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hello this is my first post - every mix I do gets confused

Discussion in 'Recording' started by fsx, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. fsx

    fsx Guest


    I try to make music with synths and romplers but everything gets very confused. I try to raise the volume to distinguish sounds but everything gets even more mangled.
    What should I do to avoid this?

  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Can you post an example?
  3. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    +1 I was going to suggest using panning to separate sounds because it doesn't seem to me like you are doing that, just a hunch. EQ always helps too.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    #1 error with folks new to "mixing" is trying to raise the volume. Step number one is to try to pull sticks down instead of pushing up. Make the mix more clean instead of thicker.
  5. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Words of advise!

  6. fsx

    fsx Guest

    here you can download a little sample if you want: (creative commons 3.0 BY-NC-SA) Link removed
  7. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    I listened.

    Someone already suggested this: pan the sounds across the stereo field.

    Also, you need to EQ the sounds. The balance is off. There is no "life" in your mix in the low mids and lows, especially.
  8. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    So cut, don't boost.
  9. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member


    It's not emo but it is MONO. I would do something about that. Some panning and definitely lowering some levels, adding some subtle reverb would give it some space.
  10. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Listening now, that was just a filler tip until I can come up with something.

    Well, I think that with that sample, it starts well, but your 2nd part comes in to be too strong. Eats up the lower synth quickly.

    What I like to do is cut the volume of a part by about 6dB (turn the gain down or something) and see if you can still hear it. If you can still hear it clearly, it's too loud and you need to keep some of those 6dB off. If you've lost the part totally, you need to add back more than 6.

  11. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Get a room. Your room isn't helping. It is most likely a bedroom or a bathroom or the front porch.

    Getting separation and actually hearing it require a good monitoring setup, and you do not have it yet.

    And get me a beer...
  12. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    True dat.

    It's definitely wise to look into a way to hear speakers which aren't labelled "creative" or "logitech". This way, you can hear a flat mix, so the hyped XX range doesn't obscure your ability to hear the YY range, etc.

    Then you can teach your ears to hear particular ranges, and you can say "I should consider cutting from offensive regions, because the mix in quesiton has an undesirable abundance of sound in such regions which is non-beneficial to the clarity of instruments".
    Except that in your head, it'll sound less poncy.

    You *could* try teaching your ears in a poor monitoring environment, but it'll lie to you. The room is echoey (believe it or not) and that hypes certain frequencies, so they'll affect the way you hear things. If your room is bassy (small with thick-ish walls) then your mixes will end up thin as you over-cut the low end to make it sound clearer.

    Welcome to the slippery slope. Grab an interface, and some bass trapping, and don't forget the second mortgage on your way down.
  13. fsx

    fsx Guest

    the problem is me, not my gear. I've got some better than "creative" listening gear (handmade reference 3-way speakers by a pro and telefunken amplifier A-50) ok now I already see your comments going against my speakers but they sound good, at least this is what a pro-audio live technician told me while listening to them. it's simply that I don't have the skills. yet. I'll try your suggestions and post another sample. thanks everybody. =)

    edit: and YES I don't have a proper room, it's just my sleeping room filled with audio equipment. I have an audiocard (although not very good) which is the Line6 Toneport UX2.
  14. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    the toneport is fine. i use my toneport gx for almost everything.
    i think it's eq'ing and panning, or the lack of it, what causes the problems. and probably your room.
  15. fsx

    fsx Guest

    honestly I have grown very unsatisfied with the Toneport, its AD/DA sucks big time, the latency sucks as well (and I have a decent PC bought and assembled 7 days ago).
  16. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    i haven't had any latency issues with it. but i've never used it with a windows pc.

    you can't compare the converters to the ones from rme or apogee, but they're decent. i do use an external mic pre, though. the toneport gx has no xlr-inputs.

    nevertheless, try to get the best sound possible with what you have, and then upgrade to something better. this way you will appreciate the better converters even more, because if your skills are not good, then even the best hardware won't help you.
  17. fsx

    fsx Guest

    thanks. my problem with the AD/DA is that when I connect my Access VIRUS it distorts completely unless I keep the synth volume at 1/4, which sucks.
  18. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    that's not a problem of the AD/DA's. it's a gain problem. can't you lower the input gain of the line-in's?
    if there is no gain knob on the toneport set the input gain inside the gearbox/podfarm software so that you get a healthy but non-clipping level.
  19. fsx

    fsx Guest

    thanks, I'll try this later when I'm at home =) btw I'm not using gearbox because I don't like how it sounds, I'm using the toneport as a bare audiocard... hope there's some gain thing somewhere...
  20. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    you can bypass all the effects and just use it as a level controller. that way it doesn't affect the sound in any way.

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