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ok...next stage is to work on your fader rides to give it punch and dynamics.  I normally draw them in but some like to use a control surface fader if they have one, but there's lots of bits where I can hear things need to be pushed up or pulled back especially on the vocals.

What is that?       (fader rides)     (control surface fader)
                        channel faders          main faders

Ok, in the old days when we had analogue mixers and when we did our final mix we had to ride the faders up and down in different parts of the song as it went down to DAT or whatever...most of us made little marks on the mixing desk with masking tape or blu tack to help us remember....I screwed up many a mix by missing a particular fader ride and having to start over.

Now we all mix in the box so we can just draw all the level changes ( fader rides ) into the software and have it repeat them perfectly each time for us...some don't like to mix with a mouse or draw stuff in so they use a Control Surface which gives the tactile feel of the anlogue desk but moves the virtual faders in the DAW sotware.

Here is a video of someone using a control surface to change the volume of a guitar part in a mix....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvPcKPKeIW0

but if you don't have one you can use the mouse to get the same result..like this guy..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CJFAEXSBD0


Having levels that stay the same all through the song usually makes for a dull mix, so you need to work out where to bring up the vocals ( chorus is good !  ) where to fade it back ( verses ) where to pull up the guitars , or boost the drums etc...this will alot more life and excitement to the track , once you have that nailed your more than halfway to a great mix.

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Thanks CD! That makes it easier to understand. Ok lemme giver a shot now.
Be back soon. Love this tutoral!! 8)


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Thanks CD! That makes it easier to understand. Ok lemme giver a shot now.
Be back soon. Love this tutoral!! 8)

Me too, I won't have to do any more mixes for everyone  ;D ...just kidding

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How goes the mix ?

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How goes the mix ?

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Hey CD,.. Bills on holidays until Thurs.

No Excuse !  ;)

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Back!!!  Impatient goons!! >:D
This one will have to get in que.
Got some other stuff wrap up for now. :D


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Hey! We are at #20 out of 2066 on Soundclick!! In Hard Rock!! If ya go there and play it, it will prolly go higher.  >:D

http://www.soundclick.com/genres/charts.cfm?genre=Rock&subgenreID=251&currentpage=1
« Last Edit: August 02, 2009, 07:31:58 PM by r4m »


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Good result guys, well done all!

If i was a dog my tail would be wagging!


 

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