How to create a clear mix
Welcome to another article about mixing and mastering. In this article, I will mainly look at the subject on how to create a clear mix. While some of these methods might be questionable, in practice I use a lot of these techniques to make it all work within my own mixes. The whole goal while mixing is to put a balance between sounds. A good mix prevents things from jumping out in the mix, or a good mix will prevent things from sounding to flat in the mix. There might be different reasons why people would mix in different ways. Since a mix is a personal thing, it may vary per situation. Often I have caught myself making 2 different mixes where the outcome will vary on the whole arrangement even. I am just saying this because a mix, in particular, can have an impact on how the song plays like.
One hour mixing and mastering class
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Today I am going to share a video on my mainstream channel about mixing and mastering in Reason. Before sharing this video I want to clarify a few things. With mixing and mastering, there are a few standard techniques we can apply to make a mix work. This has also been documented in an article I wrote called the mixing guide. The idea with the following mix I am about to do is to capture a live recorded band. This is a different thing than your traditional mixing mastering session because it requires three or more different factors: positioning of the band, space, and room composition. In a traditional mix, you would most like the mix in mono and create a stereo field later. A live recording works totally different. Even better we can toss away the rules of mixing and mono and create a few new laws while doing so. One thing that is important is the mono mix check (which is different than mixing in mono by default).
Parallel Compression while mixing
In the series of Mixing and Mastering we already covered most of the basics about compression. While compression inside the SSL Mixer in theory is similar as using a compressor as an insert effect. In some cases (not all) I prefer the method of parallel compression in Reason. This would be similar as New York compression. In theory you are adding an additional compressed signal next to the original (uncompressed signal). In theory this adds loudness on the starting point on the sound (until the compressed signal kicks in). So in theory, it still quite similar as normal compression as a send, but the difference is that you add the compressed signal next to the original signal. Thus resulting in a different type of dynamics.
Compression SSL Mixer in Propellerhead Reason
In this Propellerhead Reason tutorial I am going to write down a free (duh!) reason tutorial about compressors. I will go through the basics about compressors, how they work and explain how a compressors will have an impact on the mix. While in previous articles and videos I put a lot of focus on the MClass Compressor, Pulveriser and some parts are about the SSL Mixer in Reason. Compression in the SSL Mixer is quite similar as using a MClass unit (yet there are some subtle differences). The role and purpose on using it will be quite similar. So let me start there first.
Mixing and mastering using Reason
In this part about mixing and mastering using Propellerhead Reason we'll be mainly looking at the volume section. In our previous article we mainly focused on explaining the different frequency ranges and which might be important to keep an eye for in a general context. The download examples will be made in Propellerhead Reason 9.5. The file I will be using is based on a Midi file made on the MSX-2.
Mixing and mastering in reason
Mixing and mastering in Reason has improved in the last couple of years. Till version 5, it was a little bit of a tedious process to master a track. The obvious route for those tracks was using a Mastering suite with a wide range of MClass units. Mixing in those versions was a bit of a tedious process. Since Reason 6 we got the SSL mixer console embedded inside our favorite Digital Audio Workstation. The workflow has improved a lot. With the coming of Rack extensions, things took a real big u-turn. And now we have VST in Reason since version 9.5, there is just no end to what we can accomplish to mix and master a track.