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Mix Fetish

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Dave McNair, Nov 3, 2001.

  1. Dave McNair

    Dave McNair Active Member

    Here is an offbeat topic: what odd or unique sorts of voodoo rituals do you guys engage in as part of your mix routine? This could be something as simple as "I always patch the lead vocal to come up on console channel 24" to: "I always measure the mains voltage and print the master mix when it measures 119.95 Volts" Get busy and let me hear about some of ya'll's mixing rituals.
     
  2. miketholen

    miketholen Member

    I try to start the mix by blowing the biggest bongload I can possibly muster.
    then another.
    wait five/ten minutes.
    then toss the faders up.
    I try to keep this up every 45 to 75 minutes till the mix is done. :p
    nothing is ritual except for maybe actions like the aforementioned. :eek:
     
  3. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    See E-Cue...it's not only me!!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha
    lol :D
    My ritual is a clean work area...I cant get started unless my space is organized...call me anal retentive but it helps me get into the work mode!
    Opus
     
  4. drumsound

    drumsound Active Member

    I print the mix and then turn up the monitors and listen back while I walk around the building. I call this my "party test," How would it sound at a party, would it draw me in? Does it all make sense? Etc...

    :cool:
     
  5. CFS

    CFS Guest

    I have so many. Just running out of the studio and giving no explanationand coming back 15 minutes later with a cup full of dunkin donuts coffee in the middle of the day is my personal favorite. This occurs cause I am usually so into the wmix around my "coffe time" that I just try to get in and out as quick as possible and I dont want anyone coming with me cause I wanna rest my ears. Taking a nap under the console for 15 minutes every time i mix is another. Having to explain to dumb band member X what the radio shack SPL meter is is also one.
     
  6. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    man...growing up on the east coast I got so addicted to Dunkin Donuts....I miss that $*^t!!!
     
  7. I sort the patch cables into groups of their various lengths. I hate to have to look for two same length cables while I am mixing.
     
  8. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Member

    Hmm...I start by switching off the cell phone and having a cup of blackberry tea or two while listening to a fave reference CD to get my vibe going. I also have a fetish for not sitting long in the chair; I spend much of my time mixing standing up (and getting down!)...yet another reason to avoid mixing with a mouse...really breaks my groove. Another habit of mine is cutting the monitoring volume at frequent intervals WAY down to almost imperceptible levels for a couple of minutes...which has the nice side effect of usually quieting the control room talkers. Of course, typical after-mix fetishes would belong on a different forum. :cool:

    Jon
     
  9. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Ditto the tidy studio, rip out the patch bay, clean slate..

    Rip the band out too, I kinda like to start alone..

    Bus 1&2 = Kit
    Bus 3&4 = Kat (compressed kit) KitKat! (= a UK candy bar - geddit?!)
    Bus 5&5 = Guitar group

    Perfect start time would be all alone, 3pm just after chinese food for lunch and an espresso. As the MSG and caffeine combine in my 42 year old brain, 'racheting up' my stress levels, I sit down and make a mental note to myself - I ^#$%ing HATE MIXING! - Then get down to it and kick some serious tone ass!

    :)
     
  10. Dave McNair

    Dave McNair Active Member

    I am really enjoying reading everybody's mix rituals. If I am within walking distance of the studio, I like to get up early have a good breakfast and walk to the studio. Similar to Julian, once at the studio, I like to pound my system with coffee and tear into things with great enthusiasm. I have to have everything perfectly aligned, including putting tone through all the outboard gear and setting for best S/N and even L/R returns at the console if stereo. On old consoles with no detent for the pan knob I've been known to use tone to find where the true center is on the pan pot. If it is the first day of mixing and the studio is unfamiliar or I haven't worked there in a while, I will spend quite a while playing stuff I know on the monitors. Sometimes this will cause me to put up blankets or other treatment in the control room, to tweak things more to my liking. At this point I will weed through any issues with the monitor system. You would be suprised how many super expensive-cover of Mix magazine studios I have worked in where I found little things like the sides of the poweramp on the monitors was not balanced, or one of the Genelecs(of whatever) sounded very different from the other. Or the 1/2" is not totally erasing. I like to try and catch little stuff like that before I get all up in it.
     
