mixing outdoors

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by J-MADD, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. J-MADD

    J-MADD Active Member

    With as much as I have read on the importance of one's room and its affect on monitoring, I have a question. Would it be advisable to take your monitors out on your back porch outside and mix a song? You wouldn't have to worry about sound bouncing back at you. Lets assume that for the sake of argument here that you live out in the country and its really quiet. Just seems like it would be good.

    Justin
     
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    I think it is an interesting idea and do know someone who does this. Once you tune into the way the low end is working I think it can be very effective.
     
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    I've been waiting for an opportunity to try this for years but have never gotten one. Please let us know you're experiences if you have done this.
     
  4. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    I think that would be cool to try. But you would have to bring an extension cord to get away from the house and stuff. Of course it will still take some adjustment getting used to mixing without the usual room conditions you are probably used to; I don't think it will automatically make mixing a breeze just by getting rid of walls. Not to mention how wind/heat/humidity can affect sound.......



    PS: Let me know if you didn't get that email from me. Hotmail was coming up "Page not found" every time I hit Send last night. :evil:
     
  5. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Who?
     
  6. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Sorry :oops: Original poster (J-MADD)
     
  7. J-MADD

    J-MADD Active Member

    hey Reggie,
    I didn't get your e-mail. Must be some kind of weird hotmail error. Anyways, as soon as I get my monitors I am gonna try to mix a song outside and then mix it inside to compare. I am leaning toward MsP5a from yamaha.

    Justin
     
  8. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    what if it rains?
     
  9. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Haha, yeah rain would suck. And not only for acoustics. :lol:
    Watch the forecast.

    Good to hear you're getting some monitors. Those Yamaha's are supposed to be good I hear. Not much for bass response I'm sure. I must admit it pains me to see you skimp on monitors a little when the Distressor you track vocals with cost almost 3 times as much as the MSP5's. :shock: I guess I'm not much better in this department; I use M-Audio BX8's for monitors but they have been working out pretty good.
    I bet the Yammies would be pretty solid if you add a sub to them later. Or......you could save up for some Genelecs or Dynaudio BM5a's. Mmmmmm.
     
  10. J-MADD

    J-MADD Active Member

    Yeah the more I read on the subject the more it seems that I really should (and I am sure I will) bite the bullet and buy some serious nearfields. I have also had my eye on the ADAM P22a's. At like $2500 a pair they are kinda pricey. As those of you living in the middle of nowhere know, trying before you buy isn't always an option. Plus, it seems like with any monitor there will be a learning curve as you get used to mixing and (using the term losely) mastering on a set. I am still recovering from the Roland RD 700 keyboard I just bought, so monitors are in my scope but not just yet.

    Justin
     
  11. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    my friend has a rotundra ... or gazebo ... so strictly speaking there is a roof that can have reflections ... not treated BUT does have a great deal of randomness to it

    rain just adds to the outdoor experience

    biggest trouble is the cold and the noise of the birds
     

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