THE ERA OF MUSIC HAS CHANGED IN A BIG WAY.
After production,Mixing is the stage where all elements of your music from snares, cymbals, synth to trumpets must all sound equal and balanced through out the song. VP works hand in hand with other producers who provide constructive feedback on the mix that is being worked on.
Tip: Leave a headroom of more than 8db on your mix. Your mastering engineer will love you. It will give space for the tracked to be loud as possible when mastered.
If a track is properly mixed down, all elements of the mix will need to have its own space in the sound scape. Some sounds will naturally collide with each other, Like 2 electric guitars playing at the same time. They need to be separated from each other, they will be able to breath better
Tip: Do not allow instruments which have the same characteristics to be playing on the same side . Pan one left and the other right.
Depending on the kind of genre that is being produced, Effects can sound nice and provide life to a song. Reverb is still one of the best effects of all time, that is used on a tracks but can turn into a very destructive thing on the hands of a producer. We have tamed a lot of effects and we use them with precision to provide you with the best possible mix. Time based effects like delay and reverb require critical listening.
Tip: use less than 40% reverb on tracks and apply low high pass filter
Music has always been there for us as we continue to grow over time, we are able to tell stories with music and it is the essential part of humanity. With time, things started to get louder, The average volume ( RMS) started increasing as some of the music genres were born. This led to some genres being louder than others and to get music up to those levels of volume, it sometimes needed that a mixing and mastering professional be present through the journey of music. Human beings love loud sounds, they will often choose a louder song than its counterpart, So it is essential that we get your mix to be as loud as possible without loosing its quality, In other words Dynamic range. Dynamic range can be said to be where the groove and rhythm of the song can be found, The more you squeeze levels, your song will turn into irritating noise and cause ear fatigue.
Before we blow our heads off, your song needs to be done in the right way first, We need to mix the song. Mixing is simply like mixing chemicals in a lab trying to create a perfect mix of Mageu, you need to balance elements of the mix. Don't add to much and don't add to little or you wont get good results. You need to create an imaginary concert in your head when the song is playing. Genres like jazz have a larger dynamic range in general than metal music.
Not all sounds will sound great when they are stereo or wide. frequencies lower than 200hz will usually sound much better when they are centered/Mono. High frequencies like bells and cymabls, Will sometimes sound great when they are stereo.
Tip: Leave your leading/Main Vocals centered, Your fans will hear better. Not many get away with bad vocals on a mix.
The days of Vynl are back and if you need your sound to hit the Gramophone, you better get your mix's sides and Mids sounding great at all times. Music is largely made up of Mids and they need to be clear and even, However humans tend to enjoy the sides better because they are bright and airy. You need to separate both and make sure they meet the standards you require or for that genre
Tip: Apply High pass filter on your sides and let them breath a little
Equalization is one of the most sought out skill that a producer must have and a mixing engineer. Frequencies on a song tend to be problematic, they can bring distortion on the record player and the chances of your sound Making it have been reduced on an open Market.
Tip: When ever you hear a frequency than peaks out, Rather than increasing the levels of other frequencies to mask it out, CUT it with a very thin Q.
Think of any song that has the same elements or something close to it. In our heads we are thinking House( Dance) or Hip Hop. Now we have to implement that imaginary stage of ours, if we go to a concert or at a jazz club, every musician will have their unique position on the stage. Its not because they have to look cool, even though they do but it is to let all sounds pass through without disturbing each other.
Your drummer who will be playing the snare, kick drum, hats and cymbals will most likely be centered on the stage.
We will place the pianists on the left and violinist on the right side, the two sounds have harmonics and we want to hear them all . Our lead vocalist will perform in the Centre too, usually upfront the percussionist so that she appears more in our face, we need to hear the vocalist more clearly.
Back up singer will usually be on the left or right side of the group, depending on the room, kind of song and the voices of the backup singers, we will start to place the accordingly. The most important rule of thumbs is, all similar sounding sounds must at least be separated from each other. Now all of our sounds have their unique positions, We need to make sure no one out performs another, unless it is the time for that drummer dude to shine.
The basic art of it all is, we need to find a perfect balance in your sound and give it life, Handing over you project to us means we will handle it with care and love. Our objective is not to finish early but to mix like it would be required when we are making that Mageu in our lab.
What will we do to your mix? Lets put a scenario for our selves, Our song has
A song that has great arrangement in place, can tell a continuous story and retain vision of the song. Not paying attention to your arrangement can be very bad and introduce problems to your mix. All mixes are different by nature, some have more than 10 tracks playing at a time while some may have as little as 5 tracks playing.
