In this lecture, we continue our Section on Mixing and begin to discuss Mastering. The tactics and strategies discussed here are based on Ableton but represent best practices for mixing any type of music in any format. This section is possibly the most important section in the course.
We discuss here the technique of creating Groups and the benefits of working with Groups of instruments. With Groups, we can Insert effects into the Groups channel to color or contour all tracks in that Group.
The difference between Inserting an effect and using the Send/Return channels is also discussed here.
The utilization of Automation and its function in making tracks more interesting is also discussed here.
We also began discussion using effects on the Master fader, particularly compression and EQ.
And a brief overview of Mastering and what type of effects and gain staging strategies one would employ in that context.
Notes on Mixing and Effects
All effects inserted into a Group will effects all tracks in that Group
Use Send and Return tracks to share one effect across many different tracks
Use Automation to control perimeters (volume, effects etc) of tracks over time in the song.
Be careful using effects on the Master Channel. It will effect everything in the entire song. Most common effects used on Master channel are EQ, compression and limiting.
The Mastering process occurs after mixing to add a final pass of compression and EQ to sweeten the mix and get sound as professional