smarter mixing re 'placement' - help?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by catlouise, Mar 12, 2005.

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  1. catlouise

    catlouise Guest

    Hi. I am interested in learning more about cues the ear uses to localise a sound, so I can improve my stereo mixing techniques.

    I know the very basics of IAD, ITD, HRTF, pinna shadow effect etc, but not the details. I want to know more about how to use EQ, panning and level balance to suggest placement rather than reaching for the nearest reverb/delay. Anyone relate?

    Anyone know good free sources of info on localisation? Would love some help. Cheers.
  2. Costy

    Costy Guest

    Hi. I can't point to you any of theoretical sourses on mixing. But for
    practical tips and techniqes the free sourses could be:
    - Internet: check out sites like, and the like;
    - Public/college libraries. Some of them have the magazines like
    Recording, Homerecording ecc many years back. Although they are
    full of annoying ads, there's plenty of useful info as well.
    - Records produced by great engineers. Just listen how it is done.
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    JEEZ theres a technical name for everything! This question is something that can only be answered by subjective listening ,trial and error.Its what mixers(i am one)learn over the years.It becomes a second nature kinda thing and a sort of signature.Each person hears sonic three dimensions in a different way and has a myriad of ways to achieve it after years of practice.

    I sound like I'm trying to avoid telling my secrets! Not the case at all.I will say, I nevr reach for the reverbs or the delays FIRST to create space.I envision the way the sound might be coming off a stage with me in the center 12th row.I listen for things above and below....front and back...left and right....I will pan the instruments accordingly and use the effects to 'suggest' a larger width on the pallette.I use EQ for the front and back in conjunction with the fader rides for a particular instrument.BUT....none of this is EVER set in stonethisworkseverytime! Thats why practice

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