A track/sound will take occupy a certain amount of the soundscape on a mix, sometimes a mix can get overcrowded. You need to be able to compromise and let one sound go or a few.
Tip: Use reference tracks from the genre that you are arranging, listen to how many elements are playing at a specific segment. It will help you dearly.
This can truly become a sound engineers nightmares. Many factors to consider before your vocalist starts melting our hearts. You have to make sure your gain staging is perfect, Make sure the is no phase in your sound and your mic is not catching any noise.
A great Mic is needed, Something that has a great pickup frequency. The ideal frequency for bedroom producers where the budget is tight, will be a mic that can catch from 80Hz. One other great tip would be to get your self an Analog to Digital Converter. This will help you dearly.
Tip: Of many things that can go wrong with music production, Recording is one that you cannot let go south. Make sure your room has been treated. Room Treatment!!!!
You really don't have to be a Geek to get this phase of your music perfect. Many Distributors will require different formats, Sample rate, Bit depth, Lufs and many more. We live in a world where high quality audio is in demand. Customers are even willing to pay more for High definition audio.
Wave and MTIF are still the superior formats that are available and commercially used.
When you start your music, try for these settings without killing your computer. 48000kh sample rate, 32bit depth. That will help in increasing your dynamic range.
We need to get your music loud as possible, Vezubuhle Productions and Sound Architectz will advise you on which route to choose between sounds that can reach up to the levels of -3bdfs or -6dbfs of dynamic range. With loudness out of the way, now we move to the tone and feeling of the mix. Genres like deep house generally have a very subtle or low levels of DB in frequencies between 10Khz to 16Khz with 1Khz to 5Khz sounding much warmer. This is where a reference track is Vital, If you have access to one, you can send it to us or provide us with a name so that we can have a more vivid picture of what your mix requires.
Vezubuhle will provide you with 2 Masters for 2 different platforms. Since the evolution of music, from CD quality to Online music streaming services like Itunes or Spotify. The technical requirement have changed because of the potential quality that your mix can archive that is Superior to Mp3. Many music services have different technical requirements for audios, sample rate, Loudness levels, format and size. We will guide you through it so that you can continue producing, which is what you love most. Mix and Mastering doesn't have to be a very scarce service to get.
So why the 2 masters ?
Mastering is a process on its own which is done with subtle modifications to your sound. This is one of the skills which requires critical listening and heavily relies on your ears and experience. Mastering is a process where compression and EQ are the big players. Your Mix needs to be ready and Sound alive before it hits the Market.
Your mix should start sounding more professional when being mastered. You don't need to be signed to a recored label to get perfect mixes for it to be accepted on radio.
Tip: When mastering, 99.9% approach your mix with
" Little is always better". Do not over process your sound, chances are it will sound better if you apply between 20-40% of any effect of technique your are doing.
This is stage of the song where we make the entire mix fit together, The mix should sound as one. Compression is applied diferenctly accross all genres, typically Jazz will have more dynamic range than Dance/club music.
Tip: With majority of the music, 6db RMS of dynamic should be in your song. Do not over compress your music, We need the transients of the song to be present. An attack time of 3ms should be great. But judge for yourself.
This is what most producers need their songs to have. We need it to be loud, Since the early 90's , Music has got louder and louder. It is driven by the belief that loud music sells and sounds better, Which is still a subjective topic thorough out the entire music industry.
We will make your Mix be as loud as possible while we still retain quality of your song.
Tip: Loudness is great, more like discovering a new super power but can also distort your mix and loose all the feeling from the song. Try not to go louder than -1.1Dbfs. It will also spare you from Inter Sample Peaks.
One will be for traditional radio and CD release while the other one will be for Online music distribution services like youtube or Sound cloud. Some services will aply compression of their own to your song if the computer feels or detects that the levels are loud, compression can also be applied when the services are down-sampling your songs to the formats they provide to their client like 41000/16 at 128kps from Wave. This can introduce Inters-ample peaks to your sound and your creation will have distortion.
The second mix will be for your large audience who will be playing your music using the format of mp3. If your music is for club Audience, the master must be loud and often Dj's will use different sources to get your track in their playlist and the song has to be loud like the competitors.
We will properly advice you on which way is best for your music and what the music industry has in store for you.
If you already have a perfect mix you are just waiting to unleash it to the world, Bring it to us for the final polish to make sure it stronger than ever.
How to submit your song for mixing and mastering.
For us to be able to provide you with the best results. We will need high quality Sounds/ tracks.
For more details call us on 072 127 5845 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sound Cloud. Mixes as reference
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