  11. MadMoose

    MadMoose Active Member

    I like to start with food in my system and a fresh bottle of cold water or Arizona Green Tea under the console. Before I start mixing I'll yank the patchbay and set up my 2-mix compressor with tones and check to make sure both sides are balanced by using a 1khz tone. I set the compressor so that I get a 2dB gain boost when it's in line to make up for the inevitable reduction. I'll also put a strip of tape along the bottom of the console and I need two different colored Sharpies and a pencil with a pad next to me at all times. Removal by a client is punishable by 20 lashes with a wet noodle.

    While mixing I try to move a foot or two back from the console and I'll also walk around the room to get a different perspective. One of these days I should install some speakers that are way off axis.
     
  12. waitgoiter

    waitgoiter Guest

    I do all the hard work at night. Then I wake up in the morning with fresh ears, drink two gallons of coffee, turn the mix way up and make sure it kicks ass.
     
  13. mapostel

    mapostel Guest

    Well, besides the "usual" technical necessities like setting up, changing volumes, walking around - the consistent "fetish" or habit that I have is that I need to listen to the mix when I return home from the studio. And even if it's like 4am and neighbours could get annoyed. I _have_ to listen to it...

    Just my NZ$0.02 (=US$0.0083)
     
  14. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    I like to start every session with "What are we eating today?" and "Could you get me the menu book, please?"
     
  15. gie

    gie Guest

    Originally posted by Ang1970:
    I like to start every session with "What are we eating today?" and "Could you get me the menu book, please?"

    When the band arrives and asks if the mix is almost ready... I react:
    "It's all pretty nice with the music and all that... But what about dinner?"

    So kindof the same...
     
  16. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Originally posted by Opus2000:
    See E-Cue...it's not only me!!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha
    lol :D
    My ritual is a clean work area...I cant get started unless my space is organized...call me anal retentive but it helps me get into the work mode!
    Opus

    Baw-hahahahaha. Someone beat you to it Opus...

    I usually listen to the rough only once. Then I adjust the mood of the room: Fade the lights dimmer for ballads/brighter for up tempos, etc. I have a bunch of moody crap & take with me, everything from lava lamps to liquid gel projectors.
    A lot of my clients are emotional (tense, end of project, whatever) so I try to turn the control room into a sanctuary. If the mix isn't fun, it doesn't sound as good.
     
  17. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    "I like to start with food in my system and a fresh bottle of cold water or Arizona Green Tea under the console."

    Hmmmm Interesting!

    I have woken up under the console on many occaisions, but I usualy try to get out from under it FOR BREAKFAST!

    :)
     
  18. MadMoose

    MadMoose Active Member

    "I like to start with food in my system and a fresh bottle of cold water or Arizona Green Tea under the console."

    Hmmmm Interesting!

    I have woken up under the console on many occaisions, but I usualy try to get out from under it FOR BREAKFAST!


    Ummm... It's more like the drink stays on the ground under the console. I sit in the chair and reach down for it. It stays on the ground in case of spillage. I don't like liquids in the console. <g>
     
  19. MadMoose

    MadMoose Active Member

    Originally posted by e-cue:

    I usually listen to the rough only once. Then I adjust the mood of the room: Fade the lights dimmer for ballads/brighter for up tempos, etc. I have a bunch of moody crap & take with me, everything from lava lamps to liquid gel projectors.


    I have Lava Lamps, candles and incense too. What's a liquid gel projector? Sounds interesting.
     
  20. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Originally posted by Jay Kahrs:


    I have Lava Lamps, candles and incense too What's a liquid gel projector? Sounds interesting.


    I stay away from incense so the smoke doesn't eff up gear over time (unless my clients insist on smoking blunts in the control room).
    As far as the Liquid gel projectors that help me get mood (which I now call "The Opus Factor") see this link
    http://www.coolstuffcheap.com/groovewheel.html
    BTW, this is a great place to buy crap online. (and no, I do NOT work for them)
     

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