Register    |    Sign In   |   
electronic MUSICIAN
» » »

4 Ways to Animate Your Mixes Denver CO

Panning got pretty nutty in the psychedelic era,and, after that, many mixes seemedto settle into faux concert perspectives where sonic elements were somewhat evenly distributed across the stereo field.

Clear Reach Networks
(303) 860-2862
601 East 18th Avenue
Denver, CO
Services
Internet Services, Computer Software, Internet Service Providers, Computer Networks, Hardware Dealers

Data Provided by:
Microcomputer Applications Inc
(720) 904-2252
1025 W 7th Avenue
Denver, CO
Services
Electronic Equipment and Supplies Wholesale and Manufacturers, Computer and Equipment Dealers, Computer Supplies Parts and Accessories, Computer Software

Data Provided by:
Tabernus Llc
(303) 763-7488
3345 S Wadsworth Boulevard
Denver, CO
Services
Computers and Equipment Repair and Maintenance, Help Desk Services, Computer Software, Computer and Software Stores

Data Provided by:
West Side Computing LLC
(303) 987-2667
12839 W Alameda Drive
Denver, CO
Services
Computers and Equipment Repair and Maintenance, Computer and Equipment Dealers, Computer Software, Computer Networks, Consumer Electronics Stores

Data Provided by:
StorageCafe
(303) 363-2600
14201 East 4th Street Suite 100
Aurora, CO
Services
Computers and Equipment Wholesale and Manufacturers, Computer Peripherals, Data Storage, Computer Software, Computer Software Wholesale and Manufacturers

Data Provided by:
Gorillasoft
(303) 573-0285
144 W 12th Avenue
Denver, CO
Services
Internet Products and Services, Internet Services, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software, Internet Service Providers

Data Provided by:
Cisco
(877) 671-8011
Arvada, CO
Services
Internet Products and Services, Computer and Equipment Dealers, Personal Computer Peripheral Equipment, Computer Software, Internet Service Providers

Data Provided by:
Leaguelink Inc
(303) 428-0100
8620 Wolff Court
Westminster, CO
Services
Internet Products and Services, Internet Services, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software, Internet Service Providers

Data Provided by:
Network Equipment Technology
(720) 963-9759
165 South Union Boulevard
Lakewood, CO
Services
Internet Products and Services, Internet Services, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software, Internet Service Providers

Data Provided by:
Ephrame Services Inc
(303) 649-9895
9625 E Arapahoe Road
Englewood, CO
Services
Computer and Equipment Dealers, Computer Supplies Parts and Accessories, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

4 Ways to Animate Your Mixes

Well, if you crave an IMAX-styleaudio experience you’ll have to jettisonconventional methods and startscrewing up your mixes big time. After all, drama is often achieved by introducing an antagonist, and,depending on the style and vibe ofyour music, that adversary can evokeanyone from Scooby-Doo to HannibalLecter. Let’s explore four options fortransforming a mix from a static, onedimensional“sound portrait” into at hrilling animated sound scape ofwonder and delight.

STUPID STEREO

When stereo appeared on poprecords in the ’60s, the “new” listeningexperience was often boldlypresented with extreme left/rightmixes, such as vocals on one side andinstruments on the other. Panning gotpretty nutty in the psychedelic era,and, after that, many mixes seemed to settle into faux concert perspectiveswhere sonic elements weresomewhat evenly distributed acrossthe stereo field. An animated mix,however, has no patience for balanceor subtlety. It is like a loud, boisterous guest at a dinner party who is constantlycalling attention to himself. Soto animate your stereo spectrum, you should experiment with jagged perspectiveshifts that snap a listener’shead around. Take some cues fromearly singles by the Beatles, PaulRevere and the Raiders, and justabout any band from the Nuggetsanthology. Always pan hard right orhard left, or ping-pong from one sideto the other. Put selected instrumentssolely on one channel or the other.Splitting layered guitars right and leftis almost a cliché these days, but areyou brave enough to put the electricson one side and the acoustics on theother? Never employ stereobackground vocals, just toss ’em overto the left or right. Getting the idea?Your mix elements should stand outboldly and demand that you noticethem. When the listener doesn’t knowwhat to expect, then you’ve truly animatedyour music.

DIMENSION

Messing with spatial relationships isalso critical to animating a mix. Acompelling balance of things movingfront and back is as valuable as shiftinga listener’s focus left and right.This may be painful for reverb anddelay hounds, but in order to intensifyyour track’s dimensional interest,you’ll have to leave some mixelements totally dry. Of course, you’llalso get to bathe some elements inambience, as well. (Feel better?)Thinking in cinematic terms, your drysounds will be foreground elements,and your wet sounds will becomebackground elements. It’s critical,therefore, that you resist all instinctsto make nice with reverb, and let oneor two broadly ambient environmentsdefine your mix. There’s nothingwrong with a big, juicy wash ofreverb, but it won’t animate yoursound stage. Here are a few ideas toexperiment with as you develop yourown dimensional sleight-of-hand:
• Leave the kick, snare, and tomsdry, but add a medium reverb to theoverheads.
• Leave rhythm guitars dry, but addreverb to solos and/or riffs.• Try putting pre-fader “ghost-style”reverbs on a selected instrument. Thisis where the source sound is not audible—just th...

Click here to read the rest of the article from EQ Magazine

Discover Emusician