are there: a great song, great performances, the mix is balanced, dynamics and effects sound good. Sure, the mix isn’t mastered yet, so you’ve got some processing on the master buss to simulate this. In essence, you feel like you’ve got it all covered. You’ve done everything you can do. So, why is your mix still lacking that pro touch?
Is there anything more that can be done to improve your mix, and if so, what is it?
The simple answer is, yes!
The pro’s call it, ‘sweetening the mix’ (or mix automation). Done at or near the end of the mixing process, automation allows you to correct all sorts of mix problems with pinpoint accuracy. On the creative side, automation is a great tool for adding vibe and theatre to the finished mix. And there’s so much that can be done, like:
+ Achieving perfect vocal clarity, even in the densest parts of the mix. + Creating big, wide, and punchy choruses that really stand out from other parts of the song. + Reducing frequency masking and improving instrument definition. + And so much more!
Mix Automation for the Small Recording Studio, is the perfect introduction for those who are new to mix automation. It’s also a great resource for mix engineers who are familiar with automating and want to refresh their knowledge or explore the topic further. This book is an easy read, full of examples, with a summary at the end of each chapter. It includes useful graphics and a separate chapter of automation tips and techniques to use in your own mixes.
Joining the reader list (link inside the book) will give you access to some great free downloads, such as audio file examples of automation, automation screenshots, and another free eBook: 44 Reasons Your Mixes Suck - A Mixing Engineer's Guide. Other books by Amos Clarke: Macro-Mixing for the Small Recording Studio, 56 Mix Tips for the Small Recording Studio, Song Arrangement for the Small Recording Studio, 36 Song Arrangement Tips for the Small Recording Studio.
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