mixing for clubs

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by chris lyth, Mar 25, 2004.

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  1. chris lyth

    chris lyth Guest

    Hi - Can you advise me on mixing for house/RnB music that may be played in clubs. - I am living in fear that if one of my tracks gets played in a club it will sound wimpy .

    I have some genelec 1029+ sub moniters and i'm going to treat my room with some bass traps.

    I want the tracks to be tight and punchy with as much bass as i can get away with without making the tracks sound dull and boomy.

    Should I use a compressor like waves to squash to whole mix a little?

    Should eq the mix be a little bass heavy or should i leave it quite flat.

    Any tips for making a club mix sound beefy would be brilliant. :)

  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Have your mix properly mastered. Maybe someone can recommend a good hip hop dance ME?

  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Second that. Ask one of our mods in the Mastering Forum. Any one out these guys could do a great job for you.
  4. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    Also watch your panning. A lot of clubs run either mono or if they do stereo one speaker is on one side of the club and another on the other side, imagine how weird this could get with something panned too far left or right...

    Heavy on the kick/bass also...
  5. random logic

    random logic Guest

    mixing and producing club orientated music is what i do for years now. mixing and producing a track to sound right in a club is a science of its own. there is always a record that sounds better. i still go to a club where my dj friend plays my mixes on a good p.a. i found out that original CD mixes dont sound as good as same mixes on vinyl, which i think its a important part of club sound. the speaker system you have is to small to get a feeling of club sound, best thing is to mix without any master eq or compression to keep the dynamics. focus on definition of bass spectrum and midrange sound and clear all sounds with low cut filter. some loops and sounds contain sub bass info which takes definiton from kick and the bass. its good to do two mixes, one with kick drum up one or two dBs. then send it to a proper mastering facility, where an engineer can balance your dynamics and frequencies. mix with more kick drum, can be compressed in a creative "pumping" style , which sometimes sounds much more clubby.
  6. chris lyth

    chris lyth Guest

    Very usefull info- Thanks for your replys it's much appreciated :D
    I will look into getting my music pro mastered - great mixing tips too.


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